You still want the magic formula, but no one Vintage Jiu Jitsu murder yoga shirt seems to have it. So you just come to class and invisibly, quietly, you become better. You get a swelled head from one good night on the mats, and then the next week you have a bad night and feel crushed. This is jiu-jitsu. Your instructor says “just come to class.” Maybe he adds “train hard.” Maybe he doesn’t – maybe you naturally push yourself to the very brink. Maybe he yells at you to grab a submission or position you can’t grab or hold and for a moment you push yourself extra hard and pull it off. Maybe you don’t and you feel crushed again. It’s true that a belt in and of itself won’t make you better. And it’s true that a lot, if not most, people in the jiu jitsu community will say that belts aren’t anything important.
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But IMHO belts are really, really important because Vintage Jiu Jitsu murder yoga shirt students are hyper-competitive and also very hierarchy conscious – and also, humorously enough, in complete denial about how much each belt means to them, until the day they get it when they go crazier than the average civilian gets on their wedding day. They then proceed to literally put limbs at risk and pass out rather than tap to lower belts. Such is jiu-jitsu. But these sayings ignore the fantastic lengths that most jiu-jitsu students go to, to become worthy of their belt, and to defend their belt in almost every match at their academies, and even more intensely when they visit other academies.