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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Belts In Order – Explained


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on ground fighting and submission holds. The ranking system in BJJ is typically represented by coloured belts, indicating a practitioner’s level of skill, knowledge, and experience. The belt colours in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are usually white, blue, purple, brown, and black. Here’s an overview of what each belt colour signifies. The system of coloured belts to distinguish ranks in martial arts was originally created by the founder of Judo Jigaro Kano, who we have to thank as a forefather of modern BJJ!

1. White Belt

This is the starting point for all practitioners. White belts are beginners who are learning the fundamental techniques and principles of BJJ. They often focus on escapes, basic submissions, and positional control.

2. Blue Belt

Blue belt represents a more advanced level of proficiency. At this stage, practitioners have a better understanding of BJJ concepts, escapes, and submissions. They begin to develop their own game and strategies. Blue belts often start assisting in teaching beginners.

3. Purple Belt

Purple belt is considered an intermediate level. At this stage, practitioners have a solid foundation and a more extensive knowledge of techniques. Purple belts are expected to be able to chain techniques together, have a deeper understanding of transitions, and start developing their own unique style.

4. Brown Belt

Brown belt is an advanced level. Practitioners at this stage have a high level of technical skill, experience, and understanding of the art. Brown belts are often instructors and mentors to lower-ranked students. They refine their techniques and focus on mastering the intricacies of BJJ.

5. Black Belt

Black belt is the highest achievable rank in BJJ and is divided into several degrees (from 1st to 6th degree). It typically takes many years to reach the black belt level. Black belts are highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioners who often contribute to the art through teaching and furthering its development. They may also be involved in the promotion of their students.

Beyond Black Belt in BJJ

Beyond the black belt, some practitioners may be awarded higher degrees, reflecting their continued contributions, knowledge, and influence within the BJJ community. It’s important to note that the journey to black belt is not just about physical skill but also about personal development, character, and understanding the philosophy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Additionally, different BJJ schools and associations may have variations in the colour system or specific requirements for each belt level. If you fancy giving BJJ a try, why not book a trial at the best BJJ club in Wigan? Black Dog BJJ! Book your free class and start your journey now

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