So I was sparring with some of are blue belts yesterday. I technically should be one too, seeing as I have put in the time, but every time we rank up I miss the class, and are head instructor can be very forgetful. However my technique is still solid enough to fight with a majority of them and not do bad. yet I see them sparr some purple belts and get obliterated. Tons of fighters come to are gym and train, then get into the ring around the time they get there blue belt. However, you watch there fights both amateur and pro and they just look like the average MMA guy. No big skill sticks out among the rest. which got me thinking about the title of this post. I believe that since being a blue belt is one of the longest transitions, people think of themselves higher because of it.( i.e. being your one for about 4-5 years as opposed to about 3-4 for purple to brown) I have seen so many blue belts fight guys in other systems eons higher then they are. ex: blue belt vs judo black belt, blue belt vs karate brown belt, blue belt vs TKD black belt( ok with the state of tkd in the US maybe that one isn't so bad.) but how good is an average blue belt in YOP . I do think that the average blue belt is good enough to face someone who doesn't have any or a limited grappling knowledge, regardless of size and win. So i'd say that your street fight ready by blue. especially since white to blue is all the self-defense techniques first, and limited sport techniques. (usually) but that is as far as I go.I'd never go challenge judo blackbelts or high level sambo and catch wrestling guys thinking I'm now a beast. I personally wouldn't clime into any cage until I was at least an established strong purple belt too. but I'd love to know what you guys think.