I was having lunch with my instructor after watching some 7 odd hours of Mundials action when the subject of promotions came up. You see, at our academy, we hold promotions twice a year. We hold one following the worlds and then another in December. We started talking about who was going to be promoted and the like when he implied that I was going to get promoted to a BJJ purple belt as well.
Befuddled, I anxiously asked, “Wait, you mean I am getting promoted too?” He matter of factly said, “Yes.” As if it was a forgone conclusion.
My mind raced, and every roll I had ever partaken in flashed before my eyes (I’m kidding); I began to tune out of the conversation. I came back. “Do I have to be promoted?” I asked, still befuddled but now much more anxious than anything else. “It’s time. You’ve put in a lot of work. You’re ready. I can’t hold you back.” Each of those statements said in a cold fuck-your-couch calculating manner. (I could have picked a timelier phrase there and, perhaps, saved you all that confusion. But … no. I miss Dave Chapelle.)[Read more…] about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt: The True Meaning