I am guessing this is stemming from Ralek winning against Sakuraba.
Attended a Royce Gracie seminar this morning and asked him what he thought about Gracie Combatives and he basically said that the teaching was superb but he didn't like the video promotion part. He said someting along the lines of, "How can you promote someone when you can't feel their technique?" Before this was brought up he had mentioned several times that Jiu Jitsu was NOT a sport, and used the examples of what has happened to Karate and TKD, people manipulating the rules. When asked his thoughts on Jiu Jitsu in the Olympics he said it would be good for popularizing JJ but would ruin it as a martial art. He said the only reason he and his dad fought was to promote JJ but it wasn't intended to be a sport.
Royce is spot on.
Obviously Rener missed the whole point of his grandfather wearing a blue belt for the last few years of his life.
As I am currently enrolled in this program here is my two cents....
The Gracie Combatives is a "street ready" program not a sport bjj curriculumn. That is the main difference. the program is designed to prepare an individual to defend themselves against a bigger opponent on the street not in a bjj match. if we remember this is where gracie jj came from... it was designed by the grand master as a way for a smaller person to defeat a larger person.....
the blue belt is in gracie combatives not bjj and allows an individual to teach up to that level... there is also a master program (purple and up)
the techniques are available on gracieuniversity.com....
finally someone gets it... this is the roots of gjj!!
It's good to have someone currently in the program sharing their views on the thread. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
here), as that alleged distinction between 'sport' and 'self defence' BJJ has been discussed at considerable length.
There's also the views of several high level BJJers to consider. For example, Renzo Gracie had this to say:
When I asked Romulo Barral about the supposed 'sport'/'self defence' divide, he responded with this:Quote:
[...] when people call me, saying "this is the real jiu jitsu," the next thing they are going to say is "I cannot use it, because I could kill you!" [laughs] You know, that's what I heard my whole life, from those fake martial artists who claim they were better than everybody else. So believe it my friend, I live my whole life watching this and seeing this. We were always against that, and now suddenly one branch of my family is turning into that! It's claiming that, but doesn't go on the proving ground to prove it, does not step into the place where he should actually be representing jiu jitsu, to do it. [...]
The 'pure jiu jitsu', it's doing nothing but selling products on the internet. Again, trying to shove crap in American peoples' mouths. This is just claiming: go and prove it with acts, my friend! The jiu jitsu was good when nobody else knew any jiu jitsu. Now, everybody knows, so now, only those who are really good shine. If you realise Gracie Barra produce more champions than anybody else, go to the world championship and try to fight in there.
My own thoughts on it here.Quote:
Originally Posted by Romulo Barral
I liked the way they broke down each technique...made is simpler to understand......I wish the dvd's were out when I was a white belt.
I am not connected to the Gracie Academy in any way and I am currently a 1st degree black belt in BJJ. I don't agree with getting the blue belt with out having to spar on a regular basis but who am I to say anything.