Don’t Chase the Belt, Let the Belt Chase You
One thing about Jiu Jitsu is that it takes a very long time to get good at it and it takes a long time to become a black belt. That is what separates it from all other martial arts. Or that is one thing that separates it. Unlike other arts, you won’t be getting a black belt in two years. I think that is why so many people give up on BJJ so early. It takes a lot of work, sweat, and tears to move up. The society we live we expect everything to happen right now, instant results, or a magic pill to fix everything. Well, everyone is different in training and some will progress faster than others. If you ever want to start training these are a few things you need to expect.
I know I have become frustrated with my training in the past. There will be times when I feel like I can train and hang with almost anyone on the mat. Then I struggle with people that I use to dominate just a month or so ago. One thing about jits is that you mentally need to be tough. There are going to be times when you feel stuck and just cannot move on. We all have been there. Crap, I was there not too long ago myself. Always remember to just keep training and pushing yourself. Soon this will pass by you and you will be better for it. I know that sounds easy but it really isn’t.
One time in my jits journey I was stuck in one of these bad moments. I didn’t feel like I was getting better or progressing with anything. I trained harder and more often. At the same time, I still wasn’t getting any kind of promotions. See in BJJ between each belt you get stripes. I was so hungry for something. We all are human and love to be praised. I don’t care who you are. We all need a little bit of love. That is one thing that can make training in Jiu Jitsu frustrating is that it takes time for promotions. I had a very wise friend tell me once don’t chase the belt, let it chase you. Once I heard that things got a lot easier. I focused on me getting better at BJJ and could care less about a belt color. That is the beauty of jits. That’s really why we train. Or should be. It doesn’t matter who has the best bjj gi, technique, or the most strength. It’s about being the best YOU!