This ended up being very long, I am sorry.. Will rep on good responses.
Ok guys I have made an important decision in my life here... I am quitting my gym. Basically because its a Mc.Dojo. I don't want to talk bad about it, because in all honesty its a pretty good place. There are 2 American Top Team Certified fighters there, and we have some guys from American Top Team coming up to teach a few classes, but after that I am going to be quitting the gym. (I have to say, I dont agree with what American Top Team is doing with their "Certified Training" bs)
I would expect that my transition from an MMA school to a BJJ school (Gracie-Barra) should go smooth. I have about a year of MMA training, as well as 1 year previous "Grappling" from a TMA school.
My Questions :
In a traditional BJJ school how much of the class is "Conditioning" the reason I ask is this is one of the major reasons I am leaving my MMA school. I lift 5 days a week, one day is an intense underground strength training that REALLY kicks my ass. On average I do 30 miles on the bike every day, followed by weight training. I have VERY dedicated to my workout routine (Dropped almost 100 pounds since I started) and DO NOT want to change what is working for me! However, I also do not want to get to the gym, Bike 30 miles, then lift for an hour, take a hour and a half break then flip tires for 2 hours straight.. I just can't do it, and I am looked down upon because I do my conditioning outside of class... I'm tired of that!
How do I go about this? I have never been "Ranked" before in JJ, and I got my TMA black belt at like 14... So to be the low ranking guy in class is something brand new to me. I don't want to tell everyone in the gym "Yaaaa I'm form this MMA school" but at the same time its VERY obvious I am not new.. Although I will be brand new to the Gi.... How do I deal with this?
Finally, I am also going to be going to a boxing gym 2x a week. Straight golden glove boxing. I go to a Kickboxing school now, and will continue to go there. I love it, and will continue to compete in Kickboxing, however... I do not feel that Kickboxing and MMA are a good match.. I need to improve my hand speed, and mainly my head movement. So I feel a boxing gym would be better. Is there a HUGE difference between Kickboxing / Boxing? What to expect? etc etc etc
All information is helpful.. Going to make the switch around the 1st of the year... Going to cost me like $200 more a freaking month too!