Tonight was a great training night, and at the end of our nightly advanced class, I was striped up by Coach Orlando.
For those that train know that advancement through the Jiu-Jitsu ranks is very different from any other martial art. It takes a lot of hard work, motivation, and not just physical or technical growth, but mental growth.
There isn’t a set rule book as to how you advance, you just go get your mat time in, learn, and apply what you learn. Your Jiu-Jitsu game improves, and over time you advance.
I don’t have expectations to advance on a given time scale, it comes with time, and everyone’s journey is different. I do have expectations of learning, and getting better as a mat player. What advancement shows me personally is that I am doing just that. However, if I put all the expectation discussions aside for a second, I will say it’s a treat when you are recognized for your hard work and improvement. It certainly doesn’t suck 🙂
I am very excited about earning my 4th stripe, but more importantly, I can’t wait to get back on the mat to get in more work!