According to a video from BJJ Scout, apparently a BJJ blue belt was given an “honorary” black belt for bringing IBJJF competition to China.
Personally, I’m baffled at the idea of an honorary black belt in this circumstance for a variety of reasons: I’m not against said distinction if the person falls into one of these categories-
- Has a ton of experience in grappling and beating bjj players, particularly members of the Gracie family (which is why I didn’t even bat an eyelash when there was mention of Sakuraba getting an honorary black belt- they call him “The Gracie Hunter” for pete’s sake)
- You are old enough that you will probably never compete and/or live long enough to actually see yourself get a black belt in the natural course of the ranks.
Neither seem to be the case for this person: not that it’s really any of my business, but I don’t think an honorary black belt was really necessary.
Anyway, check it out and have a great day everyone!