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BJJ Survey Results (Part 1)

I recently ran a survey of practitioners of jiu jitsu. See here for the original post and the link to the survey for those who still want to take it. I am simply going to leave it up and running as I can always update the findings if a significant number of additional people take it (which I doubt at this point). For now, I already have enough respondents to start reporting results. But first, let me begin by thanking the 500+ jiu jitsukas who voluntarily took the time to take this survey. I realize it was long and that certain items could have been improved, worded differently and better, etc. So, your efforts and patience are greatly appreciated.

I also want to thank all of the people who took time to help me spread the word about the survey. Without a push on social media (via multiple blogs, FB pages, forums, webpages, etc.), I wouldn't have had nearly as many participants.  Indeed, one of the nicest things about the data is how many people from around the world took it (see below for more on that)! And while there were plenty of 18 year olds, there were also a solid number of people in their 60s and even 70s. So, from an empirical standpoint, it is a pretty representative sample and with 500+ participants, any statistically significant relationships found in the data (which is a task for another day) should have plenty of explanatory power.

For now, I am simply going to report the basic/raw findings in a series of posts beginning with this one. Each post will present the results from each of the three respective sections of the survey: (a) the basic demographic section, (b) the jiu jitsu related section, and (c) the market research section at the end. Keep in mind that because I did not use "forced choice"--that is, you could simply leave answers blank--the number of participants for each question can and does vary. This is simply the cost of not mandating people respond if they didn't feel like it (or if the questions weren't clear).

Once I am done posting the bulk of the findings here on the blog, I will release the full data set in several formats: (a) a pdf, (b) a MS word document, (c) a MS Excel spreadsheet, and (d) a CVS file for SPSS users. I am probably not going to be doing much data analysis on this data set--mainly just compiling the raw findings and passing them along. But if people are interested in digging deeper into the data, they should feel free to do so. All I ask is that they let me know what they find!

That said, here are the baseline demographic findings for the survey. Let me know what you think.  The most depressing thing to me is how few women there are relative to men--which is something the jiu jitsu community needs to think long and hard about remedying. Women constitute half the population.  How can they be less than 10% of the jit jitsukas (when it is so well-suited for them)?  It's an pox on the house of jiu jitsu (in my opinion).

 

The findings are below the fold!

 

Gender:

Gender

Answer

%

Count

Male

91.18%

465

Female

8.82%

45

Total

100%

510

 

Age:

Age

Answer

%

Count

18

3.98%

20

19

1.59%

8

20

1.59%

8

21

1.99%

10

22

3.19%

16

23

3.19%

16

24

3.78%

19

25

3.19%

16

26

3.39%

17

27

5.18%

26

28

4.18%

21

29

4.98%

25

30

4.78%

24

31

5.58%

28

32

3.59%

18

33

4.98%

25

34

3.78%

19

35

4.18%

21

36

3.98%

20

37

2.99%

15

38

2.99%

15

39

1.99%

10

40

3.19%

16

41

2.79%

14

42

1.99%

10

43

1.39%

7

44

1.99%

10

45

2.19%

11

46

1.39%

7

47

1.20%

6

48

0.80%

4

49

0.80%

4

50

0.20%

1

51

0.40%

2

52

0.40%

2

53

0.00%

0

54

0.60%

3

55

0.20%

1

56

0.20%

1

57

0.00%

0

58

0.00%

0

59

0.40%

2

60

0.20%

1

61

0.00%

0

62

0.20%

1

63

0.00%

0

64

0.00%

0

65

0.00%

0

66

0.20%

1

67

0.00%

0

68

0.00%

0

69

0.00%

0

70

0.00%

0

71

0.00%

0

72

0.00%

0

73

0.00%

0

74

0.00%

0

75

0.20%

1

76

0.00%

0

77

0.00%

0

78

0.00%

0

79

0.00%

0

80 +

0.00%

0

Total

100%

502

 

Race/Ethnicity:

The graph was messed up with this one, so here are the raw numbers.

 

Answer

%

Count

Black/African American

2.77%

14

Asian/Pacific Islander

10.28%

52

White/Caucasian

78.66%

398

Native American/American Indian

0.99%

5

Hispanic/Latino

7.31%

37

Total

100%

506

 

Political Ideology:

P_Ideology

Answer

%

Count

0 Republican/Conservative

3.58%

18

1

4.37%

22

2

9.15%

46

3 Independent/Moderate

36.18%

182

4

18.69%

94

5

11.53%

58

6 Democratic/Liberal

16.50%

83

Total

100%

503

 

Nationality:

This will take a while to compile. For all of the open ended questions on this survey, it would take independent coders to help me comb through the data to compile the final distributions.  I am probably not going to take the time to do this for these questions.  However, you will be able to look through everything once I publish the complete data set here on The Grumpy Grappler. Plus, I do plan on compiling the data for some questions--e.g., the question about injuries.

 

Education:

 

Education Level

Answer

%

Count

High School/GED

23.18%

118

Associate's Degree

12.77%

65

Bachelor's Degree

35.56%

181

Master's Degree

17.68%

90

Ph.D.

4.32%

22

JD

1.18%

6

MD

1.96%

10

Other

3.34%

17

Total

100%

509

 

Income:

Unfortunately, this question contained an important ambiguity--namely, individual income vs. household income. So, the data isn't trustworthy here. That said, most of the people who specified noticing the ambiguity claimed they went with household income. 

Income

Answer

%

Count

0-$25K

25.00%

125

$26K-50K

26.20%

131

$51k-75K

19.40%

97

$76K-100K

12.60%

63

$100K+

16.80%

84

Total

100%

500

 

 So what are the take home message thus far:

  • We could do a better much job being more inclusive to women--91% male is unacceptable!
  • We could do a much better job being more inclusive to racial and ethnic minorities--78% White/Causcasion is unacceptable!
  • Jiu jitsukas are a fairly educated bunch--25% have MAs, PhDs, JDs, or MDs!
  • Accordingly, jiu jitsukas have high incomes (relative to baseline)--e.g., nearly 30% of the respondents make over $75,000 per year!

Now, here again, you have to keep in mind that this was an online study in English--which already skews the results. But I am forced to work with what I can get for now. Perhaps down the road, I can run some proper cross-cultural studies! But first things first, I need to start working on the next post about the results!

 

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Andres

take a look at OpenRefine (http://openrefine.org/) to help you sort out open-text stuff like nationality

James No Gi

That was one interesting survey you did! I had no idea 91% of the BJJ practitioners were just guys. I honestly thought girls participate in self defense more than guys do. Turns out i was wrong.

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