Does Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Have A Hypocrisy Problem?

Is there a hypocrisy problem in BJJ?

Chad Lyman thinks so, and he has quite a bit of experience to back his opinions up. He started back in 1998, when BJJ was still practically unheard of in the United States. His first gym was affiliated with Rickson Gracie and then switched to Rigan Machado. Lyman got his blue belt under Chris Haueter, one of the first Americans to get a BJJ black belt, and he has been coaching for over a decade.

Chad is now a black belt himself, serving as a coach at Xtreme Couture.

Yet as much as Professor Lyman loves BJJ, he thinks there are some issues that need to be addressed.

BJJ schools, according to him, seem to get mad whenever their students change academies. However, those same academies seem to have no problem changing affiliation when it suits them.

What will happen in the jiu-jitsu community is a team will switch affiliation overnight…but if you have a guy who switches gyms…whatever the case is… people will call him creonte [a term for someone who is disloyal to his or her gym], they’ll call him this and they’ll call him that. 

What do you think? Does Brazilian jiu-jitsu have a hypocrisy problem? If we are going to call students traitors for changing gyms, shouldn’t we give gyms the same criticism when they change affiliation?

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