Is this normal for a Judo gym?

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  1. JudoPride

    JudoPride White Belt

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    My nephew is starting Judo classes in Missouri. The gym that he joined does half Judo and half BJJ. They do belt tests every 3 months for each one. They only have one teacher who does both the Judo and BJJ. They meet two nights a week for a total of 3 hours.

    Is this something that is common throughout? When I did Judo as a kid, BJJ was something you did completely separate.

    Thanks for the answers!
     
  2. Einarr

    Einarr Banned Banned

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    It's not usual but mixing them is good.
     
  3. Dogstarman

    Dogstarman Old man jiu jitsu

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    So he is teaching both judo and Jiu jitsu at the same time? I don't understand what the issue is. Is he testing for each sport individually?

    At my sons school the bjj instructor emphasis is in judo and wrestling for the kids. Seriously. They learn throws and pins and escapes. He will teach them chokes and arm bars but he wants them to be good at their throws and pins especially for self defense.

    I see nothing wrong with mixing both at the same time.

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    Is Normal.
     
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  4. JudoPride

    JudoPride White Belt

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    My main issue being, is it possible to focus on both equally for only 3 hours a week while also testing for belts on each sport? With a ton of students and charging them 25 dollars to rank for each sport, it just seems a bit unusual to me.
     
  5. QingTian

    QingTian Purple Belt

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    Even if testing were needed to get a new belt, which IMO is not, you do not improve fast enough for a new belt every 3 months. It's just a money maker. Lots of schools do that crap on kids though.
     
  6. Judo Thai Boxer

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    Testing every 3 months for a new belt is a bit much but otherwise it sounds like he's on his way to becoming a great grappler.
     
  7. Byrd

    Byrd Blue Belt

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    One question to determine whats what - Who is the instructor?

    I think that it could be great for little kids to get a judo base at the same time, but it does sound a little McDojo-ish.
     
  8. Russky

    Russky Green Belt

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    Our judo club in California promotes kids once a year. To get next belt kid needs to have 6 wins in the tournaments. They practice twice a week, 4 & 1/2 hr total. It takes about 10 years to reach shodan. I do not see a reason for belt testing every three months.

    There is lots of overlap between bjj and judo, so teaching both seems ok to me. Charging for judo belt testing ... sounds like McDojo.
     
  9. peregrine

    peregrine Kahuna Dog

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    Interesting.
    That means 2340hrs or so till bb
     
  10. Russky

    Russky Green Belt

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    Kids get sick, go on vacations; beginners have slightly shorter classes. I think it is around 2000hrs.
     
  11. PowerSource

    PowerSource Judo and BJJ Black Belt

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    What is unusual is belt testing every 3 months. LOL
    I have a Judo/Bjj as one program. Belt promotion is once a year. Jun/Jul I do BJJ promotion and Dec Judo promotion
     
  12. magick

    magick Green Belt

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    10 years to reach shodan?

    Why?
     
  13. Gambledub

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    Testing often for kids is not that big of a deal imo. I know of a few schools who add stripes and kids belts into their program. I think children get bored and stop enjoying things very quickly if they aren't being rewarded often. It's understandable from a business perspective.
     
  14. Dogstarman

    Dogstarman Old man jiu jitsu

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    This. Everyone hatin belt tests and promoting children don't know any children or want their children to be stoic warriors. Kids get bored easily. It's not like some adults that are blue belts for 4 years and keep at it just because they love it.

    Also the gyms gotta make money too. Don't know why that's a so bad.
     
  15. Mocrates

    Mocrates Ik ben Groot.

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    Take your "McDojo" blinders off for children. Belt testing for them is practically a necessity. To keep them interested, as they get disinterested very easily, you have to periodically give them little incentives and ego boosts. I don't even have kids, and I know this shit.
    Ten years for shodan is... wow.

    Why the hell does it take so long at that club?

    The average for my main club is 6 years.
     
  16. Regular Joe

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    If the school or the instructor is somehow linked to Dave Camarillo and/or Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu, it wouldn't be that odd.

    If the instructor is legitimately qualified to teach both and to award promotions in both, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Doing a bit of research about the instructor, his credentials and his affiliations should address most of your concerns.
     
  17. Regular Joe

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    No judo or bjj school I know tests each of its students every three months. While there's certainly some flexibility and subjectivity accorded to instructors, most legit judo and bjj organizations and/or governing bodies have rules (or at least firm guidelines) about how long an individual must remain in his current rank regardless of their level of skill. So the idea that everyone gets tested for a promotion every three months (in either or both sports) sound odd to me. But it might be a miscommunication; maybe what your nephew meant was that the instructor tests all the students who qualify for a promotion every three months. That wouldn't be all that odd. A lot of schools have specific recurring calendar dates that they reserve for tests and promotions (
     
  18. Regular Joe

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    It's also possible that this guy is a legit BB in both sports but is operating an unaffiliated / freestyle school. In other words, doing his own thang. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It just means that the rules and guidelines of promotions from the IJF or USA Judo and the IBJJF don't apply.
     
  19. Kbits

    Kbits Blue Belt

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    Must be different in the U.S. 10yrs is pretty standard in Australia.

    Co-grading in BJJ & judo is not common here
     
  20. Headkicktoleg

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    Yeah plus I think kids have a lot more belts and I'd imagine that this place has a belt for jiu jitsu and a belt for judo so it doesn't seem that crazy
     

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