100 Things you should do before reaching Black Belt
Based on the experience of established fighters, GRACIE Magazine put together a goal plan of the most daring kind for the unconditional Jiu-Jitsu lover.
Regret is not one of the most pleasant things in life. Overall, we suffer a ton when we think of the past and regret having done or not done something or the other at a determined point in our lives. That is how, in a philosophic manner, GRACIE Magazine went after 40 Jiu-Jitsu instructors and asked: If you could go back in time, what would you do differently in your career before reaching black belt?
“I regret not having followed a good diet, I only started worrying about that now, I’ve seen how doing so yields such extremely positive results,” André Galvão responded. Keeping in mind that Galvão was already an impressive athlete at purple belt, imagine if a sophisticated dietary regime had helped him attain even more spectacular performances.
Breaking down in detail each instructor’s response, GRACIE Magazine made a list of 100 things you should do before reaching black belt (and 20 more you shouldn’t do). If you are already a black belt, the list still counts as a review of your career and even as stimulus to create your own list of goals to complete before receiving your red belt.
At no time did we have the pretext of creating a universal decree, a recipe book. Each athlete will take the path he/she wishes to, but with a script based on the experiences of established fighters at hand. We believe that, as the path comes to an end, you will have a greater chance of looking back and feeling satisfied.
By Marcelo Dunlop & Raphael Nogueira