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Old 06-24-2008, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bored and looking at wiki. Reading about Helio and the other top graded members of the Gracie family and was just wondering who decides if these guys deserve the next grade of belt.
Like Carlson is 9th degree and think Rickson is too, do they award it to themselves or something cos not like they have a master to award it to them
Any answers would be appreciated. Also if this is a really stupid question apologies in advance.
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Really interesting question actually. My guess would be that since there are a number of techniques you have to master before you get your next belt, they awarded themselves a new belt (although perhaps just not one member, but the whole family in agreement)after they had mastered a certain numbers of new techniques.

But that's just a guess. But I'm pretty certain that more than one family member had to agree that another member deserved a higher rank than anyone was allowed to hand out.
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Old 06-24-2008, 07:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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that is a good question since only someone higher than you can give you that belt but ive read that they can never receive the 10th degree black belt which is a redbelt and that only helio and his brothers can ever have the red belt
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