My husband was promoted to purple belt a week ago! I am very excited and proud of him. I know how hard he works on and off the mat to be the best he can at jiu jitsu and be a great teammate. He has always been willing to roll with me and help me with my game even though I’m a lot smaller than him and not as good as him. I could not have made it this far in jiu jitsu without him.
I also found out that our training partner and friend from seven years ago earned his black belt. I’m very happy for him as well. He trained hard and was always thinking about how to improve his game. He was Evan’s primary training throughout his blue belt and I spent most of my time as a white belt either training with Evan or our now-black-belt friend.
Despite being happy for both of them – I have to admit I’m a little jealous. I know I shouldn’t be. They both have been training for years longer than I have. And their rank has nothing to do with me. But I feel like I missed out on so much by taking time off. Yet when I step back I realize that I wouldn’t trade the time off for being a higher rank now.