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Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by KaosX, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. KaosX

    KaosX Banned Banned

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    I have a few belts - my first belt from a different martial art, one that came with a gi, another that was given to me. One from a review...

    I just rotate them around.

    I've been told "you're stupid" for various reasons because I have a few belts:

    1. It won't get tattered as easily
    2. You belt is a symbol of your learning - wear the same one (I've heard this as an excuse for not washing as well)
    3. It's against tradition

    So - what's your take on it?
     
  2. Wandgun

    Wandgun Orange Belt

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    Who's paying that much attention to your belt to notice?
     
  3. MMA junkie

    MMA junkie Purple Belt

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    I would just wear the belt of the art I am practicing in but that's just me. Let the ego go.
     
  4. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    So you actually own and wear the same colour BJJ belt depending on your mood.

    Well, a BB ussually owns and wear severals belts so I do not see why not?
     
  5. KaosX

    KaosX Banned Banned

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    Eh, it's not really a big deal - I personally don't care which belt it is. It's not like wearing my more tattered one makes me better or worse.
     
  6. Gerbiljiujitsu

    Gerbiljiujitsu Purple Belt

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    as long as the belt corresponds to the rank of the art you are practicing I dont care if you wear a different one every day LoL
     
  7. mrpopenfresh

    mrpopenfresh Red Belt

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    As long as it's the colour relative to the sport your'e practicing, what's the problem?
     
  8. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    I heard stories about some guys especially the brand new blue belt that will rub their brand new belt on a post to make look older!
     
  9. KaosX

    KaosX Banned Banned

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    yikes. I've seen some people try to make a stiff belt softer before - but never to make it more "old" looking.
     
  10. davejitsu

    davejitsu Purple Belt

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    This/end thread
     
  11. Balto

    Balto Silver Belt

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    There is nothing wrong with having multiple belts. It can come in handy a lot.

    I typically only wear one belt, but I have two blue belts. I replaced my original one because it was cheap with the glue sealed tips that will come apart easily. If I had two quality blue belts, I might rotate them as well.

    A lot of black belts have multiple belts for various reasons. There is nothing wrong with it. All of the stuff about tradition and not washing is just a stupid myth. Anyone believing those stories is better off taking Dim Mak or something.
     
  12. aldenton

    aldenton Blue Belt

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    just do what you want. Alot of people wear the same belt all the time, and feel that the "wear and tear" the belt shows over time is a reflection of their dedication / progression in their art (sort of like stripes) If you don't feel that way, then have as many belts as you want.
     
  13. Sloth

    Sloth Brown Belt

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    I think the kind of people that make comments about how many belts you own are probobly just looking for something to comment on. Some people just have to have an opinion about meaningless things, even if it has no effect on them at all.
     
  14. gocubs1815

    gocubs1815 Black Belt

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    I only have one belt. But I can understand that if you've had the belt for a LONG time, you may go through a few of them.

    My Judo instructor's belt it tatered and frayed on the edges where the belt knots because he's had it and been instructong for DECADES. I don't see why in that case you just don't special order a replacement.

    But TS, in your case, I wouldn't worry about multiple belts, becasue your goal essentailly is to move up in rank and get another belt (in a diffrent color) in the span of a few years of training.
     
  15. Thrawn33

    Thrawn33 JUST BLEED Belt

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    I had my belt handed to me by an Olympic Medalist. I wore that one all the time. But thats me, and I wouldn't knock a guy who rotates his belts.
     
  16. BJ@LW&WW

    [email protected]&WW Gold Belt

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    Wash ur belt! We live in America, and even MRSA has freedom.
     
  17. An end for

    An end for Purple Belt

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    This is how the pros roll, bro. This is what I'm doing with my brand new blue as soon as I get it, although I was thinking more about hopping on my bicycle and pedaling with it around town while holding on to it. The only issue I could think of is if someone stepped on it and made me fall down.








    ...But no, I never heard about it, but I can see someone doing that. But I know about white belts who specifically made their belts dirty to look like they're veterans and nearly getting the blue. My brother's finest day in jiu jitsu was when he was in a tournament, and a kid went like, "he's a grey belt? Which one is that?".

    But maybe he is right, though. I always wash mine, so it looks brand new and I never get around to replacing the stripes, so eventually, when I get to roll with a graduate who doesn't know me, they end up asking me if I know what to do when we roll. I hate looking so clueless all the time, especially because it isn't too far from the truth...
     
  18. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    You could use the back of your head instead of a concrete post. It would give you cauliflowers as well as wear out your brand new belt.
     
  19. crocoppertones

    crocoppertones Silver Belt

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    meh. I don't really care one way or the other

    but I do like my own personal belt. . the one I was given

    I like to think of all the matches it's been thru


    call me sentimental
     
  20. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    In BJJ, there is a concept that you need to "retire" a belt. just keep using the same one until you get promoted and retire the belt.

    some guys like passing it on to some less fortunate team members as well.
     

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