Jiu-Jitsu is not just about mastering techniques but also upholding a strong code of respect. Any form of mockery or belittlement has no place in this martial art, whether on or off the mats.
The following incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of respect in Jiu-Jitsu. An adult purple belt decided to make fun of a young yellow belt who had been placed in the adult class due to a lack of opponents in the 13-15 age group.
In the video below, you can witness the consequences of such behavior, highlighting that ridiculing anyone can come back to haunt you, much like a boomerang.
In Jiu-Jitsu, every practitioner, regardless of age or belt, deserves respect and support. This incident serves as a valuable lesson for all, emphasizing that we should uplift and encourage our fellow martial artists rather than attempting to humiliate them.
Through fostering a culture of respect, we can ensure that Jiu-Jitsu remains not only a martial art but a community where everyone’s journey is valued and protected.
And in reality, the gap between levels in BJJ seems to be narrowing. While there’s still a substantial gap between professional grapplers and casuals, there’s more access than ever to instructionals, competition footage and even training.