Jiu-Jitsu is effective because you can’t be a fake and train in this sport/martial art. The long hours spent live rolling means that you can openly test the effectiveness of your skills against a resisting opponent.
Going through the ranks is a long and tough process which weeds out the people who are not 100% commited to to Jiu-Jitsu. Ryron Gracie said that “Only 1% of people that train Jiu-Jitsu will get their black belt”. The questions we have to ask ourselves: Is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu the hardest black belt to achieve in all martial arts? And also, what sets it apart from black belts in other martial arts?
Gracie Jiujitsu/ BJJ Black Belt:
BJJ is one of the few martial arts where you know (or should know) the entire curriculum when you receive your black belt. It takes on average 10-15 years just to get a black belt in BJJ. Master is a word I don’t like to use but it is safe to say that once a student reaches black belt in BJJ they have mastered the curriculum. That is not to say that they still don’t have plenty to learn.
Most other arts have new curriculum to achieve each Dan rank. They are constantly learning new material for each rank such as nidan, sandan, yondan etc. BJJ practitioners may not be learning many new things but they are mastering the things they have been doing for years and years. Their techniques become flawless and they become extremely energy efficient.
This approach along with the constant live grappling is what I believe separates BJJ from everything else.
I’m not saying one way is better than the other. I am just saying that when you see a BJJ black belt with zero stripes on their belt, they have probably been training as long or even longer than say a 5th Dan in traditional arts.
Jugoshin Ryu Jujutsu