Why A Black Belt In Jiu Jitsu Is Worth More Than A Million Dollars


In this video, I want to talk to you today about why a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt can be worth more than a million dollars.

A Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Is Priceless

Sounds crazy, right? Well, go up to anyone who has gotten a black belt in Jiu- Jitsu or any other martial art. Ask them, “Hey, knowing what you now know, would you sell off all those skills for a million dollars right now?” The answer is no, every time.

Every single person I’ve ever asked this question says absolutely not! 

I’m the same way. I would never sell off my Black Belt skills for a million dollars!

The reason why is because they’re worth more than that to me. Why? Well, it’s not like I go out and get in a fight every day. I’m an adult and I don’t do those kinds of things. I discourage all forms of violence but that’s not the point.

The point is that I get value from my Black Belt martial arts skills constantly! 24/7 I get to reap the rewards of my black belt– whether it’s just feeling good about myself, feeling more confident etc.


When I was young I was bullied as a kid. I was picked on and that’s how I got into martial arts. This guy was picking on me at school. I went home and told my dad. He was a police officer and he taught me boxing. So that was the first martial art that I learned as a little kid. I’d just hit my dad’s hand in the living room- and you know it helped my daily life at school. I fell in love with martial arts! I just kept doing it. So, over a lifetime of doing this now, I can tell you that martial arts expertise is worth way more than a million dollars.

What’s so great about martial arts? You benefit from it all the time. It’s not just about fighting. It’s the confidence.

It’s the habit that I learned to set goals and achieve them. They’ve helped me in my professional life, my business life, my personal life, my academic life, or anything I want to do. I know I can set a goal and I have the dedication to go out and achieve that goal. I learned that skill through martial arts, so how much is that worth?

How much is it worth to have that ability to set goals and achieve them? It’s priceless. I mean, how can you even put a value on that? That’s just one aspect. There’s still more…

Confidence is What Really Matters

The confidence that I get when I go out to Walmart (Which can be a shady place sometimes, right?) is part of it. I walk in a Walmart and there are some shady looking people in there. I feel okay. I mean I feel confident in my own abilities.

I feel like I can take care of myself. I feel like I can take care of my family. So how much is that worth? How can you even put a price on that? You see, it’s all that stuff – the dedication, the perseverance, the confidence – these qualities are just priceless.

Black Belt Training Offers Long-Term Value

So, I want you to think about this for a minute and if you know anybody who has gotten a Black Belt in any kind of martial art, ask him “Would you sell all that off for a million dollars?” and I guarantee the answer is going to be a “No”. I’ve never run across anybody that said they would.

That’s what martial arts expertise is worth.

And if you want that for yourself, if you want that for your child, then I want you to think about our Black Belt training and leadership program here at Bam Bam Martial Arts because that’s exactly what that program is for. It’s exactly designed to take your child or yourself, whoever, and to get them through that process, to teach them all those skills.

It’s not fast. It doesn’t happen overnight. We’re talking about building habits. But these are habits that produce value that will last a lifetime.

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Father of eight, Dr. Scott Sullivan is the chief instructor at Bam Bam Martial Arts in Houston, TX. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and is a seasoned martial arts instructor with over 30 years of experience. A firm believer that martial arts really does help people become more fit, safe, and happy, he remains vigilant about helping people improve their lives through martial arts.