Dreaming of Becoming a Purple Belt

Last night I had a dream.  In that dream I was competing in a BJJ tournament.  It was gi of course.  I have a progress plan that will lead up to no-gi as I posted in No-Gi vs Gi.  Back to the dream,  I won all of my matches and took the gold but only by a hairs breath.  I felt I was a decent blue belt but needed more time to learn after testing myself against other blues.  At the end of the tournament I was awarded my purple belt.  I was very upset!  I knew I didn’t deserve it yet.  I knew I couldn’t live up to it yet.  I was proud that they thought I should wear it but I knew better inside.  This morning as I ponder on my dream I find it very enlightening.  I do feel a sense of accomplishment and a right to have my blue belt.  At the same time I realize I have growth that needs to take place before I can achieve the next level.  I know that when I get that purple belt I’ll feel like a purple belt.  I’ll know its right about the time my instructor does too I think.  I look forward to that day and to all the fun and learning that leads up to it.

Jiu Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu Jitsu.

2 Replies to “Dreaming of Becoming a Purple Belt”

  1. Too many people want to rush through their belts, and jiu-jitsu has it right. It takes time. I think Ten years for your black is about right. There’s a phrase in jiu-jitsu about a guy who doesn’t deserve their belt “his belt is lose,” it means you were promoted without being ready. Your belt doesn’t fit correctly because you haven’t earned it.

    Anyway, just me rambling. Good post.

  2. I haven’t had this dream, but I’ve definitely had this thought on multiple occasions. It seems weird, but I’d rather get my purple a little late. There are too many things in this society are based on instant gratification, and I’d hate for jiu jitsu to be one of them.

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