Do you know more than 40% of BJJ practitioners stop their training on the Blue Belt?
To understand what happens we need to go back years ago and understand some myths about Jiu-Jitsu. In 80’s and 90’s a practitioner wasn’t prepared to change his belt, the student received the blue belt like an extension of the white belt. Whites and Blues had different classes, different sparring and the people were excluded and discriminated because use the Blue Belt for 4 years, but this was in the past.
Today this legend gone, the martial art, the sport and the society evoluted. The discrimination ended and the graduation have international rules. Today White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black belts work together, practicing together, sparring together, respecting each other and respecting the rules each belt need to follow.
With all those changes, people still need to work mainly on their perseverance. To go up on your rank you need to work hard, practice hard and you should be sure that all your work will make your coach watch you and promote you in the right moment.
You don’t need to have high ranks to show people you are a good fighter.
Patience, Persevere, Respect and Confidence are the most important teachings any Martial Art can teach you.