judo is great, man. depending on the gym, you won't be disappointed. if possible, go to a place that has a few olympians, or olympic hopefuls. those are the gyms that take training the most seriously. i've seen some judo places that were horrible. then again, i've seen some places that had a dozen olympians on the mat. watch their workout, you'll know if they are good or not. judo has two aspects. one is "tachiwaza" ("standing techniques") which involves throwing, the second is "newaza" (literally "laying techniques" but meaning is closer to "ground techniques") which involves joint locks, chokes and pins. don't worry about not training mma, man. you are doing judo, which involves a lot of work in the clinch range--the same range we were talking about. the difference between Muay Thai's clinch and Judo's clinch is that in MT, you are using the clinch to control your opponent and deliver knees whereas in Judo, you are using the clinch to throw or drop your opponent to the ground. like i mentioned before, when your opponent is on the ground, it's a lot easier to hit him or get away from him. not to mention, a good throw will drop both your bodyweights on his head, shoulder or neck. two great mma competitors whose basis are in judo are: fedor emalienenko (the number one fighter in the world) and karo parisyan (ufc contender). most of the top bjj fighters also train in judo (most of the gracies, ronaldo "jacare" souza--all have excellent judo). *edit* oops, i forgot a couple others: hidehiko yoshida, kazuhiro nakamura, hayato "mach" sakurai, pawel nastula, yoshihiro akiyama....... so, nothing to worry about, man! you're in good company.