March 23rd, 2016
Said to be one of the most important stripes earned. It is the first stepping stone in the BJJ journey and first recognition of the improvement. From knowing absolutely nothing to knowing just more than absolutely nothing.
This stripe took just a little over one month to earn. After I received this piece of athletic tape on my white belt, I quit smoking cigarettes and worked on my cardio. I felt the mana of the stripe and felt as if I could actually do the moves I learned and drilled three weeks ago. I was able to recall and use submissions, escapes, and sweeps and see where they were open or to how to get them open. Receiving a piece of athletic tape as an indicator of my progress, is a huge confidence boost and keeps me coming back for more.