How To Get The Most Out Of Your Jiu-Jitsu Promotion Day

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What should you do to maximize your BJJ promotion day and what is it really about?

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Jiu-Jitsu Promotion Day

What should you do to maximize your BJJ promotion day and what is it really about?

Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Photo by: Howard Graham

A Jiu-Jitsu belt promotion can be a day filled with many emotions.

You may find yourself surprised and overjoyed as a new belt is tied around your waste.

You may find yourself excited to see your teammates share that same feeling. Or you may find yourself a little disappointed that you don’t get what you feel you deserve.

Jiu-Jitsu has many ups and downs. And sometimes, it’s magnified when we do or don’t receive a promotion. No matter how you feel, it’s essential to take the time and reflect to get the most out of each promotion and keep progressing positively.

Having a good instructor is not a privilege everyone shares.
If you’re lucky enough to have that privilege, you should reflect on the decision made regarding promotions; whether it is or isn’t what you expect.

The person you are with BJJ

Skill and time are essential when considering who gets promoted. However, the person you become during that time and how the martial art impacts you is far more important to many BJJ professors.

When you hear someone is a black belt, you automatically expect certain things from them. You assume they have been training a decent amount of time, and they know what they are doing, to say the least. You also expect them to behave to a higher standard than the average person.

They should be respectful, disciplined, humble, helpful, and approachable, among many other things. No role model in martial arts embodies those attributes overnight. It takes years and years of conscious effort to develop those traits, with each belt showcasing more

and more of these attributes.

Jiu-Jitsu promotion questions

Being honest with yourself and taking an unbiased, objective approach is vital…. what would you say about yourself if you weren’t you?

Do you positively represent yourself?
● Do you work hard?
● Are you consistent?
● Are you the person who stays level-headed? Or do you swear and storm off when things do go your way?
● Are you fun to be around?
● Would you want to be around you?

Do you positively represent your team?
● Do you help others learn?
● Do you support lower belts?
● Do you support higher belts?
● Do you belittle others who aren’t where you are?
● Do you pay it forward?

Do you positively represent Jiu-Jitsu?
● Do you go around picking fights?
● Do you have an ego?
● Are you someone you would consider a role model?
● Are people scared of you?
● Do you feed a bad Jiu-Jitsu stereotype?

If you earned a new belt, how would you answer these? How would you answer these if you didn’t get a new belt?

Reflect on your Jiu-Jitsu journey

Remember that as the belts become higher, so do the expectations.
As time goes on, your skill level will increase. But you need to become a better person, especially if the coveted black belt is in your sights.

Day by day, class by class, roll by roll, belt by belt. Always remember and reflect on the bigger picture of how you can positively impact people’s lives on and off the mats.

It’s not about the color of belt or strips, but the skill you have, the man of woman you become, and the lives you impact along the way in your Jiu-Jitsu Journey.

Always keep training!

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