My (Stu) father's family lives in Wanganui which is a city on the west coast of the North Island about 3 hours drive north from Wellington. My Grandmother passed away after 98 years on the weekend and we had her funeral and wake on Monday. So on Tuesday suffering from a large hangover I decided to visit the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Wanganui dojo.
The Dojo is located at the Wanganui Martial Arts Centre 159 Wicksteed St, Wanganui, which is shares with Wanganui Judo and other Martial arts. There is a nice big mat area and an enthusiastic group of white belts taught by Jake Stead (Blue belt, black gi in the photo). I turned up in my Judo Gi having got the days at the Martial Arts Centre wrong but they didn't hold that against me and asked me to teach the class.
As there is a competition coming up in Auckland that they are sending a team to, after some drills I gave them a quick run down of the rules that they will be competing under. Then we finished the night with some light sparring.
Thanks very much for making me feel welcome and feel free to drop by AucklandBJJ.com anytime you like Wanganui.
Popular posts from this blog
As we are getting closer to graduation, students that are not getting promoted to the next belt will likely to receive stripes instead. If you do not have a black tab on your belt, we cannot give you stripes. Why do we have stripes? The Gracies decided to have a stripes system in order to be different from Judo. As it takes 1-3 years between belts, it is nice to receive stripes once in a while. How often do we give stripes? It is usually done during graduation which is usually held twice a year (August and December). What if you miss the graduation event? No worries, we will give them during the following classes. How many stripes can I get? You can get up to 4 stripes. Is there a minimum number of stripes in order to get the next belt? No, in fact some schools do not bother with stripes. You can move to the next belt even if you do not have any stripes. What is the red tab for? It is for the instructors. A blue
I will teach you a black belt magic trick in Jiu Jitsu. If you want a student to disappear: give him a blue belt. It is recurring event in the life of an instructor and a club. If you think the drop out of white belts is bad enough, the ratio of drop out of the blue belts is worst. I am not sure if I agree with statistics on this picture. But the issue is not really about arguing about the percentages of drop out but more on discussing the reasons for such drop out and what we can do to prevent it. Reasons for the drop out: It takes a long time to achieve a blue belt. It average between 1-3 years. After 1-3 years of training, people loose interest and wants to start a new sport or hobby. The goal of the student was to achieve the blue belt and not the black belt. Personal situations changes over the years. Lot of people that start training are young single males with disposable income. Lot of them are at university level or are single. Add a few more years and they