To me, the layperson, school loyalty seems absurd and contradictory to the very nature of MMA, let alone it’s future but it seems important enough to irk Shawn Thompkins.
SHAWN TOMPKINS: “Well, you know, Vitor has done this before. Vitor sometimes, he gets a little clouded in his head. It’s not that he brought in Mike Tyson or anything like that. Vitor just wanders, you know, and he goes where, you know, what’s happening, what’s famous, what’s popular and he’ll go over there and Mike Tyson isn’t teaching him anything. Neither is the other eight gyms that he’s training at. Just because he’s over at Couture’s and not with me doesn’t mean he’s with Couture’s. Vitor isn’t loyal to anybody. We’ve seen it before.”
– Travel to train with top guys.
– Bring top trainers into your camp.
– Have your base (Tristar, and Jackson mma) to help blend you new skills into your existing skill set.
– Mix up your training partners.
I think the “camp loyalty” only becomes a problem when a camp become stagnant….Miletich Fighting Systems is a good example.