Came up with this while trying to explain my friend’s perspective to them as a white belt.
“It’s like a google map, and right now it’s just loading and only the big cities are showing up - guard, mount, back, back mount, knee on belly, maybe half guard - but none of the roads that connect those…
Have you read Matt Thornton’s article called “exploring the map”?
1. Don’t know who this guy is, not that that matters.
2. That is pretty funny how my post could easily look like plagiarism. Like really.
3. Apparently I’m a purple belt lol.
4. This article is long.
5. There are some “interesting” pictures there - lots of knee-on-necking and some lemme-twist-your-knee-off-passing.
6. Nice read tho.
“But, the hardest belt to achieve is without a doubt, the brown belt. A brown belt doesn’t just play the game well, they play it so well that they are dangerous to everyone they roll with, black belt, world champion, everyone. The step from brown to black (if the brown belt was legitimate to begin with) is always a short hop.”
While there is a lot of truth to this statement, this is what confuses me about an individual’s progress in BJJ. While a legitimate brown belt should be able to hang with most black belts, it just isn’t realistic to expect an average brown belt (or even black belt) to be a threat to a world champion black belt. I’m sorry, but an average guy working a full time job will never be able to best someone like Michael Langhi, even if he has a size advantage. Does that mean he isn’t deserving of his rank?
What do you guys think? How do you define a black belt? Someone who has gathered a specified amount of technical knowledge and demonstrated the ability to perform it? Someone who has won at a certain level in competition? Or someone who has a invested a lot of mat hours and fulfilled a certain percentage of their “full potential”, so to speak?