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    I understand that people have to make money.I like the way that GB is run like a business as it gives the opportunity for instructors to go full time and run a clean professional gym.I get the fact that if everyone wears white Gi's or certain colour gi's it looks better.

    But in my GB gym you have to wear a rash vest underneath your Gi.Theres no weights section or even a kettle bell in sight allowed.No bags nothing.They do stand up techniques every session but no stand sparring/randori so basically there stand up is poor neither do they allow you to practice stand up after class.You do a standard warm up no cool movement drills or sport specific warm ups.
    We have to buy a GB gi and rash vest,in 6 months my gi pants tore.The other guys replace there gi's often and everybody knows they are bad quality gi's sold to us for respectable dollar $180.

    So there you are supporting the GB foundation at comps with a crappy gi which your forced to wear and no stand up skills.
    However their jujistu is excellent and the coaching is really good.My instructor is a cool guy but this whole idea of GB and having his poster on the wall when I bow whilst he's in the states.I dont even know what he's done for jujitsu when I think of legends its Rorion,Rickson,Royce,Royler,Helio,Carlos,Carlson,R enzo and the rest.Plus buying his cheapo gi sheesh ill spend a few extra dollars for a decent gi man if he wants me to but give me a decent product.Its like being back at school after a days work.Its bullshido.I just want to train and enjoy myself and my freedom.
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    the answer's simple. Find another club.
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    In all fairness I trained at Gracie Barra Walsall for my BJJ and we never had to bow at a poster of Carlos and was never ever forced to wear a GB gi.

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    I think it's more of a GB America thing than all Barra clubs. We sell the GB gis for 65. I think your instructor is making a tidy profit at $180!!
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    Rob, when we have a new student turn up Pat gets them to bow to the big Taz logo we have on the wall

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    In answer to the post, yes it's an American thing, as are green and midnight blue belts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave coles View Post
    Rob, when we have a new student turn up Pat gets them to bow to the big Taz logo we have on the wall
    I make them kiss my arm!!
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    SwiftMotion - are all these rules enforced at your school? http://www.graciebarraamerica.com/gr...dojo-etiquette
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    "When tying the kimono, face the wall"

    What the fuck is that about !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Bishop View Post
    "When tying the kimono, face the wall"

    What the fuck is that about !
    We used to do that when I did Kuk Sool. Don't do it when doing BJJ, but do actually feel I should face the wall. It's just a courtesy thing.

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