This is probably one of the first questions any white belt asks when they start training in BJJ. “How long does it take you get your black belt?” Well, that along with “How long have you been doing this?” That’s usually right after you had a quick roll with a newbie and showed them your stuff. It’s funny, because I remember asking both of those questions.
Wondering how long it takes to get your black belt is normal. We all want a black belt. Personally, I just want one because I like the color. I’m not looking forward to enduring the expectations of wearing one, but I wouldn’t mind the respect of getting listened to. When a black belt speaks, people drool. It’s just how it is.
Wearing a purple belt is cool, but I’m an impatient soul. I have a feeling I will climb the ladder fast because I’m the creative type and in Jiu-Jitsu, the creative types advance quickly. Book smart and being able to follow directions? Yeah, that’s all fine and dandy, but coming up with new stuff on the fly means you can put things together. That’s what makes a black belt. Just my opinion of course. But if history is any guide, I think I’m right.
I found a really nice article (How long it takes to get a black belt) this afternoon from Aesopian BJJ that talks about what I’m covering right now. Actually, I wouldn’t be writing this if it weren’t for what I found. Give it a read. Get motivated and then hit the mat. You’re never going to get that belt any other way.