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Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by VTJas81, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. VTJas81

    VTJas81 Blue Belt

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    I started training about a year ago and no one that started around the same time as me is still around. I'd say there is a 95% drop out rate or something like that. Nothing wrong with my instructor or school but its just interesting to see when I come to class there are mostly fresh faces. I feel like such a veteran even tho I've been training for only a year.
     
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    Some people come for about 6 months or so and never show up again at my school. I figure it's like any other thing, I used to paintball every weekend and now I haven't been in 2 years. It's odd.
     
  3. VTJas81

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    Yeah I'd say most ppl come for a class or two and never show up again. Other ppl come regularly and they seem dedicated but next thing u know it they're never seen again.
     
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    Ive been at my school for over three years and I'm still a noob compared to many.
     
  5. PariahCarey

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    Most gyms probably make 70%+ of there money off no shows, doesn't matter what type of gym/dojo is. Thats why they get your credit card # these days...
     
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    Yeah hahah, after Renzo's started making making people bring in void checks, people come and the classes are TOOO big.
     
  7. GuardGame

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    Ya, I been trainin at my school for 2 years now, and i still see most of the faces from when i started there...not all of them though. Yeah, I would say the drop out rate at my school is at least 75%. Wanna know why? Its cuz the people that start, and dont know anything, arent used to gettin their asses handed to them by someone who knows stuff every night. It hurts their eego and confidence, thats why its good to take privates first or beginner classes for at least 6 weeks in my opinion. But gettin your ass handed to you is good for you, and benefits your BJJ game, and, you learn a lot more when you do get tapped....
     
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    most people where im at are there for the first month and then drop. me on the other hand i keep having stupid injuries pop up and miss time :(
     
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    How much they paying ?
     
  10. RedAger

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    60 a month at my place
     
  11. Bubble Boy

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    A statistic I've heard:

    Of 200 people who start "X" grappling style (X = BJJ, JUDO, SAMBO), only 1 will make it to an intermediate belt level. Of those who make it to the intermediate level, only 1 in 200 will make it to black. So your 95% drop out rate sounds about right.
     
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    I've been grappling for 6 years now and only know of one person who still grapples that was around when I started. Thats my old instructor now training partner. He's the only one that has been there week in and out. I've seen it all in my six years. I have to say I love the people that talk crazy stuff after a couple of classes about how great it is and their going to want to fight MMA in a year blah blah blah. They never stay longer than a week it seems. Then you always have the people with potential that can't tap you but will be very good if they stick with it but get the bruised ego and never show up again. Those seem to be mostly the good high school wrestlers. It's a shame really.
     
  13. phenomfan1529

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    many people at my school just come for a month
     
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    We have some hardcore students who come week after week - but most new starters don't seem to stick it out.
     
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    I've been going for just under a month , i have no slight intrest in dropping out , as it's the only thing that makes my life enjoyable ..... i see it this way i get pissed off at work then i go training and then im in my zen state ... as i have no energy to start a fight and im all calm again :)
     
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    It seems there are bursts that relate to UFC. The weekend after an event, we get a few guys & I politely ask how they got into wanting to train BJJ, they most of the time answer "they were watching UFC and were impressed" etc. I'd mock them, but that is how I got into BJJ. :redface:

    With some people, some things are a fad, it doesn't matter whether they own or suck. If you love the art, you'll make yourself train, where as some people rather do other things. it is easy to break a routine but not so easy to get back into it.
     
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    Are you sure your school is not crap and all the students are going eslewhere?
     
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    Most, if not all, the guys who were around when I started (January) are still training.

    However, loads of people have come in for one lesson during my time there, and have never been seen again. It seems more likely they won't come back if the first lesson they come to is an MMA/no-gi grappling session.
     
  19. VTJas81

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    I wonder where u heard that one. And its funny how on gi nights not many ppl show but on no-gi a ton shows. Mostly wrestlers show up. You would think wrestlers would stick with it becuz they have a good base but that isn't the case.

    A friend of mine also pointed out that grappling attracts a certain type of ppl. The ones who are big and think they're the top dogs. They think they will beat up on the smaller guys but once they see the reality they dont come back. Actually my friend was one of them. He is a 230 lb powerlifter who thought his strength could overcome anything they threw at him. But turns out he was choked out everytime to smaller guys. Now he stopped going after three classes.
     
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    Interesting thread guys.

    Last year I fished proabably 50 times almost always once a week and sometimes fri/sat and sun...this year I havent been at all.
    Why?
    Not cuz im scared of COBIA or SNOOK but because my time commitments have gotten tighter. Money is tighter, Im a single dad.
    yada yada yada
    There could be a bunch of reasons but I dont accept that it is fear a LARGE percentage of the time or even EGO..Hell ego would drive me to learn more so I could hang with whoever wore me out in class.
    As for wrestlers who knows..trust me they are used to an ass whoopin when they 1st start out so I dont think that fear or ego plays a role..perhaps burnout??


    Anyway it would be VERY interesteing to do a poll.

    Hell I havent trained since the late 90's either.
     

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