Brianda Cebreros

No more dirty white belt

So it just happened! A new, shiny and stiff blue belt around my waist. The white belt chapter has finished and I can’t wait for the next one. I just got promoted by my coach Peter Mamaev at Jungle BJJ Dublin, my favorite place in Ireland.

My commitment to Jiu jitsu hasn’t decreased since I started training a bit more than a year ago. Something I’d learnt at an early age, is that if you’re going to practice a sport, you either put your mind to it or you just don’t do it. Maybe that doesn’t apply when you’re not 12 years old anymore, but that’s how I was raised and I still believe it. So here I am, the Mexican girl who wanted to stay longer in Europe just to keep training in her new favorite sport.

So, what does it mean: being a blue belt? I don't know if it's going to be much different than wearing my dirty white belt. But I can still remember my first days at the gym, wearing that mal-fitting second-hand kimono with an incorrectly tied shiny white belt. I was thinking that the blue belts were amazing. Their technique was on point and I never had a chance to attempt a submission on them. Always listening carefully to them when they showed me something new or just gave me a piece of advice. Am I in their spot now? Maybe...

Although this is a nice achievement, I’ll always be hungry for knowledge. If I like something about Jiu Jitsu, it’s that the techniques are countless, and you can learn something new every single day. Now the blue belt journey begins...

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