I attended a grading at my BJJ school this weekend and I got my blue belt.
To say I was chuffed is an understatement. I never take any belt promotion for granted, but I felt as though I'd had a solid year where some techniques and strategies were starting to bed in.
My guard and guard attacks are better than they were, I'd added an overhook guard and attacks into the mix, I have some half guard technique, and I'm slowly learning to transition between all three positions. Much else is still pretty woeful, but there are signs if life.
More importantly, my instructors thought so and I am now promoted.
Getting a new belt is always daunting as you have to rise to the challenge, but it's also important not to be too worried.
It's the same journey and the same path. It just means you've hit a different road sign telling you where you are. So I am pleased, humbled and nervous. But I'm well happy, too.
And I can now use wristlocks!