Most people start training Jiu-jitsu for various reasons. Some start training to lose weight, others as a means of protection. For what ever reason they train there is a goal in mind. From my experience very few individuals who begin learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu set the goal to be a Champion. And of those who make that a goal, even fewer accomplish it. The most obvious reason why this happens is that being a champion in anything isn’t easy, especially in Jiu-Jitsu.
There is a saying in Jiu-Jitsu, “A black belt is just a white belt that never gave up”. This quote sums up the life of a serious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Getting better is a daily grind. It takes complete and utter dedication to get to the next level in this sport. Days when you are tired and sore you have to get up and train. You have to sacrifice time with friends and family to put in work on the mats. What separates Crazy 88 and Team Lloyd Irvin from other schools is that belt promotions are not based on time or amount of classes attended. You have to earn your belt. Julius Park always says that, “Belts represent hard work and progression. If you trained for two weeks and got promoted, your belt would be meaningless to you.”
Recently, Julius Park head trainer and owner of Crazy 88 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu promoted four of his fighters to the rank of Purple Belt. The four new Purple Belts included: Tye Ryan Murphy, Timothy-Michael Spriggs, Keith Cebula, and Wayne Johnson. Each of these guys has paid the cost to get to the next level. Each has gone up the ranks the old fashioned way: hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. All have competed on an international level and have won on that level. Tye, Tim, Keith, and Wayne plan on having Jiu-Jitsu as a part of their lives for a long time. So expect to hear about their new successes at Purple Belt in the new future, and expect to see them on the mats as usual.