A New Belt Promotion
Something that I’ve learned through experience is anything worth having in life must be earned and if that something is given it won’t have the same impact. This couldn’t be more prevalent in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Every time you step on the mat your training partners show you that the hard way and you show them in return. Earning a new belt is a culmination of that effort you put into your training. It signifies the knowledge you’ve gained and the time you’ve put into you’re training. It’s a time to celebrate, but never forget stripes and belts are just stepping stones on the journey. My first belt promotion was a big deal for me. When my professor tied it around my waist it was a dream like experience, but I knew it was only the beginning of my journey. Stripes and belts are certainly the reward for hard work, but don’t get focused on them and remember the goal is to always learn and always improve.