Need help with this Gym

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by ShogunOOORAH, May 29, 2008.

  1. ShogunOOORAH

    ShogunOOORAH Banned Banned

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    ILGrappler Purple Belt

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    According to Rickson's site, they are an official representative:

    Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Association
     
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    pittfrog Blue Belt

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    ShogunOOORAH Banned Banned

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    I guess my real question is. Would this school give me a respected Black Belt if I were to achieve it? Or would be just average.
     
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    FLMikeATT Purple Belt

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    If he is a legit Rickson brown belt, then I would definitely say go train there. A lot of times there is not a real difference between a brown and a black belt. A lot of browns are black belt level skill-wise, but are still brown either because they haven't competed much, their instructor has higher standards, etc.

    Go visit and take a free lesson. It should be readily apparent whether it's a good gym and whether the instructor is legit, if you have previous BJJ experience.
     
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    SLaKKJaW Blue Belt

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    Or sometimes they're black belt level skill-wise and their team/school need them to compete at brown belt level. Lame, but I know some guys like that.
     
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    Yojimbo Brown Belt

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    Your skills on the mat are what's going to give you a "respected black belt", not your instructor's name. If you train under someone nobody has heard of but you can mop the floor with your competition, you will be respected.
     
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    350 lbs fist Black Belt

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    If he's a legit Rickson brown, which he seems to be, you would benefit greatly from training with him unless you're super top notch in grappling yourself.
     
  9. MNJJ

    MNJJ White Belt

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    They don't give out BJJ rank. hey may be under Rickson, but ask if ANY of the students have ever met him. We have at least 2-3 of their students come to our gym every month. It is easy to fall for the sales pitch in the beginning if you have never trained.

    "Shinbudo" is not BJJ. No matter what they try to tell you.

    If you are interested in jiu-jitsu and thai boxing find a real academy.

    -=[ Minnesota Martial Arts Academy - MMA, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Combat Submission Wrestling, Muay Thai, Kali, Jeet Kune Do ]=-

    Revolution Defense and Fitness
     

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