Is there some unwritten rule that once you become a purple belt that you immediately have to become an asshole? I am not speaking of all purple belts, but I have noticed that a solid 70% of purple belts in my area are assholes. I am a blue belt that is working hard on stepping up my game and testing myself. I train a few times a week and always prefer to go with people who can kick my ass. But last night I noticed that most of the purple belts and upper ranked blues are just openly talking shit to new guys, and to other blue belts. Now I understand that some are more prone to hazing and talking shit, but I notice it happens more at the purple belt level. Ironically, most brown belts are ambassadors to the sport, trying to work with every training partner equally, and are not afraid to break things down for new guys. When I attain my purple belt I plan on helping others and offering nothing more then a smile and assistance. Does anyone notice this at their gyms? I am hoping not, but I would like to hear from others about this. Is it an ego thing with middle ranked guys or something?