Choosing the Path: Loyalty, Legacy, and the Future of Jiu-Jitsu

When I hear such stories, it makes me feel sorry for them. The reason is that they don’t realize how much the people around them have helped them to become a brown or black belt. They don’t realize how much effort, time, and support they have received from the people around them to become a brown or black belt.

Strength Through Unity

If you think you have become strong by yourself, you are mistaken! As I always write, you cannot become strong in Jiu-Jitsu alone. You have friends and they make you strong. It is unforgivable to betray them without a second thought.

Navigating the Ethical Landscape of Transfers

For example, transferring from one place to another is inevitable. Also, in our case, I can understand going to train under my teachers, Leo and Hikaginho. But transferring is not. The original role of a brown or black belt should be to fight on the back of the dojo and to teach the younger students. And contributing to the dojo is the way to repay the debt of gratitude to the friends around you.

Considering the Consequences

For those who are thinking about transferring, imagine that you are thinking about transferring to a new dojo. When your friends who have made you strong or your friends after you move to a new dojo compete, which one will you cheer for? What if in the future, a student you have carefully nurtured to black belt easily transfers to another school? Is a dojo that welcomes you, a traitor, really a good dojo?

Cultural Context and Reflections

There are many transfer problems in Brazil. However, they are Latin people, and if they get along with each other, they often practice together again. However, from the point of view of the Japanese temperament, there may be deep-rooted grudges that remain, although they do not show it in their faces.

Preserving the Legacy of Jiu-Jitsu

For the sake of the future development of the jiu-jitsu world in Japan, please be careful about transferring.

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