How long do you travel for your martial arts training? How long is too much?

I am thinking of joining a Bak Mei school which is about an hour and a quarter drive from where I live. Is that too long to travel? Should I find somewhere closer like Wing Chun or Jin Wu Koon Kung Fu?

Asked By: - 9/23/2010
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
Let me ask you how important the training is to you? That and the quality of the martial arts are all you need to make the decision. I lived in Northern Virginia for 23 years. I had private students that drive 1-1/2 hours one way to study with me. When one of them first came to try a class, he asked me why he should... More
Answered By: pugpaws2 - 9/23/2010
Additional Answers (18)
That is too long use the shorter one
Answered By: Akalank Prakash - 9/23/2010
You should be fresh when you get to training. I think 1 hour is ok. However i think wing chun is a far better martial art than any of the other options you have.
Answered By: the new guy - 9/23/2010
No an hour and a quarter isn't too long. I asked this question a few months ago and a top answerer told me he used to travel quite far because the instructor he liked wasn't local. It takes me the same amount of time to get to college twice a week (used to be four times a week... More
Answered By: Pig on a stack of money - 9/23/2010
Is an hour and a quarter one way or two way... More
Answered By: Kat - 9/23/2010
If the Bak Mei school is in Chattanooga, TN, then it is worth your drive. We (in Chattanooga) have a student that drives in from Memphis, TN, to train with us. He's been doing so for several years and continues to do so. His actions speak loudly regarding how he values the training and style. Plus, if it is the Bak... More
Answered By: ISDS - 9/23/2010
It depends on the school and your other options. My school does not have a dedicated dojo. We rent school gyms and the like. Each evening's class is in a different town. Most are less than 30 minutes from my home, but a couple are around 45 minutes away. I enjoy my training, so I visit the more distant classes... More
Answered By: Leo L - 9/23/2010
i use to travel 4 hour one way to train 8 times a month to just one of my instructors now i travel 2 hours only and hour and a quarter isnt that far,
Answered By: Shihan J - 9/23/2010
i live an hour away from the gym so thats not insanly bad if you like it and it gets you fit by all means do it
Answered By: Ethan McDowell - 9/23/2010
How for is to far? How far are you willing to travel 4 or 5 times a week every week for the foreseeable future? Only you can answer that question, personally I would not be able to drive that far every day for class. I have a family and responsibilities at home. That is just my situation, yours is different I am sure... More
Answered By: David E - 9/23/2010
If u feel the quality of training is worth it then its worth it. This is a question only u can answer.
Answered By: CTC - 9/23/2010
I drive 27 miles one way twice a week to train with a master.
Answered By: SiFu frank - 9/23/2010
Thats quite far, i'd look in finding another club for you unless you absoloutely love it and you don't think you can leave it then go ahead on and stay. I walk 15 minuites to the train station, the train takes 15 minuites to get to the area of my gym then it's a 5 minuite walk.
Answered By: Dyce - 9/23/2010
@ David E.Your answer really was quite good....Until you ripped that quote at the end from Bruce Lee,you reworded it a little but deff a Lee quote.As for me luckly my gym is a 5 min drive from my house:)
Answered By: Mooman - 9/23/2010
My son and I walk 40 mins each way as we don't have a car and it's the nearest one and it isn't on a bus route!!!!!!! It's no biggy though walking is good .
Answered By: whats_my_name_again? - 9/23/2010
It is a bit too far, but if you were attending the class once a week it might not be too bad. I would suggest that you look for something closer. After class you are going to be pretty tire and that is not a good state to be in for a long 1.25 hour drive. Plus, being in the seated position for 1.25 is not good for... More
Answered By: Ron - 9/23/2010
I travel over an hour (one way) several times a week to attend (train or teach - depending on the day) my dojo. It is worth it. To me... More
Answered By: mafundhelper - 9/24/2010
I would walk the Great Wall of China for a great legit friendly dojo
Answered By: Hawaiian Snow Leopard - 9/24/2010
When my schedule and my teachers' schedules are not conflicting, I travel 30-45 min. once a week to train with my Bujinkan shidoshi. I have traveled over an hour to train with Pugpaws2 and will do so again when he's up to it. I do this because the quality of training with both of them is unbeatable. I could drive a few... More
Answered By: Bujinkan Ninja - 9/24/2010
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