No, they are giving a "technical blue belt", what ever that means but I don't think it is going to be the same as a BJJ blue belt, because GJJ is NOT a sporting martial art. And the rift gets ever wider.
Originally Posted by Askari
Considering these are people who are already instructors, I have a feeling they'll continue wearing their Black Belt from whatever art they train in, already. Even if he runs his own BJJ seminar, the average Joe-Schmo consumer is going to think more highly of a Krotty Black Belt than a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt.
Originally Posted by Askari
And if he goes to a BJJ seminar that he's not running and claims to be a real Blue Belt, no harm done, since he's gonna get his ass kicked when everyone starts rolling.
1. a big monster freak
3. a genius
it took me 4 months to get my first triangle and i've yet to get an armbar. Plenty of chokes and a few americanerish variations but all of my armbar attempts have been rather pathetic.
Some further responses about the program from Rener over on Sherdog, via Frodo (presumably same guy who posted earlier on here?). I think the two most interesting quotes are these:
He points out the distinction between what he calls a 'technical' blue belt and a 'competition' blue belt, which therefore would appear to indicate that the Gracie Combatives 'blue belt' is indeed separate from the usual rank system.
Originally Posted by Rener Gracie
To me, it comes down to this: If the techniques are not properly pressure-tested, they're bullshit. Screw this distinction between "competition" and "technical." Sure there's a difference between competing in tournies and not, but even still, you're sparring a shitload to be able to reach blue belt at legit schools.
As a white belt, I've learned a lot of techniques over a period longer than 80 hours. Can I pull them off in a realistic, sparring setting? Some of them on people at my level sometimes, rarely on someone blue or above.
But it sounds like I've got more sparring experience than these "technical" blue belts will have.
I guess at least it will allow a shitload of white belts to say they've tapped blue belts.
Again, I'll reiterate that the guys I was rolling with when I actually pulled those off had little to no BJJ knowledge, at all. In the case of the triangle, it was because the guy was posturing poorly while attempting to pass my guard-- he made a dumb mistake, and I capitalized. The armbars mostly came from full mount against guys who didn't know they'd have been better off in guard (though I did score a few from side-control on Wednesday after passing my buddy's guard-- they were sloppy, but he's as new as I am). As for the Kimura and the Americana, the guys I landed those against had absolutely no clue what they were, and as a result, didn't do a whole lot to stop me from attacking. They were content to keep punching me with their free hand, which was fine by me.
Originally Posted by roscopeeco
Now, I'm not claiming to be anything special. My ass gets owned when I roll with anybody who has even a modicum of experience. But against guys who've never grappled before, even my extremely rudimentary knowledge of BJJ is a nice advantage.
I'm certainly no big monster freak-- I'm 6'1", and 185 pounds. I'm not bullshitting, though I really can't expect you to believe otherwise since I'm not offering any proof beyond my words. I do have a respectably high IQ, but if that made me a good fighter, I wouldn't have to train MMA, hehehehe... So I'm gonna have to go with "None of the Above," for now.
Fair play to you then good luck with the training
Maybe I've been brainwashed by the Gracies. Lord knows I've been accused of that before. ...But this doesn't seem that bad to me. I look at it the same way I view "ground survival" in defensive tactics. It's not going to enable someone to compete at anything but the most basic level with even other regularly training white belts, let alone blues. But it does exactly what it is advertised to do, which is give someone a chance to "survive" on the ground long enough to escape or for back up to arrive. The ground survival course for DT instructors is 16 hours.
This course is 80 hours of intensive intruction from experts. And it is a FAR superior way for the local TKD place to add some ground fighting to their curriculum instead of "discovering" the secret ground techniques that have always been hidden in their forms.
HA!HA!HA!HA! The Bullshido/ BJJ nutriders must all be about to commit ritual suicide! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
This made my mother fucking day! So many ass monkeys on this site have endlessly worshiped the Gracies and now, oh yes, now only at the end do realize---98% of the martial arts is BULLSHIDO! *Lighting shoots from fingers; young luke writhes in pain*:tongue11:
Uhmmm, no. The majority have never worshipped the Gracies. In fact, their tactics have always been put into question. Search for a thread made by Yrkoon a while ago on this particular subject.
One thing is certain:
At least the Gracies know how to fight, unlike others who will inevitably look into this thread and laugh their asses off as they try to rationalize it as a form of vindication for the delutions.
And at the end of the day, that's what matters. Can you fight or not? That is the question. McDojo? Yes. Bullshit? Not so.
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