Hello all,a Happy Thanksgiving. It’s been a while since I posted here and a lot has changed. Got my blue belt back in June after a year of starting, lost a good 55 lbs, improved my technique tremendously and have made a lot of positive changes in my life both physically and mentally. BJJ does change lives after all.
Anyways my thread cocnerns an individual at my school that started training with us back in late June. He came to our school on the recommendation of a purple belt who had been at the school for years but moved to NYC shortly after the start of 2015. The kid at first had trouble doing the most basic moves like shrimping and was a pretty bad spaz, in a way he reminded me of myself when I started.
However after a couple of months he was starting to get the hang of things and he was no longer struggling through the warm ups or drills. Earlier this month we had two of our purple belts reported having ringworm and taking time off to let it heal. As you know the funk is a part of BJJ(and other close contact sports) and some of us have had a run in with it, myself included. We took the usual precautions of checking ourselves before class and using Defense Soap wipes post training.
Barely a week later, another guy gets ringworm and suspicions start to increase. Monday Nov 9th we were getting ready for class when somebody says, “Hey what’s that on your calf?” pointing at the new guy and upon closer inspection there was a really big flaking red patch. The guy says he doesn’t know and a few of the higher belts start to chew him out.
Our head instructor was not present(he’s currently doing a few seminars across the country) but the other instructor calls him out and starts berating him badly. the guy insists having no knowledge of his condition and out of shame leaves and hasn’t been heard from since.
I personally feel as if though both sides are at fault here. The guy should have been a bit smarter and asked one of us what it was that way we could have prevented anyone else from getting infected. At the same time most BJJ schools fail to educate newbies on ringworm, staph and other infections thus they may think it’s just a rash and still show up to train.
I also don’t agree with the insults that were said to him by the higher belts and think things couls have been handled much better. This is not to say I’m on the guy’s side 100% but I think the opportunity to rectify a mistake and educate was missed. The guy hasn’t shown any signs of life. The purpl;e belt who sent him has his phone number and I was thinking of getting in contact with him to see if he’s willing to come back, better educated on the matter and make amends with the rest of the crew.
Thoughts, suggestions, criticisms are welcome