>>945552 apparently you can fail the belt exam. but I don't intend to fail any of them. I think it's kinda bullshit how many organizations create this artificial scarcity of blackbelts by basing it on how much time you spend practicing. If I can take one class a week and catch on I shouldn't have to log hours upon hours for the sake of getting a new belt
I think it's pretty mcdojo to force people to have a certain amount of time, its just price gouging
>>946087 honestly I was watching a video with those young gracie brothers in california talking about this and they said most of the time blackbelts are people who are one trick ponies, get really good at executing <5 techniques and just coast their way to the top. They win the competitions so it doesn't matter their skills are very shallow because all they need are mediocre skills to stay alive and chance to set up that one technique they have mastered.
they weren't saying it's a good thing, they were just remarking that it's the reality of it
If a TKD school gave promotions based on time /asp/ would be screaming McDojo. Even BJ Penn who is literally called a prodigy only managed to get his BB in 3 years, it's supposed to take around 5 or 6.
Let me guess, you signed a contract? By that school's logic your white belt stuff takes as much time to perfect as your BB techniques. Especially if you're going once a week, this is pretty sad.
>>945738 >I think it's a good idea not to base skill on time spent on the mat.
So it's a good idea to base skill on time spent signed up for the school?
>Some people progress faster than others.
Yeah, and if I've had previous grappling experience and I was ready for a blue belt in 3 months I'd have to wait around another 3 rolling with scrubs to learn new shit.
Better than a surplus of artificial, unqualified black belts.
You ARE logging hours, two years in fact. Belts every X months are just a carrot in front of the horse keeping impatient teenagers from quitting. When it gets hard you end up thinking, "Just 8 more weeks until I can get my purple belt and tell everyone how tough I am". Observe the purples and browns and even BBs, there WILL be a difference in skill from people with the same belt who have been there for the same length of time and everyone will be wanting to learn from certain people and avoid others because they're incompetent.
Saying I deserve a BB in 2 years because of time is like saying the entire national guard deserves to be Special Forces because they spent the same amount of hours in basic as the guys who get invited to be Green Berets.
Let's say you go once a week for 2 years and every class is 2 hours, which is pretty generous. 52 weeks in a year, 2x52 = 104 hrs x 2 which comes out to 208 hrs to get a BB.
Fucking I've spent 208 hours on a mat. Give Fats his BJJ black belt please. Your BBs probably don't even have cauliflower ear.
>>946318 >you signed a contract? naw I didn't >Your BBs probably don't even have cauliflower ear. I don't understand how failing to tend to and treat an injury properly is supposed to be a badge of honor? wear an ear protector and drain that shit if it happens and this is totally grappler bullshit too, boxers have just as much risk of developing the deformity but they actually try to drain it because they aren't proud of it. being proud of a cauliflower ear is like walking around with a sign at all times that says "hey look at me! I failed to properly defend myself several times!"
You focused on literally the least important parts of that long-ass post. Glad you didn't sign a contract though because you'll probably want to leave once you realize you're paying for shit.
The reason I like name-brand MAs as opposed to hwarangdo and shit is because you're universally recognized as being at that skill level. If I got a legit TKD BB, I could walk into a TKD school on the other side of the country and I would be the same level in their eyes as I was at my old school as long as I could actually prove that I knew my material. Go into a gracie or 10th planet place and roll with your 2-year BB, they'll think you watched some grappling youtube videos and bought it off the internet.
If belts matter to you then you're at the right school, but if skill matters to you, you're not. I wouldn't want grappling lessons from a guy who got his BB in two years. If you suck at fighting and suck at teaching, the only use is to brag to people that you have a BJJ BB. And if you're that guy, you deserve to have your arms snapped by an actual jujitiero.
Worst case scenario, you learned watered-down, "streamlined" BJJ with like half the techniques you'd normally get. Best case scenario, you learn everything an actual BB would and don't get the chance to practice it well enough to get good or remember it.
Yeah that's some pretty hard jewing, but in a lot of family-owned culty arts you'll get that. There was a big fiasco in Hwarangdo where the grandmaster demanded 50% of all the earnings from every BB's dojangs and a lot of people just said fuck your certification, I'm out. They just kept teaching without the blessing of Dr. Joo Bang Lee. Nobody can take your skills away from you, you just might not get the advertising on their official website.
TKD probably did the same thing for awhile but after enough people have black belts you can kiss your monopoly goodbye because there's no way to collect from thousands of people teaching your art miles away from your world headquarters. Obviously BJJ is at that point of popularity if schools like OP's are popping up, there's no way it's endorsed by anyone with actual credentials.
I can see why people think it's sweet. You learn some good stuff right away and it's really effective in 1-on-1 combat on a nice soft mat. But as we've been over, it's kind of shitty IRL unless your town is paved with nerf and there's only one guy in existence with no friends who wants to fight you.
>>946991 I'm doing great. Health is looking up, I'm training full time at a place that has a real professional stable. I was at UFC Fight night Saturday, to support our fighter.
That's why I don't post much anymore, there's not much fun in yelling at delusional morons when there's training to do. Today I had a half an hour kickboxing private lesson, an hour of strength training, an hour of Muay Thai, and an hour of BJJ. I'm fucking beat.
>For me, currently yoga and ballet. Laugh all you want, but I look good in the tights. You forget I'm queer AF anyway. Sign me up for ballet, I'll look fucking PRETTY in tights the way my legs are looking.
BJJ doesn't work against multiple opponents. It just doesn't. I mean i guess if you were a super high level and you could take a guy down, snap something, then roll up and take on the next guy, but even that's unlikely.
You will get kicked on the back of the head, smash your own knees, and roll in around rocks.
>>948793 no shit it doesn't work against multiple people - nothing does. unless you're a high level striker and you're fighting absolute nonathletic shells of people, you will get your ass kicked no matter what you practice trying to fight multiple people.. (except gun-fu of course )
>>948968 pretty clearly not fat in that picture, I have very clearly defined muscles including abs which are not pictured
you realize that "ideal" 2% body fat thing a lot of guys go for isn't a good thing? I'm between 11%-13% which is the ideal range for good health so you can go ahead and destroy your organs and joints if you want though, doesn't make a difference to me, I'll just be over here being way stronger and healthier than you
side note, when you look at fighters I hope you have noticed its only guys in lighter weight classes that are rail thin, because they are obviously trying to stay as light as possible. take a look at the heavier weight classes and you will see what a body is supposed to look like since they don't have to worry about cutting weight >inb4 implying roy nelson is healthy you know what I mean
>>949235 >just cut to like 12 percent body fat not sure how you expect me to cut to where I already am
besides, cardiovascular stamina is a non-issue, being overly muscled will just burn energy faster, and in the case of a skinny guy with no fat, when he's out of gas he's out of gas, he wont have any fuel to pull off of once his lunch is burned up. >>949240 if you are on a restrictive diet to stay as lean as you are, you don't have enough fat on your body. You make it out like I'm obese, I have a 34 waist and need to wear a belt.
>>949249 trust me I'm not, you also don't know what my legs look like, they barely have an oz of fat on them. I have had 9 site skin fold measurements done more times than I bother to remember >>949251 he is probably no more than 5%
>>949271 nothing else to really say other than you are wrong there are plenty of guys walking around at 2% who aren't muscle beasts. Byambajav Ulambayar was competing at around 11% body fat and he looks way fatter than I do because his tits sag and his belly is huge. It's all about how you carry your weight, not everybody fattens the same way.
get your body fat tested, the results may surprise you. and I don't mean on a scale because those don't work, I mean with calipers and math.
>>949334 he could probably do more pull ups than me, but I bet you I could lift more than he could in his wildest dreams being proud of having a better strength to weight ratio is like being proud of being the best pound for pound fighter
the best pound for pound fighter is a long winded way of saying "objectively not the best fighter" so being pound for pound stronger just means he isn't as strong by any metric of reality
BB in 2 years, mark my words. will update with every promotion
There's a guy who has been training at my dojo/gym for like 3 or 4 years, and he only has his blue belt. The head chief has over 25 years of experience, and the second black belt has been doing it for like 12 years I think
>>953305 Took me like 6 years to get a blue belt. But I wasn't training consistently. Injuries, work, other shit always got in the way. I've had my bluebelt for about 18 months now and am only on one stripe. Feels bad man.
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