Growing into Your New Belt
When you get that new promotion that you’ve sought after; whether it be you or your child, there will be growing pains. When you move up in rank, the competition from everyone ranks up as well. I experienced this when I first moved to the CAP class full time. I thought I was doing well for a white belt against the upper belts, but then I was promoted to blue belt and my whole perspective shifted. I thought that there was going to be a huge burden on my shoulders to perform well as the fresh blue belt in my group of white belts, but there wasn’t. They have all been supportive and make me better every day. I have noticed; however, there are some responsibilities that I have seen at any new rank. These responsibilities are to keep learning, to do the best you can in your training and as a person, and have fun. That’s it. You don’t have to know everything or be the best in the world, just do what you can. When you get tapped by a lower belt, see it as an opportunity to grow by analyzing the mistake made and correct it for next time. Even when the time is near, you shouldn’t worry about when you are promoted, that is the job of your professor. If they think you are ready, you are ready. Also, never forget, there are peaks and valleys in Jiu Jitsu. If you have a bad day, that’s okay, just keep pushing. If you think you aren’t good enough and want to quit, talk to your instructor or your Jiu Jitsu friends about how you feel. Almost everyone one of them, that I have found, have felt the same way at one time. Don’t get discouraged, just keep training and I know you’ll be able to break through and succeed.