I recently heard from a reputable Black Belt that there are 42 Academies in San Diego. If that is correct and I’d imagine he checked, it is pretty incredible. Just a decade and a half ago Nelson Monteiro was teaching out of his garage in Encinitas and at the time it was one of the only if not the only Academy in the greater San Diego region. That was pre UFC days, soon after the first UFC Nelson opened his first Academy in Del Mar.
But now 42 Academies is a testament to the growth of the sport. In my vision I think we are just starting to hit critical mass and the bigger growth period is just ahead. Of course it doesn’t help that UFC and Ultimate FIghter programs are seen by large audiences, but regardless of reasons BJJ is strong and getting stronger.
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