I refer to the 'community' quite a bit on the blog and use the term in reference to the body of BJJ/Grappling practitioners of Southeast Asia or Asia as a whole. It's the audience that I am directly in touch with and to whom I dedicate this blog.
Recently my concept of the community was challenged when it came to what the qualifications are to be included as a part of that community. Does it require an active role in making something happen? organizing an event? writing a comment about a post? or is it just by default that you live/work/train in Asia that qualifies you. For me it's those that have a passion for, actively train and positively represent jiu-jitsu on and off the mats. There's no litmus test on who's more passionate or the better representative but it's a hope that I have for our jiu-jitsu-life to promote positivity. On whatever scale, if that is possible then I think we've collectively done well.
Let's not waste our time with drama and ego-driven politics. You don't have to like everyone but it's still in your power to leave them be. Let's be tribal during competition but when it's all done, get back to being a community of like-mind/spirited folk.