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The Simple Problem With Belt Tests in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Belt tests in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu straddle a delicate balance between tradition, discipline, and practicality. While not as common as in some other martial arts, they do occur and serve a purpose in...

Why Are You A BJJ Blue Belt For Such A Long Time?

It might’ve been a while since you were promoted to a BJJ blue belt… And it’s, kind of, getting on your nerves. More than anything, you’re confused; even though you’re...

Why Do Some Become BJJ Black Belts In 10-15 Years… And Some In Just 4-5?

Most Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students who become black belts will achieve that in 10-15 years of training… But there are some exceptions to that “rule”; people who get promoted to the...

The Real Reason Why Belt Rank Doesn’t Matter In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Yeah, you’ve probably heard others say it time and time again… That belt rank doesn’t matter in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. And yet, no matter how many times they say it, you still...

7 Tips For Getting Your BJJ Purple Belt Promotion

Going from blue to the purple belt is not an easy task. Sure, you could’ve received your blue belt just on the basis of consistency, but if your purple belt is going to be worth anything…...

Fabio Gurgel: “Promoting A Student To Blue Belt Is One Of The Coolest Feelings A Coach Can Experience”

Receiving your blue belt is one of the most important steps on your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey. For, it shows that you’ve managed to push through those initial obstacles and doubts… And...

How Can You Know For Sure If You Deserve Your BJJ Belt Promotion?

You’ve had your belt promotion recently – congratulations! But, don’t tell us… Doubts are creeping in, aren’t they? You’re questioning yourself: „Ok, but did I...

Catch Wrestler Chris Crossan Criticizes BJJ Belt System As A Money Grab

Chris Crossan, a respected figure in both catch wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has openly criticized the BJJ belt ranking system – labeling it a “money grab”. Specifically,...

Lex Fridman Reveals Which BJJ Belt Was The Most Difficult One To Earn

What do you think was the most difficult BJJ belt to earn for Lex Fridman? No, it wasn’t the black belt. Here’s what Fridman had to say about earning the black belt in a conversation with...

Gunnar Nelson Talks Receiving BJJ Black Belt In 4 Years: “It’s About The Time You Spend On The Mats”

Gunnar Nelson is an MMA legend, currently competing in the UFC welterweight division. He is also a very skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete, who earned his black belt from none other than Renzo...

Tom DeBlass: “Just Because You Got Tapped By A Lower Belt Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Deserve Your Belt”

So you’re a blue, purple, brown, or a black belt… And you got submitted by a lower belt? Maybe even by someone who is two belt ranks below yours? You shouldn’t be feeling down on...

AJ Agazarm: “Earning Your Purple Belt Is Very Different Than The Other Colors”

AJ Agazarm – a mixed martial arts fighter, former D1 wrestler, and a BJJ black belt – has recently promoted his younger brother to the rank of a Jiu-Jitsu purple belt. And, according to...

Gordon Ryan “Promoted” To BJJ Blue Belt By Roger Gracie

Gordon Ryan and Roger Gracie had an opportunity to roll together in Austin, Texas; where the Gracie came in order to record a podcast episode with Lex Fridman. Ryan wrote about the awesome experience...

Zoltan Bathory: “I Didn’t Get My Black Belt Because I’m A ‘Celebrity'”

With the rise of famous actors, musicians, and other celebrities training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, some “everyday” BJJ practitioners question whether or not the celebrities get promoted based...

Actor Mario Lopez Promoted To BJJ Purple Belt

Mario Lopez, the famous actor who is best known for his role in the “Saved by the Bell” TV show (as A.C. Slater), has been promoted to a BJJ purple belt! Lopez shared the awesome news on...

Tim Kennedy Promoted To 3rd Degree BJJ Black Belt

Tim Kennedy is a Strikeforce and UFC veteran, as well as a Green Beret and Special Forces Ranger. He’s also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, who’s recently been promoted to his 3rd...

Dave Mustaine, Megadeth’s Frontman, Promoted To BJJ Brown Belt

Dave Mustaine is a frontman of Megadeth, one of the world’s most well-known metal bands. And, since yesterday, the 61-year old superstar is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt! He trains out...

Nathalia Santoro Earns BJJ Brown Belt From John Danaher

Nathalia Santoro has been promoted to the rank of BJJ brown belt by John Danaher. Nathalia, who is a long-time girlfriend of Gordon Ryan, shared the news and her gratitude for the promotion on her...

BJJ Instructors: Holding Back & Pushing Belt Promotions Is Detrimental For Your Students

Image Credits: Evolve MMA BJJ instructors, generally, want the best for their students. They want to make them feel welcomed and appreciated on the mats… All things considered, they want them...

4 Tips For The New BJJ Purple Belt: This Is How To Keep Improving

So you’re a freshly-minted BJJ purple belt, congratulations! It’s a fantastic achievement and you’re now one of the most dangerous people on the mats. That deserves a ton of...

So You’re A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt… Now What?

You’ve just been promoted to the rank of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt, haven’t you? Congratulations! That’s a big stepping stone towards not just the black belt, but also...

Rodolfo Vieira: “I’m Feeling Like A Blue Belt In MMA”

Rodolfo Vieira is a legendary Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete and competitor. However, he is still (relatively) new to the world of professional mixed martial arts (MMA). At the moment, he sports a 3-1...

The True Advantage Of Rolling With Lower Belts: Becoming Innovative

Ever had a training session where there weren’t any higher belts present, but just a couple of students at your belt level – and a whole bunch of lower belts? It felt amazing, didn’t it? But...

Wellington “Megaton” Dias Gets Promoted to BJJ Coral Belt

Wellington “Megaton” Dias is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend. He has been one of the most frequent competitors in the older age brackets, and has once been a top competitor in the adult...