It’s funny, with the limited amount of people who train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and even more limited amount of people who compete, you still find people who are snobs. This is in any culture, let’s be real, at work some people are snobs, groups have snobs, even within families and interpersonal relationships there are snobs.
In Jiu Jitsu it really shouldn’t exist but it does. Let’s take a look at 3 different types of Jiu Jitsu snobs and their traits.
- The high level competitor Jiu Jitsu snob. We all know this person. They feel they are better than others because of victories. They won’t roll with lower belts. They treat people who “suck” at BJJ like they are worthless. No matter what they have to say because they can kick your butt they have a hard time listening to or acknowledging you. They think life revolves around their victories. Not every top competitor acts like this obviously, in fact it occurs but it’s rare.
- The higher belt who can’t learn from a lower belt Jiu Jitsu snob. In Jiu Jitsu you can learn from anyone. So it pays to have an open mind. There was a book (can’t recall the name, may have been written by Khalil Gibran if I’m not mistaken) that used the analogy of climbing a mountain. The person on the bottom often-times will have the better view rather than the person climbing. It doesn’t mean they are better at climbing but they may see something the person climbing does not see. That doesn’t mean you have to listen to a long incoherent rant from someone who has no idea what they are talking about. But there are plenty of people with valid input. If you don’t wish to hear what someone has to say or have little time then you can address the person kindly when you have a hard time listening to them just like you would do in daily life – enabling you to keep the relationship intact.
- The I do Jiu Jitsu so your martial art is worthless Jiu Jitsu snob. Not everyone trains Jiu Jitsu. Not everyone has to. There are many other martial arts. And not everyone has to do a martial art at all. Just like no one has to be a gun expert or a ballerina or truck driver, whatever. Jiu Jitsu has benefits. It may in act be the best martial art for some people. It may even be the “best” to many but it certainly is not the only martial art. So if you love it, cool, it doesn’t mean everyone else will.
Be aware there are also a lot of people who may lack social skills in Jiu Jitsu who may come off as snobs. They may be shy. They partially come to Jiu Jitsu to expose themselves a bit more to social situations and meet more friendly people.
Any other types of Jiu Jitsu snobs you can think of list them below?