I was talking with a friend recently who mentioned how Crossfit was a cult, and then asked if jiu jitsu would be considered a cult.
Well, in short, yes. But depending on what sort of academy you go to, it can be a good kind of cult, so to speak. Weird terms are used, unusual hand gestures, a sort of initiation period, you become a member of a team that you may even consider a part of your family. However, in addition to all of that, there’s also actually a pretty good support system that exists: your fellow students ask how you are doing, why you missed class, they encourage (most of the time) a healthy lifestyle, and may also hang out and have a beer with you once in a while. They are there in emotional support when you lose a match in competition, and cheering when you win. You learn and grow with one another- you encounter these people from all walks of life and consider them friends, family even.
I’m not saying all academies operate in this way, but I would like to think most do, and for many it’s a support system that is invaluable to our sanity. So yes, jiu jitsu can be viewed as a cult, but a good one? I know a “good cult” is a strange concept to wrap your head around, but there you have it.
Have a great day everyone!