Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cane Prevost, black belt.... CONGRATS!

Ya'll know I pretty much worship the ground Cane Prevost blogs on... the SBGi philosophy shines through his amazing writing and teaching style even though I'm at the opposite end of the country from his Oregon school. Well, he's a black belt now!

From left to right: Rick Davison, Travis Davison, Cane Prevost, and Matt Thornton...

Some of his thoughts today on this big step:

". . . [Y]ears later and I’m at this important milestone. It’s been quite a journey. When I started I thought that black belts were somewhere near gods in terms of their skill, knowledge, and technique. I was sure they were invincible. I’m quite astonished now to see how much Jiu Jitsu I don’t know. Tip of the iceberg is an apt metaphor I guess. Frankly I thought I’d be more skillful and knowledgeable than I am now. It’s not a disappointment though. It’s just not what I thought it’d be. I feel much like a newborn baby again. Like a white belt again. The more I learn the bigger Jiu Jitsu gets. I’m coming to terms with the fact that I will never feel invincible or like an expert.

Not sure how long it takes to feel like a black belt? I get tapped out all the time by these young athletic purple belts and the black belts at the gym just crush me. I was really only just starting to feel comfortable as a brown belt. Truth is though I’m the last person to be able to judge my own skill level. That’s the way it always is."

Pretty cool, Cane. Parabens, Faixa Preta :)


Anonymous said...

i had the honor of being at that seminar and watch matt wrap the belt around his waist. not to mention getting mounted and cross choked by cane.. its beautiful to see matt, travis, rick, and cane all teaching fundamentals that most people seem to look over on their way to a new fancy submission.. canes blog really is a goldmine of information.. people shouldnt take it for granted

Stephanie said...

Congrats to Cane!

I find it kind of comforting that he feels newborn again. I like the idea that Jiu-jitsu is never ending. I don't want there ever to be a point where I know it all, and the learning ends. That is my favorite part. =)