Not too long ago, I wrote about how Xande Ribeiro criticized certain instructors for giving away BJJ black belts to MMA fighters who never (or rarely) train or compete in the gi.
Now UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, is speaking out as well.
In a recent interview with Tatame, Aldo said the following (translated):
“Giving to political belt to a big star helps promote the sport. It’s a symbolic thing. But giving rank to athletes who never trained in kimono and tomorrow will teach a class with his black belt at the waist, is wrong. You have to attend the academy
The Jiu-Jitsu, today, is very different from what I learned.
Getting a black belt without using the kimono is complicated.
Today, I read that some people gain rank through internet courses. For the love of God! A guy like that gets caught by a blue belt.”
So what do you think? Should BJJ black belts be handed out? Should you be able to teach BJJ without having gone through all of the ranks?
Let me know in the comments below!