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Unlike many other martial arts, to Earn a BLACK BELT in BJJ can take 10 years or more. But your Black Belt will be the belt you hold the longest. So, what's important is to lay down a strong foundation in BJJ principles from White Belt through your journey to Black. It truly is the JOURNEY and not the destination that counts.
* BGBJJ rankings follow Jean Jacques Machado Rankings as below:
* EACH Belt requires 5 stripes to move to the next level.
* Each STRIPE represents approximately 4 - 8 weeks of training however there is no set time frame for promotion
* Students will progess at different rates based on their individual ability to comprehend, implement and demonstrage the techniques and concepts at each new level.
To foster our young warriors, stripes are more an indication of actual time training and dedication though not necessarily actual skill level. This helps our younger grapplers keep motivated and see their hard work rewarded.
YOUTH BELT SYSTEM includes:
WHITE belt, White/Black, White/Yellow
YELLOW-White: Yellow/Yellow - Yellow/Black,
ORANGE/white: Orange/Orange, Orange/Black
GREEN/White: Green/Yellow, Green/Black
Youth White Belt Stripes are earned/eligilbile at: 1st stripe 1 -2 months. Additional Stripes every 4 - 8 weeks. There is no minimum age or maximum age for White belt.
Yellow Belt Ages 6 - 15. Eligibility for stripes every 4- 6 weeks, Striped Belt Ranking eligible every 6 - 8 months.
Orange Belt Ages: 10 - 15. Eligibility for stripes every 4 weeks, Striped Belt Ranking eligible every 6 months.
Green Belt Ages: 13 - 15. Eligibility for stripes every 4 weeks, Striped Belt Ranking eligible every 6 months
The Minimum age to Rank to BLUE Belt is 16 YEARS OLD.
It is required that the student spent a mimum of 1year as a youth GREEN BELT to be awarded an ADULT BLUE.
To Rank up as a PURPLE BELT at 16 years of age, it is required that the student have spent a minimum of 2 years as a GREEN BELT.
To Grade a a Purple Belt at 17 years of age it is requred that the student has spent at leas 1 year as a GREEN BELT and 1 Year as a BLUE BELT.
To grade directly from GREEN to PURPLE belt, the minimum time required before he/she can be awared a BROWN BELT is 2 years.
In order to be awarded a BLACK BELT at 19 YEARS OF AGE (Minimum age for a BJJ Black Belt) it is required that the student has spent at least 1 year as a BROWN BELT.
Adult Belt Rankings are as follows:
16 years old is the minimum age for BLUE belt.
BLUE, PURPLE and BROWN minimum eligibility for stripes: 1st stripe at 4 months. Each addtitonal stripe every 5 months. 5 Stripes are required to earn next belt
Black Belt: 1st Stripe 3 years. Additional Stripes every 4 years.
MINIMUM Eligibility does not mean rank will be achieved in required time period. Students must be proficient in techniques, grappling, and attitude in order to rank up.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art focusing largely on grappling and ground fighting. It utilizes natural body leverage and proper technique to obtain dominant control on the ground (or in a scuffle while standing), and as a result, provides greater positional advantage for striking or submitting opponents.
BJJ has been proven, when used properly, to be an effective method for dealing with bigger and stronger opponents and has become increasingly popular, due in part, to its great success in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. And you can use BJJ training for self defense, sport grappling (in a Gi or with No Gi) and in mixed martial arts. Worldwide, BJJ is being implemented in the training regimen of nearly every successful martial artist.
Translated as: “the gentle art”, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uses leverage and technique to make smaller practitioners overcome a much larger, stronger more aggressive opponent.