School #1: AMC in Kirkland, WA (www.pankration.com). They'll train me in boxing, kickboxing (Muay Thai), and "submission wrestling". The wrestling classes, and I think the other classes, are taught by Matt Hume, who is apparently someone well-known in the fighting world. Cost: $115/mo if you pay by the month, down to as little as $67/mo if you pay for a whole year.
School #2: RSU in Bellevue, WA (www.ringsportsunited.com/rsu). They'll train me in boxing, kickboxing (Muai Thai-based, sort of watered down, I think), and BJJ/Vale Tudo. The kickboxing is taught by Kim Messer, who is apparently a world champ at Anorexic Flyweight or whatever it's called. (I've watched her, and have no doubt she could send me home in a shoebox, even though she's only like 5'2" and 115 pounds.) Her husband Mark teaches the boxing. The BJJ and vale tudo are taught by Eric Dahlberg, a BJJ-based fighter who trained under Marcelo Alonso in Tacoma. Cost: $95/mo to go monthly, $75/mo if you sign up for a year.
My situation: I'm an absolute beginner, trained for a year in judo (about six months' worth, really) and that's it. Have been looking to do this for two years; I think my work situation is finally going to let me start within the next thirty days.
The cost of these two schools seems to be pretty much identical, so that's not an issue. One of these places is significantly more convenient for me (close to work), so that's probably where I'll train. But I'm curious to know which of these the TUF folks would choose, for yourself and also if you were in my position. I might change my mind if your reason is good enough.