I very recently received my BJJ brown belt from Pedro Sauer after nearly 8 years of training. Whats odd is that while others are asking me if I am excited and happy I find myself only feeling cautiously happy. I guess I feel pressure to know an aweful lot about BJJ and to be able to represent the art respectfully. More than that however I know that I am now a bigger target for the blue and purple belts to come after. What's sweeter than tapping out a senior belt? I do take some pride in knowing that after spending three and a half years as a purple belt I was only taped out twice by blue belts, one of which was Brandon Vera and the other received his purple belt a short time later. I have not competed recently as I have many other interest outside of BJJ (weekends are for fishing and golfing) but roll fairly well (at times) against the 4 black belts that I train with. I know that we all learn a lot from taping out even at the expense of a lesser belt. At the same time I know that there are plenty of purple and even blue belts out there that if I'm not at the top of my game can catch me, I just feel pressure to make sure that this does not happen. I'm just curious if others have felt this same pressure after a belt promotion.