Here’s a question that was posed by Prof. Giva Santana:
You rather be that blue belt that everyone gives you compliments and says you should be a purple?
Or would you rather be that purple belt that no one says it, but thinks you shouldn’t be it?
I was just wandering….
What do you think?
I think that they’re often the same person. I’ve been mulling this over for a while now, and I have decided that what I really think is that it’s easy to be a big fish in a little pond. I’ve said in class that the perfect rank is four stripe blue belt. My rationale for that is that there’s really no pressure. You are expected to know stuff, but you’re also expected to have holes in your game. You’re on the cusp of purple belt, but aren’t yet required to carry its weight.
But, you have to grow. Ultimately, my response was to worry less about the other guys belt. Train more and trust your coach.