So it looks like we have almost all the locations we need for the movie in the works, if not locked down.
I just spent a few minutes chatting with Sensei Louis A. Ruiz of Goshin Ryu Traditional Shotokan Karate-Do. He has said that we could use his dojo for shooting the scenes of the "legit" grappling team.
A friend of mine who works in a warehouse in Brooklyn has agreed to let me use that space for the big tournament scene, and Lou Nogueira has said we could use his mats. However, bringing those mats down here would be a task so...
Lou has offered that we use his dojo in Connecticut to shoot the tournament scene. I will be visiting it soon to check it out.
Tagine has agreed to let us use its basement for the "Underground party," I just have to come up with a certain amount of money to pay for food for the cast and crew that they would provide.
The "wrestling room" in the LGBT Center is available for a very affordable rate, and we can use that for one or two important scenes.
I still need to nail down a weightlifting gym for a couple of shots and I would like to use a bar around the corner for one scene, but I can adapt with both of those locations.