Helio Gracie on the Jiu-Jitsu Belt System
I think you deserve it. That’s it. You don’t have to explain anything.You don’t owe anyone an explanation. I give degrees according to the person’s efficiency. I don’t have a timeline to give degrees. It’s not by time? What time? Time is what they use in school where you change grade after a certain number of years. Someone who is brilliant, an intelligent person who develops quicker than another will have to stay neck and neck and wait for the other because the other doesn’t develop? You guys have the competence to have these degrees and even more if I want to award it. I don’t award more because for me degrees and rubbish are the same thing. You are the one who makes your degree. What’s my degree? This junk that is painted on my belt? In Rio I’m a blue belt. I don’t have any degrees. So what! How come no one criticizes me? This degree thing is not worth anything. It is only an orientation that I have for my use. I think you deserve it because you are an excellent teacher, teaching excellent classes You deserve it. Degrees represent teaching skills not fighting skills. Fighters don’t have degrees, they have a time. I was the best fighter in the world, now I’m nothing, and so what? I wouldn’t be able to have fighter’s degrees anymore. So degrees on the belt are for technique? Yes! My belt rank is as a jiu-jitsu teacher.