This week was the culmination of a three and a half year campaign from Blue to Purple. In all of the training, competing, wincing, and groaning that I’ve done along the way, I thought I knew how I’d feel at that moment. I was wrong about it all. In all honesty, I was a little numb at first. I could hear everyone cheering and clapping, as Regis smiled and switched out my belt from blue to purple.
I wanted to say something to the class. Something meaningful and profound. Something about how I almost never got here. How I almost quit Jiu-Jitsu. Something about how appreciative I was for what this place turned into for me. I think I would have said something about my old friends/academy and how I wish I could celebrate this with them as well. Something about how thankful I was to both Jeff Baldwin and Regis Lebre, who both saw something in me that may never have been if it wasn’t for them investing their time and energy.
I would have said some of this but all my thoughts were swirling around so I decided not to say anything. Public speaking has never been one of strengths but please know I appreciate everyone who has helped me get to this point. From UCSD’s Bjj Rec class, Rebellion Academy, Gracie Humaita, and all the random open mats and gym visits that I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy.
Thank you all!