Recently, video surfaced of an instructor demoting a student from blue belt to white belt.
The instructor was not looking to humiliate the student, though. Instead, he praised the student for his “humility.” The targets of the video were those who seek or give belt promotions for the purpose of feeding egos.
According to BJJ Eastern Europe, here the English translation of the instructor’s speech:
Today we’re having a different kind of graduation. I’m gonna take his blue belt and give him a white belt. I didn’t graduate him to blue, another teacher [previous gym] did, when he was not ready yet. I’m doing this because his humility in recognizing this is bigger than your pride to give or wear a belt you don’t deserve. Let this be a lesson to you all out there who seek belt promotions or promote someone to a new belt to feed egos rather than be honest to the skills.
What do you think of this student’s demotion? Was the instructor right in demoting him to white belt?
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