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The Race to BJJ Black Belt!

BJJ Black Belt
The "RACE" to get your BJJ Black Belt

Why you will always outrank everyone who gets a blackbelt after you! Once you become a BJJ black belt you are on a set timeline to become promoted.

The beauty of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is that it isn’t just about learning techniques and mastering them. It also takes strategic thinking, courage, competitive spirit, and passion for the art to truly become a black belt. As you progress through the ranks of BJJ, each new belt level is a milestone in your martial arts journey and a huge accomplishment.

When you achieve the black belt level, it is an even greater achievement because not everyone who starts on the journey makes it to this level in fact a large percentage of people quit (especially at white and Blue belt). As one of the few that do, you can take pride in knowing that your hard work and dedication has paid off and that you are now part of a select group of martial artists.

But the journey doesn’t end there. Once you become a black belt, you are now part of a global community of martial artists and competitors from all over the world. This means that even though you may have achieved your goal, there will always be someone else who is striving for the same level as you.

First let’s take a look at the BJJ belt ranking system!

How long does it take to get promoted for each belt rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

The IBJJF has established minimum requirements for promotion at each belt level. Generally speaking, the amount of time it takes to be promoted from one belt rank to the next is dependent on how quickly the student can demonstrate proficiency in their jiu-jitsu techniques and knowledge.

At white belt: (the starting rank): It may take anywhere from one to two years to earn your blue belt depending on your age, experience and commitment to training.

At blue belt: it may take anywhere from one to four years to earn your purple belt depending on the same factors mentioned above.

At purple belt: it may take anywhere from two to five years to earn your brown belt depending on the same factors.

At brown belt: it may take anywhere from one to three years to earn your black belt depending on the same factors.

How many years before you get stripes (degrees) as a blackbelt in BJJ?

*In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the black belt denotes an expert level of technical and practical skill.[1] BJJ black belts are often addressed within the art as "professor" or "coach", although some schools and organizations reserve these title for the more senior black belt instructors.[19][20][21] To be eligible for a black belt, the IBJJF requires that a student be at least 19 years old and to have spent a minimum of a year as a brown belt. The black belt itself has nine different degrees of expertise, similar to the dan in traditional Japanese martial arts, with rankings at seventh degree and eighth degree commonly denoted by a coral belt, and the ninth degree represented with a red belt.[1] The IBJJF requires a practitioner to practice and teach at the black belt level for a minimum of three years before progressing to the next rank for the first 3 ranks. Ranks 4, 5, and 6 require 5 years from the previous rank.[22]

The person who gets to Black Belt first will likely outrank anyone who becomes a Blackbelt After…If that matters.

Just a perspective…

Train Safe And Train Often

Matthew Tropp

BJJ Report

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