Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has a notoriously challenging grading process and though it can vary from club to club, within credible gyms, it will always push the individual far beyond their comfort zone and what they think they are capable of.
In an effort to help our team members and prospective members better understand what is required, we thought it would be beneficial to document it.
The criteria is split in to 3 main sections, Gym Etiquette, Training and Technical and Conceptual Understanding
and stripes are excluded from this.
In Forge Grappling, stripes are only given at white belt and a maximum of 4 are earned before being promoted to Blue Belt.
Please note, there should never be a cost for grading in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is an honour for a gym to promote a student and not something that involves a financial transaction. The cost is effort and time.
Be respectful during class to all coaches and fellow students
Help fellow students where possible
Observe the Club Rules
Support the academy where possible
Gi training is essential to receive a BJJ belt promotion
Competition exposure at each belt level is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED where possible
For a BJJ Purple Belt, regular Judo and Wrestling attendance is recommended
For a BJJ Brown Belt, regular Judo attendance is essential and Wrestling is recommended
Blue Belt Concepts and Positions
Knowing what neutralising is but inconsistent application
Knowing what tempo is but inconsistent application
Knowing how to sweep but inconsistent application
Knowing how to pass but inconsistent application
Sees step by step
Purple Belt Concepts and Positions
Applying neutralization to game
Applying tempo to game
Knowing how to acquire and use grips in current position for next position but inconsistent application (sweeping, passing, submission)
Concept foundation Techniques structure
Brown Belt Concepts and Positions
Applying efficient grips usage and transitions
Applying smooth transitions of concepts and techniques within game but inconsistent application outside of game
Uses grips from prior position in new position efficiently.
Concept foundation technique structure
Black Belt Concepts and Examples
Applying all concepts and techniques within game and outside of game
Sees everything and understands problem solving in depth from conceptual point of view with strong vocabulary of techniques for positions.