Why is BJJ so popular in NZ?
Judo has all the potentials to become a popular sport and martial art in NZ as it was once but yet it seems it is struggling at the moment.
The number of clubs are dwindling.
It seems the blame is passed on to the top management.
Well, at least they have a federation which you would think is better than BJJ.
We do not have one in NZ.
Years ago, several attempts of creating a BJJ Federation failed miserably.
The reasons were greed and massive ego.
The instigators were just planning to copycat the IBJJF and had no intention to share the power via election etc..
So we do not have a federation to blame for the lack of success for our clubs.
Having no federation also means that our club members do not have to waste their hard earned cash in federation fee.
Each club is left to promote themselves.
They are left on their own to fund raise.
Now the question, why do you need to fund raise for?
Most BJJ gyms are run by professional instructors.
Does your local mechanics need to fund raise to buy more garage equipment?
So why would a full professional BJJ gym needs to fund raise for?
While it seems improbable, it still happens a lot more than you think.
It is mostly a money grab hidden behind so called good intention like needing to buy a plane ticket to go compete overseas etc..
The beauty out of the situation is BJJ does not need to promote itself in NZ.
UFC does it for us.
Every time a fight lands on the ground in a MMA fight, the vocabulary and techniques seems to direct the public to BJJ instead of Judo,
Do I blame Joe Rogan for that?
Yes, I do.
Joe trains BJJ and specialise in 10th planet Jiu Jitsu.
I admit that the current ideal situation would be way more different if we did not have a commentator that knew BJJ.
The day Joe stops commentating in the UFC and his replacement is ignorant about the BJJ and ground game.
We will lose an advocate and free publicity.
UFC has events almost every weekend and has become so mainstream that you can read about UFC in the NZ herald and see a poster of UFC video game and their latest star at the local service station.
Even my boss knows what is the UFC!
There is also another threat which is the public is getting more savvy and starting to learn the difference between MMA and BJJ.
Would it mean that we would be losing potential students to MMA?
Just like Judo is complaining they are losing potential students to BJJ!
I do not think so.
To start with, I am happy that the public is now aware of the difference because I do not really want MMA wannabes in our club.
We compete in BJJ and I think they would be wasting their time if MMA is really what they want to do.
Each BJJ has their own ranking system.
We are free to promote our own students and our certificates is not endorsed by any NZ federation.
BJJ is notorious for sandbagging and gyms delays the promotion of their students especially the ones that compete as they want to win medals at competitions.
It is common to wait several years for getting promoting to a new belt.
So you also have the stigma that the grass is greener on the other fence
We also have lot of problems.
Our referees are crap.