BJJ competition teams pro/con?
As I've become more involved with competition Jiu jitsu through the years in my area, I've noticed that what once was academy X vs academy Y is now Nova Uniao vs Alliance, BTT vs Brasa etc. As the competition scene grows and grows with more and more schools, so do these teams grow with more and more competitions.
I celebrate the fact that the art is growing and reaching more people which means more innovation and new techniques being brought to the game.
However, I've noticed more and more of these big competition teams involving themselves in even the local non- IBJJF tournaments such as NAGAs and Fight2Win tournaments, grapplers quest etc.
It's become obvious to me that in many cases, the team that wins is also the team who brought in the most amount of competitors. I understand that more advanced grapplers earn more points, less advance grapplers earn less points etc.
This still does not alway balance out with the smaller teams.
I've listed some pros and cons, all of which can be argued for the better or worse for the BJJ academy and for BJJ competitor. I am in no way bad-mouthing any way your gym trains or how they choose to prepare for competiton or win tournaments.
- These competion teams offer to be a part of something bigger, many teams have intramural tournaments to see who will represent the team should there be multiple competitors of the same weight/belt.
- Seminars and training sessions w/ elite grapplers of the team are made availabe usually at a cheaper price if any admission is charged.
-Students can train at different schools under the same flag for little or no extra cost which means many training partners (hopefully)
-Having these large teams means not everyone is going to be able to compete in the same dvision, creating a sub-team often of a similar name. This is just like being on the A team or the B team in football. B teamers get less attention because they are the smallest guy/ not as athletic
-Competitors of a team are encouraged to stay within their own association for training/seminars. (more so closer to competition time) but this can in a sense hinder a grapplers growth, a example would be a competitor under Nova Uniao is encouraged to grapple at a school that competes for the same team and discouraged from training at say an Alliance academy that offers a great competitor of the same division. Some academys require you to wear a team or academy patch when training at the academy.
-The best Academy isn't necessarily part of the best Team. Even though higher skilled competitors are awarded more points for placing, it still does not always even out points that get racked up by lower belts or advanced grapplers sandbagging which is a seperate issue altogether. Its harder to differentiate what school is actually responsible for producing the most amount of advanced-level champions from the school or team that has a higher volume of competitors placing in lower divisions.
What is your take on larger BJJ teams? is it better/worse for the sport?
Is it better/worse for the competitor?
Is it Better/worse for BJJ as a martial art?