Member Since: 09/19/2002
Don't take this personal, but to be honest, I have a few issues with the whole idea of this.
I think it is great you are running a BJJ event, but you are running a BJJ event on a Army installation and still charging Soldiers money to compete! I have no issue with civilian's running a BJJ academy off post, and charging whatever the market will pay. This goes for running an event off post as well. It is great for sustainment training and giving soldiers a place to train. But, to come onto an Army post and charge a solider to compete in an event is sad.
This would never happen here at Fort Bragg. We have allowed 2 BJJ and Judo events on post in the last year and a half, and we have never had a soldier charged a dollar to compete. Of course we also have Combatives events on post every 3 months giving the soldiers plenty of outlets for competition.
I am curious as to others feelings on the subject, i.e. Matt, Jason K., Dave D. etc. This is not just a Bliss issue, as I have had conversations with other posts about this recently over almost the same issue.
Well, I had some time to think about this, as well as consult with someone I respect a very much, with a great deal of Army/MWR experience.
He brought up a great point, which I did not think of: It ends up being a matter of intent. What I mean is this...
Most "outside" events that take place on an Army Post that charge a small fee (For example, at Ft. Bragg we have a 3 on 3 B-Ball event that charges each soldier $10 to compete), must give a certain part of the money back to the program somehow. For instance, using the 3 on 3 example, the $10 goes toward shirts, drinks, medals, etc. To use a Ft. Bragg MWR and charge a fee, this is a requirement. Most events go into the red, and get additional money subsidized from sponsors or other avenues, but not from the soldiers.
And tht may be the case here as well. I just did not want this to turn into a situation where we were coming down on the Bliss event without all the facts.