Just curious , how many of you have seen a large amount of people get promoted to blue belts and quit not too long after? Any ideas as to why people quit soon after promoting to blue?
I have personally seen a few come in our school train hard for a few years get promoted and never come back or come in occasionally..My idea is , you made it that far now keep going and finish what you started...
We call that blue belt syndrome. There aren't many that actually quit, but we have blue belts that have taken years off from training. I think it's just because their goal was to get to blue for so long that it's all they ended up wanting.
"The more you sweat in training the less you bleed in battle"
"To conquer without risk is to triumph without pride"
Ya I think its very very common. Its such a waste to, we've had so many talented grappler's get to blue belt and leave or train very irregular. I think there are a variety of reasons why people do this. A lot of young people train hard when there free, but then get into school and fall off. Others start get married or have kids and there schedules change. Some just lose interest, or reach the goal of blue belt. Probably the biggest excuse I hear from my students that stop coming is "I just cant find the time anymore." I always tell them this "No one finds time, they make time. " Its important to realize if your not putting time aside for yourself to train, its not going to magically appear.
Life happens to everyone... Most people cant make time appear when they want because they have other priorities in their life. Work, school, kids, the wife, etc. all require time to be spent on them. I definently agree that you need to make time for things that are a priority in your life. Everyone should get rid of the "good" things in their life to make room for great things. The problem is that bjj isn't high on everyone's list, which is why people stop coming when they dont have time. I can completely understand that, but some people quit because of pure lazyness and blame it on their "busy schedule".
I think part of the reason people dont come in much is because a lot of the newness wears off after a few years. There is still a LOT to learn at a blue belt level, but it just doesn't have that WOW factor like you experience the first time you learned a triangle or armbar.
I think people might be getting tired of BJJ or have small injuries piling up. They want to hold on until they get that promotion so they feel like they accomplished something. If you commit a year or more, you don't want to walk away with nothing to show for it.
I think that the process of getting from white to blue is so long that blue is almost an end point for some people because the thought of putting in the same amount of time and effort to get to the next belt is just too much.