When I first started training Brazilian JiuJitsu around five and a half years ago, the purple belts seemed to be some kind of invincible spirit warriors from another dimension.
As of yesterday afternoon I can count myself among their ranks, after being promoted to purple belt by my coach @martyndavidcahill in front of his coach, multiple-time European champion David Onuma, and David’s teacher, legendary seventh degree red and black coral belt Master De La Riva.
I’ve never worked harder for anything in my life.
Now that it’s on my waist I can’t say I feel indestructible - if anything I’m just a little more aware of some of the things I don’t know and the desire to measure up to expectations.
Thanks to everyone at the gym who’s taught me and beat me up over the years and also my wife @twitchybells for taking her BJJ widowhood like a champ.
Congratulations also to everyone else who got a stripe or a new belt yesterday - you’re all amazing. #purplebelt #bjj #cfsbjj #wife #lineage #justkeepshowingup