Is anyone familiar with what courses (if any) the instructors have to take to become a Gracie Barra? How much do the schools have to kick back to Gracie Barra each month? Because they have an ABSURD number of schools. From what I can gather they have "official schools" and "affiliated schools" Here is the link to "official schools" : : : : GRACIE BARRA : : : : Here is the link to "affliliated schools" : : : : GRACIE BARRA : : : : They have a total of 181 schools (from my count) Do you think they can possibly maintain a high quality of instruction when you have 181 schools worldwide? Are they considered a McDojo by BJJ standards? I used to own a school called Tiger Schulmann's Karate (Welcome to Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts) and they are labeled a McDojo, because he has about 50 schools (NY, NJ, Connecticut, Pennslyvania and Florida) but every instructor has to train under Danny Schulmann (who is a DICK by the way) at least once a week. To become an owner of a TSK; you must first become a black belt, then pass instrcutor certification course so they know you can teach, then you have to train under Danny Schulmann 3 days a week for YEARS to become a "Sensei", then you can own a school, IF you have the money lol you open a school....It costs about $300K and the owner must pay for the build out. So if TSK is considered a McDojo and they have those ^ standards....I am curious what standards Barra has, and if you guys consider them to be a BJJ McDojo? Like I said, I both trained at TSK and owned the school......and even I consider them to be a McDojo but they cater to every age group (3yrs - Adult) so it works for them. Only about 1% of there students compete, they are not a great fighting organization. There goal is cater to every demographic so entire families can train. So what is Barra's goal bc BJJ does not cater to everyone. It's 95% males, between 15yrs and 40yrs most of whom would like to compete at some point. So if your students are looking to compete it is even more important to have a high standard of teaching. I know some of you train at Barra so Im curious if you train at a "official school" or an "affliaited school" - Do you know what guidlines you must meet to become a Barra school? How much does the school have to kick back to Barra? Do you have to be a black belt? Do you have to pass a test?