How Do I (We) Approach This?
The recent BIG thing that happened in the sport side of Jiu Jitsu is the contract Gordon Ryan signed with FloSports, Before we even talk about the money that Gordon will be probably making this year, and MORE in the years to come, Let’s talk about the shift in direction of the sport, until today most of the Jiu Jitsu fighters couldn’t live by only being athletes, being able to pay for good training, good food, good diet plan, good physical therapist, AND provide for their family, it is not a surprise for anybody, We all know that fighters in general, Especially in the newborn sport Jiu Jitsu have to do other millions things just to be able to stay in the game enough to win, and with time and ambitious people, the sport evolves, and this is very good news, but the thing that really made the direction change in my opinion, is the way the contract is built, it is a multi-fight deal, meaning, he got a contract to train, and fight multiple fights for FloSport, this is a HUGE point, the whole idea that makes things possibe for any fighter, IS THE MULTI-FIGHT DEAL, giving them enough time, money and resources to be able to compete at a very high level for that whole contract. This is very intresting to see, because Jiu Jitsu fighters are used to compete in tournaments with 5, 8, 10 fights within the same day or two, receive a very low if any monetary reward after wining various hard fought wars, just to return to the daily routine, teaching to make some money, privates, groups, seminars, travels, don’t have always the resources to have a good check on the body, recover properly after fights, and keeps going, until they break the ceilling if they are lucky, or break themselves trying.
What does it mean for other Jiu Jitsu fighters? It means that if one contract were made, others will eventually follow, once having this mindset of multi-fight contracts, the fighter will be able to really be and live like an athlete, and there is no reason not to.
Gordon’s Instagram Announcement
The hipe is real, love him or hate him, he is the first amoung many to come to achieve this, this is a mojor turning point for the sport of Jiu Jitsu. All this after years of saying he will do exactly that, take himslef and others with him to the next level, the level of real athletes, the level of high end resources being available.
To sum it up, we learned 2 new things, the first is that the industry’s eyes are changing when it comes to contracts with Jiu Jitsu fighters, and the second is that Gordon will be rich as f*^k! hahaha
Hope you found it helpful; See ya at the dojo, OSS!