last night I was promoted to purple belt by Denny Prokopos at 10th Planet SF! I've been training with him for around 5 years, trained about 7 months before that. I am his 3rd purple. I had to take about 6 months off for staff infection and a broken wrist. I've been able to hang with purple/brown nogi or gi( yes I roll gi sometimes) for a while so I knew it was coming but it still feels great. I must say it is a great accomplishment in my life. I knew there was no way I was going to be that guy that was a blue and gave up.