After Murilo Bustamante and Royce Gracie, another prominent Jiu-Jitsu figure has spoken out openly against online learning and grading in Jiu-Jitsu, more specifically Gracie University.
ADCC 2013 champion Kron Gracie. The son of Rickson, who received his Jiu-Jitsu black belt at 19 years of age, did not spare members of family to discuss the matter.
Dissatisfied, Kron, in an exclusive interview with tatame (in Portuguese), criticized his first cousins and Rener and Ryron Gracie leaders of Gracie University, where up to recently (following controversy and protest from the BJJ community) you used to be able to get a BJJ blue belt online.
“It’s a shame the way the Jiu-Jitsu is being sold. I am ashamed to say that Ryron and Rener teach classes online, and that you can get a belt from a Gracie over the internet. I am sad to know that it’s happening now. Unfortunately, I can not do anything. I do not own the world, I can only control what I do. Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art. You need to put your blood in the gym, hang out with your teacher and earn the belt. It’s something you do not get with time, experience for money and friendship.”
This guy lives in Austin, Texas and received his blue belt in the mail after having demonstrated a set of basic techniques in front of a camera. He never rolled (live sparring). There are around 10 legit Jiu-Jitsu academies in and around Austin, Texas, where he can be taught Jiu-Jitsu directly.
Check out the video, where he proudly explains how the online program works:
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THIS STUFF IN BJJ?Here is the Viral video of a guy opening his Gracie University Blue Belt that he got in a package by mail, even though he had never sparred…
Posted by Grappling Industries on Thursday, May 28, 2015
Watch the new Gracie University online blue belt demonstrate a Kimura: