@The_Myth For the record, my above post was speaking about people who actually stick around and train for more than a month or so.
If you count the people who don’t keep training for whatever reason, you’d get a lot more weirdos. My only real injury from bjj involved such a weirdo, who came to a few classes, bragged about his black belt in ninjitsu, raged out during every roll and managed to make my knee go pop during a drill. I guess his ninjitsu works.
To your earlier point, BJJ does manage to filter out people, both oddballs and regular folks alike, who aren’t interested in actually doing the training over time. I think that’s less about being a weirdo and more about BJJ being kinda difficult and most people don’t like doing difficult things. Still, I’ve noticed a few subsets of people within this group.
Some people seem to want a social media high-five, I guess for trying something as extreme as pajama wrestling. Well, all you need to do is show up to a class, have your buddy snap a picture of you drilling with a willing partner, then post the pic to social media to look like you’re tooling on someone. So badass! Check one off the bucket list I guess.
There’s the “traditional” martial artists, like you fucking Karate guys, who come to class sometimes. We had one guy like that for a while, who I liked because he was the only guy bigger than me, but he wouldn’t shut up about karate this and karate that instead of shutting up and learning jiu jitsu. I also occasionally train with a group of karate guys at a local karate school where my instructor occasionally guest teaches. Props to the instructor there, who is a decent grappler AND former local bouncer, for helping to round out his group of nerdy and really awkward weirdos.
How nerdy, weird and socially inept, you might ask? Well, to put it this way, my bi-weekly Dungeons and Dragons group would probably pull 300 percent more tail than the karate guys if you put both groups in a nightclub and told us we had to get laid. THREE HUNDRED PERCENT!
There’s also the “friends of people who train” group, which has overlap with the other group. After one somewhat rowdy night of bouncing, a few regulars talked to me about training because they thought it was cool how I spun that guy around and choked him until he let go of his drink and then put his ass on the ground.
Well, they actually showed up to class one time. Props for actually following through, but they didn’t last long. That’s pretty common, just like lifting really. Lots of guys say they want to do it, not many actually do. It’s quite common to meet friends of people who train, but see them only once or very infrequently afterwards.
Speaking of which, I’m making a note to myself to train when I get back from vacation. I took a new job, which has been great, but I’m drinking from the fire hose and putting in way too many hours while things get stabilized and also being lazy outside of work, so I haven’t trained in months.
I’m one of those guys now. Some weirdo who hasn’t been to class in a while.