Ok, so this weekend Royce and Helio were in town for the grand opening of The LAB in Phoenix and I was doing a class yesterday morning. Now, like many people and probably more so people my age, I started this whole game because of Royce. So understand that though I have met him before, this was the first time in a class setting and I was of course looking to impress in some way.
Now, I have been a blue belt since about 98. I started training no-gi after that for fights, and the last 3 years or so have concentrated mostly on Muay Thai. Im not in a race for belts, so as long as im still improving I dont care.
So in yesterdays class, Im making sure to do the techniques he showed pretty much exactly like he wants. As Im doing this I see in the mirror in front of me that he is watching me from behind. So Im a little nervous but I still do everything pretty well. This goes on for about 3 minutes. He says nothing and just watches.
Then he says to me "Who have you trained with and how long?" I tell him and he asks about who gave my belt to me. I tell him. Then he says "You need a different belt." In my head Im like doing that dance the bannana does when he's singing the Peanut Butter Jelly song. I knew I wasnt purple belt level at all, but hey maybe im gonna get a stripe or something.
Well, he then explains to me that the belt I have with the black sleeve for stripes is wrong. Apparently, the HCK blue belt I have that has a small white stripe at each end of the black sleeve is not acceptable in the something Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fed. and I need to get a new one without the white on it. And that was it. hahahah
That is like being the biggest baseball fan, hitting home runs with the ghost of Babe Ruth watching you and then he comes up and tells you your bat sucks and you need to get a new one... LOL