BJJEE shared a great article where Xande Ribiero apparently concurs with my opinion:
“I find this a little embarrassing. It’s a joke! You shouldn’t give a black belt just because the guy is tough. You have to respect the master and your companions. Many people get the black belt to open affiliates of an academy, and that is unacceptable. Another thing that makes me angry is seeing an MMA fighter getting a black belt. MMA is not Jiu-Jitsu. You have to know how to use the Gi, must have commitment to Jiu-Jitsu and your master. Tell him to show a spider guard, a sweep … Who does that is only thinking about fame and money. I’ve trained and tried hard to get a black belt. I’ve Been loyal to teachers and training partners. Jiu-Jitsu is one thing; MMA is another. Respect the art. “
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It is imperative that we raise the standards of BJJ and keep them high. Regardless of your skill or talent wouldn't you prefer to EARN a promotion then just be handed it?? I suppose if that was human nature we would live in a much different world. Though I feel most of these words will fall on def ears if the message gets to one person it is worth it. Keep standards high!