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6 Things You Will Experience as a White Belt

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Your white belt is the beginning of your jiu-jitsu journey, so we thought we would give you some advice as you start on your journey. These are 6 things that helped me or that I learned along the way.

1. The Feeling of Pure Exhaustion

There is something euphoric after you’re done training jiu-jitsu. You’re simply tired. So tired that you can’t think of anything but the next breath of air. Being exhausted simplifies your thinking, to that of pure survival. This is a feeling common to many sports. Pushing the body to the limit and breaking point. You stop thinking about any problems you may have, and anything bugging you. You experience a level of exhaustion that leads you into a moment of sheer clarity.

2. The Feeling of Accomplishment

After you’re done with each jiu-jitsu session, you feel like you did something with your day. When someone asks you, “What did you do today?” You’ll never respond back with, “Nothing”. After a jiu-jitsu class, you’ll know you did something special. Some days you’ll learn an awesome new move, other days you will find yourself noticeably improving. Then, there will be days where showing up, is its own victory. One way or another, you’ll feel accomplished.

3.The Rush of Fighting

You’re opponent takes your back. They begin to wrap their arm around your neck like a snake. You tuck your chin, and defend. The adrenaline starts to really pump in your body as you attempt to defend and your perception of time begins to change. Seconds feel like minutes, and minutes like hours. It’s like no other rush.


4. Jiu-Jitsu Class Isn’t a Street Fight

Jiu-jitsu academies are controlled learning environments where students can learn a martial art in a safe environment. It’s the safest avenue for a student to realistically learn self defense and the art of fighting. Students will experience the rush of fighting and competition. A feeling some become accustomed or even addicted to.

5. An Overwhelming Desire to Get Your Blue Belt

As a white belt in jiu-jitsu, I remember wanting my blue belt more than anything in the world. Its a common goal among many new jiu-jitsu practitioners. The blue belt may only be the 2nd belt in the jiu-jitsu system, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the culmination of all those times you’ve been tapped out as a white belt. All those hours dedicated to learning how to hip escape properly. Not everyone who starts will make it to blue. Getting there is a difficult journey that all white belts must go through.

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6. The Humility That Comes with the Art of Tapping Out

  • Humility – noun – A modest or low view of one’s own importance

Tapping out is a lesson learned on day one. For some, it’s the most difficult lesson to learn. For some, admitting defeat is tough to grasp. This is especially true, in those who lack humility. Don’t worry, a white belt in jiu-jitsu learns humility real quick. Its easy to grow an appreciation jiu-jitsu from this humility as several people who start jiu-jitsu decide to do so from the receiving end of the submission.

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Everyone starts as a white belt. Even the Gracie family. There will be hurdles and challenges along the way, you can be certain of that. Overcoming those challenges will make it memorable. One day you may be a black belt. You’ll look back at your days as a white belt and smile because you realize it was just the beginning.

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Patrick J. Flores

writer patrick flores gracie barra brazilian jiu jitsu scottsdale azAbout the Author: Patrick’s love for martial arts began early on in life. He was greatly influenced by pop culture and the desire to mimic figures he saw on TV. This sparked his love affair with combat sports and the culture behind it. He obtained a BA in History from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and wrote his senior thesis on the development of Martial Arts within the United States. During this time, he practiced Karate, eventually receiving his black belt under Sensei Ray and Shawna Ginocchio in 2011. Soon after achieving his black belt in Karate, he began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Patrick is currently holding a purple belt under Professor Rafael Olivera and trains out of Gracie Barra Chino. In addition to training in jiu-jitsu, Patrick attends California State University Fullerton for his MBA. He hopes to one day use his experience, education, and passion for martial arts to develop a rewarding career.

Twitter: @patjflores 
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