Phew! I passed my Blue armband grading today, flippin hard work, but I prepared very hard for it (this is after 18 months of training at least 2 twice a week, often more, and loads more gym sessions for fitness & strength). 32 weeks since the last one, I coulda graded 16 wks ago, but tbh I wouldn't have been ready, and the grading clashed with a Breakneck weekend. Blue is 2 grades below Brown 1 (black belt equivalent) which I hope to achieve in Nov next year. I know this is very self indulgent, and do know that lotsa ppl don't recognise grading in Thai Boxing and only care about fight results, but I am in for an upcoming internal club tournament and an inter-club tournament (fighting against other clubs), trust me, training is HARD, and I train and spar with plenty fighters who kick sooo hard it ain't funny. & I is now getting drunk in the sun to celebrate!