On any normal day, our training sessions are closed. However, my coaches let us know that today there would be an open house with training sessions. Great… an extra training session with a fight coming up in a few weeks.
The first group of people came in and just started heckling. A bunch of “Billy Bad-ass” guys who were all about trying to talk the talk. Tuned them out, no big deal.
But then, this kid comes in with his parents. Probably around 15-16 years old. The coach calls me over to answer some questions the kid has from a “student” perspective." So, I answer a bunch of questions and he finally asks me how long it takes to get your black belt.
I tell him that it depends on how well you learn and progress and how much time and effort you put into moving forward. I let him know that I’ve been training for a year and a half and am a purple belt and that generally, it will take someone aroud 5 years to get their black belt. He nods, but the father looks me square in the eye and says “That’s fucking stupid. It shouldn’t take more than a year for anyone to get a blackbelt in anything. Having it take that long is just a ploy to get more money out of kids you fucking assholes.”
At this, my coach grabs me and sends me back to the mats to continue rolling with my partner, but jesus… I just don’t get some people…