Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is the toughest sport I have ever done. It is both mentally and physically challenging. It is hard to adequately describe the level of intensity, conditioning and focus that BJJ requires. One testament to how challenging BJJ is that there are only 5 belts in adult BJJ. Unlike Karate or Taekwondo, achieving a new belt color in BJJ takes years of work.
White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black
Back in High School I was an exceptional basketball player. In my mind, I relate basketball skill levels to the different BJJ belt colors. This easily shows non-BJJ people the huge difference in skills the BJJ belts represent.
White – Middle School Basketball Team Skill Level
Blue – High School Basketball Team Skill Level
Purple – College Basketball Team Skill Level
Brown – NBA Skill Level
Black – NBA All-star Skill Level
Me bowing down to Professor Angelus after he achieved his black belt.
I am still a newbie Blue Belt. When I roll against Purple, Brown or Black belts there is nothing but eminent death for me. The skill and knowledge gap is far to great. Nevertheless, I go out there and try my best.
If you would like to see how life changing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be and live in Houston, I would recommend you contact Ravlin Martial Arts.