After experiencing development and popularity until now, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is no longer just a martial art that has world-level competition, but has influenced people ideologically, one of which can be noted is a group called bjj globetrotters. As a movement with several principles, the BJJ community is a gathering of BJJ fans, as tourists around the world who have an ideology against political practices in Jiu Jitsu. This group has at least five values that must be known and run by all members, namely: we provide at least one week of free training for members who are traveling, we never refuse members to go to practice elsewhere, we welcome anyone to come in groups, no Associated with related affiliations, we believe all people are equally both inside and outside Matthew, and we strive to enjoy life, people and the world through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Sounds exciting and very egalitarian, right?
But of course, the affiliation referred to here is not traditional or orthodox, and does not necessarily have a kind of hierarchical structure, the globetrotters are centralized as structures without having a leader to follow, let alone an authoritarian leader. Now, it is further emphasized that this community is not only limited to the exercise above the mats, but makes BJJ as a social media that is effective for mutual understanding, sharing, and the same purpose. In addition, this community has a tradition of thinking that strives to equalize perceptions about problems that recognize BJJ, in order to be able to help each other in the training process, travel, promotion, other collective activities, or give cheap BJJ gi to practice.
Well, as a community that makes its members feel at home, spending time in the association, bjj globetrotters provides a kind of job desk so that they can be connected, friendly, respectful, regardless of order or class or title, especially at a certain level of the belt. The principle is that this community adheres to a system of equality or equal rights between members, without limiting individual rights. Through this community medium, they want how members can practice with each other, without having to be limited by certain bound systems, and may not choose their training partners or opponents. The opportunity to travel around the world because of BJJ’s enthusiasm and turmoil cannot be dammed, and of course the same taste and no personal interest above the common interest.
One interesting story came from Christian Graugart, one of the members of the bjj globetrotters, originating from Copenhagen, Denmark who had begun to wrestle since 1999, with the level of the black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Graugart shares his story and experience about BJJ with its political practices. “The habit is quite successful in eliminating most of the enthusiasm and justice in Jiu Jitsu. In large and well-known practice sites, students are told that they are not allowed to study or practice with whom they want, except from their instructors.”
Now, a community that already has members from all over the world, works in the form of books written by one of the members and made as mandatory reading for members, The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Globetrotter written by Christian Graugart, they also have a lot of routine work program Training Camps, which consists of various types such as Zen Camp, Arizona Camp, Caribbean Island Camp, winter camp, to USA camp marine (in full, please visit the official website of bjjglobetrotters.com), with bjj globetrotters, hope that BJJ will always be favored not only for martial arts , but also as a unifying sport.