Sherdog Article on College Credit for Jiu-Jitsu

by admin on May 8, 2010

Rafael Mendes Cobrinha Charles Mundial
Atos Jiu-Jitsu‘s Rafael Mendes (left) slaps hands with Alliance‘s Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles at the 2009 BJJ World Championship.

Last Saturday I received email from a few of the Mighty 600,000 letting me know about an article by Sherdog’s Jake Rossen called UConn’s College Credit for Jiu-Jitsu. In the article Rossen mentioned his concerns about what may be a dilution of Brazilian jiu-jitsu or making fast-food martial arts. He wrote, “It’s domesticated, convenience store martial arts, and a pacifist’s weapon that could be misappropriated.”

To be clear, he also pointed out some benefits of offering jiu-jitsu in such an environment. In any case, the email I received from FightWorks Podcast listeners expressed concern about some of the assumptions made by Rossen in his piece.

I thought this would make for a decent conversation on the tomorrow’s episode. On Sunday and yesterday I emailed Rossen to see if he would like to come on our humble BJJ internet radio show and discuss the topic a bit, but unfortunately I did not hear back. I am sure he receives a lot of email so it’s possible that ours were lost in the shuffle. In any case the invitation is still open if he is interested.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Nate May 9, 2010 at 9:57 pm

The college I went to here in Milwaukee offered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for one credit as well under Pedro Sauer black belt, Henry Matamoros. While one semester is only long enough to learn the basics, several individuals continued BJJ after the class was over. Several of those individuals would probably have never been exposed to it or gone to a gym on their own had the class not been offered by the university in my opinion.

Mike Castro May 27, 2010 at 2:50 am

I agree with Nate it is a great idea to increase BJJ awareness to the world while also working to your scholastic goals. As long as the instructors are honest with thier students that one semester of the course is just and introduction to BJJ and its concepts not a certification.

Mike Castro
http://www.teamtooke-cypress.com

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