You know Slideyfoot, right? The PhD candidate, BJJ blogger, teacher, and purple belt lives in England. Here at The FightWorks Podcast we consider him a longtime friend. He wrote us this week with a suggestion for our BJJ Polls:
It would be interesting to know statistically what the split was between those whose first thought upon getting promoted was “Hooray! I’m a # belt! I feel great!” and those who think “Oh crap. I’m a # belt. Can I give it back?”
Always the enquiring mind! We are curious too! Slidey’s email to us continued:
It would be even more interesting to further subdivide those results into academies that promote via a test, others who promote via competition and those who just throw a belt at you without warning.
Also good questions. We have a little data around those topics here:
- Do You Feel You Deserve the BJJ Belt You Currently Wear?
- Do You Prefer Formal or Informal Belt Ceremonies?
- How Are Jiu-Jitsu Belts Primarily Awarded at Your Academy?
We wonder… was this BJJ poll question prompted because a certain spectacled Englishman may be getting his brown belt soon? Time (and Roger Gracie) will tell!
In any case, let us know how you reacted when you were last promoted in BJJ and leave us a comment to tell us about that crazy day.