In the world of professional sports when a player leaves a team, especially some one that was a captain it’s hard, we see it in the reaction of the players, the fans and sometimes even the city. In Jiu Jitsu because of the bonds we form on the mat it is even harder. People get accused of being “Creonte” and it becomes a pretty confusing time. Some one you called brother is now wearing some one else’s patch/Jersey and it never really looks right.
What a lot of people don’t see is the view of the teacher. When some one you care about leaves it is always especially hard. You take some one in as an apprentice, you train them, give them your time, sacrafice for them and if you do your job one day they’ll reach journeymen status. It’s my hope when that moment comes (which it will for almost everyone) they help the team that helped them and both will grow. This unfortunately is not the case a lot of times.
Why people leave varies, everyone has their own reasons but I do understand the desire to grow and do you your own thing. In the end if some one’s heart is no longer here it’s for the better, Jiu Jitsu is a journey and everyone must take their own path.
I hope Queixinho, Manny Diaz, and Aaron Zaballos well with their new venture, as 2015 begins their journey with me ends. They are no longer part of Caio Terra Association.