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How to get Black Belt in BJJ (From Blue to Black Belt explained) - XMARTIAL

How long does it take to get to a Black belt in BJJ (From Blue to Black explained)

How long does it take to get to a Black belt in BJJ (From Blue to Black explained)

Author: XMartial Editorial | Published Date: | Tags: bjj, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Gear


I am going to give my unique input on how I view the belt system in BJJ and what I look for in my students when it comes time for promotions. Opinions in this manner vary widely amongst the Jiu Jitsu community, however have been becoming more standardized thanks to larger organizations having extremely large influences in the Jiu Jitsu world (such as IBJJF). Nevertheless, each gym, and coach, has the ultimate control over what they look for when it comes to promotions and constructing their belt system.

What is a White Belt?

I always tell my new students that all a White Belt is, is first gear. Your only purpose as a White Belt is to start moving forward.


White belt is the most important belt you will ever put on. It means you have made the decision to start an extremely difficult journey where being the new person means getting beat up more than you would like. However, this is also usually when you obtain the Jiu Jitsu bug and realize you are now an addict. Which usually entails an awkward conversation telling your significant other that you will now be spending multiple days a week at a strange place learning what they interpret as karate.

Also read about the IBJJF weight classes & what they mean


Drinking from the firehose is the common feeling at this belt,