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Attack of the white belts

    Fri, 2007-07-20 07:35 — Beaner

    Hi All,

    I just got promoted to blue belt on Saturday. I have noticed that when I roll with the white belts now they are coming at me much harder and more intense. These are the same guys that I was rolling with last week and they did not seem this serious before. What gives? Does this always happen? I do not recall doing this when guys got promoted in front of me. Just wondering.

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    Marty Post's picture

    Beaner wrote:
    Hi All,

    I just got promoted to blue belt on Saturday. I have noticed that when I roll with the white belts now they are coming at me much harder and more intense. These are the same guys that I was rolling with last week and they did not seem this serious before. What gives? Does this always happen? I do not recall doing this when guys got promoted in front of me. Just wondering.

    wait till you get your purple! lol

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    Beaner's picture

    The low man on the blue belt totum (sp?) pole makes sense. I guess I just have to tap them out fast and first to let them know whats up...J/K :p . Nah I just take it in stride and keep working my game and not play theirs. Thanks for the responses.

    The Beaner

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    Anonymous's picture

    Ya'know what, I can identify with you on this...Im the the only girl and the only person with 4 stripes on my belt, I get targeted alot especially by the guys a lil younger or a lil older than me who dont have stripes (or have a few). I train with a purple belt on almost a daily basis and can hold my own, but im still a solid whitebelt, I think some guys think if they can beat you, then they are better and deserve stripes or belts or whatnot....This is the reason I hate the whole belt system.

    ~Ariel

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    Ezekiel's picture

    That stuff with girls isn't the same I'd say as it is with men with higher belts. It's just because younger men have a really hard time admitting they get tapped out by a girl. It's even worse if the girl is very small. Just eats their ego somehow. When I started BJJ there was a female purple belt at our gym. And guess twice if it was hard to admit beeing tapped out by her?? Well I was only 18 back then and had trained at the gym a lot, so I imagined I'd just control her easy (she weighed about 65 lbs less than me). Boy was I wrong (do I even need to state that :D). The first times it was really hard to admit. But if I've learned one thing rather fast, it's that don't let your pride get in the way of learning new things. So every time I go back to the old gym it's fun to roll with her, even if she'd tap me.

    But the thing with guys with higher belts is for many that first of all they ofcourse don't want to be submitted and imagine that they will have to give all they got. I know I do this when sparring with some brown belts I've trained with. But for me it's more of a test to see how long I can go against them without getting submitted. It's more fun than anything serious. But black belts are somehow different, you know they are so much above you that you won't even try to catch them, instead learn from mistakes and ask them alot of questions afterwards.

    Or maybe I'm just weird :p

    PS. Congrats on the belt man :)

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    KibunInc's picture

    Maybe those white belts you used to roll with feel they want to show you that you are no different and that they can hang with you. Not saying that you have changed your attitude any, just some people feel that rolling is about who they can submitt rather then learning. Good luck.

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