Last night, during Relson's seminar, he promoted me to blue belt! It's crazy, I'm totally not rolling like a blue, but I appreciate the honor and will do my best to perform up to that level.
Really I think it's because Phil secretly hates my purple gi, and now it clashes with my belt, so he thinks I won't wear it as much :)
Lots of other people promoted too, including our fearless leader Phil who got his first stripe on his black belt.
The cruddy thing about promoting early -- things -- are obvious: people mutter about it, you get targeted, you feel like there must be a clerical error somewhere.
The good things: no more anxiety about Pan Ams or Mundials this year, and an incredible feeling of awe, humility, and motivation to work harder. And camaraderie.