How does the belt system work?
The use of belts was introduced in 1907 for Judo replacing the traditional kimonos with Gi’s. The BJJ ranking system was made official in 1967 and has since been regulated by the various Jiu Jitsu sport federations.
There are two belt systems, one for youth and one for adults.
Youth Belts (Under 16):
There are 5 youth belts. White, grey, yellow, orange and green.
Youth Belts are each held for at least 8 Months before graduating to the next. Advancement is based on attendance and competition.
The first belt all beginners wear for an average of 1-2 years.
This belt represents the learning of the fundamentals of BJJ.
After 1-2 years most students will be move to blue belt.
A blue belt signifies advancement in technical BJJ skills.
Moving from blue to purple belt generally takes 2-3 years.
A purple belt is generally considered qualified to instruct lower ranked students.
It generally takes at least five years to achieve brown belt status.
It represents the refinement of advanced techniques.
One must be a brown belt for at least a year before moving on to Black Belt.
A black belt denotes expert level practical and technical BJJ abilities.
Red and Black(Coral):
This belt achieved at ones 8th degree as a black belt, and pertains to the impact the practitioner has made on the sport of Jiu Jitsu.
Red and White (Coral)
This belt is for the 9th degree black belts who have made significant impact on the sport.
in Brazilian jiu-jitsu the red belt is reserved "for those whose influence and fame takes them to the pinnacle of the art" in lieu of the 10th degree black belt.
They are addressed by the title “Grandmaster”