The Benefits of a Niche Sport

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I wrote earlier about the consequences, specifically negatively of Jiu-Jitsu being a niche sport. Being a niche sport is not all bad though. There are many great aspects to consider about Jiu-Jitsu’s relative “niche-ness”.

If you think about it we are lucky to have access to the very best Jiu-Jitsu has to offer. You can go to Brazil, California or even New York and learn from some of the best Jiu-Jitsu practioners of all time in terms of competitive accomplishments. Looking at Sport Jiu-Jitsu it is unlike many other sports where normal people have the ability to learn from the Jiu-Jitsu elite. I mean I cannot go learn how to play basketball from Lebron James and I cannot go learn how to play soccer from Lionel Messi. It is not possible because of how huge these sports are. The average person doesn’t get to learn, meet or interact with these athletes.

Yet, a normal person working a day job is able to go learn Jiu-jitsu from Saulo Ribiero, a multiple time world-champion. Is that not surreal? You can go to a seminar from Rickson Gracie and learn from arguably one of the greatest Jiu-jitsu practioners of all-time. In no mainstream sport is this really feasible. It really is something that I feel makes people very passionate about Jiu-Jitsu. The accessibility of the athletes, the ease in which we can find knowledge and overall communal feeling jiu-Jitsu gives to people.

I understand people want Jiu-Jitsu to grow and want the world to see how remarkable the art is. But keep in mind, there are pros and cons to every change. Keep in mind that as a community we are given the ability to learn from, interact with and train with some of the best martial artist the world has to offer. The fact that we are able to do so is a direct result of Jiu-Jitsu being a niche sport. I cannot say with any certainty that this will someday change but for now I think it bears being grateful for.