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Flashback: When a BJJ Instructor Demoted His Student From Brown to Purple Belt

Flashback: When a BJJ Instructor Demoted His Student From Brown to Purple Belt

Demoting a student in Jiu-Jitsu is extremely rare. Under normal circumstances, everyone earns their belt through hard work and dedication. However, a few years ago, a BJJ instructor in Brazil made the difficult decision to demote a student from brown belt back to purple belt. He explained his reasoning in a heartfelt message:

“Today, I had to take an action that deeply saddened me, reflecting the conduct of some coaches. This individual trained at the Monteiro academy some time ago as a tough blue belt, but he never fully committed to BJJ. Last week, he returned to my academy wearing a brown belt. I observed his skills during training and noticed he lacked the technical proficiency expected of a brown belt. I spoke with him about it, and he acknowledged and accepted the situation.

The belt you wear should symbolize your skill and dedication, and at Academia Monteiro, only Waldenes Massulo ties that belt around your waist.”