We had belt promotions at @hurricane.jj
last night and I got my first stripe! I have been thinking about what stripes mean to me since getting it, and it ties into some things and people I wanted to thank.
Stripes are a visual reminder that your BJJ team is with you, even if they aren't physically around in a given moment. You are your belt, and stripes are all the people that helped you get to whatever point you are at. Stripes are your team, hanging out on your belt.
My first stripe isn't wholly my own. It belongs to (with many many many thanks and appreciation): @emmaline_mimsy
for getting me into bjj in the first place
and all of the instructors (also they are having a banging deal for your first month right now - free gi and private lesson!) @angiemarie_training
for working with me to improve myself overall but also keeping important bjj concepts in mind.) (You can train with her at Tremont Athletic Club - do it, it's worth it.) @darlased
for always matter of fact asking me when I am going to sign up, because eventually I was like, YEAH? When am I? (She runs Transform HQ too, a great women's bjj program!) @e157835
for taking me under his wing, spending time with me, making me focus, and like a ton of other things he does. This guy is amazing.
And everybody who trains at hurricane for always being ready for a roll, making a great culture, always being willing to teach, ... it goes on and on and on and on.
So I think pretty highly of BJJ - it has been a great experience for me. Please check out any of the gym/trainer accounts above for a great holiday gift to yourself or others!