After two years of blood, sweat, and tears… I have finally earned my Blue Belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu under Alder Hampel. On Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Alder promoted six of us to Blue Belt and I’m sure we all couldn’t be happier. It was a great ceremony and we had a super packed class that night.
Through the years, I have learned so much about jiu jitsu and I have truly fallen in love with the sport. But more than anything, I’ve learned about myself and my team. I’ve learned that fighting, though it seems as individual a sport as can be, is at the heart, a team sport. Your coach, your training partners, your support group (family & friends) all help you in your progress in BJJ. Your partners push you to your limits in class, your coach guides you and teaches you the intricacies of the techniques, and so forth.
I have never held a belt rank in any martial art before this. I never did Karate as a child and I always wanted to earn a belt. I’ve learned so much about myself through Jiu Jitsu and I’ve only made it to Blue Belt so far. There have been times where I have been so frustrated with Jiu Jitsu that I’ve almost wanted to quit. And there have been plenty of times I’ve showed up to class to roll and almost felt like it was my first day. School, work, and your social life can all get in the way of your training. But I knew if I stuck with it, the payoff would be amazing and so far, it has been.
There is no doubt in my mind that I want to one day earn a Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu. Yeah, I know there will be tough times in my progress just like there have been so many great times. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way and I guarantee I will enjoy every step of the way.
Congrats to my fellow Blues that were promoted that night. You guys all deserve it.
- Daniel Godinez
- David Alvarez
- Bhimer Kahlom
- David Hah
- Bill Reusch