Worried About Promotion?
If you’re worried about being promoted in Jiu Jitsu, I completely understand. Being promoted up to the next rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one of the best feelings we can experience as Jiu Jitsu practitioners. That new stripe or belt shows the hard work and perseverance that you’ve displayed on the mats and lets you know you’re on the right path. However, I’m here to tell you that there is a dark side to promotions. Only training to receive stripes and belts can have a huge negative impact to your enjoyment and growth in Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jitsu is about the journey: the friends we make, the techniques and self-defense we learn, the weight we get under control, and the confidence we gain. Promotions are a great form of positive reinforcement, but don’t get wrapped up in chasing after them. Focus on improving your Jiu Jitsu and enjoy the ride every day; the promotions will come in time.