I've been taking BJJ for over 7 years and have competed in multiple tournaments. It appears to me you have little to no idea what you're talking about.
The cold hard reality is that the belt rank system is a measure of ability within BJJ. That means that if you don't have the time to put into being a black belt then you won't get one.
Just because you WANT to be a black belt doesn't mean you deserve one. If you put in the time to learn it, and put in the effort to compete and demonstrate that you can apply it, then you have the chance to EARN a black belt.
I am a white belt, I expect to be a white belt until I consistently hang with and occasionally beat blue belts in my weight class.
Once I have that I expect to be there until the same happens for purple belts, then brown, and then if I'm lucky, and work hard, black.
If I trained harder maybe it would happen faster, but for now I train as much as I can train and that's that.
I'd think you'd agree that you can't be competitive basing your training solely on a curriculum you take online then, right? If not, I find that truly amazing and applaud you.
I've been doing BJJ and judo for over 4 years and have competed in 2 grapplers quest and one judo tournament.
It appears that in 7 years you've never read anything on the history of BJJ. I find that hard to believe and question if you've really been practicing and competing in BJJ that long, or at all. What tournaments? What's your rank and who awarded it?
According to Wikipedia Carlos Sr was just 17, with 3 years of judo experience before he started teaching his brothers. Helio couldn't even practice at that time. He sat and watched his brothers for 4 years until Carlos didn't show up to teach one day and he taught. He WATCHED.
So, Carlos was teaching after 3 years and Helio taught after watching for 4. All my point was was that why then should the bar be raised so high for everyone else?
That's ironic as I started to post some of that information last night.
Let's imagine the year is 1921 and Carlos doesn't know it yet, but he's about to create BJJ. He has three years of Judo under his belt and his brothers are clamoring for him to teach them. Later, other students start to train with them. It becomes apparent that Carlos needs something to signify his authority to teach this offshoot of Judo. He borrows and adapts the belt system from Judo.
Would you have done it differently?
Your misinterpretation of history is not really what I was referring to when I replied to your earlier post. This is what grabbed my attention:
Spoken like a musclehead grappler. Some of the best grapplers alive today, like Marcelo Garcia, were not very athletic when they started out.Quote:
Originally Posted by deadline0916
The better you become in BJJ, the more you rely on technique, not athleticism. Beginner's rely on their physical abilities, talented veterans do not. As an older practitioner, I can no longer perform some of the more acrobatic moves I favored as a white and blue belt. The older I get, the more I rely on my technique.
Why are you not smart enough to figure this out for yourself?
Also, # of years in training is relevant to the degree of training, look at BJ Penn, he got his BB in what, around 4 years? Would you feel that he was qualified to teach you? How about somebody who went to 3 or 4 classes a week and took 9 or 10 years to get BB because BJJ wasn't their top priority, are they more or less suited to teach than BJ is because it took them twice as long to get a BB?
According to the IBJJF, you can go from blue to black in 4 1/2 years
Fair enough, all I am saying is that tournaments are a sport...no matter how much of a master someone is, sports require athleticism.
I would absolutely agree that BJ Penn, Young Carlos and Young Helio are more than qualified to teach, which was part of my point. If someone is good after 4-5 years, why should tey have to way another 5 years to be a black belt or to teach? The older the Grandmaster got, the more he upped the bar on the standards, when in reality he and his brothers were teaching at a far earlier age. It should take 10 years to get a black belt is all I was saying.
Thanks for the replies. I am sure you know your stuff, just wanted to antagonize your first response. Thanks.