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This Is The Right Way To Expose A Fake BJJ Purple Belt

It is common knowledge in the martial arts community that there will be individuals out there posing as if there were experts in their respective fields. This is done usually because of monetary reasons, or in some smaller cases, pride.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has become very popular and mainstream in the past decade. Ever since Royce Gracie won UFC 1 more than twenty-five years ago, this martial art has been the go-to for anyone that just wants to learn how to defend themselves effectively. You would see celebrities and pro-athletes learn BJJ during their offseason and free time.

But with the rise of its popularity, it does come with some downsides. Fake Instructors and “McDojos” (Fake martial art school) are inherently popping up around the world, in hopes of making a quick buck or two. There are videos all over Youtube and Google showing real practitioners exposing these fake schools and fake instructors, and let me tell you, it isn’t pretty.

It usually starts out with the fake instructor denying the claims that he/she is not legitimate. Then the real practitioners start to challenge and soon beat the fake instructor in humiliating fashion. Though it may be a harsh thing to do, it is the only necessary way to preserve the authenticity of the martial art.

There are better ways to deal with this situation

This was the mindset MMA Fighter John Mcguin had when he met a man who claimed he was a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, as well as a cop.

According to an interview by JiuJitsu Times, John McGuin and his brother were just setting up the mats late at night for their new school McGuin Jiu-Jitsu Academy. A random man walks into the brothers setting up the gym, and he starts inquiring about rates. As the conversation goes on, he claims to be a cop and a purple belt under an unknown gym.

The brothers decide to ask this man to a friendly roll to secretly test his mettle and see if he was the real deal.

Long story short, he wasn’t.

But how John and his brother taught this fake practitioner a lesson will leave you totally in awe. Instead of degrading and berating the man for his lie like in most videos, he offered 10 days free to see if he really wants to start over and learn real Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

The brothers credit their kind reaction to being Christian. “We want to change people’s lives for the better”

Watch the full video below:

Ariston Palacios

Ariston is a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and instructor under Carpe Diem BJJ. He is also a Coach at two UFC Gyms in his home country. Discovering BJJ at the age of 18, his passion for the sport usually ends up with most of his time doing all things BJJ related from training, teaching and writing articles. On occasion, you can catch a glimpse of him at a local competition to test his mettle, but you will usually see him sharing his knowledge and passion of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to clients of all ages wherever a mat can be found.