BJJ black belt Mitch Coats receives his black belt certificate from Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva . Image courtesy Coats.
One of the nice things about Brazilian jiu-jitsu is that when someone claims to have earned a certain belt rank, there is not too much room for variation in their skill level. Sure, while not all purple belts are created equal, when you train with just about any purple belt out there, you tend to say, “Yeah, I can see why that person is wearing that belt.”
But given the very practical and effective techniques in BJJ, it’s nearly impossible to claim that someone knows a lot of jiu-jitsu when they do not. It becomes clear quickly on the mat that their knowledge is shallow. This is disappointing to those who looked to that person for information and can be considered insulting to those who worked very hard for so long to legitimately earn their belt rank.
A situation recently arose in Boise where an individual is said to have made this type of false claim about his rank in jiu-jitsu. As one can imagine, the claims were disproven rather quickly and news travelled fast through the local BJJ community there. This week on The FightWorks Podcast we hear from Mitch Coats, a black belt under Alliance Jiu-Jitsu’s Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva. Coats shares the recent events in his town and how the community came together to set the record straight.