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The Brazilian Iiu Jitsu ranking system is a means of signifying a practitioner’s increasing levels of technical knowledge and practical skill within the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.  Belts & Stripes can only be awarded to a studentd by a Black Belt practitioner.


There are 8 belts in total for adult practitioners with an additional 4 children specific belts until they reach the age of 16.

White belt – White belt is the beginning rank for all Brazilian jiu-jitsu students. White belt is the first belt within Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The rank is held by any practitioner new to the art and has no prerequisite.

Blue belt -The blue belt is the second adult rank in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At the blue belt level, students gain a wide breadth of technical knowledge and undertake hundreds of hours of mat time to learn how to implement these moves efficiently.

Purple belt – The purple belt level practitioner has gained a large amount of knowledge, and purple belts are generally considered qualified to help instruct lower-ranked students.

Brown beltBrown belt typically requires at least five years of dedicated training to achieve. It is often thought of as a time for refining techniques.

Black belt – As with many other martial arts, the black belt is the highest common belt within Brazilian jiu-jitsu, denoting an expert level of technical and practical skills.

Red/Black belt (Coral belt) – Awarded when a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt reaches the seventh degree.

Red/White belt (Coral belt) – Awarded when a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt reaches the eigth degree.

Red belt – According to Renz0 and Royler Gracie, in Brazilian jiu-jitsu the red belt is reserved “for those whose influence and fame takes them to the pinnacle of art”. It is awarded in lieu of a ninth and tenth degree black belt. If a practitioner receives his or her black belt at 19 years old, the earliest they could expect to receive a ninth degree red belt would be at the age of 67.


Whilst a student at the Garra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, students will also receive numerous stripes (also known as ‘degrees’), between belts upon successful grading. Stripes indicate levels. There are 4 levels to each belt. Students will receive these stripes both Junior and Adult levels from white belt to brown belt.

Once a student has been awarded a black belt level, further stripes can still be achieved through merit and life long commitment to the martial arts. Once all further stripes have been achieved, the Master will receive a red belt.

This is the highest level that a Master can achieve. Achieving stripes in BJJ is very significant, as it is a step closer for students to gain more knowledge and understanding about the system. It is also a motivational factor for the students to train and dedicate themselves even harder.

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