Black Belt

On That Red Belt

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Rickson Gracie: I was flattered when my brother Rorion graciously awarded me with a red belt in Las Vegas last July. However, the experience forced me to rethink the way in which belts are awarded, and I concluded that this process is too subjective. Irrespecti­ve of all my accomplish­ments on the mat and in the ring, as the president of the Global Jiu Jitsu Federation, I decided to set an example. I will wait five more years, until I have worn my black belt for 45 years, before I put my red belt on again.

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