Here’s the complete series I wrote for Inverted Gear on how to make progress from white through to brown belt:
- Advice for Newbie White Belts and Anxious Blue Belts
- Getting Through the Blue and Purple Belt Growing Pains
- What It Means to be a Brown Belt and How to Make Progress Towards Black
Here’s the short version of my advice for black belts on how to get to first stripe: Stay alive for 3 years.