Some time ago I blogged about Under the Table Belt Promotions in BJJ. There were some strong opinions on if you should receive a certificate or something documenting your promotion or not.
I received this e-mail today from Jiu-Jitsu University: “Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Belt Rank Certificate. Personally signed by Saulo and Xande Ribeiro! Includes your name and belt rank! Recognize your belt rank officially with this frame ready, professional certificate. Perfect to hang in the house or office!!”. The price for the “celebrity” signatures is $50. It didn’t say exactly but I can’t imagine anyone can get it. I assume you must have some documented or proof that you attained a belt under Saulo and Xande Ribeiro school. I would hope that the $50 isn’t above and beyond a testing fee but I think it is. What this comes down to is making money off of testing. I don’t know about you but this bothers me as much as getting no documentation and relying on word of mouth for substantiating your claim to a certain school and your promotions in it. I think I remember a survey being done on The FightWorks PodCast that said the average monthly cost for BJJ classes was $100. Why can’t they then provide a certificate like this and testing for a modest fee especially in these economic times? Sadly I think it is because the bigger the school and the more notoriety it has the more it’s a business and less like the small family feeling schools.
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