I am not sure what to say. This is one of the many issues I have with ginormous franchises such as Gracie Barra taking over our sport/art, in that they get SO BIG that they cannot control the character and dignity of the individuals they award rank and school franchises to. This is the second such accusation against a GB instructor just this month. Members of GB are having a hard time controlling the continuous issues that plague the organization headed by Carlos Gracie Jr., and though they closed all GB schools Thursday (presumably to figure out the correct course of action for the franchise), I hope they do not turn a blind eye to such issues like the Catholic church has.
Greed is ugly. When we grow too big for our britches we cannot control anything nor anyone that is representing our name, brand, art, business, tribe, group, etc. Perhaps it is time such organizations as Gracie Barra take a long hard look at their business model(s) and re-evaluate priorities in an effort to be more responsible and accountable. Much like the problems we are facing with big corporations in the world, I believe the answer is in working on quality, not quantity.
|Oliviera with children of all ages at his Yakima academy. Sickening.|
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