Two Perspectives on Jiu Jitsu Training
Opinion # 1
“🇧🇷 in Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts in general, the student learns the techniques and may or may not become a champion.
But in fact, the most valuable teachings he or she will learn in the dojo are: character, honor, kindness, Brotherhood, Warrior Spirit, gratitude and martial philosophy. So we can’t be compared to other non-Martial Sports.
What was observed in this last world championship of @ibjjf was a shameful business banking. Individuals (I refuse to call them teachers) seeing champions or featured athletes from other teams, most often small, going to ask them to drop their teachers and the team that helped them to be champions with the “promise” of Who will have better “structure, training and guidance”. and as if not enough talking directly with the teachers of these athletes!
Basically in other words saying, ” you and your team are weak and without structure. Send the athlete to us.” and for that offering almost nothing in return, with the excuse of ” professionalism “. professionalism is the fuck!
If you don’t have competence to make your own champions, change your profession! From my school, since 1997 we make world champions, all from home. And some who came from other teams came by their own choice and never had differential treatment.
Now, I will warn you: if you come to me and my students and warriors with that dirty, come with the high guard.
(Vinicius Magalhaes after world of 2018)”
Rhadi Bullard Ferguson Phd Mmmmm. I disagree with some deference and reservation.
Martial Arts in the arena of sports IS A BUSINESS. And sports have always thrived off of quality recruitment, marketing and training.
Trying to train someone from the ground up is impractical as a business model if you are in the “champion making” business (and some people are and that has to be respected.)
I do understand both points and both sides as someone who has played and competed in multiple sports at a HIGH LEVEL.
Recruiting is part of the sport. Some people go to tournaments, games and competitions to identify talent and to scout for their program. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. How it is done is another story.
The level of BJJ is changing. It has become a “real” sport. Meaning, it requires for one to train 2 times a day 4 to 6 times a week. And to have the framework and structure to support such training.
In judo, we understand this. And we understand that a point comes where you must hand the player off to someone else. BJJ is getting there. Once it grows a bit more, you will not be able to stay in your “home” dojo and win the worlds. As long as you can do that on a massive level then the sport is still small. At best, you can keep your home dojo and partner with another school out of loyalty for both schools.
I’m aware that it’s a complex issue but BJJ is relatively new to the sporting world. So opinions of the sporting nature of bjj are, at best, made by novices of the business of sport and it’s culture. And we all must recognize where our opinions override our expertise.
And let me be clear… there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. And when I was coming up in judo as a coach and I was younger, I made some errors and did it the wrong way.