Promotion Thread (Brown Belt)

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Jagcorps_esq, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Jagcorps_esq

    Jagcorps_esq Red Belt

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    I got my brown belt last night. I've been training for around 10 years, but 8.5 years under an actual BJJ black belt. 4.5 years total as a purple belt.

    Purple belt was a real struggle for me. Shortly after I got my purple, I was injured at home. After about 4 months of recovery, I was injured again in class and that took another 4 months of recovery. Shortly after that, I was injured snow boarding and that took another 3 months of recovery, so a great first year. I decided my first purple belt was cursed and so I had Professor Rickson Gracie sign it during a seminar I was fortunate enough to attend, and then I bought another belt to train in.

    Shortly after that, I was asked to move to a different city and do an active duty tour, which required me to move to a new school and hardly train for my first year there.

    All told, I spent 2.5 years at purple belt just trying to get back to where I thought I was when I received it and then the last 2 years at purple trying to earn my brown belt.

    So basically, the moral of the story is....don't quit and get rid of cursed belts.
     
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  2. Leankick

    Leankick White Belt Platinum Member

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    Good job man!
     
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  3. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    Well done. Congratulations.
     
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  4. TheMood

    TheMood Blue Belt

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    Congratulations on the promotion!
     
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  5. zeli_papa

    zeli_papa Orange Belt

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    Congratulations on your great achievement!
     
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  6. Ride-Fly

    Ride-Fly White Belt

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    Awesome! Congrats! I see you’re a lawyer-reservist Navy bubba!! I’m a former AD navy, turned ANG, turned AFRes. I know all about the military service interfering with training!! :) Glad you are keeping with it.
     
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  7. Jagcorps_esq

    Jagcorps_esq Red Belt

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    Actually Army as an enlisted and then now Air Force as an officer. All branches call us JAG's.

    But yes, military service can cut into training time. I do a lot of extra time (I average about 150 days a year extra), so it's worse than typical reserve time. The military has been good to me though, so it's not something I regret.
     
  8. Vitamin C

    Vitamin C Black Belt

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    Congratulations.
    I'm just coming back myself from a break in training at purple belt. Taking some inspiration here.
     
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  9. Zankou

    Zankou Muscle and Hate Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Congrats!!! Purple belt is the hardest to get through IMO. Brown is just a black on probation, as they say.
     
  10. Cash Bill 52

    Cash Bill 52 Brown Belt

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    Yeah, boy! Congrats!
     
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  11. KikoJones

    KikoJones Blue Belt

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    Congrats! Had to look at the date stamp on the first post because I KNOW you've been around F12 for the longest. I agree, Purple is the hardest belt.
     
  12. MonkeyNuts!

    MonkeyNuts! Rear Naked Poker Platinum Member

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    congrats!
     
  13. Forceof1

    Forceof1 Blue Belt

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    congrats! Keep moving on!
     
  14. Thrawn33

    Thrawn33 JUST BLEED Belt

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    Congrats Sir.

    I feel the pain. As an active duty Coastie (BMC, 16 years and counting, judo or bjj for the last 13) it seems like just as I'm getting accepted into a new club (and properly conditioned after a sea tour with no grappling) I'm PCS'ing...

    I've been in Judo Brown belt purgatory since 2009, when I made 1st degree brown, then made 2nd in 2015 after a bad injury....hope to make 3rd before 2020 but again new school, new sensei, new criteria
     

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