Fighting through the Blue Belt blues

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All jiu jitsu players know how humbling of a sport it is.  At the beginner levels, it takes a long time to learn a technique, longer to “kind of” understand the concept of it, and “forever” to get to a point where you can actually perform that technique in a live roll.

When I was just beginning as a white belt, I expected to suck.  I was brand new to the sport and didn’t know jack!  But after a while, I started to learn a few things.  I competed in some tournaments and lost embarrassingly in the first couple.  Then I started winning some matches and my confidence started to grow….. that is…. until I got promoted to Blue Belt.

I went from feeling pretty confident, straight back to getting smashed in tournaments.  The biggest difference here is that I wasn’t a noob anymore…. I didn’t expect to suck like I did when I was a beginner.  I can definitely understand why so many quit at the blue belt level.  For most, it’s easier to walk away from adversity than it is to face it and keep going; picking yourself back up after each loss and trying again is tough.

I’ve been competing in Japan now for about a year and a half, and have lost every match.  Some of them, I was submitted, some were very close and good matches; but still, I lost.  Last week I talked about how I couldn’t get motivated for the De La Riva Cup in Tokyo Japan..  Well, I’m proud to report that I have finally turned the corner.  I won my weight division  

(even though there was only one other person in my bracket) in the De La Riva Cup.  I fought open weight and lost my first match to a 0-0 score Referee decision. My teammates say I should have won but hey, they’re my teammates, they should be supportive.  You can decide for yourself. Open Weight Match

I have a long way to go and so much more to learn and grow.  I’m not looking to get promoted but this tournament has opened my eyes to the fact that I am easily a couple of years away from Purple Belt, but I have finally started to fight through The Blue Belt Blues.

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