Quote Originally Posted by Jogs D View Post
Hi all

I've noticed more and more people offering BJJ grades over the Internet, so far Gracie Academy, Eddie Bravo and WBJJA (probably others)....

I find this quite disturbing and makes our beloved art look cheap as shit and is also an insult to those of us who go to a respected gym with a respected/genuine instructor and have had to fight hard - blood, sweat tears and all - before we got our grades.....
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*Is a degree from the Open University worthless because it is done via "distance learning"? No of course not.

*Does the existence of bogus colleges and universities in the UK offering degrees & other qualifications in anyway demean or degrade the qualifications people get from recognised establishments? No of course not.

*Are people basing their reaction on gut feel or hard fact, having researched what the Gracie Academy and Eddie are actually offering? Probably gut feel...

Since one of the key bits of info people have to submit to the informal register is what club they are with and who gave them the belt, we should still be able to weed them out.