I was a blue belt for a long time (5 years) because I stopped training gi full time and switched to wrestling. Last years nogi was the first IBJJF tournament I did and was forced to go blue belt. Immediately after the tournament, I was moved up to purple belt. When I went to sign up for nogi worlds, I only get a blue belt drop down. The rule book says I must be a blue for 2 years, but I am guessing that is from the first time I bought my card. So even though I got a blue belt about 7 years ago, am I fucked? I am a purple and will most likely get moved to brown after this tournament. If I explain the situation to IBJJF, will they just say tough luck, you cant compete since you got moved up faster than the minimum wait time from the purchase of your card, or do you think they will actually evaluate the situation?