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While checking out Sha’s Grappling Log yesterday I noticed that it listed video sources for learning submission techniques. When I checked out one of the sources it turned out to be a Gracie Academy Channel on YouTube. Front and center was a big picture of Dr. Rey from the cosmetic procedure show Dr. 90210. The title of it was Dr. Rey’s Blue Belt Test.
Periodically, I checked out the show and followed his progress when he was taking Tae Kwon Do. Everytime I saw him perform some move I thought to myself this guy is going to get himself hurt. On one show he visited the Gracie Academy and wanted to try out his technique on them and of course had his behind handed to him. That is the last time I saw the show.
So imagine my surprise when I saw his face on the channel and the word Blue Belt (especially after six months). I have to admit I felt a twinge of jealously. I have been taking Jiu-jitsu for over two years now and I don’t have any belt. One of the reasons is that the places that are available for me to train in are no-gi. So that is a barrier. In addition, the gi itself plays a role in determining your level in earning belts for most academies. No – gi = No belt for me.
However, after my initial shock and a minute or so into the video I became happy for the guy. I even felt a little warm on the inside. I will be in a city one day (soon) that offers BJJ with the gi and that has opportunities for people to train 5 to 7 days a week if they wish. So I will have my own moment to bask in earning a blue belt as well.