I am a Blue Belt!

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At 10 AM this morning I officially became a Blue Belt.

I had just finished 10 minutes of sparring where I rolled with a new person every minute non-stop. I thought the 10 minutes would be no problem because after classes we roll 5 four minute rounds and I participate in 3 to 5 of them with no problem. The only time I sit out is usually due to a lack of a partner.

I miscalculated how hard it would be. Before we began my instructor, Smiley, casually stated that it should be so intense that “someone should have to drive me home.”

I had hallucinations about halfway through. At one point I said to myself, “Doesn’t Smiley know I am going to pass out?” After the third person switched they began to jump on me in whatever position I was in. I was grunting like the guy who was taking his Purple Belt test with Roy Harris and I actually became scared at one point when I was being smothered and had a flashback to Big Rick in Georgia. Finally, I lost count and couldn’t remember how many minutes I had left. When 1 minute was called out I thought 1 minute with the person I was rolling with or one minute after this one. Luckily that was the last minute. And with that, it was all over.

I suspect anxiety and adrenaline played a roll in my exhaustion. Oh yeah, did I mention I was the only one testing. So the guys had nothing to do but stand and wait for their turns to jump in.

Before the rolling session I had to demonstrate 11 techniques (submissions, escapes, sweeps and reversals from every position) and then demonstrate them again with an explanation of what I was doing.

It was all smiles and hug-pounds at the end as I was congratulated and we bowed out. The kids BJJ class had started to stream in so the kids and their parents (some of them take BJJ too) had a opportunity to see me have my behind handed to me. They offered congrats as well.

I have to admit it was one of my finer days in the lovely art (sport) of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

I’m off to celebrate,



19 thoughts on “I am a Blue Belt!

    neijia said:
    February 28, 2009 at 1:53 pm


    Radamez85 said:
    February 28, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    congratulations brotha!

    jiujitsu365 said:
    February 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks Neijia and Radamez85!

    Conan said:
    February 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Congratulations, Bakari!

    teddy said:
    February 28, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    OUTSTANDING WORK!!! Many congratulations to you!

    leslie said:
    March 1, 2009 at 1:32 pm


    Elyse said:
    March 1, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    The blue belt promotion, imo, is the most significant of all the promotions you will receive in your life (even the ones that come with $$$ if you happen to maintain a second life in the “real world”). You should be extremely proud (as I know you are).

    Trey said:
    March 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Congrats on your promotion. Awesome stuff!

    Dan the Butcher said:
    March 1, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Congrats on the promotion. Keep up the hard training.

    jiujitsu365 said:
    March 1, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks a lot guys!

    I appreciate all of the comments.



    Patrick said:
    March 2, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Congrats! Bet blue looks good on you.

    Roy Dean said:
    March 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Well done! Congratulations!

    jiujitsu365 said:
    March 2, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks Patrick!

    If it doesn’t, I’ll wear it anyway. 🙂

    jiujitsu365 said:
    March 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Roy (Professor),

    Your DvD helped considerably in my preparation and I’ll recommend it anytime I get the chance.

    BJJ Blue Belt Requirements

    Ricky said:
    March 2, 2009 at 11:45 pm


    forlogos said:
    March 3, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Nice, congratulations!!!

    jiujitsu365 said:
    March 3, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks fellas,

    Ricky and Forlogos…

    TorontoBJJ said:
    August 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Congratz brah. Must be feelin alot happy with your new blue belt. I just started training at Toronto BJJ almost 1month and im oonly 15 years old wonderin when will i get my blue belt.


    jiujitsu365 said:
    September 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks TorontoBJJ,

    I received it in February but I am still proud of it to this day. I’m sure you will have your blue belt before you know it.

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