New Promotions at Kyuzo

Head of Drysdale Jiu Jitsu, Robert Drysdale, made his annual visit to Kyuzo Gym in Dublin in August, and carried out some belt promotions while he was here.

Getting a new belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is quite different to many martial arts. For example, there are only 5 belts- white (which everyone gets once they start), blue, purple, brown and black. To give an idea of scale, a blue belt takes around 2 years to achieve, whereas in many martial arts the first belt may be achieved in as little as a few months. This might seem like a long time, but the rewards for training in Jiu Jitsu aren’t just pieces of cloth around your waist! To get a belt isn’t about memorising techniques or patterns (aka Kata in Karate), instead your belt is representative of your time on the mat and the techniques you’re able to apply on people around your own level and weight class. This means that in essence, you’re not just being promoted based on your ability to perform in a test, but on your accumulated training over the years since your last belt too.

2012 Promotions From Left- Dave Reddy (Blue Belt), Robert Drysdale (Head Instructor), Barry Oglesby (coach and Brown Belt), Amanda English (Purple Belt)

Drysdale gave out 3 new belts while he was here. A blue belt to Dave Reddy, a purple belt to Amanda English, and a brown belt to Kyuzo’s coach, Barry Oglesby. It was a tough belt test with lots of good technique on display, but nothing worth doing is easy!

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