Klay Pittman - Pittman's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Ok, so I,'m gonna do my best to keep from talking too much crap (which I know will disappoint some of you from what I've read thus far...ha ha ha) but I just want to make sure I'm not getting the wool pulled over my eyes.
I visited a dojo called Pittman's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a few weeks back in Lubbock, TX and I've e got a pretty bad gut feeling about the place but wanted to see what others on your board may say with what I experienced also.
So I go in to get information because Ill be moving there and really got the run around and couldn't get a real price upfront (which I guess is kind of standard nowadays) until going thru an intro. Maybe it's because people just really don't impress me and I'm not an emotional buyer, but he kept challenging me with the good old condescending "see what you don't know" route thru the entire intro class, but thats not even what gave me a wierd feeling. The entire time, the guy talked in some wierd accent that sounded like he was trying to sound Brazilian or something ... and I qoute (NOT A JOKE) "make sure you putting your foot heeeere to making the hurt happen. If it's no foot here you goin to have no hurt happening". I'm seriously not exaggerating.
So I felt compelled to ask where he was from after class just out of interest and got what I felt was another run around. "I have spend many years around Brazilians, my friend". It was just super wierd.
So we started talking about pricing and here's the other side that seemed wierd. They have like 13 belts there and from what I thought there were only five or so in jiu jitsu....am I wrong???
Another thing that seemed kinda wierd was that because I had kickboxed before (which I told him twice before was 8 years ago and nothing like jiu jitsu) he said I should get into his advanced program which was, of course, more expensive per month and had a larger down payment.
With the whole belt system thing (obviously having 12 or 13 belts and him charging for belt exams every couple of months, which Ive never heard of in jiu jitsu) it really seems to not make too much sense at all that I (a TOTAL newbie to the jiu jitsu world with NO ground fighting experience) would be offered to be able to come train with all the advanced guys.....with exception of making cents (not sense) in his pocket book.
I also thought jiu jitsu was supposed to be an honorable art etc etc but it seems this place wasnt ran according to wanting to see people grow and develop thier abilities as much as it was set up to worship this guy. Granted...he made it a point to let me and everyone else know he could and would tap us out like "everyone else he's beat up that has challenged him" (like some kung fu guy he beat up years before) but rightfully so, he should be able to--- He's a freakin 5th degree black belt or whatever.
It's just really unfortunate because I heard some good things and saw some reviews from what now I realize are just loyal cult members it seems. So obviously, now after I hear myself saying all of this, theres no way I want to train there when I move, but is this what I can expect from jiu jitsu places and is all of the above typical in them???