Understanding the BJJ Progression and Belt System
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt system is a bit different compared to others. Because of the number of belts, which are fewer compared to other mart arts, BJJ practitioners have to spend a lot of time working on their skills before they can make a jump to a higher belt.If you plan on taking up BJJ anytime soon, it’s best that you acquaint yourself first of how hard it is to progress within the BJJ Belt System.
Hopefully, these tips below and a brief explanation of what’s expected of you for each belt should help you with that.
- White Belt.As a white belt, you have a lot of learning to do. Though, before you start working on the specifics, you may want to broaden your learning first. Think of it as creating an outline of the picture before you fill in the center.
One important tip is to learn how to control your ego. As a novice, you’re going to lose a lot, so you might as well enjoy losing. Instead of focusing on winning, focus on being comfortable with the different positions you’re going to find yourself in. Even more important is to learn and try to master at least just one technique.
- Blue Belt.Now that you have a grasp of things, one thing that you’ll want to focus on is defense. You’ll have to learn how to escape from all major positions without much trouble and second, you need to learn how to pass the guard.
This is also the time when you’d be offered to compete. If you feel like you’re up to it, try to compete in at least one. That way, you can assess where you are at with your jiu-jitsu.
- Purple Belt.As a blue belt, you focused mainly on defense. As a purple belt, you’ll want to focus on your offense and other weaker aspects of your jiu-jitsu. This is also the time you start thinking about specializing in two guards and familiarizing yourself with combos.
- Brown Belt.Brown belts are well-rounded and often have a few signature moves of their own. They also have enough expertise in the martial art to be able to teach others. In fact, many brown belts often become coaches because they realize they have a passion for teaching others.
- Black Belt.The black belt is a true grappler and is someone who knows far more about the limitations of the human body and mind than the average person.
Most black belts have keen eyes and most see each technique they do as something that they can still improve, regardless of how small the increment may be. Even more important is that his jiu-jitsu is both effective and graceful, or put it simply, it looks good.
Red belts are a tier higher than black belts, but seriously, don’t concern yourself about them.
Fact is, you’ll be needing lots of advice from the white belt to the purple belt stages. You’ll want to be like a sponge and learn all that you can, while trying to apply all that you’ve learned.
Do keep in mind that it’ll take may take months or even years for you to progress from one belt to another, so try to enjoy the whole experience while you’re at it.