There is not much that can be done about the travelling, other than just attending events that are reasonably close to you, and with the amount of events already planned for 2011 that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Originally Posted by oddball
With regards to 'hanging around all day' I absolutely agree that at some events this can be the case, however, some events do actually run on time. At these you could spend as little as 2 - 3hours at the competition (but not if you are in the White or Blue -76)
With the greatest of respect for the work and wisdom of Grand Master Helio, this does not really concern me, my lineage is Mitsuo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jnr > Braulio Estima.
“The Jiu-Jitsu that I created was designed to give the weak ones a chance to face the heavy and strong. It was so successful that they decided to create a sportive version of it. I would like to make it clear that of course I am in favor of the sportive practice and technical refinement of all athletes, whatever their specialty may be, as well as good nutrition, sexual control, avoidance of addictions and unhealthy habits. The problem lies in the creation of a sport-oriented Jiu-Jitsu, based on rules and time limits, which benefits the heavier, stronger, and more athletic individuals. The primary objective of Jiu-Jitsu is to empower the weak who, for not having the physical attributes, are often intimidated. My Jiu-Jitsu is an art of self-defense in which rules and time limits are unacceptable. These are the reasons for which I can’t support events that reflect an anti Jiu-Jitsu.”
-Grand Master Helio Gracie (October 1, 1913 – January 29, 2009)
Whilst competition have value for bjj and grading I don't think they are the be all and end all. Its only a 5-10 minute snapshot of someone's grade, we've all had epic rolls with a similar grade I'm sure that finally ended in a sub that would have a been a narrow points victory/defeat/draw in competition.
Dave, your website says grades are only awarded to those who have demonstrated techniques in a competative environment - would sparring not count as competitive, I would have thought it would?
Yo Rashad - do you want fries with that?
Hi Ben, using my previous example of my fighter having 8 fights at the English Open, that hardly gave me a 'snapshot' of his grade (ability).
Originally Posted by Ben
No, I do not count sparring as 'competitive' for the purpose of grading. In my opinion, rolling in the club against your team-mates is a lot different to fighting someone from another academy in the heat of competition.
Originally Posted by Ben
Other BB's do, and I am not saying that is wrong. It is just not the way that I do it.
Last edited by dave coles; 27-12-2010 at 10:57 PM.
''fren, purple must smash people. SMASH THEM.
that is hequirement for purple
purple belt dangerus man
if purple belt cannot smash he not real purple'' Creonte
I think its a great idea to compete for everyone, whether you want to be a fighter or just for self defence as Dave mentioned earlier doing the comps, mma fights even doorwork helps make you ready to handle the pressure/ adrenaline/ fight or flight so if you ever do get in a life or death situation you can be confident everything will work.
I've always liked Dave and really respect his views posted above, hope to get down and train with him in the new year.
I can't really comment on the promotions side as I must be in the running for longest held blue belt and have seen many people I was a higher than over take me, most of the time I'm really pleased for the people, others not so much but its not upto me to question any black belt on his promotions.
What about this though as I know some guys who have competed and even placed medals but always loosing everey match, sometimes there's only 3 people in their weight. Should their comp experience mean any more or less than people who are winning every event?
Don't you know who he is?
Originally Posted by Sir Tapsalot
A very valid point Ross and something I had happen last year. In January 2010 two of my guys went out to the IBJJF Europeans, a friend of theirs (who has trained BJJ about 10 times in 2 years) was going out to support them, but ended up entering the comp. In a category of 4, he lost his first fight and his second opponent did not show. He was 'awarded' the Bronze medal.
Originally Posted by Ross
Now some people might automatically think using my grading requirements a Bronze medal at the Europeans must be worth a stripe or two?
He is still a 0 stripe White Belt.