I love belts because I been doing no Gi for 5+ years and recently started training Gi about once week- twice a month on a stop in basis at my buddies dojo.
The best part is that I start with the blue belts as I have no rank and thats where you start. Respect thing.
But as the day goes on I get challenged by higher belts and it gets progressively more challenging and more work
I end up competing with the brown/purple belts and hold my own very well.
I like the ranking system, its usually a strong indicator of skill. (always exceptions)
Can someone list the order of belts in ranking. I always get confused.... lol