What being a black belt in BJJ really entails.
I've seen numerous and countless threads of guys who think they understand what a BB in BJJ is all about. These are the same guys who want to the "shortcut" or the "fast track" to getting "good enough" to be a BB...
Hate to inform you, but there is no fast track.
The reason black belts are respected so much is because the vast majority of them have been training for a very long time and understand intricacies in the sport on a whole different level.
I find it rather insulting to my instructors when someone undermines their years of experience and hardwork trying to marginalize the BJJ BB.
Sure BJ Penn got his BB in about 3.5 years. That's unheard of, though. Not to mention that he also trained 2X a day 5 - 6 days a week with top notch black belt instructors because he didn't have a financial worry in the world.
Does anyone else feel this way?
FYI, I train with several BB's and I feel that I am very lucky with the cast of instructors that I have including one of my best friends who is a brown belt but should have his black within a year.