What does it take to earn a black belt Brazilian in Jiu-Jitsu? Well, it takes a lot of effort, focus, and a lot of overcoming of failure… But, the truth is, that you’ll probably get your black belt sooner or later – if you just keep training. So, if you look at it from that perspective, getting a black belt isn’t that important at all.
What is important, however, are your skills. How good you actually are in BJJ, not the color of the belt around your waist. For, the end goal should be to become a really good BJJ athlete, right? Not a black belt who doesn’t have much to show for.
[To earn a black belt it takes] very little. Just show up, pay your fees. Don’t set your goals low, okay? No one cares if you got a black belt.
The only thing that counts is the skills you have. I know plenty of black belts that suck. There’s a lot of them out there. Don’t lower your standards by saying: “I want to get a black belt.”
Ask yourself something much more important: “How good do I want to be?” [And the answer is] you want to be damn good, right? You want to be the best that you can… Wearing a belt around your waist doesn’t guarantee that. Build skills, focus on that.
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