On November 16, 2017 Nova Uniao made a surprise announcement. After 2 decades of affiliation Kimura is out.
After new rules were put in place in July, just one of which was fighters no longer being able to represent Kimura or any other team, Studio Jiu Jitsu, Trend Fit Academia and Unisports have also ended their affiliation. Andre Pederneiras stated to gathered reporters at Nova’s training center:
“There’s a restructuring in Nova Uniao today that doesn’t involve only the competition part. Some rules were created and some teams, not only Kimura, couldn’t fit in those rules. It’s not that they are wrong and we’re right, but when you set a goal to grow and organize, my way of thinking won’t always be like yours, but that doesn’t mean we’re no longer friends.”
“I think it was a good trade. You have an athlete with a big potential and sent them to another team to develop more of his potential and reach the highest level. I think that trade was good for everyone for as long as it lasted. I continue to be friends with Jair and every other coach.”
Back around September 2016 UFC strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha cut ties with Pederneiras. This after an argument over training for her title fight against strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk at the TUF 23 Finale. Gadelha has since started her own Claudia Gadelha’s MMA & BJJ Academy.
It seems this is a norm in the BJJ/MMA teams since the beginning. Things work great for a while then for some reason the thoughts for improvement of the team end up weakening it. There have been many great affiliations in the sports of martial arts. What do you consider the best gyms to come together to form a power house academy/affiliation in the past or present?