Hi guys, I have been training off and on for a few years. I trained with a gi for a few months when I started then I had to quit for a while and when I resumed I started training no gi. I have been training strictly no gi and I don't train at any particular school, I just train with friends in the garage and from time to time I drop in to a school and just pay the mat fee to roll with the guys in the class. I am still a white belt since I have have never been promoted since I never trained consistently with an instructor. I thinking about competing in a jiu jitsu tournament and I was wondering what level I would compete at. I don't want to compete with the whitebelts because I would be sandbagging. I dropped by a few schools and rolled with a gi to see where I am at. I beat every blue belt except one who caught me in a kimura. I rolled with a total of 4 purple belts. I was able to dominate one, one of them was about equal with me and 2 of them seemed a little better than me but they could not really control me or tap me out. I went with a brown belt an got my ass handed to me. I would like to compete with the purple belts. Is that okay or do they make you compete with people of the same belt level? I don't want to put on a purple belt I did not earn so would it be okay to wear the white belt while competing against the higher belts?