Today in the our Rickson Interview Series: What kind of BJJ community do you envision?
BJJ Legends: So when we left off, you were talking about the under-represented, under-served portion of the community. A large portion of the community is served by the current structure, but there is an element out there that is not top competitors, but the general person that wants to come into Jiu-Jitsu or the blue belt or even white belt that's starting to compete in Jiu-Jitsu, as an element of the community.
I'm curious also about the community at large, the place in which the businesses actually reside, what you see, if anything, as a responsibility of the Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, in particular black belts and instructors and school owners, have to serve the community at large.
Rickson Gracie: I think by doing a good job in Jiu-Jitsu, they completely will fulfill that need, from police officers to mothers to children to executives and competitors. I think a good Jiu-Jitsu school can really present itself as a community service academy. So I feel very confident. A good Jiu-Jitsu school can provide a great service for the community as a whole.
Tomorrow: Rickson discusses what role Jiu-Jitsu plays in the family unit.