Belts & Grades

Adult Grading System

  • White Belt

    White Belt

    White belt is the first belt within Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The rank is held by any practitioner new to the art and has no prerequisite. Some instructors and other high-level practitioners think that a white belt's training should emphasize escapes and defensive positioning since a white belt will often fight from inferior positions, especially when training with more experienced practitioners.
  • Blue Belt

    Blue Belt

    Blue belt is the second adult rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At the blue belt level, students gain a wide breadth of technical knowledge and undertake hundreds of hours of mat-time to learn how to implement these moves efficiently. Blue belt is often the rank at which the student learns a large number of techniques.

    The IBJJF requires a practitioner remain a blue belt for a minimum of 2 years.

  • Purple Belt

    Purple Belt

    Purple belt is the intermediate adult ranking in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The purple belt level practitioner has gained a large amount of knowledge, and purple belts are generally considered qualified to instruct lower-ranked students. In other martial arts, students with a similar amount of experience are often ranked as a black (instructor) level belt.

    The IBJJF requires a practitioner remain a purple belt for a minimum of 1.5 years

  • Brown Belt

    Brown Belt

    Aside from the exceptional belts awarded at the highest levels, brown belt is the highest ranking color belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Brown belt typically requires at least five years of dedicated training to achieve. It is often thought of as a time for refining techniques.

    The IBJJF requires a practitioner remain a brown belt for a minimum of 1 year.

  • Black Belt

    Black Belt

    As with many other martial arts, the black belt is the highest common belt within Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, denoting an expert level of technical and practical skill. Estimates of the time required to achieve the rank vary, but all holders of this rank have thousands of hours of experience. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts are often addressed within the art as professor, although some schools and organizations reserve this honorific for more senior black belts.

    The IBJJF requires a practitioner remain a black belt for a minimum of 31 years

  • Black / Red belt (Coral belt)

    Black / Red belt (Coral belt)

    When a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt reaches the seventh degree, he or she is awarded an alternating red-and-black belt similar to the one earned at the sixth degree in Judo.This belt is commonly known as the coral belt.Coral belts are very experienced practitioners, most of whom have made a large impact on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and are often addressed within the art by the title master.

    The IBJJF requires a practitioner remain a black & red belt for a minimum of 7 years.

  • Red / White belt

    Red / White belt

    The International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation recently amended the graduation guidelines with respect to the transition between seventh degree and eighth degree black belt. The transition is specifically noted on page 6 of the IBJJF General System of Graduation, Section 1.3.4. In short, a practitioner who has achieved the rank of 8th degree black belt will wear a red and white belt.

    The IBJJF requires a practitioner remain a red & white belt for a minimum of 10 years.

  • Red belt

    Red belt

    According to Renzo & Royler Gracie, in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu the red belt is reserved "for those whose influence and fame takes them to the pinnacle of the art". It is awarded in lieu of a ninth and tenth degree black belt. If a practitioner receives his or her black belt at 19 years old, the earliest they could expect to receive a ninth degree red belt would be at the age of 67. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu red belt holders are often addressed within the art by the title grandmaster.

    The 9th degree red belt is the highest rank awarded to any currently living practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Kids Grading System

  • White Belt

    White Belt

    White belt is the first belt within Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At this stage juniors will be learning balance, building strength and having fun :)
  • Yellow Belt

    Yellow Belt

    Yellow belt is the second junior rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. At the yellow belt level, students gain a wide breadth of technical knowledge.
  • Orange Belt

    Orange Belt

    Orange belt is the intermediate junior ranking in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The orange belt level practitioner has gained a large amount of knowledge, and are generally considered able to defend themselves in a bullying situation.
  • Green Belt

    Green Belt

    Green belt is the highest junior ranking colour belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Green belt typically requires at least 4 years of dedicated training to achieve.

 

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