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What is the Toughest Belt in BJJ?

Hear Lex Fridman's thoughts on which belt was hardest for him to earn.

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What up Flowrollers, its a great day to proclaim your respect for all martial arts while internally thinking basically everything outside of Jiu Jitsu is worthless.

Lets get to it, slap-and-bump

THE MAIN EVENT

In a recent Huberman Lab episode, podcaster and Jiu Jitsu black belt Lex Fridman said the hardest belt to achieve in his journey was the brown belt.

Makes sense. These days, purple belt competitors are soooo ridiculously tough. Many of them are treating Jiu Jitsu as a full time job, and for a frequent competitor like Lex to advance through this rank and earn his brown belt was no easy feat.

At the end of the day though, its hard to argue with the numbers: roughly 90% of people quit Jiu Jitsu before they get their blue belt. So, in my opinion blue belt is the hardest belt to achieve.

IBJJF GRAND PRIX RECAP

Fridays Tezos FloGrappling IBJJF Grand Prix was one of the biggest gi events weve seen in a long time.

FloGrappling has been leaning hard into no-gi, and this was their way to come back to center a bit. The structure was similar to a Whos Number One event, with a 30 minute gi superfight at the end.

B-Teams Craig Jones does a great breakdown of the format and matches here:

Heres the tl;dr

  • Women:

    • Nathiely de Jesus became the Women's Heavyweight GP Champion after two exciting matches.

    • Ana Vieira made the Final a tough match for her opponent and earns 2nd place.

    • Melissa Stricker did not go home empty handed, taking 3rd place.

  • Men:

    • Jonathan Alves won first place and was crowned Men's Lightweight GP Champion.

    • Andy Murasaki placed second after a great duel in the Final.

    • Elijah Dorsey landed the 3rd place after putting on the pressure in his last match.

  • Superfights:

    • Tainan Dapra, Ronaldo Junior and Janaina Lebre were the Superfight Victors for the Tezos FloGrappling GP Event.

Overall, about what youd expect in a long night of high level gi fights. Very few submissions. Even if you are a serious Jiu Jitsu lover, 30 minutes is just way too long for a gi match.

DEAL OF THE DAY

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TECHNIQUE CORNER

Andrew Wiltse goes into detail into his own variation of the Flower Sweep. Check out these details you'll need to quickly flip your opponent from closed guard.

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