The above promotion got the ire of the whole BJJ community.
The techniques are well explained but people critised the grading online (up to brown 4 stripes).
Even their Uncle Royce Gracie got disapointed with their marketing:
Royce then posted on the subject directly, again, via Instagram.
"With all due respect, our nephew's curriculums and online programs are not a true representation of the teaching method, belt grading, and philosophy that we learned from our father, Grandmaster Helio Gracie.
They have the right to modify our battle-tested jiu-jitsu system as they see fit, but we feel that it is our duty to ensure that our father's name is not misrepresented.
While videos, books and online resources may serve as supplements to jiu-jitsu practitioners, provenly, they can never, by any means, substitute live lessons in a qualified academy."
In an interview with Tatame, Rener offered a defense of the practice, saying it is an fact a superior alternative to learning BJJ in an actual academy.
"Some people do not understand that online study is even more effective than learning in the
traditional classroom," said Rener, via Google Translate.
Ryron and Rener also introduce a modification to the Gracie University belt promotion process.
Effective June 1, 2014, students who earn complete the Gracie Combatives program from home, and pass the Blue Belt Test via the Video Evaluation Process, will earn a Gracie University "Technical Blue Belt."
To earn the Official Gracie Academy Blue Belt, students must pass an extended hands-on evaluation with Ryron, Rener, or an authorized Gracie Academy representative at a Certified Training Center.
NO MORE OFFICIAL GRACIE ACADEMY BLUE BELT ONLINE, YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY TURN UP AT A REAL SCHOOL.
I wonder if it is going to affect their sales!