One of the other things that came from this talk was a real open, honest dialogue about belts and belt rank. It seems like everyone has been talking about it and blogging about it lately. Everyone has their own opinion about it. Some I agree with and some I don’t. For me, in the simplest terms --
My belt is a piece of cloth. It is white with three stripes. I earned those stripes by going to two belt tests. When I am ready I will belt test again. It will be the right time for me. I cannot compare my belt to the person next to me in line. Their belt is between them and their coach, just like mine is. It is special and important and valuable to me on many levels. My belt is a physical affirmation of my progress in the sport of jiu jitsu. It is between me and my coaches.
On Jiu-Jiu's BJJ Blog she recently posted something that intrigued me...it came from her recent discussions with Ray Elbe. Check it out here. She says, “One thing I hadn’t really considered – when you give someone a belt, you’re passing on YOUR lineage.” It really got me to thinking about what a gift and an honor it is to get a new belt in jiu jitsu. I hope that when the day finally comes, that I will be able to live up to the standards that all of that implies. I hope that I will make them proud. I believe that I will be ready, because they will know that I am ready.