RTBJJ Curriculum

Belt Ranking Curriculum

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The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Ranking System

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking system awards a practitioner different colored belts to signify increasing levels of technical knowledge and practical skill. The belt system starts with the white belt which is awarded to beginners to the art. The first promotion will be to blue belt  and then to purple belt. After several years of training and commitment the brown belt will be awarded and finally the black belt. Under the black belt you can hold several degrees ranging from 1st degree up to 8th degree in which as a 9th degree following a lifetime of work the coveted Red Belt is awarded. The Red Belt is the highest attainable belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as the 10th degree is reserved for the founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to include Carlos, Oswaldo, George, Gastao and Helio Gracie.

The white belt is the lowest ranked belt in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranking system. This belt is awarded to all practitioners of the art and is the starting point where your journey will begin as a BJJ player. Most instructors and high level practitioners believe that as a white belt most of their training will emphasize on escapes and defensive positions. It is argued that most of their training will be in inferior positions granted their training with higher ranking belts. As a white belt one will form a solid base for training to come. Most academies will require a prospective blue belt to have a well rounded skill set, with a knowledge of not just basic defensive tactics but also basic submissions and guard passes.

The Blue belt is the second lowest belt in the Brazilian Jiu jitsu belt ranking system. The Blue belt is sometimes refered to as a bridge belt as it the belt after the white belt but the belt before the intermediate Purple belt rank. Before a Blue belt can progress to a purple belt level one must obtain a vast technical knowledge regarding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and hundreds of hours of mat time to know how to implement these techniques. Because of all the requirements set on a blue belt it is considered to be the point where most practitioners will collect a large number of techniques.

The Purple belt is regarded as the intermediate belt in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranking system. It generally requires 4-5 years of dedicated training and is usually considered one of the longest held ranks. Even as a purple belt practitioner one will hold a formidable amount of knowledge. Most purple belts are allowed to teach to lower ranking belts; students with similar amounts of time invested in a martial art would already be considered a black belt. The IBFFJ requires Purple belts to be at least 16 years of age and also 2 years as a blue belt.

The Brown belt is the highest ranked colored belt awarded aside from the exceptional ranked belts. The brown belt  is considered to be the transitional point between the intermediate purple belt and the elite black belt. Brown belt is typically the beginning of the elite ranks and is usually obtained in 5-6 years of dedicated training. Since it is considered a transitional rank it is often a period where one will refine their skills and techniques rather than acquire. A practitioner often hones their already acquired technical and practical skills until they reach a Black Belt. The IBFFJ requires Brown belts to be at least 18 years and a minimum of 1.5 years at purple belt before eligibility.

As with many other martial arts, the black belt is the highest common belt with in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A black belt will show an expert level of technical and practical skills. The estimates on how long it obtain a black belt varies, however; 10 years have been said to be the estimate. No matter how long it takes to obtain a black belt, the one that is certain is that a practitioner will have thousands of hours of mat time into the art and holds a skill set that will reflect such. The IBFFJ requires that all Black belt be at least 19 years of age and have held the Brown belt rank at least for one year.


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