Got my Judo brown belt tonight.

Bubble Boy

Black Belt
Oct 15, 2003
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I've been training in Judo for about 6 years.

I'm a late starter: even though I've tried just about every other style of martial art (mostly crappy stuff) you can imagine since I was 15 or so, I didn't take up Judo seriously until I was almost 35.

My training has been a mixture of traditional dojo judo and garage grappling. I've trained in at least 6 different schools along the way.

I've competed in 6 judo tournaments, all novice division, with my highest finish a second place.
In Arizona there is not an intermediate competition division, so I've bumped from novice to expert: I'll now be competeing against mostly black beltsfrom here on out. :eek:

To answer the lurking bjj vs judo question: I can honestly say that I'm roughly the equivalent of a high blue when it comes to ground work. I've rolled with enough bjj guys to know where I stand. I've rolled with kimura594 of the Sherdog forums, and he's a 4 stripe blue (a hairs breadth from being a purple) and he just edges me out. So I'd say my groundwork, as a fresh judo brown, is ballpark about a 3 stripe blue in bjj. My leg techniques (knee bars, ankle cranks, heel hooks, etc) are non-existant. This is where bjj guys always get me.

Basically my coach walked in to class tonight and handed me the belt. There was no formal testing proceedure, although over the past couple of months I've been asked randomly to demostrate some brown belt level throw or two.

I figure I've got anywhere from 2 years to another 6 until black belt, depnding on how dedicated I get at this point, and how I do in tournaments.

I've actually learned a lot just mulling about this grappling forum. I can honestly say that this forum is a learning center for me. thanks guys.

I'm just happy as a clam.
Congratulations on your brown belt. It takes a lot of character to put yourself on the mat when are you older.

Great job and keep it up.
I received my BJJ white belt recently. Seriously, congrats on the brown.
I am happy for you dude, that is something to be proud of. Good luck in those tournaments
Definitely a big congratulations from me, Old Man! :) That's super awesome, and a big achievement I'm looking forward to as well. Out of curiousity, could you tell me how many times per week you train, and what the belt structure for your dojo is? (i.e. - do you guys have 3 ranks of brown, or blue/purple/brown?)

Even if it's 3 ranks of brown, in the Senior level that's really cool. That's how my dojo is, too. One of my instructors didn't start Judo until he was 58, and now he's a 73 year old Black Belt! Never too old to start!

My sights are set on the BJJ blue. A while in coming, but I'm the most dedicated than I've ever been.
Congrats,I'm looking to pick up my judo brown belt myself this year.
That makes me feel a lot better about the fact that I'm starting judo in 11 days at 30. Congratulations!
Congratulations on your achievements, and good luck on your tournaments.
Congrats man. I've got about 6 months of Judo in now, training 3-4 times a week and really enjoying it. I see your posts on Judoinfo from time to time. I'm an older dude as well at 33 and have my first tournament in Dallas in two weeks (still need to drop another 4.5 pounds). If any of you guys live in the metroplex and want a kick-ass experience, come join us at for a 6 a.m. workout. As a father of 3, this is the only time I have to myself and I can't think of a better way to spend it. Anyway, I look forward to one day being able to reach my brown belt as well. Brown belt is where my Sensei says it all really starts to come together. Congrats again dude!
Awesome. Congrats. The brown belt is a good looking belt too ... very smooth.
congrats man, great job. keep training hard, don't get lazy now.