This is a common topic and I am not so sure why. Some people say belts don’t matter for some things and then they matter for others. The reality is that it is a decent measure of time, skill and effort but it is not always absolute or universal. let’s dig into this topic a bit deeper.
In many areas of a life a manager may not always be the best person for the job skill-wise. They may be a good manager but bad employee under a manager. There may be coaches who were never great competitors. But in each case they may get the job done. They may be great at communicating or teaching others and their title may have little to do with it.
Like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt rank is not always a measure of the finest teacher. Sure the skill-set is often there for the higher rank but it doesn’t mean a lower ranked belt does not have the skill-set or lacks the ability to pass it on to another person simply because they wear a belt of a different color.
Teaching is often an individual quality even despite what they are teaching. Some are better than others at it. If a blue belt can teach well then they should be able to teach. This is especially true if they are in area with not many higher belts. We all had to learn somehow and from somewhere before belts existed at all.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Can or better yet, should a blue belt teach Jiu Jitsu? Please comment your thoughts below.