Jiu-Jitsu black belt holding beer vs. blue belt
In Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) earning just a blue belt is actually a pretty significant accomplish. It can take a long time and a lot of effort to earn just a blue belt which is the first belt level after white. Though most BJJ gyms include several levels of stripes/degrees for a each color however.
To earn a black belt is a completely different thing however that is a true lifetime achievement. Though even among black belts there are still different levels depending on many factors including competition experience and under which instructor you got your belt from.
In the following video from Frontline Academy in Norway we see the vast difference in ability between a BJJ black belt and a blue belt as the black belt is rolling (sparring) against him one handed all while holding his precious beer.
According to the video description,
“The Hipster: Bjj black belt Thomas Johannessen vs blue belt Jon Svensk! 10 minute sparring. Ibjjf brown/black belt GI rules. What does it take for high level black belt Thomas to lose his edge on Frontline Academy’s blue belts?! Only time will tell!”
Though the video is meant to be just a fun sparring session between two people at very different levels of their BJJ journey, it still must have been pretty embarrassing for the blue belt. Though on the other hand, an important part of all martial arts is to leave your ego at the door when training and just strive to do your best.
The black belt dominates the sparring session and submits the blue belt several times all while one handed. He even gives up top position a number of times but it didn’t matter.
Despite the handicap, he is always in control and always attacking or setting something up and runs through his over-matched opponent here like a hot knife through butter.