There's an old thread around here somewhere describing the feud between Crispim and Cesar's camp. I am loyal to Cesar, but have always kept an open mind to other instructor's philosophies. I am starting this thread because Cesar has brought the topic up on our home website. If the allegations are true then I think what Crispim is doing is wrong. The BJJ police can get out of hand once and a while. I still need more evidence to make any conclusion. From Graciefighter.com GracieFighter.com: Wanted to discuss a particular issue that has come to my attention. As most of you know, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has become one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world. It's an incredible art that demands dedication and countless hours of mat time to master. I am proud to have always required nothing less from my students. At our academy there are no shortcuts and everyone has to pay their dues. This is the way I was taught and I wanted to pass this heritage on to you here in America. There are several other academies in our region that also adhere to this. This tradition has made BJJ one of the most respected of the martial arts and has given countless students a great sense of pride knowing that they truly accomplished something when they got promoted to the next belt. They knew they earned it. Recently however, there has been an instructor that has been handing out belts not because of merit but as a tool to enhance enrollment. That instructor is Alexandre Crispim. To the dismay of the BJJ communtity, Crispim has been soliciting any and all BJJ practitioners from the surrounding academies with the promise to promote them almost immediately. His own school is comprised of many students that "earned" their blue belts in less than 3 months and then got promoted to brown within 1 year's time. We recently had one of his top student's join one of our affiliate academies because (to his credit) he was tired of "living the lie" and was disgusted at the goings on he saw day after day. He himself was promoted to blue belt after having been training for 3 weeks! Promoting someone that doesn't deserve it however, is I'm sad to say, a very effective way to ensure they will stay with you. Having a high rank in the art of BJJ has become somewhat of a status symbol and many people would rather just get that belt at the whim of some incompetent instructor than attain it the hard way. Now you can impress others with your newfound status. However, your belt promotion is a joke and deep inside you know that it is. This knowledge will keep you from ever training at a serious academy where you will be exposed and you won't return to your original academy because you know you sold yourself out and so does your former teacher. You would also have to give up that new belt and your ego won't allow for that. You are now stuck at the joke academy with the other jokers. None of this would matter but I would hate to see Jiu-jitsu become a joke like a lot of martial arts have in this country. If this continues we will be seeing in a few years time what happened in other arts with their 7 year old black belts, etc.. happening in BJJ as well. This will kill the legacy and the tradition I and many others have committed our lives to. Throughout the years many people have advised me on how to maximize profits and yes this included implementing the McDojo method of selling easy belts. I refused then and still do to sell you or my convictions out. Before you sell yourself out, think twice.