For your own development you should really try to train with the Combat Base instructors any time you can. Any of the Combat Base instructors will be happy for you to train with them. I would recommend that you have any CB coaches over at your gym whenever you can so your students can benefit from them too.
The main thing is, you should train at one of our gyms regularly and represent us as well as yourselves.
I don't have a BJJ program yet at my gym but want to introduce one, is that a problem?
No, we can actually assist you in setting up a programme and may be able to help install one of our coaches as a sponsor to work with you depending on location. See point 1 above.
How much does it cost to affiliate?
It doesn’t cost anything directly, it is not like a franchise where you have to pay to use logos and names. When we are happy with you and your group, when you have completed the list above, when you have been accepted as a full affiliate and you are integrated into our family then consider yourself affiliated.
So what does Combat Base get out of it?
All I want for Combat Base is a little acknowledgement, some support and for everyone to be inclusive.
The acknowledgement is just whenever you enter a grappling tourney whether it is BJJ, no gi, multi-style or whatever; you enter as Combat Base UK .
For MMA or any other style of martial arts just use your own gym name as Combat Base is only for BJJ unless you specifically want to use the name.
As for support, I strive to organise team training days, seminars, inter club competitions etc and need support to make this feasible. I know this will take a little promoting to your students but I think it is a small price to pay and will be well worth it.
The inclusion part is simple, communicate wherever possible with all the other coaches, let us know what you are organising whatever it may be. I know I have limited time so can’t always attend but by having communications with the other coaches you will have more possibilities to attend various things and invite other people to your things, it’s better for everyone all round.
I just ask that I am kept in the loop so I know what is happening.
We have Combat Base UK group on Facebook too that is strictly for our group, if you want to communicate to most people at once, use this resource.
To show your affiliation I would ask that everyone wears a Combat Base patch on the back of their gi, the patches are relatively inexpensive and are a nice touch to show your loyalty to your team. By all means have your own gym patch on there too.
A logo in your gym and the logo and link to our web site on your web site would be appreciated too.
What do I have to do to get a [coloured] belt?
Train hard, train smart and train as much as you can.
If you just concentrate on training the belts will follow but more importantly your performance and understanding of Jiu Jitsu will drastically improve.
At the moment Combat Base employs a ‘traditional’ grading system i.e. you train your butt off for years then someone just throws a belt at you and hence, you are promoted.
We have interclub competitions and regularly attend open competitions so winning a comp or 2 can assist in you getting graded but not a requirement.
Finally, to grade in BJJ at Combat Base you must train in the gi.