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    Is it disrespectful to not wear your stripes?

    So the other night in my bjj class, I was rolling with another white belt that rolled as well as several of the blue belts in our class.

    After class I found out that he has a blue belt in judo, and is a 3 stripe white belt in bjj.

    So is it disrespectful to not wear your stripes, or do people consider it personal preference?

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I dunno that it's disrespectful...

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    How does the instructor feel about it?


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    He's just practicing sandbagging ;)

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    I would say if his intention is to appear less experienced than he is, then that's a dick move. I usually ask unfamiliar people if they have any experience before I roll with them. I've only ever had one person "lie" about it. He said he'd done combatives in the army, but it was very quickly apparent that he had more experience than some combatives.

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    Not sure what our black belt thinks of it, I've not seen him at a class our black belt was teaching.

    I was wondering if this is a common practice at other gyms or if one decided that they didn't want to wear their white belt strips, what people would say about it.

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    Is he a new student or old?

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    He apparently has been doing judo for 3 years and been taking bjj for around 10 months, but he doesn't come very often for bjj class. Both judo and bjj are at the same dojo.

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    I did BJJ for nearly 2 years than broke my keen cap at a Necromantix show in the circle pit (lame). Haven't been back to BJJ yet, it's been over a year. If I ever go back to a BJJ gym i'd probably go as a whitebelt without my stripes. Mainly because I expect that after a year and a half off i'd look like a shitty 3 stripe white belt. If asked i'd say I did BJJ before but I wouldn't get into detail unless I was asked specifically. Personally I hate it when guys play up their previous MA experience especially when they can't demonstrate the discipline I would expect from all the talk. I;d rather go in to a roll and have a guy be surprised by my abilities due to my humble nature than to be disappointed due to my overconfident BS. I don;t see it as sandbagging but my scenario is different than the OP.

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    No......next question?

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