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 :)