Corona vírus update – as coisas mudaram!

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De acordo com o e-mail enviado na semana passada seguimos acompanhando diariamente a evolução da pandemia do Corona vírus.

Na ultima Sexta-feira a secretaria de saúde e o governo do estado de São Paulo anunciaram o fechamento gradual das escolas da rede publica a partir de hoje.

O que representa uma mudança significativa com relação ao quadro de alguns dias atrás.

Com isso em vista entendemos que nós da Alliance devemos agir no sentido de tentar controlar a expansão do vírus e por isso decidimos fechar nossas escolas por um período de 15 dias a partir dessa segunda feira.

Podemos olhar o problema por dois diferentes pontos de vista:

O primeiro, que 80% terá apenas uma gripe leve ou até mesmo assintomática, ou que apenas 5% precisará de leitos hospitalares, que não fazemos parte do grupo de risco e etc…

A segunda, que a crise é gravíssima e que enfrentaremos o mesmo problema visto na Itália com centenas de mortos e um total colapso do sistema de saúde.

Provavelmente acharemos a verdade em um caminho do meio, no entanto o ponto agora é o da empatia.

Pensar que nossas ações podem sim evitar mortes transforma nossas açoes em uma obrigação moral.

Pensar na saúde de nossos alunos de seus familiares e de nossa sociedade como um todo é o certo a se fazer nesse momento.

Recebi um texto agora que acho que ilustra bem e queria compartilhar com você.

“Há muitos anos, um aluno perguntou à antropóloga Margaret Mead o que ela considerava ser o primeiro sinal de civilização numa cultura.
O aluno esperava que Mead falasse a respeito de anzóis, panelas de barro ou pedras de amolar.

Mas não. Mead disse que o primeiro sinal de civilização numa cultura antiga era um fêmur (osso da coxa) quebrado e cicatrizado. Mead explicou que no reino animal, se você quebrar a perna, morre. Você não pode correr do perigo, ir até o rio para beber água ou caçar comida. Você é carne fresca para os predadores. Nenhum animal sobrevive a uma perna quebrada por tempo suficiente para o osso sarar.

Um fêmur quebrado que cicatrizou é evidência de que alguém teve tempo para ficar com aquele que caiu, tratou da ferida, levou a pessoa à segurança e cuidou dela até que se recuperasse. “Ajudar alguém durante a dificuldade é onde a civilização começa” disse Mead.
Estamos no nosso melhor quando servimos aos outros.

Isso é empatia meus amigos.

Pense nos outros, faça o que é certo.

A Alliance  disponibilizará gratuitamente acesso ao seu portal de técnicas onde subiremos diariamente técnicas de nossos professores e atletas.

Você receberá o link ainda hoje através de seu e-mail ou seguindo o instagram da Alliance em @alliancejjassociation

Espero que toda a comunidade do jiu jitsu de um exemplo de civilidade e união nesse momento tão difícil.

Um forte abraço

 

Fabio Gurgel

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Jiu Jitsu and Coronavirus — what to do?

Through this communication, we want to tell all the students and teachers of Alliance that it has been closely monitoring the worldwide evolution of coronavirus, which as of yesterday was considered a pandemic by WHO.

We are taking all possible measures to improve hygiene in our facilities so that our mats and other facilities can prevent the spread of the virus.

We recommend that you to turn off the drinking fountains, provide anti-bacterial gel (alcohol-based) and use disinfectant daily on the mat.

We have gyms in 25 countries including China where our branch was ordered by the government to close for almost a month — it is gradually returning to normal.

We understand the risk and likelihood of the virus spreading to other places, and we are paying attention to the recommendations of various public health organizations in different locations so that we can guide our community. It is important, however, we don’t overemphasize the virulence of the COV-19 virus, which is not much greater than that of a common flu and much less than the already known H1N1. The people at risk are mostly elderly, people with obesity, smokers and people with underlying cardiac or respiratory problems.

I believe that our students due to the constant practice of physical activity are not included in this group.

However, we also understand that we live and work with people who fall into these categories and that is why it is necessary that we take certain health and hygiene precautions.

Wash your hands and use alcohol gel (70%), cover your face when sneezing or coughing, and if you feel any flu symptoms, STAY AT HOME.

The incubation period for the virus is between 2 and 14 days, so if you had contact with someone who has had the infection confirmed you should seek medical advice and stay off the mat.

I believe that the Jiu Jitsu community will manage this moment well, and will act with responsibility, taking care of each other as we always do in our academies.

Eat well, stay hydrated and maintain your level of physical activity which is what keeps us healthy and prevents disease.

Here in Brazil we will continue to monitor and follow the recommendation of the Ministry of Health and the Department of Health through infectious dieases Doctor David Uip, please see the link for the latest recommendations.

http://saopaulo.sp.gov.br/coronavirus/

Sincerely,

Fabio

Jiu Jitsu X Corona vírus, o que fazer?

Jiu Jitsu X Corona vírus, o que fazer?

 

 

A Alliance vem através desse comunicado dizer a todos seus alunos e professores que vem acompanhando de perto a evolução mundial do corona vírus que ontem foi considerado uma pandemia pela OMS.

 

Estamos tomando todas as providências no reforço da higiene em nossas instalações para que nossos tatames e demais dependências possam prevenir a propagação do vírus.

 

As academias tem recomendação para desligarem os bebedouros, disponibilizar álcool gel anti bactericida e usar desinfetante diariamente no tatame.

 

Temos academias em 25 países incluindo a China onde nossa filial ficou fechada por quase um mês por determinação do governo e aos poucos volta a sua normalidade.

 

Sabemos da probabilidade dos desdobramentos para outros lugares e estamos atentos as recomendações dos órgãos competentes em diversas localidades para podermos orientar nossa comunidade.

 

Importante porém tirarmos da cabeça a letalidade do vírus COV-19, que não é muito maior que o de uma gripe comum e bem menor do que o já conhecido H1N1, as pessoas em maior risco são em sua maioria idosos, fumantes e pessoas com problemas cardíacos ou respiratórios.

 

Acredito que nossos alunos devido a prática constante de atividade física não se incluam nesse grupo.

 

No entanto entendemos que podemos conviver com pessoas nessa condições e por isso se faz necessário que tomemos algumas precauções de higiene e saúde.

 

Lavar as mão e utilizar álcool gel (70%) cobrir o rosto ao espirrar ou tossir e principalmente ao sentir qualquer sintoma de gripe, FICAR EM CASA.

 

O prazo de incubação do vírus é entre 2 e 14 dias, logo se você teve contato com alguém que confirmou o contágio deve também procurar um serviço médico e esperar esse tempo fora do tatame.

 

Acredito que a comunidade do Jiu Jitsu vai passar por esse momento com responsabilidade e segurança cuidando uns dos outros como sempre fazemos em nossas academias.

 

Se alimente bem, se hidrate bastante e mantenha seu nível de atividade física isso é o que nos mantem saudáveis e mais longe de qualquer doença.

 

Continuaremos monitorando e seguindo a recomendação do Ministério da Saúde e da Secretaria de Saúde através do Doutor infectologista David Uip, veja no link as ultimas recomendações, http://saopaulo.sp.gov.br/coronavirus/

 

 

 

Atenciosamente,

 

 

Fabio Gurgel

Change or Die — The new era of Jiu Jitsu

The more I talk to people, the more I believe that we are living through the best moment of Jiu Jitsu, in terms of opportunities within the sport. It has never been better.

It was previously rare to find professional people who thought of working towards the greater good of the sport, but this is becoming more common. I think it helps to understand Jiu Jitsu as a living organism and everyone needs to play a part to nourish it — this is what will help us grow, and I believe this is already happening.

Athletes are working hard to evolve technique and they put on great performances at the championships, which in turn are much more organized and numerous in number — The IBJJF alone held 115 championships in 2019. Academies are providing a much better and more inclusive service, where all profiles of students are being catered for and people feel good to be part of something. Adversaries on the mats are working together for the overall good of the sport  — this combined with new technologies and knowledge means we can advance in all areas related to the Jiu Jitsu market.

Unfortunately, our greatest barrier is still the teacher with the old mentality, that person who insists on living in the past and who, in order to protect himself from this inevitable evolution, fights against everything and everyone.

I am not referring to teachers who don’t participate in competitions, I don’t see any problem with that, it’s also a worthy path with every chance of success. I mean the ones who try to stay in the comfort zone and resist any kind of change, with a sense of nostalgia for the way it once was, even though there is no evidence to suggest things will revert to how they were.

Unfortunately for this teacher, his days are numbered.

The market is going to be very difficult for him, and inevitably there are two outcomes: he either gives up, or worse, holds on until Jiu Jitsu gives up on him.

It’s a sad reality, but not exclusive to Jiu Jitsu — all markets create new business models with increasing speed, so those previously doing well can become obsolete overnight.

In Jiu Jitsu this scenario has been developing for some years now — countless teachers have left the market or have lost their relevance due to the simple fact they didn’t leave their comfort zone, consequently choosing not to evolve together with the sport.

My message to these teachers is to let go of vanity and ego and focus on delivering a better service to your student / client. Focus on making that student happy and avoid the mask of “master” that tries to create ‘disciples’ as it was once done.

The Jiu Jitsu market in a few years will receive young adults that are far more prepared in every way pushing the evolution of the sport. Young boys and girls will be brought up through schools that implement teaching methodology (practiced in the best schools today) and they will know how to manage their businesses and work for the growth of the sport. There’s a Portuguese expression that roughly translates to the following, “when the tide goes up, all the boats go up,” and this is a perfect example of that.

Whoever is in this situation and still wants to salvage their path in Jiu Jitsu needs to understand that time is passing by and it will soon be too late.

Jiu jitsu is much bigger than any of us and it will follow its evolutionary course regardless of what you or I do. You just need to decide if you will remain part of this story until the end, or if you will leave the market because you choose to go against the natural course of change. The choice is yours.

Big hug

Fabio Gurgel

Mudar ou Morrer.

Mudar ou morrer?

Quanto mais eu converso com as pessoas sobre jiu jitsu mais eu acredito que estamos vivendo o melhor momento que o jiu jitsu já teve.

O que antigamente era raríssimo de se achar, pessoas profissionais que pensam em trabalhar em prol do todo se tornam cada dia mais comuns em nosso meio.

Entender o jiu jitsu como um organismo e que todos precisam trabalhar para alimenta-lo é o que nos fará crescer em todos os sentidos. E isso está acontecendo.

Atletas evoluindo a técnica e dando show nos campeonatos, que por sua vez ficam muito mais organizados e em maior numero (somente a IBJJF realizou 115 em 2019), academias prestando um serviço muito melhor e muito mais democrático, onde alunos de todos os perfis se sentem bem em fazer parte, adversários nos tatames trabalhando juntos para o bem de todos, tudo isso aliado a novas tecnologias e conhecimento para que possamos avançar em todos os campos relacionados ao mercado de jiu jitsu.

Nossa maior barreira infelizmente ainda é o professor com a mentalidade antiga, que insiste em viver no passado e que para se defender dessa inquestionável evolução luta contra tudo e todos.

Não me refiro aqui a professores que não querem participar de competições, não vejo nenhum problema nisso e esse caminho pode ser muito legal de se percorrer e com chance de bastante sucesso.

Me refiro aquele que tenta se manter na zona de conforto e resiste a qualquer mudança, na esperança que a forma como ele foi criado ressurja, mesmo que não haja nenhuma evidência apontando para isso.

Esse professor infelizmente para ele e felizmente para o jiu jitsu está com seus dias contados. É mudar ou morrer.

O mercado vai ficar muito difícil para ele, que pode desistir ou ainda pior aguentar até que o jiu jitsu desista dele.

É uma realidade triste, porém não é uma exclusividade do jiu jitsu, todos os mercados e cada vez com mais velocidade criam novos modelos de negócio e práticas antes vencedoras ficam obsoletas da noite para o dia.

No jiu jitsu esse cenário vem se desenhando há alguns anos, inúmeros professores já saíram do mercado ou perderam total relevância como referências do esporte pelo simples fato de não se permitirem sair da zona de conforto e evoluir com o todo.

Meu recado para esses professores é que se desprendam da vaidade e do ego e se concentrem em entregar um melhor serviço a seu aluno/cliente, se concentre em faze-lo feliz e desvista essa máscara de “mestrão” que tenta criar discípulos a moda antiga.

O mercado do jiu jitsu em poucos anos vai receber uma garotada muito mais preparada em todos os sentidos para dar continuidade a essa evolução, garotos criados dentro de uma metodologia de ensino (praticada nas melhores escolas hoje) que saberão gerir seus negócios e que principalmente vão trabalhar para o crescimento do todo (quando a maré sobe todos os barcos sobem).

Quem estiver nessa situação e ainda quiser se salvar é preciso entender que o tempo está passando e logo será tarde demais.

O jiu jitsu é muito maior do que qualquer um de nós e ele vai seguir seu curso de evolução independente do que eu ou você fizermos, só precisamos decidir se vamos permanecer parte dessa história até o final ou se seremos alijados do mercado por ir contra a evolução. É mudar ou morrer.

Forte abraço

Fabio Gurgel

Inside IBJJF with Marcelo Siriema: a short excerpt on anti-doping

Fabio: A few years ago, I can’t remember exactly when, I think about 5 or 6 years ago the IBJJF entered into contract with USADA (US anti-doping agency). It was something everyone was asking for, at least those that defended the idea of a clean sport, and clean competition. Every year the same issue came up, regarding the guy in second place who wins a title by default (but isn’t tested) because the winner was caught by doping.

How will this relationship work with the IBJJF and USADA and where will it go? What can we expect in the next few years regarding this issue of doping?

Marcelo: Doping is a lot more complicated than we can ever imagine. It’s my intention to understand it better and to know what we can do about it.

A long time ago I started to look for information about this, and to talk to people who were better informed. For us to be linked to USADA was luck, it was the best thing that could have happened. The other solution involving private laboratories would have been really bad. Today, I’ve learned that if we had gone with that first solution (private laboratories) there would have been many problems. Those labs exist here in the USA that can do the testing, but the IBJJF would need to analyse and judge the results, and but we’re not ready for that. We were moving towards that route and it was just luck that we didn’t. We’d been trying to get hold of USADA for a long time and at the last possible moment they picked up the phone. If we had gone down the previous route we probably wouldn’t have continued, there would have been many problems — we’re not sufficiently equipped to make those kinds of decisions.

Doping is a really complex problem. Somebody told me this… that doping is like ‘pulling on an elephant’s tail,’— you’re trying to tackle a really big problem.

Fabio: I imagine one of the problems as well is you end up potentially with a legal problem because there’s always the contestation of the guy who gets caught, and the pursuing legal fight

Marcelo: Here in the USA… I don’t know if there would be that much worldwide, but here in the USA I don’t understand it completely because a private company could provide the same service for Alliance. If you wanted, you could do anti-doping within Alliance. You could kick out whoever you wanted. Here, there is a foundation that already exists. Schools, for example can contract a company, but the problem is we don’t know how to do the judgement of those results. Taking a result and analysing it correctly is something completely different.

With USADA that process is done by a scientist within a university laboratory and handed to a lawyer. I think without that we were potentially getting entangled in a big problem, so it was good we ended up getting lucky with USADA. We had tried to go to WADA, and they said, we’re not an Olympic sport so we’re not under that umbrella of organisations. I think USADA was already in communication with the UFC and they opened up for us. We were the only non-Olympic sport that they worked with at that time. USADA takes care of everything, absolutely everything to do with anti-doping. I sign a contract with them, and I have to follow absolutely everything they tell me to do — that is in our contract.

Fabio: If they want to test an athlete outside of the world championships, can they?

Marcelo: Yes they can. What happened is we’re now with the team that works with the UFC. It changed hands when we entered. At that moment of coming aboard, they were in the middle of the Tour de France scandal. I don’t know what level of involvement they had — they’re Americans, but they were on top of Lance Armstrong so we entered at a really busy time and everyone was focused on that one thing. We signed that first contract we had, and we did a post on FaceBook explaining everything. We received a call and they said, “did you post that?” We said, “yes.” They asked, “did you read the contract?” The problem was, if you’ve signed the contract you can’t say anything.

Fabio: So how does that work if you can’t clarify anything? I know you’ve had a number of meetings for the athletes etc. but if you can’t clarify new actions that you’re implementing, don’t you think the athletes would feel a little “unprotected” in the sense of not knowing the rules of the game?

Marcelo: During the Pan-American we put on a seminar that was open for the athletes. When we did the seminar for the first time, there was hardly anyone there. I turned to people and said there was going to be a seminar with USADA, and they turned to me and said, “why are you telling me that!?”

So, I had to explain that if for example, they wanted to take a headache medicine they needed to understand the rules. It’s much broader than people think, it’s not just about steroids, that’s not how it works.

Fabio: It’s also about the number of athletes that they will test right?

Marcelo: That’s in the contract so I can’t talk about that. The only thing I can say is that we’ve found a team that’s been around for more time, we’ve changed from team to team and this relationship will only grow. They have an idea about working with Jiu Jitsu but the world No-Gi is also strong, so there will be more work to do.

The idea is one day if you’re ranked, you’ll need to tell them where you’re going because someone from USADA may come and knock on your door to be tested. That would be within the regulations.

Fabio: It’s a big move forward

Marcelo: I’m not wanting to implement that right now because I think there has to be a period of adaptation and to understand the process. Right at the beginning when people were saying, there needs to be anti-doping I knew it would be difficult.The athlete needs to have a doctor he trusts, he has to have a laboratory that tests what he takes, and we don’t have that.

Fabio: And it costs the athlete, right?

It’s not like the UFC where he’ll fight and earn millions of dollars afterwards. It’s very costly for the amateur athlete.