The place you train – will it always be the same?
This week we conclude our conversation around changing where you train Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Our guest this week is Gumby from OnT heMat.com, who can provide a different angle to the topic than in our previous discussion. Gumby has been in the jiu-jitsu scene over ten years and is a black belt under Ralph Gracie and is in the process of opening his own BJJ school. So Gumby will provide not only the perspective of a jiu-jitsu student but that of someone whose livelihood depends on a healthy school where students are not leaving to go train jiu-jitsu somewhere else.
We will also hear from Pedro Sauer in our installment of The Black Belt Corner.
EXCERPT FROM THE SHOW
The FightWorks Podcast: There’s a strange sort of dual set of relationships where, as a student, you’re a consumer, right? You’re paying for a service. On the other hand, the people on the [jiu-jitsu] mats become family.
Gumby: Absolutely. That’s one of the great things about jiu-jitsu. It’s why we enjoy it so much. Some of the camaraderie, some of my best friends come from guys that I’ve met on the mat. Literally. I am pretty sure that’s the same for anyone who’s listening to this right now. I have had very close relationships with people that I train with. So for whatever the reason, you don’t like to see those people go. You want to keep those people close to you (if it’s a good environment for you that is). And some people will do whatever they can to protect that.