What’s The First Thing You Need To Work On When You Get Your Blue Belt

What’s The First Thing You Need To Work On When You Get Your Blue Belt



The first belt promotion is a much anticipated even in the life of ever jiu-jiteiro. The first serious step on an otherwise tumultuous journey forward. But what do you do once you get there? Do you feel any different than what you felt a day earlier?



Blue belt requirements are widely disputed. There’s no universal standard.

Henry Akins: “There Is No Universal Standard In Jiu-Jitsu For What Any Belt Is.”

But while ultimately you should consult you’re instructor it’s generally considered a good idea to work on some specifics. Nick Albin calls it – getting on a buffet line.

By that he means  experiencing the swedish lunch table that is bjj. You need to experience all these different positions and sample techniques to find out what works on you ultimately crafting your own style.

One of the beautiful things about BJJ is that it’s treated in many cases like an art form. With certain, at times unwritten, rules that govern the system and a self-regulatory aspect to fakers. But ultimately, we are free to sort of go about it as we please.

With that said, there is no standardization amongst the whole of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu coaches about what each belt should be exactly.

The biggest problem as a blue belt? The new target branded on your back by every white belt looking to become, well, you.

There should be a balance between experimentation and basically not losing by someone who has done it far less. This is a trap and a huge limiting factor. You need to get some distance from ranking and not think you’re bound to beat someone every time just based on the belt ranking.

Define an A game and a B game – so you have a game to use to advance yourself and an arsenal to use against the less experienced and meddle with until it ultimately finds itself in the A pile.

Click play below to hear Nick Albin talk all this and more.