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Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Your Noodly Master, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. Your Noodly Master Selfish and shitty attitude

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    I've heard some places, such as Gracie Barra, only allow their gi to be worn. Many places require just the academy patch.

    Have you ever seen an "academy rashguard only" policy?

    Good idea? Money grab? Unnecessary?
     
  2. Normot Brown Belt

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    Good idea if your an instructor who needs money and the market is big enough you wont turn too many people away. Completely unnecessary for any other reason.
     
  3. Evenflow80 Purple Belt

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    Gracie barra also requires you to wear their GB rash guards and shorts. Both of which suck and overpriced and frankly the $15 plain black rash guard I bought from target fits way better. The new GB rash guards have bizarre sizing too: I'm 5'8" around 170 and the medium feels likes an extra small compared to the old rash guard I have.

    There's a caveat when it comes to GB though: it's all up to the instructor. I think GB gis are a MUST but I've been to GB HQ and seen YouTube videos where not everyone has GB nogi gear
     
  4. esteven Blue Belt

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    There's a place in my town that switched to this policy lately. Sucks for everyone who had to replace all of their training gear.
     
  5. tekkenfan Banned Banned

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    yes mendes bros have this i think? iv seen other gyms tbh i feel that it could be good bjj is losing structure i feel why would you not wana rep your school?
     
  6. MrFriendly ╭∩╮(︶︿︶)╭∩╮

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    Nah never seen that...
     
  7. TheMood Green Belt

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    I think it is a money grab. It isn't about representing anything if you are just training. I understand wanting for your students to have school/team gear in a competition. However, if I am at your gym and am a student I should be able to wear whatever I want. I know people that have to wear team gear all the time and they complain about it when they train at my school.
     
  8. SandisLL Brown Belt

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    Yes.
    For just one example : private karate club.
    Requirement in fact in this club means:
    to pay additionally club member registration fee and yearly fee for membership ( that isn't mandatory in contract about lessons ) + to by only from him a Gi.
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    Regards about possible Mc Dojo : no it isn't this case, he doesn't have any 15 years old black belt and average time till shodan in his dojo is approx 6, 5 years.
    Milked money he uses for athletes tutelage : he does have additional training for free for these that are competitive athletes. Yes, for this he doesn't charge.
     
  9. Deltafarce Green Belt

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    The only reason for that seems
    Like money grab

    Although I will say we’ve all rolled with the fat guy who’s wearing some old wet cotton shirt that just attaches to your face
     
  10. woodguyatl Black Belt

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    Because I am the paying customer not a billboard. I also don't exercise at a gym where I can only wear their stuff. I have no problems with owners running their business how they want but I would not participate.
     
  11. woodguyatl Black Belt

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    My gym requires white gis, any brand. We also require everybody where a shirt under their gi. The sweaty t-shirt or bad hygeine problem fixes itself because they dont get any rolls.
     
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  12. tekkenfan Banned Banned

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    well then leave
     
  13. woodguyatl Black Belt

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    I would. That is exactly my point. Every business owner can run it as they like and I can leave if I don’t like how they do things. It’s totally cool. No harm, no foul. I don’t like to wear advertising for other people for free and I don’t expect others to advertise my business for free. Similarly, I remove the license plate “surround” with the name of the car dealer where I bought my car and I don’t let the gym where I work out dictate what clothes I wear. Imagine a bar requiring you to where only t-shirts that they sell there. I think it would be just as absurd as the gi thing but good for them if they can get away with it.
     
  14. tekkenfan Banned Banned

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    it isnt just wearing someones business..t hats your coach the man who is teaching you this art lol and u dont wana honor your team? pretty sad tbh

    that people have 0 loyalty today to someone who taught them everything
     
  15. Your Noodly Master Selfish and shitty attitude

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    It's not a lack of honoring the team or supporting the academy. It is being forced to purchase only the product that the academy sells. A gi for $150, rashguard for $40, shorts for $40. It's adds up and is a money grab for the academy. The "just leave" argument doesn't work if it's the only place around to train. In an area with options, I definitely wouldn't choose a Gracie Barra.

    When I travel and I look for a place to train I never pick a place that only allows a white gi. It's like the school uniform policy. Do we value individualism or do we value convenience?
     
  16. mataleaos Brown Belt

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    AOJ has this. You have to wear their no-gi uniform.

    That's the only place I know of. Maybe Atos too but I'm not positive.
     
  17. QingTian Brown Belt

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    Sorry, when you are charging market prices for your teaching (which is a commodity now too), you can't expect payback.
     
  18. kjg1672 Brown Belt

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    We have to wear the academy’s shirt/rash guard at our school. One of the reasons is because our instructor is big on regimen and structure, but it’s also a cash grab.
     
  19. Hatake88 Blue Belt

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    Most large Aussie BJJ franchises I know of (Roots, Gracie Humaita, Gracie Barra, MyBJJ) make you buy their rashie. It is something I find incredibly annoying. I don't mind wearing patches or something with the school name on it but I hate paying double the price for half the quality of a fuji/tatami rash guard.
     
  20. winterbike Green Belt

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    My instructor mentioned mandatory gis 2 years ago (he has since abandoned the idea). First thing I did was look for a new BJJ gym. I'm not paying 100+$ a month to be in some kind of cult with mandatory uniforms.
     

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