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BJJ should be about how good you are, not how well you promote yourself.
I’ve been doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) for over thirteen years and have trained at over 15 different academies. From my experience, one of the things that makes this art so cult-like among all age groups is its honesty, fairness and transparency – for the large part, the better fighter is the one who puts in the most time, effort and heart – the way life should be. But as the sport has exploded in popularity I’ve seen mind-bending Neo-like fighters go unnoticed while fighters who pale in comparison become pros. While I’ve also seen incredible grit and perseverance triumph over natural talent, it seems that success is becoming less about how well a fighter performs and more about how well they promote themselves.
What if there was a way to accurately track and compare fighters based on their performance instead of their image regardless of how famous they are?
What if there was a way to compare up-and-coming fighters with established pros.
What if you could compare your training with that of the pros you see in BJJ blogs or the UFC.
That's where Roll comes in, a combination of fitness tracker and social network for BJJ – think Fitbit meets Facebook – Roll tracks your training stats, allows you to compare with anyone on the network whether they be local fighter or pro, and manage academy membership.
TRACK & COMPARE
Roll is a free social Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu app that allows fighters and academy owners to track and compare by week, month or year:
Total time spent rolling
Number of rolls
Number of / favorite submissions
Personal score with training partners
Belt rank most/least trained with
MANAGING ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP
The current model for academy membership is a nightmare for everyone involved. In an age of mobile payments, academy owners are being overcharged by banks and software companies to manage their students' memberships, and students can't sign up or cancel particularly easily either. To make matters worse, banks and software companies deliberately make canceling/suspending an account difficult for students. It usually requires 30-60 days notice, which often results in delayed back-payments by the academy which fuels a completely different kind of payment industry. Total nightmare!
Roll solves all of these problems by giving the user complete control of their membership. Users simply find their academy on the app, select a payment plan that suits them (weekly, monthly, yearly) and hit the button to initiate payment. To cancel/suspend your account with an academy or change payment plan, simply visit the same membership plan page you used to sign up to your academy in the first place. Payment stops next billing cycle, regardless of how many days away it is. Alternatively just ask your gym owner to do it for you, they have the same access to your membership you do once you've enrolled.
Many banks charge gym owners between 5% and 7% per user per month, but with Roll, transaction fees are 2.9% + 30¢. We take a straight $1.50 from each transaction - that's it, no monthly fees - so using Roll only costs academies a total of 2.9% + $1.80 per transaction.
Other than downloading the app, which is free, Roll requires no hardware installation and there's no monthly access fees. Claiming an academy gives academy owners and managers the ability to:
Add & edit payment plans offered by their gym on the app
See who's rolling with who and view, deny or approve all academy notifications
Add & edit academy bank account
Edit academy info
Change/cancel student membership
Manage affiliate academy memberships
WHAT YOU GET FOR SUPPORTING THIS APP
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
Our mission is to move Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from being the fastest growing sport in the world to the most popular.
None of this would be possible without the following people:
Jimmy Smith, Rey Diogo team member, voice actor for this project's pitch video, commentator at Bellator MMA.
Matthew Davis Hickney, filmmaker and producer of The Academy.
Colin Trenbeath, film maker and camera op for this project's pitch video.
Rey Diogo and his son Raffa for... wow, so much more than just allowing me to film in the academy and for acting in the pitch video.
Nate Daniel, training partner, supporter, friend and actor in the pitch video.
Mike Horton for video sound design.
Franco De Camargo (RIP) & OC Carlson Gracie Team.
Roger Gracie and the RGA team for giving me my start in this sport.
Gavin See for his support promoting this campaign.
Special thanks to Meryl Streep for giving us the opportunity to show the world why this sport is called The Gentle Art.
Risks and challenges
There are some really amazing features which include (but are not limited to) academy advertising opportunities, competitions, seminars, and live streaming in the pipeline we haven't gone into detail in this Kickstarter because we want to get the basics working well first. Everything from the mechanics of the app to the business model has been carefully planned and has experts in place to manage – all we need is funding to get started. The only risk we foresee is being an extended development time. Even so, we expected Roll to be available for download in time for Summer 2017.