Graduating Students

It’s that time of year when many academies begin their graduation ceremonies. Awarding hard working students and celebrating their triumph. As a student, reaching the next belt level is an important step in your journey. Not only does it mark your progression in skill but also several milestones in your life. Getting that promotion at work. Graduating from school. Getting married. Even those student that care less about ranks and belts still care. When you put so much of your

Death of the Gauntlet

Walking the gauntlet and many of its derivatives have been long standing traditions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In my academy, every belt graduation leading up to black belt was always followed up by the entire class lining up shoulder to shoulder. Forming two long lines and quickly untying their belts so that they could brandish them as if they were a weapon, like a sword or a baseball bat. Ready to welcome new graduates to the next level. It’s pretty messed up, but I was defini