Professor Fabio Santos has some words regarding the sport and particularly the IBJJF, and as Rener would say, Dang:
“Some instructors are ruining the reputation of the art, by viewing the student only as a fountain of money. They come to the United States to teach. After recruiting students and taking their money they proceed to move back and forth between Brazil and United States, ongoing, without respecting their obligations as a business owner or even paying taxes, and in some cases they even abandon their students.
Even the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) is contributing to the diminishment of the integrity of the art by elevating its financial interest over the quality of instruction by accepting changes to the original belt system established by the founders of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and altering the traditional form of Jiu Jitsu instruction. This is done out of greed, pressure from parents and impatient students that think the process required to get a belt promotion is taking too long!
The attitude of the IBJJF is self-serving and not helpful to students or schools, in that it undermines a reputation that has taken decades to create. Furthermore, while it exerts a force of authority and governance to the sport here, it rarely contributes to the support, when needed, by its members. That is why tradition and integrity are important. Tradition strengthens the real martial art where all is earned. The Professor must take the time to know the students character to award them a Black Belt. Some will never have the character to earn this however; it can motivate others to change both mentally and physically to become a better person. If we lose our tradition we lose everything. Greed, complication, inefficiency and breaking tradition is weakening the REAL JIU JITSU! SAY NO TO THE CORRUPTION OF JIU JITSU!!”
-Professor Fabio Santos 7th Degree Red and Black Belt Student of Rolls and Rickson Gracie.
This honestly was pulled from a friend’s facebook post, so if someone knows the original source, please by all means let me know. Professor Santos has some interesting points, but I’m wondering if we will see a reaction to this comment from the IBJJF. ::shrug:: Only time will tell.
Oh! And we’re up to Day 8 of the 12 Days of Judo: Kosoto Gake- the video is below all of the text.
Also, a quick word on commenting on this blog: first and foremost, I moderate and approve of all of your comments- this started sometime in the summer (let’s say May, why not). If your comment is on this blog, it means that I have read and approved it. I always welcome people to comment, and disagree with me if they feel: I’m not always right, and you could bring a new dynamic to the conversation that we had not considered up to that point. If your comment is not posted for some reason however, ask yourself some of these questions:
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Really, that’s about it. It takes a fair amount to “rustle my jimmies” as they say on the internet, so if you disagree with me, go ahead, but if you are just looking for someone to argue with for the sake of arguing, there’s a whole part of the internet just for that: it’s called the YouTube comment section. And the help forum of Craigslist, or as I call it, the 9th Circle of Hell. That is a dark, dark place and I sincerely hope you never have to go there.
Anyway, here’s the video: enjoy!