I don't really understand how being silky smooth and having an encyclopedia of techniques elevates someone above another who has a solid game and is doing well with what he knows.
This isn't an attack on you by the way. Just using your story as a basis for this situation.
But maybe that's just me as I have an analytical view of BJJ and my thought processes are very much on the teaching side of the art rather then the fighting side. BJJ needs both types!!!
Hope that makes some sense!
Thornton looks at the belts. You can achieve an objective with skill and you can achieve it with raw attributes. If a blue belt holder taps a purple belt holder with attributes (speed, strength, explosiveness...etc.) I think the purple needs to work on his technique to prevent that from happening again and again, but not necessarily that the player with the blue is in time to get a purple. (IMO)
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I think that refusing a belt means there is a problem between you and your instructor. I know someone who has refused a belt that all of us want and it has soured his relationship with his teacher and he now wishes he hadn't turned it down.
Awarding a belt is not objective and it shouldn't be. It is a recognition and an encouragement from the teacher. I bet Roger Gracie wasn't given his purple as quickly as some people. He would have taken full advantage of competing as blue belt first. Do you trust your teachers judgment or not. Also what are their hopes for you.
You cannot refuse promotion from your instructor...PERIOD. One of the key principals of BJJ is that a smaller(or weaker) man can defeat a bigger(stronger) man if the smaller has enough technique. What that means to me is under the correct circumstances I could submit anyone regardless of their belt level. Does that mean I would tap Roger Gracie if we rolled...Hell NO!! But what it does mean is that it is theoretically possible(although very very highly unlikely).
It is not the belt it is you.
The belt keeps your gi closed it brings you no other "magical" power. Your training and dedication is what bring the belt its true "magical" power.
Last edited by ifight; 25-12-2009 at 07:38 PM.