I got promoted to Brown Belt by my instructor, John Will over the weekend.
Its something I hoped for, but yet when it happened was completely unexpected.
I always tell my students when I grade them to blue belt, that the belt takes time to grow into. It will probably take 2 weeks to a month before you feel comfortable with the weight of expectation the new belt carries. I also tell them that its like magic, the expectation and pressure is there, but with it comes confidence, and a 20% improvement of their game.
I hope my advice works on me too.
I believe I may have grown too complacent and comfortable wearing my purple belt. However with this promotion, I already feel spurred and inspired to improve myself further, both as a BJJ instructor as well as practitioner.
My goal for the coming year is to build depth in my understanding several games, as well as work out being in the "first cab off the rank" in as many places in my game as possible.
Hope my students enjoy the ride
Sam Wee is the head instructor for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) at the KDT Academy (www.kdta.com), Malaysia and has been teaching BJJ since 2003.