A local group of students had their request to turn their sport into a club sport, denied on grounds that it was too dangerous. Their sport is called Brazilian Jujitsu. Brett Colella was not happy with the decision. Colella is a MU student who was among the original group of students who started practicing their art form a couple years ago at the Mizzou Rec Center. He does not understand why their group was denied while a Hawaiian Jujitsu club has been allowed to exist for over two years.
Regardless of their permission being denied, Colella continues to teach the class in the martial arts room free of charge. He believes one of the reasons why the group was denied the permission to form into a club was because; when they initially proposed the idea they introduced the group as Brazilian Jujitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Mixed martial art is synonymous with cage fighting and Ultimate Fighter and he believed that scared the committee.
Colella did not hide the fact that the sport does has the potential for serious injury, such as a broken arm, however he added that during training a lot of focus is placed on safety.
“That’s why we have the tap out,” he said.
A tap out is where one person can simply tap, on the mat or his opponents body, to indicate the hold he is under is getting to uncomfortable or painful and opponent then has to release the said hold.
He said the only injury he has seen, in the two years he has been teaching his class, is his own. He tore an ACL in his right knee while trying to submit an opponent. The hold he was using required the use of his legs and when he applied pressure he felt his knee pop. Colella said it was a freak accident and could have had happened to anyone.
Even with his injury he has no intentions on quitting the sport and will try once again to get his sport recognize by the Mizzou Recreation Center.
The group meets every Tuesday’s and Thursday’s between 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the martial arts room.