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Finally Got my Blue Belt tonight!

Will Collazo

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After two years of training off and on do to work and life distractions and only getting to the gym only like twice a week and being a lazy ass at times lol, I stepped it up the pass two months and worked really hard. I thought I was getting a lot better but last week I got my ass handed to me and my tooth chipped ( my fault for rolling without a mouth guard) and I felt horrible and asked myself maybe I just will always suck! I came back to train this monday and told myself no matter what I'm gonna train hard! I ended putting one of my training partners to sleep by accident while rolling and felt horrible I couldn't even sleep last night it just left me with a horrible feeling and I felt like a low life, and than today when I'm feeling so down about my bjj game and thinking I will never get my blue belt and I got it! I just feel like I have a fresh start and want to tell you white belts out there or anyone just starting don't give up! Just keep showing up even when you feel horrible just keep training and doing your best! I have such a long way to go and so many holes in my game to fill, but its a great feeling and well worth the hard work. Keep training and learning people, hopefully I encouraged somebody with this:)
 
Congrats man. It took me a while to get my blue belt, but now I train 5 days a week ... sometimes more. When I got my blue my coach said these words

"There are alot of blue belts in this world! not that many purple belts though!"

And it is so true because alot of people get their blue and just stop training. I didnt want to be one of those and have committed everything to getting my purple. Its been a year and a half at blue ... my coach says I am almost there ... need to work on a few things.

So from one blue to another ... dont just be a blue belt for the rest of your life cause anyone and I mean anyone can get their blue belt ...
 
Congrats man. It took me a while to get my blue belt, but now I train 5 days a week ... sometimes more. When I got my blue my coach said these words

"There are alot of blue belts in this world! not that many purple belts though!"

And it is so true because alot of people get their blue and just stop training. I didnt want to be one of those and have committed everything to getting my purple. Its been a year and a half at blue ... my coach says I am almost there ... need to work on a few things.

So from one blue to another ... dont just be a blue belt for the rest of your life cause anyone and I mean anyone can get their blue belt ...

Thank you friend, great words.
 
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After two years of training off and on do to work and life distractions and only getting to the gym only like twice a week and being a lazy ass at times lol, I stepped it up the pass two months and worked really hard. I thought I was getting a lot better but last week I got my ass handed to me and my tooth chipped ( my fault for rolling without a mouth guard) and I felt horrible and asked myself maybe I just will always suck! I came back to train this monday and told myself no matter what I'm gonna train hard! I ended putting one of my training partners to sleep by accident while rolling and felt horrible I couldn't even sleep last night it just left me with a horrible feeling and I felt like a low life, and than today when I'm feeling so down about my bjj game and thinking I will never get my blue belt and I got it! I just feel like I have a fresh start and want to tell you white belts out there or anyone just starting don't give up! Just keep showing up even when you feel horrible just keep training and doing your best! I have such a long way to go and so many holes in my game to fill, but its a great feeling and well worth the hard work. Keep training and learning people, hopefully I encouraged somebody with this:)

You got a blue training "twice a week on and off"? Man, there are weird differences in standards for blue. I got mine after 2-and-a-half years of training 6 days a week, 3-5 hours a day, every week, was tapping recreational purples pretty regularly and had caught browns a few times before I got mine.
 
You got a blue training "twice a week on and off"? Man, there are weird differences in standards for blue. I got mine after 2-and-a-half years of training 6 days a week, 3-5 hours a day, every week, was tapping recreational purples pretty regularly and had caught browns a few times before I got mine.

lol just say congrats like everyone else.
 
You got a blue training "twice a week on and off"? Man, there are weird differences in standards for blue. I got mine after 2-and-a-half years of training 6 days a week, 3-5 hours a day, every week, was tapping recreational purples pretty regularly and had caught browns a few times before I got mine.
#1: Congrats to TS.

#2: Thank you Einarr for making me feel like less of a scrub. Two years in, training minimum 4 days a week and at least two days are double sessions, catching most blues and an occasional purple and I'm still a three stripe white lol.
 
You got a blue training "twice a week on and off"? Man, there are weird differences in standards for blue. I got mine after 2-and-a-half years of training 6 days a week, 3-5 hours a day, every week, was tapping recreational purples pretty regularly and had caught browns a few times before I got mine.

As my instructor said at our last promotion 'there are different types of blue belt'.

Of course there will be guys like me who don't have a family and can train more - go to competitions and hopefully do well who get promoted... and then there will be a guy who trains twice a week consistently has family and a job -- + doesn't compete.
To ask the same level of BJJ from each of them is unrealistic.
Doesn't mean promote him undeservedly... just means your expectations are different.

Are they both blue belts... yes!
 
As my instructor said at our last promotion 'there are different types of blue belt'.

Of course there will be guys like me who don't have a family and can train more - go to competitions and hopefully do well who get promoted... and then there will be a guy who trains twice a week consistently has family and a job -- + doesn't compete.
To ask the same level of BJJ from each of them is unrealistic.
Doesn't mean promote him undeservedly... just means your expectations are different.

Are they both blue belts... yes!

Congratulations to original poster on blue belt. I'm a single guy, go to class twice a week for 1.5 years now hope a blue belt is in my future. I go twice a week consistently. There are new cats who come in consistently for 3-4 months then they start to drop off, I give credit for guys coming to class consistently over a long period of time, period, even if it's only 2 twice a week, that's 8 classes a month. I'm also balancing a full time job and school part time. Personally I don't want to train more
than 3 times a week cause my body will just be too tired. I think you have to factor in age and life schedule too. Guys who are teens and early 20s have more energy and youth on their side to train more days in a week.
 
As my instructor said at our last promotion 'there are different types of blue belt'.

Of course there will be guys like me who don't have a family and can train more - go to competitions and hopefully do well who get promoted... and then there will be a guy who trains twice a week consistently has family and a job -- + doesn't compete.
To ask the same level of BJJ from each of them is unrealistic.
Doesn't mean promote him undeservedly... just means your expectations are different.

Are they both blue belts... yes!

Surely the whole point in the belt system is that the people who get it (at least from the same club) are roughly at the same level in terms of their BJJ?

Congrats OP by the way
 
Surely the whole point in the belt system is that the people who get it (at least from the same club) are roughly at the same level in terms of their BJJ?

Congrats OP by the way

In a perfect world this would be true, but real world this just doesn't add up. I'd say it atleast begins evening out at purple belt, but blue and white belts the spread is really large.
 
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