Serge Morel and Stuart Mitchell are BJJ Black Belt Instructors (IBBJF 2nd degree certified). AucklandBJJ black belts Laurence Pene and Luiz Machado also run classes.
Our fees are $40 for adults and $30 for juniors and $25 for kids per week. We have two instructors per class so we split the class for beginners. Come check us out for a trial class and discounts.
The curse of the blue belt and the pyramid of needs
In past articles, I wrote about the curse of the blue belt
and the many reasons why people quit training
after the blue belt.
In this article, I would like to introduce
the concept of the pyramid of needs.
Yes, it sounds like an Indiana Jones movie
It is about understanding what drives the
students and at what stage of the pyramid each individual is at.
Therefore you can understand their needs
and help them.
You will be able to retain them by helping
them reaching to the different layers of the pyramid.
Instead of expecting them to fit in your
Everyone is different.
You cannot create a unique mould for all your students.
What is the pyramid of needs?
It is actually called the
"Maslow'shierarchy of needs is a
theory in psychology proposed by AbrahamMaslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human
Motivation" in Psychological Review.Maslowsubsequently
extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His
theories parallel many other theories of human developmental
psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages
of growth in humans.Maslowused the terms
"physiological", "safety", "belongingness" and
"love", "esteem", "self-actualization", and
"self-transcendence" to describe the pattern that human motivations
generally move through."
I do not think we can do
much in that part. However, there is couple of cases which come in mind. Jose
Also moved to theFavelasof Rio in order to trainBJJat NovaUnio, the instructor realised that he was hungry and fed him.
Also,Jacarewas rescued from the
streets by hisBJJinstructor as he ran away
from the local mafia from his town.
Level 2 is Safety
This is where martial
arts come to play. The need of the individual to feel safe and therefore seek
to protect themselves by learning a martial art. How manyBJJgyms are just interested
into sport only and are not interested in self-defence?
Level 3 is love and belonging
This is whereBJJstrives the best at. They
actually go overboard sometimes. But a strong feeling of friendship, team and
family is present to mostBJJgyms. It is a great
feeling and intoxicating. The team is stronger than the individuals. Sometimes
people do not want to leave their gym in fear to be labelled as a traitor.
"All humans have a
need to feel respected; this includes the need to haveself-esteemand self-respect. Esteem presents the
typical human desire to be accepted and valued by others. People often engage
in a profession or hobby to gain recognition. These activities give the person
a sense of contribution or value. Low self-esteem or aninferiority complexmay result from imbalances during this
level in the hierarchy. People with low self-esteem often need respect from
others; they may feel the need to seek fame or glory. However, fame or glory
will not help the person to build their self-esteem until they accept who they
are internally. Psychological imbalances such asdepressioncan hinder the person from obtaining a
higher level of self-esteem or self-respect"
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
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