People ask me a lot of times for advice on how to improve quicker at jiu-jitsu. I was one of fastest black belt under Rickson Gracie. I started training in 1995 and within 6 months I had my blue belt. A year and a half after that (2 years total) I was a purple, and got my brown belt in 2000, in 5 years, that is with taking a year off because I had blown out both my knees in a competition my first day as a purple belt. I ended up getting my black belt in 2004. (the story of why it took me so long to go from brown to black belt is a great story with many lessons for another article!) It was never a race for me, in fact, I never really wanted or cared about getting belts, the only reason I mention the timeline is to give people an idea of how my teacher, who was considered to have extremely high standards, acknowledged my progress.
I was really blessed with my circumstances when I started...
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