I don't know if any one else has had these problems with the IBJJF, or is it just me?
I received my 2nd degree on my Blackbelt back in May 2015. Its was an awesome day for me. What I didn't realize is how this would also start a new set of problems, registering my own Blackbelts fro the IBJJF.
This is my current issue. The IBJJF is refusing to acknowledge my 2nd stripe until 2019 which also doesn't allow my new Blackbelts to be recognized either. Their reasons are that I was not a registered Blackbelt with them until 2013, according to their records. Under their guidelines you have to have 2 stripes to promote a blackbelt and have them recognized. I had been registering with them since I was a bluebelt but sometimes I would skip some years because at that time, they were only coming to Dallas once a year and if my schedule conflicted with this, then there was no reason to register, or so I assumed. As a blue, purple, brown, and even Blackbelt, it never really occurred to me how it may effect myself or my students in the future.
Even though I have sent them photos dated from the date in which I received my belt, they still refuse to acknowledge this. I didn't compete that much in IBJJF, but I did quite a bit on the local scene. So, registering with them didn't really matter, because like I said, if I couldn't make it to Dallas, there was no reason. Once they started the Houston Open and Now San Antonio Open, Austin and Dallas, we have more frequent tournaments to hit. So, the need is now there.
So, basically where I am at with this is I have 2 Blackbelts that can not compete in IBJJF under me as Blackbelts. They are registered with the IBJJF as brownbelts. But of course, they do not want to compete as browns.
Anyone with any suggestions??
Davis Martial Arts Academy
Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas