Tonight i wasn't even thinking of going to class, but i decided to anyway. After like 30 hour into the class Joao comes out and tells the other black belt to put it on hold. He told us to form up into the little gauntlet thing, in 2 rows, and that people were getting promoted. 2 or 3 other guys went first, and then me. He gave me the belt, tied it, then sent me through to get my whipping. I've been training for about 10 months or so, but there was a 6 month gap in that from when i was deployed with the Marine Corps. I was really mad about that, because when I came back i was so shitty. I started doing double sessions for a while and really picked up my game. At least now I'm not the automatic volunteer anytime they need someone to clean the mats.