Let's get racist

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Nulhacky, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Nulhacky

    Nulhacky White Belt

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    So, something has been on my mind lately and this is probably the best place to do some research. I've noticed that at the gym that I train at, 99 percent of the people are white. There was a black guy who attended for a few weeks and an asian guy who attends regularly, but that's it. Last year I went to a college that was pretty much all white students with a few minority students. This year, it's the complete opposite, white students are the minority. I've lived on campus at both schools and at my previous school, there wasn't many other grapplers besides myself BUT many people had a basic knowledge AND interest in BJJ/MMA. However, here at my new school it seems like NOBODY has knowledge or an interest. I guess what I'm trying to find out is, how much diversity have you experienced in grappling. What's your gym like? I'm trying to find out if I'm alone in this or maybe it's just where I live...either way I'd love to hear feedback.
     
  2. Normot

    Normot Green Belt

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    I haven't noticed that in Judo, from my experiances the ethnic makeup of the community came close to matching the ethnic makeup of the school with maybe a bit higher Japanese percentage than the surrounding community. Judo also tends to be a lot cheaper vs BJJ. Of course this is only my experience and I haven't been to most places so it doesn't really mean anything.
     
  3. chem31

    chem31 Purple Belt

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    BJJ is expensive. The demographic is pretty well know. Ask Anderson Silva, "It's all playboys."

    :D
     
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    :D...Well played...
     
  5. Higher Learning

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    i'd say at least 40%-50% of my club is non-white
     
  6. MatrixMA

    MatrixMA Green Belt

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    Our club is really mixed. Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Indians, everything.
     
  7. redaxe

    redaxe Silver Belt

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    I used to do judo and needless to say there were lots of Asians. Also a couple black guys.

    At my BJJ gym we have East Asian, South Asian, Latino, Filipino, African-American, lots of different races. It's actually very diverse.

    What city do you live in? Or do you even live in a city at all? I live and train in downtown Seattle and I feel like the city is very diverse and the racial/ethnic makeup of the BJJ gym where I train is representative of that. If you live out in a more suburban or rural area though, it's obviously going to be more white.
     
  8. SuperSuperRambo

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    My bjj academy more or less reflects the community I live in. It's very diverse. White, black, hispanic, all about equal proportions.
     
  9. Fedorzilla

    Fedorzilla Brown Belt

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    Got about 60% westerners, consisting of Russians (white and Asianish), Americans and Europeans (white mostly), a solitary huge black guy from Guadalupe, and some Brazilians (Brazilian)

    The other 40% are Asians, almost all of which are Chinese.

    Also, given my AV, I'm required to state that the Chinaman is not the issue here, dude.
     
  10. Bebop

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    i don't see anything skewed in the kind of people at my gym. as far as the people you know at school who don't have an interest, i think you're making a mountain out of a mole hill. bjj is not a high profile sport in most parts of the world. if you're in america, the high profile sports are football, basketball and baseball, and most people will have no interest at all in at least one of those, so it shouldn't be surprise that such a small sample of people at your college wouldn't care about bjj or mma.
     
  11. Connoisseur

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    Back in Vegas, I trained at Legion BJJ where there was a good deal of ethnic diversity, quite a few hispanic guys namely, few asians. At Xtreme Couture, the crowd is quite diverse, many different types.

    Up here in Spokane though, not too much diversity. There's like 2 asian guys that come, but mainly white. It's a pretty white area (pacific northwest) in general, though.
     
  12. dwright2

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    The BJJ place I'm at now is primarily Asian and Pacific Islander - it's in Hawaii. There are some Caucasians, a couple Brazilians but no Black or Hispanic students that I've seen; but I'm also new so maybe I haven't seen everyone. The judo place I was at before consisted of Asians, Hawaiians and Caucasians.
     
  13. koolinkunming

    koolinkunming Silver Belt

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    2 white guys, the rest Chinese. The only other white guy in our gym does taiqi quan. Pussy.
     
  14. El_Jefe

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    When I stopped by John Frankl's gym in Seoul South Korea, I was the only non-Korean rolling. I was a minority.
     
  15. InfiniteWit

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    My gym is mostly white but we have a few black dudes and a Jordanian who we affectionately call Brohammad or Capt. Douchebag.
     
  16. ZuZitsu**

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    My club is mostly white, but we have latinos, asians....and a couple of black guys!

    Im kind of suprised we dont have more black and Asian to be honest, we are near Queens NY...Id expect more diversity. Black guys tend to have better musculature and tend to be good athletes....so Id like to see more of them come down (I want to train with the most explosive and strongest guys possible)
     
  17. ElKarlo

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    I'm the only westerner at my gym.

    In America, my gym was about 35%minority, while the area was 50ish% not white.
     
  18. Bruce Calavera

    Bruce Calavera Purple Belt

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    In regard to the people who "regularly" train we have a half and half situation.
     
  19. Kimura 101***

    Kimura 101*** Green Belt

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    We got all kinds of ethnic groups on our training,,, But no Africans.

    But there is some on my Boxing and Thai training
     
  20. Shemhazai

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    Our club is pretty diverse.
     

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