BJJ Poll: Do You Feel Like There Is Too Much Pressure at Your BJJ School to Attend the Seminars It Hosts?

by Caleb on August 1, 2009


So by now you know that we post a poll about Brazilian jiu-jitsu every Saturday morning here on The FightWorks Podcast. This week’s BJJ Poll comes to us from a member of the Mighty 600,000 who emailed us but wishes to remain anonymous to avoid being forced to clean the mats at his school forever (I kid, I kid).

Brazilian jiu-jitsu seminars are a tradition. Basically a BJJ instructor from out of town visits your academy and gives a special class. The visiting teacher is expected to be someone of significant knowledge or reputation in the BJJ community. He or she is also a good friend of your own instructor, or could even be your instructor’s own original instructor!

They are almost never free. In fact depending on the renown of whoever is giving the seminar, they can cost anywhere from $50 to $100… or more!

The point of the seminar is for the students to get access to new information they may not otherwise receive. Whoever is teaching the seminar does so to make some money in return, so there is an expectation that there will be a respectable attendance at the school that is hosting the seminar.

But sometimes things can get out of hand. As noted above, jiu-jitsu seminars are not cheap, and their cost is certainly not something that is included in your normal class dues. What happens when there are seminars held at your jiu-jitsu academy so frequently that you begin to feel like your bank account is getting rear naked choked?

So you see the struggle a jiu-jitsu student might face. So in this week’s BJJ poll we want to know what it is like for you. Do you feel like there is too much pressure at your BJJ school to attend seminars? Let us know by voting in the poll here and leave us a comment as well!

(By the way – if you are looking to find out about upcoming BJJ seminars, we post all the ones we hear about on iCompete.org!)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Isaac August 1, 2009 at 7:50 am

At mine they say “It’s a good idea to go” which it is. However, there is no pressure.

slideyfoot August 1, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Several big ones (e.g., Reyson Gracie) at the Roger Gracie Academy over the 2 and a bit years I was there, but I never felt any pressure to attend (of course, they were absolutely packed anyway, so its not like they needed extra attendance).

Andy August 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm

We don’t host seminars so frequently that I have the same issue. There really is not too much pressure to go, though I do just kinda feel compelled to be there in support of the academy. I have yet to regret it though. I have always walked away with a couple of great techniques to work on over the next few months.

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