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5/14/13 9:00 AM
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Graunie
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I wanted to get Bjj community input on instructor titles. I'm a Bjj brown belt opening a school and I am unsure what title I should be using with the kids. If I was a blackbelt I would not hesitate to use Professor, but I understand that is generally reserved for bb's. what are your thoughts and suggestions? Thanks!
5/14/13 9:08 AM
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BillyShalimar
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my first instructor was a brown belt and our kids called him mr. pat
5/14/13 9:14 AM
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Mr. Graunie



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5/14/13 9:22 AM
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Coach or Mr.(first name)
5/14/13 11:47 AM
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krept - Coach or Mr.(first name)
This. Phone Post
5/14/13 11:51 AM
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5/14/13 12:20 PM
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Setree - Mr. Firstname

I like this.
5/14/13 12:25 PM
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CJJScout
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Sensei might not be bad. Just means "teacher". Matt Serra did a seminar down here and was calling all the black belts "Sensei".

It was funny to hear him call me Sensei and I asked him about it. He told me that he calls all the BBs sensei now and that he just sorta liked it.
5/14/13 1:14 PM
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5/14/13 2:30 PM
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Coach.

5/14/13 2:44 PM
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5/14/13 2:48 PM
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With the kids we use Mr or Ms (first name) even with black belts. Adults use Professor with the same instructor Phone Post 3.0
5/14/13 3:48 PM
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Shidoshi is strong as well. Phone Post
5/14/13 4:08 PM
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Keep it real, have them call you "Nigga".

Tell them you're training them for the street.
5/14/13 4:09 PM
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JRockwell -  Shidoshi is strong as well. Phone Post

I would only use this title to honor you.......(bows head)

5/14/13 4:16 PM
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Your name Phone Post
5/14/13 4:50 PM
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"Keep it real, have them call you "Nigga".

Tell them you're training them for the street."

Shen ,that's awesome LOL
5/14/13 5:20 PM
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Have them call you what your friends call you. Phone Post 3.0
5/14/13 5:25 PM
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Graunie
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My friends call me Count Monsterod Von Hugenstein.
5/15/13 3:14 AM
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Coach

This American buddy buddy first name shit with kids is no good. Separation between instructor and student is important for a billion reasons. Phone Post
5/15/13 3:20 AM
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I don't understand why there has to be a separation. My students of all ages has always called me by my first name, just as I have to them. We have been friends on an equal level, no hierarchy on or off the mat. Has worked great and wouldn't ever want it any other way.

Would you also give your students a title that tells they are "below" you? Phone Post
5/15/13 3:15 PM
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Massa with no r. You get the r once you are accused of your first sex crime Phone Post 3.0
5/15/13 3:22 PM
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The Gracie Barra schools I've visited are pretty strict about it, Coach for instructors below black, Professor for black, Master for red/black, Grandmaster for red. This seems to have become pretty standard and may be the way you want to go with a kids program.

The Gracie Academy has none of this formality, everyone (including Rorion) will tell you to call them by their first name. I'm not sure this way is better, especially for a kid's program, but I do prefer it.
5/15/13 3:37 PM
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In Phone Post 3.0
5/15/13 4:05 PM
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It's coach.


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