Starting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu many things come to mind.
What is the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt system?
What is the BJJ belt progression timeline?
What belt should I get since the first best is a white belt and what do the stripes mean on the belt?
How long does it take to get a blue belt in BJJ?
What is the best quality belt to pick?
Don’t worry I had the same questions when I first started. Well sit back relax and let your questions will be answered.
BJJ Belt Levels
With all significant martial arts from Karate, Judo all of them use a belt system including BJJ. In BJJ there are five main belts for adult players. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu belts are white, blue, purple, brown, and black.The most special belt being red this is given to the highest practitioner who has done something throughout their BJJ journey to improve this fine martial art.
White is the first belt you will wear, and I feel it’s the most critical belt and the hardest belt. Why do I say this? Think of it this way you will be the guppy in a shark tank. Blue to black belts will have their way will you in the beginning. You will tap many times but don’t give up on the train.Follow what your instructor is telling you. As the time gets by you will learn all the basic techniques, like submissions, sweeps, and escapes and in 1 to 1.5 years you will earn your next belt depending on your academy.
The blue belt… the belt every white belt is looking forward to. New BJJ players always ask the same question when they first start. How long does it take to get a blue belt in BJJ? We now know it’s 1 to 1.5 years, but this belt isn’t the end all of the belts. At the blue belt level, you will hone all the techniques you learned at white belt and learn some more new and advanced ones. At this time you have rolled hounded of hours and put in the lot of work. Expect to stay strong this rank for a minimum of 2 years.Then off to the next level.
Moving through the BJJ belt progression timeline.
We now come upon the purple belt. This belt is an interesting one. When you earn this belt, you will have s better understanding of BJJ. Many techniques become more comfortable for you to perform. You will start to tailor your BJJ game to your body style and your liking. When you roll, you will be flowing. At this belt level, you can start to instruct lower ranks.
The brown belt is a belt for senior BJJ players. Brown belt Practitioners have years and years of experience literally under their belt. Those are the player that can advance to this belt. You will improve your knowledge, and your game is taking it to the next level.
The highest belt you can earn after you master this awesome martial art. At this time you will gain the title of “professor” as a signal to others that you have mastered the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu red belt is the highest honor a BJJ practitioner can receive. Only a few people ever achieved this rank. Achieving this rank means you have made significant contributions to BJJ to gain this. Within the IBJJF guidelines, you have to have had a black belt for 31 years to achieve this rank.
You just started your first BJJ class and noticed that some of the white belts have stripes on their black bar. BJJ white belt stripes are intermediary steps that are before the next belt.Each belt until black belt will have four stripes on the black bar. Then when you reach the black belt, the bar turns red and will have black stripes up to seven.
Jiu Jitsu Belts Junior
Did you know that yellow belt jiu-jitsu players existed?
Well, that color rank belongs to the junior ranks. Which are white, grey, yellow, orange and green. Yes…it ends at the green. There is no black belt for junior ranks because it takes many years to master BJJ and young players need more experience and maturity to grasp the concepts thoroughly.That’s how BJJ is more conservative with ranks and black belts than other martial arts.
Best Quality Jiu-Jitsu Belts
When choosing your BJJ belt, there are some factors that you should consider. To find the perfect belt that fits your needs.
There are many BJJ belt and Gi companies out there so it can be difficult to choose from the ocean of choices that come at you.
In the earlier days, belts were made of simple fabrics that were just folded with a core then sewn together. Now we have premium materials such as hemp. Also looking at other martial arts, BJJ Belts are the only ones with a black bar.
Let’s go over the four factors for picking the best BJJ Gi belt for you.
The one thing about quality belts is that they can sometimes be expensive. One thing to look for are belts made of 100% cotton. With this material, you get strength and softness which is good for your skin. When it comes to the stitching, it must have multiple rows, at least six which makes it sturdy.
One suggestion is to get a set of belts. This way you can have something to look forward to and have a matching set. The belts should come in the official colors and should have broad and vibrant colors so they can last through hours of training and washing.
You should also keep thickness in mind when picking a belt. This is important when competing in IBJJF Competitions. This is a crucial factor to remember.
The last factor to consider is size. When choosing your belt, it should fit well around your waist and have at least 10-15 centimeters left. Usually, the belt size should match the size of your Gi, but if you have a larger waist, you can opt for a longer belt.
Best Cotton BJJ Belt
Fuji is known for making greats BJJ Gis, and this belt has the same quality. It can last many hours of training and hold up to all the washes in between. Take care when washing and drying it will shrink a little but it’s a great belt.
Can hold up to 2-4 time week of washing after training
A very sturdy belt and holds it shape throughout the years.
May fade a little
When washed and dried with heat may shrink a little.
Venum is known for their MMA and BJJ gear. This thick and durable belt is made of 100% cotton. Ties well and makes a great knot which stays out around your waist.
Thick and study
Has a vibrant color which lasts
A little still when you first start wearing it.
Needs to be broken in.
Best Strong BJJ Belt
These Gameness BJJ belts are made of very tough material. That will last many hours of rolling and still keeps looking good
Nice and deep colored belts.
Sturdy material and the color last after many washes.
Can shrink if put in a dryer better to hang dry.
A little tough to tie when new but better after washing.
The Tatami Fightwear BJJ Rank Belt made of 100% cotton. Which makes a sturdy and soft belt.It even has an awesome patch written in Japanese which says TAN REN “training, forging and developing.”
Soft yet sturdy
Wide and thick belt
My shrink if put in the drier.
Fades a little after many washes.
Best BJJ Competition Belt
This Sanabul belt is IBJJF compliant so perfect for completions. Tough enough to handle many hours of training and Competition. Staying on your waist during rolling.
Antimicrobial so helps keep away infections.
Thick and soft yet study easy to tie.
Hard to tie when new
A little still out of the box but ties well after washing.
Kingz has always been a tremendous go-to Gi brand band the belts have the same quality. Made of pure cotton, it is sure to last. Will stay on you throughout your tough sparring sessions.
Deep colors that won’t fade.
Thick and sturdy
Can shrink if put in the drier.
A little stiff when you first get it.
Best Youth BJJ Belts
This Gameness BJJ youth belt is just like the adult’s belt. Made of excellent materials that hold up to many training sessions and washes
Tough belt made of cotton.
Deep color that lasts.
Be careful when washing better to hang dry.
A little hard when you first get the belt softens up after washing.
Hayabusa has been in BJJ gear industry for some time now. This youth Gi belt is another excellent example of what they have to offer. Durable and made of fine cotton. An excellent match for your junior BJJ players gi.
Belt color is bright and vivid.
Color lasts does not fade.
Not true to size.
Need to choose one size up when buying.
Belt hard when new. Needs to be broken in.
Best Premium BJJ Belts
This Gold BJJ Premium BJJ belt is made of pure cotton and has excellent stitching. Tough and will last many training sessions as you hone your guard game.
Has a deep color that lasts longer long.
Crafted with premium materials and built to take punishment.
The belt may be a little thin for some.
This belt is a little longer than other belts.
This Hypnotik BJJ belt made of premium Pearl Weave. We all know about Pearl Weave. So this belt is light flexible yet very tough. One of the few belts made with Pearl weave so treat yourself.
Pearl weave that’s all I have to say.
Vibrant color won’t fade.
Have to take care when washing
How To Tie Your BJJ Belt
Tying your BJJ belt for the first time may be difficult. I remember when I first tied my belt. Check out this video that can help you out. Once you learn how to tie your belt, you will never forget enjoy.
The Final Score
As we wrap things up, you were able to learn about the different BJJ belt ranks and there place in the BJJ rank system. How to pick the perfect belt for you. By knowing how to choose your belt by size, materials, colors, and quality. Using this formula, you will always be happy with your choice.
Also, there were some great belt recommendations to help you out. If you didn’t like any that you saw click here for more choices. As always…Let’s Roll!