Why I shouldn't be a blue belt


Black Belt
Mar 31, 2006
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I come from a non-belted system and the approach is different is different from me. It's like

Belt color doesn't factor in other skill sets and abilities that someone may have. People often get caught up on the belt instead of the skill. That's why why the white belt belt pranks work. If the had focused on the skills then they would quicky understand that the person they were rolling with has skills beyond the white belt definition.

When I did training with Tony, I didn't ask about his belts or ranks because it's his skill set that I have to deal with and the approach that he may use. To this day I still don't know the level of his skills other than it's not beginner level.

I have a new muay thai sparring partner that has been feeding me punches, kicks, and knees. I don't know anything about his skill level beyond what he shows me.

The only thing I know for certain is that if I raise my skill level that I'm currently showing then he will either match what I give or he won't. It's the same for me. I will either match his skill level or I won't.

A white belt prank in A traditional kung fu school would be like a joke that goes over their heads.

I know that belts are important to people. I get it. I really do. I still have my white and yellow belt that I earned when I was a kid. But I wonder if the experience and how one feels would be different if there was no belt color and the beginner beat the intermediate.
I agree and one of the benefits of sparring a lot is that you deal with the person not the belt
I think the point I was trying to make is that sometimes the person with less skill/experince can still tap you out


Nov 14, 2013
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Exhibit J
Rolling with a blue belt, get him into turtle. Try to roll to the back (just the basic one). He doesn't budge, I still roll, and I end up in side control.

We laughed and laughed at how bad that attempt was.

Exhibit K (for the defense)
Rolling with a black belt. He has me in side control. He's got his hips down so there's no chance of getting a knee on his hip, so instead I'm trying to get a leg into quarter guard. I managed, for a split second, to get my bottom knee under his leg. That's the closest I've ever gotten to getting in quarter guard against him. I call that a win.