Do You Have To Compete To Be A Black Belt: Professor Tom DeBlass Answers

Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu owner Tom DeBlass has answered the question that most Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners’ minds at some point during their training: do I have to compete to be a black belt?

As is so often the case, DeBlass’ answer is simple, and to-the-points: “NO YOU DO NOT.”

One probably wouldn’t expect this answer from a man who is not only a top competitor in his own right, but has helped produce two of the most famous names in competitive jiu-jitsu: Garry Tonon and Gordon Ryan.
But Professor DeBlass argues that BJJ competitions don’t reflect how much you know.

Jiu-Jitsu competition is a game of winning, it doesn’t always represent how much someone knows. I have beaten guys that know more than me, and guys have beaten me that I know more than.p style=”padding-left: 30px;”>

You can read Professor Tom DeBlass’ entire post below:

Man, the subject "do people need to compete in order to get their black belt" is a subject that I see come up time and…

Posted by Tom DeBlass on Saturday, January 27, 2018


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