Article: Should A Jiu Jitsu Gym Accept Gracie Style Challenge Matches From Outsiders?


Recently this has been a topic of interest.

The question is what should be done about it.

If someone comes into your Jiu Jitsu school and says they want to challenge the system of Jiu Jitsu in a Gracie Challenge style manner.

In the current year (2019) it has already been established that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is effective.

There is not really a need to convince anyone from another martial art that it is effective. All martial arts have their positives and reasons for being a martial art. Even if one is not as great a form of self-defense as opposed to another it may offer other holistic benefits.

To each their own.

But when Jiu Jitsu was brought to the US, Rorion Gracie and the The Gracie Family issued challenge matches to show Jiu Jitsu’s effectiveness against other martial arts.

These challenge matches were known as “The Gracie Challenge.” They were very effective in demonstrating the effectiveness of Jiu Jitsu. They were NHB (no holds barred) style matches but the Gracies did their best to use restraint by using slaps and grappling.

Today it’s not as necessary due to the fact that Jiu Jitsu has been proven effective, but it still occasionally happens.

Liability issues and bodily concerns are at the forefront in regard to challenge matches.

There is not much purpose but maybe pride or as some may call it “teaching a lesson to a challenger.”

In some cases this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If a person wants to learn Jiu Jitsu but does not believe in it then a challenge may be appropriate to prove it’s effectiveness to the skeptic. They may sign up to Jiu Jitsu because of this.

If a challenge occurs, many feel it should be done in a gentle manner as possible to show the superiority of Jiu Jitsu. Some however feel a ‘fight is a fight” so whatever happens can happen.

Unlike yesteryears, today MMA is available in every state and most if not all countries worldwide, so it is possible to sanction a fight if it is necessary (rather than risking issues at a gym).

Either way, what are your thoughts on Jiu Jitsu academy challenge matches in the United States? Would you accept a challenge match? Why or why not?

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