Almost everyone who starts training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu wants to get their black belt. However, “getting it” actually isn’t the proper expression… As you don’t get your black belt – you earn it, instead.
So, what does it take to really earn a BJJ black belt? Take it from Professor Ryan Young, from Kama Jiu-Jitsu.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO EARN A BJJ BLACK BELT?
Earning a BJJ black belt isn’t as easy as just “showing up to class”, which is something that a lot of people tend to say. Professor Young emphasizes that you should set your focus on actually improving every single class; by being focused on the techniques taught, on what your instructor is telling you, and similar.
However, in addition to that, you should also make sure that you truly love the Gentle Art. For, those who don’t enjoy training and who are there only for the end goal (i.e. the belt), they don’t manage to stay persistent enough to reach the peak of their potential… Which, actually, goes well beyond the black belt.
All in all, professor Young explains that earning a BJJ black belt entails enjoying the process. Enjoying the “work”. And being okay with not being promoted for lengthy periods of time, if necessary.
Watch the video below to get more of a sense what you’ll need to do (and what you shouldn’t do) if you want to get that black fabric wrapped around your waist.