The Purple Belt Hard Work
December 6, 2013
When my body ‘shouts’ STOP, my mind ‘screams’ NEVER .
By now, you have reached the level where your training has paid off. You may have already lost count of the number of opponents you have submitted through brilliant chokes, arm locks, leg locks (if you were counting). By this time, your body has changed. You feel better. You are faster. Reflexes are top notch. You are now at this level where your mind is all about Jiu-Jitsu. You notice that your relationships with other people have improved. Your body has changed the way you think. This is all because of the hard work that you have put in the mat.
Working hard does not come naturally. We all learn to work hard. To which our motivation to work comes from within, and the same goes for all athletes. No athlete ever became great without breaking a sweat. They spend countless hours repeating each technique. Each punch, each kick, each submission. Trying to best no one else but themselves. They strive to make each technique second nature. You have done this. All chokes, and reactions are automatic. The brain has been rewired to function as such.
As a purple belt, you have to should consider yourself a success. Your grit and pedigree in the mats has now translated into actions off the mat. You are now someone people in the gym look up to. Your years of training have proven helpful. Congratulations, you have earned it.
Being a purple belt is no walk in the park. It is in this level where you are about to reach the pinnacle of your journey. The purple belt signifies a hard worker. At this point, you only not work hard for yourself, you work for others as well. You take on the role of helping others achieve their goal. Great skill comes with great responsibility. The power to move people and influence they way they see Jiu-Jitsu is vast. Your actions now speak ever louder than ever.
A purple belt is wise. He walks with the lower belts. He gives feedback, although often unsolicited. His mind if focused not only on his improvement, but by the improvement of the entire team. He supports his team mates. He gives guidance with wisdom he drew from his years of training. He guides. He need not show his prowess to the lower ranking students. For him, to have these students to join him in his journey is far more important than his ego. He has transcended into a better individual for the dojo, and also a member of society.
The purple belt is almost half way into completing his journey. He eyes the black belt just beyond the mountain range. He sees others following his foot steps. He calls them in to join him. The journey continues. There is no stopping the purple belt.
You, the purple belt, continue to work harder.