Originally Posted by PWTRTXSS
but I learned very quickly that it doesn't makes me a better grappler. In fact, it has made me a target for white belts who want to get promoted. On the positive side, it has motivated me to train harder to stay ahead of them.
Hahah, that's awesome man! Congrats! You really have to have spent some time on the mat to appreciate what a big deal that is! I know what you're saying about being the target, I've literally seen bigger white belts line up to roll with the baby blues! I'm guilty of it myself, but just because they are all of the guys I started training with a long time ago, so we've always rolled together. (I was bummed they got ahead of me when I tore my ACL)
I'm getting pretty comfortable as a white belt, (been 3 stripes for 6 mos.) I hardly ever get tapped by other white belts any more and I'm pretty even-money with the baby blues. I can get maybe 1 outta 4 with the solid blues and the occasional purple (If I "catch" them...
). My instructor does 99% of his promotions at his quarterly seminars, so I have my fingers crossed for March
. I'm going to the Carlos Machado tourney on Feb 10th, so I'm relieved to still be a white belt for that!
Again, congrats!! It's not like TKD where you get your first belt after 2-3 months of good attendance!