What is the limit of trash talk in martial arts?

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Jiu-Jitsu Master, Bruno Tank spoke about how disrespect has been affecting martial arts on behalf of business

Por: Bruno Tank

Hey Guys,

In the February column of this year I wrote about the trash talk in MMA and Jiu Jitsu. I gave my point of view how harmful it is and adds nothing to the growth of the sport as a whole.

Due to the events and the brawl that took place in the UFC in the last Mcgregor and Kabib fight, made me want to get back on this matter again. Martial art is about respect.

All martial art are based on respect and codes of honor and ethics. From the way you ask permission to enter the dojo, the hierarchy of belts and the actual training itself, where we learn our physical and emotional limits.

When a brawl like that happens on live TV and become viral in social media, everybody lose. The fighters lose, the public lose, the professors lose and the market in general lose. The sport lose. And believe me, whoever makes money from what happened, does not care about sports or art.

In my opinion, there should be a limit on the kind of trash talk. I’m not in favor of not allow someone from saying anything. We all have the right to express ourselves. But when you push to far or goes beyond the limit of what is disrespectful, that person has to have a consequence, suspension or even lose the contract. But unfortunately, money speaks louder and people buys to watch this kind of thing.

In the end, it’s not only about fights but society in general is suffering from the lack of respect. Lack of respect for others, lack of respect for their rights, lack of respect for divergent opinions and more.

We have to understand and accept that with respect, empathy and tolerance, everyone evolves and grows. And do you know where you can learn and develop these values in a healthy way and part of the philosophy that is taught?

That’s right, inside martial arts schools. So, more than ever, we must be careful how we teach students and we carry ourselves because people around us, specially students, will reflect of what we have of better and worse.

Do your part and by your actions and words make your school, your neighborhood, your city and any place you were a better place.

Be the example of what you want and believe.

Only that way we can glimpse a future where our sport and art are seen not only as spectacle and “who is the best”, but for what really is: a lifestyle, a life philosophy.

Good rolls and until the next one.

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