Purple Belt, Say What?

If you happen to be Facebook friends with me, you would see that last night I had the dorkiest grin on my face. Why is that? Because I got my purple belt!

….Oh crap.

It’s awesome, but at the same time kind of scary, just like white to blue was. It’s the beginning of a new level, and it also means you get your ass beat repeatedly by people who are about ready to move on to the next belt. In a nice, technical fashion of course, but you’re still getting your ass beat. It’s about reaching plateaus, and getting past them after you’re frustrated a million times. It’s about mentoring others, especially those just starting, and still maintaining your humility, giving the respect your teammates and competition deserves. It’s about all that and I’m sure a lot of things I haven’t even learned or experienced yet.

It’s about a lot of things, but above all else it’s about the journey in jiu jitsu that we are all going through, and it’s awesome to take a big step in that journey. 🙂

But still, oh crap!



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10 responses to “Purple Belt, Say What?

  1. !!!!!!!!!!WOWEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Post the pic here, would you- for those of us who do not Facebook (yes, there are one or two of us on the planet)?

  2. Congratulations, Katie!! That’s awesome-sauce!

  3. Brilliant! Congrats: haven’t been on Facebook much today, so must have missed the pic. 🙂

    Were you at blue belt for long, out of interest?

  4. Sarah

    Congrats chicka, glad i got to be there for the promotion 🙂

  5. Congratulations!! By the sounds of things, you’ll grow into your new belt very soon. It will feel quite natural in no time at all. Well done :-)))

  6. Katie

    Thanks guys: I am trying to get the photo off facebook, but I keep saving the webpage and not the photo, so I’ll have to ask Maggie for the actual photo.

    As for how long it took, I would say about 4 1/2 years, I think. I don’t know, I think I’m going to actually have a post about that just called “long enough”. 😉

  7. Congrats, on the promotion. It sounds lke you will either avoid the dreaded Purplebeltitis or at least get through it faster then most. For me Purplebeltitis was worse then Bluebeltitis, but it didnt last as long.

  8. I didn’t see it on fb and sooooooo glad you posted here! Sorry for the belated:




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