What Should You Do If Someone Comes To Challenge You in Your BJJ Academy?

What Should You Do If Someone Comes To Challenge You in Your BJJ Academy?

“If we fight for money I’ll stop when you ask. If we fight for pride I’ll stop when I want.” ~Rickson

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu history there has been a legacy of the Gracie challenge where a random person off the street would walk up to a BJJ and challenge the instructor to a vale tudo match in closed walls.

This recently happened in the USA at Chute Boxe/Checkmat BJJ affiliate gym.

What we know from hearing what the instructor said at the end of the video, is that a big muscular guy challenged the BJJ instructor by punching him at his academy and by saying hat he was a pro fighter.

“He punched me so I pushed him and said I thought you were from the other gym. He said no, I’m from ***** And then he started screaming he’s a heavyweight pro fighter and attacked me again”

After slapping him, and applying a RNC, the instructor went full Vale Tudo and proceeded to batter him with stomps, soccer kicks…. At the end the guy got up but was badly hurt. The instructor told him to get out and they both fist bumped…

Michael Mihas aka Mr Jiu Jitsu who posted the video, wrote this:

“If you think you can walk into a Jiu-Jitsu gym and challenge people and expect them to act civil once you challenge their reputation and what they do for a living. You will find out the hard way that all the weight lifting and roids won’t help you and certain individuals don’t have a stop button once things don’t go your way.”

This is reminiscent of the Rickson Gracie challenge match:

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Old school bjj black under Ralph Gracie, Alan ‘Gumby’ Marques saw the video and gave his opinion. Gumby is a bjj instructor and has been challenged to challenge matches every 6 months. He offers great advice on what to do in this situation, what submissions to use etc…: