When you start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you look at black belt as the goal. What many do not realize is that black belt is not the end. It is merely an important station on the long Jiu-Jitsu ride. Jiu-Jitsu is a tough martial art/ sport and there is a very high drop out rate.
The truth is the highest drop out rate is from white to blue and again from blue to purple. If you can make it to purple then there is a very good chance that you will make it to black belt and beyond. It’s a known fact that after attaining the BJJ blue belt many people eventually drop out of BJJ. It may be because of a drop of interest after attaining a first goal, life getting in the way or some other reason.
UFC fighter, BJJ black belt and ADCC medalist Ryan Hall was recently a guest on the Lex Fridman podcast and in this video,he talks about how persistence and surviving the injury onslaught are the keys to becoming and being a bjj black belt: