The Brown Belt Patience
December 15, 2013
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill
There is no short-cut for success. We are not to take elevators to it. We need to take the stairs. You, the brown belt did not take any short-cuts. You weathered and fought through aching muscles, hundreds of hours drilling, trips to the school, tournaments and what-have-yous. Each step that you took from the very first time you put on the garb a couple of years ago has come to this. You will now be known as the brown belt.
However, it is not the belt the represents the soul of the fighter. It is the virtue that he follows that makes him formidable. Belts are just coloured cloths that hold the garb.
The Brown belt represents a step closer towards the end of a long journey. Think of it as the last base camp before reaching the summit of Mt. Everest. Where as soon as you have acclimated in its altitude, the final push towards the peak may commence. You, the brown belt, are almost there.
Here are some fun stuff I got from interviewing black belts (former brown belts) in the past
The brown belt represents the the final stretch in your Jiu-Jitsu journey. Your patience at this point represents much importance in the art of Jiu-Jitsu. You have travelled long. Your body needs to rest. Beyond horizon is the black belt. You should not give. A little bit more patience. You are almost at the peak. push hard and push further.
2. Owns a minimum of 4-6 sets of Gi.
3. Has submitted a black belt at least once while in brown belt level.
4. Has saved enough money to put up your own Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu school in your city.
5. Has joined a minimum of 20 major tournaments, around 40 little league ones.
6. Has played in your mind how you will react upon receiving your black belt.
7. Has travelled all over the US to train in different schools.
8. Considers Brazil as a holy land for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or Japan. You often confuse both.
9. Has tried to learn Portuguese (and you still are trying)
10. Has joined the absolute division more often than necessary
11. Has considered quitting your day job and teach Jiu-Jitsu as a means of living
12. Have forced girlfriend who doesn’t train Jiu-Jitsu has joined at least one or two classes
13. Your girlfriend who refuses to train still refuses to train. And yet you are still together.
14. You are spending less time in the mats and more time helping students.
15. You believe that Jiu-Jitsu can change your community.