It is the student who chooses his teacher and almost always reflects how the teacher acts and thinks inside and outside the mats, his way of training with higher rank people and dealing with beginners, with stronger or weaker ones . It is up to the teachers to polish the attitudes of their students so that everyone has attitudes expected by society, so that the training goes peaceful and nothing turns personally. A teacher is a leader, inside and outside the class. It is also up to the teacher complement the family education and be responsible for the discipline, sports spirit of them students correcting promptly some deviation of conduct.
Unfortunately not all teachers have the same vision of conduct. Years ago, I was in Porto Alegre – Brazil for visiting and talking with friends when I was asked how the positioning of teachers and athletes in Rio de Janeiro would be. Curious, I asked him why, when I was even more surprised when I heard the answer: “… I would not put my son in any Jiu-Jitsu academy here in town. I have tried to know more details and I was surprised to learn that teachers and students together use legal and illegal drugs often at the door of the gym and then come in to train a “high” training. Let’s analyse this person: in his training as a person and an athlete, he/she did not follow up on and monitor family, school and teachers.
What is the huge deal on it? All students of different ages, who will grow up under those bad teachers will form hundreds of thousands of other bad students and consequently other bad teachers and also giving support to the growth of drug and alcohol consumption going against the encouragement to the sport by parents and teachers who would rightly care for the health of the people. According to these black belts, they can often fight well, but have not had instruction and attitudes of a true black belt.
This should cherish and pass on the true philosophy of our art, which would be of clean mind and body to work together in harmony with laws of Physics and inertia. This theme is somewhat controversial because it is not only the privilege of south brazilian academies, but a reality in every country, unfortunately. Before we give away our children in establishments such as schools, academies, playgrounds and even party houses we must know the routine and know these places thoroughly so that we do not have problems of misconduct of our children. We, Black Belts teachers, are opinion makers, idol, model of life for many students who today have class with us and if we keep bad habits our students will also keep the same ones bad habits. So we have, more than ever, to police ourselves regarding attitudes and responsibilities. Our students will be just a mirror of the life we lead. We have to keep our body and mind clear. We have to be an example as a person, an example as a former student and as a teacher. We should also be an example for the parents, having all of students as son and daughters doesn’t matter the age, gaining the trust of all to open up aspects of their lives to make us idols, leader and models of life that supposedly have the ideal outlet for their problems.
That is to be an idol, to be a model, to direct good students and to form good teachers and good people. “Black belt people” in life. Is this attitude a line of thought the invisible Jiu-Jitsu that has been passed to us since we entered art? I hope so and I am grateful to have had those teachings and be able to pass on to my students as well as integrate a conscious team and we all think the same way. We are a team, we are a group of black belts in life showing the path of good and right to new individuals, certainly giving continuity of Good x Bad that until today with expressive success of good.