On That Red Belt

Black Belt - - COMMUNITY -

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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