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    My friends got one (he's a purple belt). I don't think they're douchey at all, I think they're a great way to represent something that is a huge important part of someone's life. I wouldn't wear one to say "I'm awesome cause I'm a blue belt," but to say, "hey, I love jiu jitsu, it's important in my life." That's me though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKRhino View Post
    My friends got one (he's a purple belt). I don't think they're douchey at all, I think they're a great way to represent something that is a huge important part of someone's life. I wouldn't wear one to say "I'm awesome cause I'm a blue belt," but to say, "hey, I love jiu jitsu, it's important in my life." That's me though.

    The problem with that is that the average schmuck doesn't understand the passion and comradery martial artist have, so theyll just think you're trying to show off that you're a badass.

    The bright side is that it's ok to hurt people while you're wearing one of those belts. Yep, anybody, anytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It is Fake View Post
    Yes, they just run around with linkedin, facebook, instagram and online resumes trumpteting their rank.
    That they do.

    But if a Buddhist monk hops out of his Mercedes Benz while talking on a cell phone and checking the time on his Patek Philippe watch, is it really a Buddist monk?

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    I think it seems pretty cool. I guess its like people that like sports can wear sport-style jerseys so people that like martial arts can wear obi-style belts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theAsthmatic View Post
    But if a Buddhist monk hops out of his Mercedes Benz while talking on a cell phone and checking the time on his Patek Philippe watch, is it really a Buddist monk?
    30lbs of flax.

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    There is only one belt to wear for Martial Arts on the Street, and Pootie Tang's Daddy gave it to him.


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    I stay away from anything that might draw attention or invite a conversation. I usually dress in brown, black and grey with no writing or insignia. That being said, the people that run my gym wear them for the exact opposite reason, to meet people, start a conversation and possibly bring in new students.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theAsthmatic View Post
    That they do.

    But if a Buddhist monk hops out of his Mercedes Benz while talking on a cell phone and checking the time on his Patek Philippe watch, is it really a Buddist monk?
    Go talk to DerAuslander and lose your notions of "the real Buddhism."

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    Quote Originally Posted by It is Fake View Post
    Go talk to DerAuslander and lose your notions of "the real Buddhism."
    Why would DerAuslander want to talk to me about Professional Buddhism? I guess if he does, I will learn something.

    I don't actually have any particular notions about it. On my visit to Thailand, the tour guide told me that the Buddhist monks are only allowed a bare minimum of personal possessions - an alms bowl and a robe. I based my example on that, even if the guide was romanticizing the Buddhist way of life for the big, dumb Russian.

    When I trained in Enshin in Denver, we never wore belts for the morning 2 mile run. I guess I am not sure if your contention is that nobody follows traditions any more. But if it is, you're entitled to that opinion.

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