I'm a white sash w/ stripe in Hung Ga kung fu because I decided I didn't like testing for belts and could measure my own progress after that. IIRC there's no real governing body for some TCMAs so i figured it'd make little difference.
Sounds like a cop out to me.
Originally Posted by XXIV
Actually I ended up moving away about two years ago to be honest. I still train there when I can get back down south, I just don't test for sashes. I have a much different (and good!) relationship with my Sifu than I do with my coach up here.
Originally Posted by Omega Supreme
I can see how it would sound like a cop out though. I didn't word my initial post very well and re-reading it, it sounds almost 'pissy' so my apologies for any misunderstanding Omega.
Sounds sensible to me. I stopped being interested in grading in BJJ, partially because I only compete in No-gi. Wrestling/Muay Thai/Boxing etc don't seem to need belts, and personally I don't feel like I need any recognition beyond my competition record (which is currently pretty poor, but I hope to change that).
Originally Posted by Omega Supreme
The only reason why I would consider grading at my current school, is that higher grades have access to harder classes, but other than that I really see little-to-no value in gaining a coloured belt.
I guess if you're training in a dead art and have no way to realistically measure your progress (beyond time spent training) then ranking may be of value. When I trained in Wrestling the lack of a ranking system was not ever an issue, and now that I am training in a system with ranking (BJJ) I truely fail to see any useful advantage that ranking provides
I think its more important to have a belt colour that you like, or that goes with your gi
Green brings out my eyes
Blue Belt in Daido juku. Rigorous 30 minute warmup followed by 100 jump squats and pushups, light sparring for 15 minutes against numerous opponents, then finally 2 minute Kumite. I've done two in a year and a half, the first from white to blue, the second just moved up one kyu. I hate belt testing. Probably won't do it again, I leve Japan in 6 months. Essentially got two belts in two years.
That's because you're an idiot. Even MMA has ranking of sort, as does wrestling. Saying you've grappled 4 years of high school and wrestled since you were 9 does not hold the same weight as Olympic Champion. Who'd you think was more dangerous? If you're at a school that holds ranks and belt and you opt out of testing or accepting your rank then you'd better be willing to be honest about your resume when you go to practice.
Originally Posted by Kave
One of my white belts just tapped out a bjj brown belt in competition. I awarded him his rank right there. Everybody else's comment was "What took you so long?". I told them if you're going to keep ducking promotions then I need something tangible to point at when we validate the rank. I think that's validation enough.
We have higher rank that will only grapple with higher rank because they know it's safer. Our active fighters shy away from the beginning classes for the same reason. There's rank in all aspects of martial arts even combatives.
You compete in No gi? There's rank according to experience.
You compete in Muay Thai? There's rank or would you put an amateur with a pro?
You compete in Boxing? Great, look at my Muay Thai comment.
Get over yourself. This is an old tired argument and you don't have enough bullets in your gun to prove your point.
White brings out my pasty, Irish complexion.
Originally Posted by doofaloofa
"Your body must be like a stone, your mind... like a meatloaf."
Originally Posted by strikistanian
Originally Posted by Devil
Though black is classic and goes with everything
Originally Posted by ermghoti
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