(l to r: Taki & Sexy-Hoin)
(l to r: Matthew, Taki and Sebastian)
Kowloon BJJ is proud to announce three recent belt promotions for club members.

Firstly, Matthew, after two first place competition finishes (Taiwan Tourney and the Philippines White-belt Comp.), was awarded a well-deserved blue-belt after just under a year of hard, and we do mean 'hard', training. Matthew has been the first on and last off the mat for a while now, and the dedication is really paying off. Congratulations, Matthew!

Sebastian has been training for just over a year and a half now, splitting his time between the Delariva Academy of France and Kowloon BJJ. Sebastian received his promotion after an impressive 1st place finish in the recent Philippines whitebelt competition, winning three of his four matches via submission! Great job, Sebastian.

Lastly, the KLN-BJJ stalwart, Hoin, finally received a long-awaited and well-deserved purplebelt. Hoin has been training for around four years, and with the exception of the typical time-off periods for injuries, has continued to train hard and consistently. Hoin recently grabbed 3rd place in the bluebelt absolute division of the FBT Open in Bangkok. Anyone there will agree that with the massive size of some of the competitors, that was no easy feat indeed for a guy who clocks in at just under 70kg! Well done, Hoin. And great photo. Oh, the ecstasy of promotion....

KLN-BJJ Management


The Punisher: said...

OH, Hoin, so sexy. You have girlfriend?

Anonymous said...

Hey Hoin! Congratulations, bro! Let's celebrate at White Castle! -- Ali "Sandbagger" Sulit

Anonymous said...

congrats to everyone. sorry to raise the question, but i thought only black belts are allowed to promote people?

Anonymous said...

The other rule I've heard is that lower belts can promote up to one belt below them - purples up to blue, browns up to purple. My personal opinion is that a brown is quite competent to promote up to purple, but that purple belts should try to avoid any promotions unless there aren't any black belts with whom they are affiliated to promote on their recommendation.

I think most students where there are limited instructors available to promote on the recommendation of the local lower belt instructor, would rather be "killer" whites or blues than questioned (if not questionable) higher belts.

BJJ is all about the understatement.

On the other hand tournament performance witnessed by the instructor (to know they were good matches against good opponents) as is the case here should be plenty.

Also I'm all for people other than myself getting early promotions. What I worry about are 6 year blue belts who are clearly training regularly.... and 3-4 year white belts also training regularly.

Anonymous said...

I had to smile when I read that Hoin (whom I do not know, so this comment is not standing in judgment of his merits or accomplishments) was "overdue" at 4 years. Most US forums consider 6 years "overdue" and 4-5 years the "zone". Heck we have a 5 year white belt at our academy, but the instructor wanted to seem him control his anger a little better before bumping him up (he is a de facto blue belt).

On the other hand I can't say that in my limited blue belt experience 4 years is too early or even early...I have classmates that I'm hoping and praying will get the purple at 4 years because they are so darn good, and there are even two or three with only 3 years experience who may well get the nod - but they came from wrestling and/or judo backgrounds and bring good "base" and disciplined work ethic to their training, so they have progressed faster than students without such backgrounds.

It's petty for people to round-about question the validity of a promotion based on the promoter or the length of study. The person who gets the promotion isn't winning a lottery - they are expected to represent and even defend their belt, not only at tournaments but as guests at other academies, PLUS in most cases to be good sportsmen and representatives of the art.

That's a lot of weight in about 6 ounces of fabric. The belt is something everyone is dying to get until they get it and have to step up and defend it where it counts, on the mat, without being an aggro jerk.

Sinclair said...

Congratulations to both men.

Hoin has long been terrorizing absolute divisions in the comps around Asia, Well deserved.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the support guys..

when i started bjj, my goal was to get fit( i was almost 90kg when i started out), make new friends and have fun. till today, my goals remain unchanged.

when they gave me the belt, i question if i was etiquette to be a purple belt. the same feeling i got when i got my blue. i just wasn't ready for the next step. why?
cause i doubt the techniques i use day in and day out.

my standard of a purple belt has always been the likes of Ralph & Ali from Philippines. whooping ass which their slick moves and awesomeness.

i wish i could only be as cool as them~

at the end of the day, lets have fun and improve our techniques on the mat. if anyone is going hk, please come visit kowloon bjj!

-hoin from hk

Ali: stop sandbagging!!!

LUKE said...

A number of clubs/academies in Southeast Asia are without black-belt instructors and the responsibilities often fall upon the shoulders of blues, purples and brown-belts.

In the case of KLNBJJ, Taki-san is an accomplished brown-belt under Wado-sensi of Academia Az in Japan. Having won several national tournaments in Asia, I have no doubt the promotions given are well deserved.

And yes, Ali. Stop sandbagging.

Anonymous said...

props to Hoin for his comment, which is the true jiu jitsu spirit with its humility

Anonymous said...

You guys suck. You're gonna buy me a round of drinks when I go to HK and Bangkok haha.


Anonymous said...

i was just wondering...

what if the gym you train with doesn't have a black belt instructor. but you still want to progress with belt promotion progress. should one move gym and go train with a black belt?

hoin from hk

Anonymous said...

Webber here. IMHO you should stick with your teammates and either bring in a black belt or join an association where a black belt will come and give seminars and belt tests. If you have a brown belt that's more than most people had when they started in the States. Besides obvious issues of loyalty to your teammates, you can't really count on most black belts sticking around anyway...sometimes they do, sometimes they can't.

Sinclair said...

I think it's pretty weak to taint the celebration of these promotions by having this discussion on this comment thread.

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Anonymous said...

IMHO, I don't feel that the previous posters tainted or disrespected the celebration of these promotions. It just shows that some people here are interested to talk about and change points of views regarding the different aspects of promotion. The comment section provides an opportunity - which in this case I'd say was really respectful. I myself am also really very interested in what people have to say about this topic, as I have recently been promoted while out of the country, and I feel left with different questions and different angles about my own promotion that I'm struggling with - and i really mean "struggling".
This comment thread does also address another issue however : though there is an opportunity to post and comment on topics on the forum, we seem more comfortable to start a discussion here on the "comments" part.
Maybe we should use this momentum to kickstart the forum part of the website ?


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