Robert Drysdale is the co-Founder, together with Rodrigo Cavaca, of Zenith Team. He is not only known for his great Jiu-Jitsu game but also for his open mindedness.
In this article from bloodyelbow.com , he talks about why he is against BJJ politics:
Robert Drysdale On BJJ Politics:
“I’m not very political, even though I come from a jiu jitsu background. Everyone who trains jiu jitsu, knows how very political it can be. I grew so tired of it. It was so exhausting that I just flipped the other way. I’m not political at all. I tell my guys, ‘You do what you’ve got to do. I’m here to help you if you need it, just let me know. If you’ve got to go somewhere else, I’m not going to stop you, and I’m not going to get mad at you. You do what’s best for you.’ That’s my policy and it seems to work. We’ve never had a problem that way.”
On the rapid growth of His academy Drysdale BJJ in Las Vegas:
“It’s very exciting, and it’s certainly flattering that so many people are coming over to my gym for my instruction. It’s something I enjoy, and I really don’t see it as work. When I moved to Vegas, this was not my original plan. My original plan was to train, but people started asking me questions, and the next thing you know, I’m teaching, and now I’ve opened my own gym. I like it. I like to teach, and it certainly hasn’t stopped me from training. I do what I love, so I’m certainly privileged to be able to do something that I love so much.
Our rapid growth is a bit of a concern as far as having enough space. We moved to this location a little over a year ago, and we’ve already outgrown the place. We need more space, without a doubt. I’m on a five year lease at my current location, so I’ve got to figure something out. I think we’ll be able to work around it, though. It’s something that is in the works.
I want to be able to offer more, a complete experience. I want to offer housing for the fighters, management, training, sponsor opportunities, from when they begin their careers as amateurs, all the way into the UFC. We have grand ideas, but it’s still a work in progress. I don’t like to rush things. I’m very patient in that sense, and I want the team to grow organically.
I didn’t think we were going to be the best team in Vegas overnight, but I definitely think we’re working in that direction. Very soon, I think we’ll have one of the most powerful MMA teams in the world.”
Highest Percentage Sweep in BJJ: Bulldozer Sweep by Robert Drysdale, from on his state of the art BJJ instructional website Drysdale Virtual BJJ Academy.
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