Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by JH34PG, Jul 23, 2010.
Just curious as to how long it took you guys to go from a White belt to Blue?
Still going. I'm in year two, but I'm an odd case. I moved schools just prior to "testing" for blue belt (long story) and I've only been at the new place for a little less than three months.
And now, the more that I think about it....I don't really have any business posting in this thread.
a year and a half. On my first year of Bjj i competed regularly, won most of them and lost some, and i also supplemented my training with weight lifting. (more like body building but now i do S & C conditioning) I was really strong for my size and i was tapping out white belts and blue belts in training. Well, defeating your teammates in training isn't much but in my case these people were the 3-4 year old blue belts (white and blue belts who didn't progress/improve). I also added judo to my training, in other words i was really training 24/7. after my first year, i was having an easy time, defeating blue belts in training and i really fared well with purple belts (they could not tap me out, because my game was really tight). My instructor was forced to give me my blue belt.
about 18 months. I tried to train at very least 4 times a week sometimes 6 times a week. the more I learn the more fun it is to learn.
a year nd some change
16 months for me.
18 months of Judo and 5 months of BJJ, I am not even close
2 years for me
I think the other thing that helped me was competing a lot
how is that?
and also competing seems to be a bit expensive...70 bucks a comp...around there i mean
I've seen competition help in two ways.
1. Instructors notice competition participation and victories. Being noticed helps with promotion. I compete as much as I can. Even still, I think that instructors put too much emphasis on competing, but there you go.
2. There is really a lot to be learned from competing, because it shows you strengths and weaknesses. I tape my competitions and pick the videos apart with other people I train with. We then work specifically on the areas that I was weakest in.
competing helps beginners like me separate competing from training. If you don't feel like you have to "win" in training you can really focus on learning so you can win at the tournament. Some people have a really hard time dropping their ego when they first start.
When you compete your team helps you condition for endurance through conditioning but you also change the way you roll. Some classes I roll for over an hour training a lot while your completely gassed helps. It's pretty difficult to push yourself as far as someone helping you can.
Competing with your friends from the gym really brings the team together and makes you want to help each other get better. You should want your team mates to get better as bad as you want to get better.
Knowing your gunna put your skills on the line is a good motivator to keep you coming in and training as much as possible. Nobody likes to lose. Plus competing is fun and most of the guys I have faced in my brackets have been pretty cool guys.
Of course the down side is the injuries you accumulate and the entry fees are a drag.
3 years to blue
3 years to purple.
1 year and 2 months.
4 to 5 times a week on average, sometimes 2 a days. Kept a journal, bought a bunch of books.
4 years for me. Could have gotten it much faster but I refused to pay for a "blue belt test" I was more then happy to stay a white belt for 4 years. Finally I just got my blue belt given to me.
Almost two years..
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