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8/7/14 11:59 AM
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Matthew Godden
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Patrick Robinson - Lots of incorrect info on this thread.

I'm certified with the IBJJF which cost $400. This allows me to receive my stripes from the Federation and stay 'independent'. If I just wanted to compete then it would be only $35 per year. The $400 allows me to remain independent. I train with who I want, host seminars with who I want, and I don't put up with the cost and B.S. of affiliation. My team is on a drop down menu so all my students can compete under my gym's name. Easy peasy. Phone Post 3.0

Do you pay the $400 for each stripe? They don't require signatures for the stripes/degrees? Do you just put the tape on yourself?

Serious questions. Hope it doesn't sound like trolling.


I paid $400 the first time to get certified. I had to have my form signed by a IBJJF certified 2-stripe black belt, a referee course and a CPR certificate. Then all I had to do was pay my $35 annual membership fee.

When I applied for my first stripe (3 years after receiving the black belt), I paid $150 and updated my referee course and CPR. They sent me new certificates indicating I was now a first degree black belt. I did not require a signature that time because I was already certified with them.

I did put the tape on myself, which was the weirdest part of the whole procedure...lol.


Thanks for the info. I just cant pay that initial $400 now. Plus I just missed the nearest ref course last week. Maybe next year.

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8/7/14 12:57 PM
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Hey guys this may be a stupid question but all these rules confuse the hell out of me. I'm a black belt and won't have an issue having a form signed for my promotion but as a black belt and having brown belts under me, won't i then have to pay the $400 and the fees and training courses (CPR, Ref) associated with being recognized in order to certify a brown belt?

 

I don't own the academy where i teach and i have no desire to compete at any IBJJF tourneys but I'll still have to pay $500 or more to have people rep me?

 

If i'm misinformed can someone please straighten me out? Thanks.

 

8/7/14 1:33 PM
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Yea, but what does that have to do with the IBJJF?


Because they make it mandatory and they would kick you out if you stopped affiliating. They just coincidentally receive a kick back from every affiliation sold.

Can't get your old instructor to sign your forms? Keep a copy of the old ones, scan in his signature and 30 secs of Photoshop time later, job done.


For the record, while I don't support this system, I also don't support stealing a signature from anyone. That's just wrong.
But you do support promoting yourself to black belt because you shock the hand of another black belt. Phone Post 3.0
8/7/14 1:50 PM
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That's him promoting me to black. If he says I'm go to go and shakes my hand, then I'm good to go. Are your hand shakes equally worthless?
8/7/14 1:53 PM
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Jordan Tabor - That's him promoting me to black. If he says I'm go to go and shakes my hand, then I'm good to go. Are your hand shakes equally worthless?
Just keep telling yourself that it will be ture. Phone Post 3.0
8/7/14 1:55 PM
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That's literally what went down. What's the issue? Him deciding to shake me down before the ceremony to force me into this scheme is on him. It has nothing to do with me.
8/8/14 9:07 AM
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Kevin Jones - 

Hey guys this may be a stupid question but all these rules confuse the hell out of me. I'm a black belt and won't have an issue having a form signed for my promotion but as a black belt and having brown belts under me, won't i then have to pay the $400 and the fees and training courses (CPR, Ref) associated with being recognized in order to certify a brown belt?

 

I don't own the academy where i teach and i have no desire to compete at any IBJJF tourneys but I'll still have to pay $500 or more to have people rep me?

 

If i'm misinformed can someone please straighten me out? Thanks.

 


It's not a stupid question, this can be quite confusing but the answer is no. You need to register ($35) then you need to register your academy ($50)

Thats it, done.

8/8/14 9:12 AM
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Jordan Tabor - 
Yea, but what does that have to do with the IBJJF?


Because they make it mandatory and they would kick you out if you stopped affiliating. They just coincidentally receive a kick back from every affiliation sold.

Can't get your old instructor to sign your forms? Keep a copy of the old ones, scan in his signature and 30 secs of Photoshop time later, job done.


For the record, while I don't support this system, I also don't support stealing a signature from anyone. That's just wrong.

I fail to see how the IBJJF gets a kick back from every affiliation sold. They get a payment of $50 registration from each registered academy. FYI Most academys are not register and just compete under the parent team, for instance BJJ Revolution has probably 60 or so academies but only 4-5 registered. 

So I'm failing to see how they are getting rich?

 

Secondly, I want my professors to be able to pay their bills. If paying $100 a month for my academy helps them, then thats awesome. There is no reason these guys should live in poverty. $100 a month is far from extortion and as a blackbelt I could easily just go it on my own but I feel good supporting the founders of my team.

People always want a deal from anyone they call friend, but in reality if you really cared about someone, you would pay them for their hard work and dedication.

8/8/14 1:41 PM
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Thanks for the response Josh.


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