The Way To Become A Black Belt In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
A Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Wow, what an accomplishment! It took me a long time and a tremendous amount of hard work and effort to obtain a black belt.
I still remember when I was a white belt getting caught by more advanced students. One thing I always focused on was observing what others did on the mat, including my instructor. It helped me to learn much faster. Also, the fact that I was a natural athlete helped me to achieve my black belt faster. It took me only six (6) years! I was training at least three (3) times a week and only left the mat after I felt I had enough.
It was not always hard training. Some training was hard and some training was more relaxed. Other times I simply focused on defense training, so I could build my self confidence to know I could spar a long time without tapping. I was training a lot, but I was also going to college and building my own business. Even after I established my family, my dedication to Jiu Jitsu did not falter. I wanted to improve in all of the positions, so I set a strategy that worked specific moves or positions during each training session. One week I worked hard to get arm bars from the guard. The following week I would work on getting the mount position. The following week I would practice passing the guard, or how to escape from the mount, or how to escape from an arm bar after getting caught, and so on. Sometimes I would work on a specific position for an entire month. Of course, I was practicing general sparring as well.
By setting these strategies and leaving my pride outside of the Academy, I became one of the best Jiu Jitsu practitioners of my time. Today, I run my own Jiu Jitsu Academy in the U.S. which brings me such pleasure and pride. To be in one of the richest countries in the world (the home of so many brilliant people) and to get recognized, be respected and garner such appreciation, is something that makes me very proud of myself. I am very thankful and grateful to all the people who helped me get to where I am today. After this brief explanation of my experience with Jiu Jitsu, I would like to go back to the main subject here, which is how you can achieve the rank of Black Belt at the Caique Jiu Jitsu Academy.
I will now explain the requirements for each Belt. I realize that it is very hard to test all students individually. For example, it takes 1 hour to test a White Belt to Blue Belt. That is why some Academies will test individually, but will charge $100.00 to do so. I found a better way to track my students. Because I am confident that we provide such great Jiu Jitsu instruction at the Academy, I rank my students by watching their attendance. As a result of good attendance, the knowledge of Jiu Jitsu comes naturally.
Here how it works:
- For a White Belt to be promoted to Blue Belt, you will need to be in class at least 3 times a week for one year.
- For a Blue Belt to become a Purple Belt, you will need to train at least 2 ½ years, while attending class at least 3 times a week.
- For a Purple Belt to become a Brown Belt, you will need to train at least 2 ½ years, while attending class at least 3 times a week.
- Now from Brown Belt to Black Belt, things are a little harder. First, the attendance requirements are the same as what is required for the other belts. But as an additional requirement, you will need to know the complete self defense program. You will need to participate in those classes for at least one year. You will also need to know the basics of Jiu Jitsu very well. You will need to participate in the basic classes for at least 1 year. If you want to be awarded a Black Belt with a Red Patch, you will need to enroll in an instructor program provided by the Caique Jiu Jitsu Academy. Those students will learn how to teach classes at the Academy, at Professor Caique’s direction, for at least 3 years and follow some additional requirements. (Please contact Professor Caique if you are interested in that). If you just want to be a Black Belt, the patch will be white.
The New Black Belt Red Bar policy:
- In the first three (3) years after receiving the Black Belt Red Bar, as long as you stay an active Jiu Jitsu Instructor, you can only promote a student up to Blue Belt with four (4) stripes. After you have completed 1 year with a Red Bar Black Belt, you will earn two bars on the edges of the red bar. After two (2) more years of active instruction, you will earn your 1st stripe.
- In the third (3rd) thru fifth (5th) years, you can only promote a student to Purple Belt with four (4) stripes. After these three (3) years, you will earn your second (2nd) stripe.
- In the sixth (6th) thru ninth (9th) years, you can only promote a student to Brown Belt with four (4) stripes. After these three (3) years, you will earn your third (3rd) stripe.
- Once you complete the ninth (9th) year of wearing a Black Belt, the Red Patch Black Belt is allowed to promote a new Black Belt.
- These rules (regarding a Black Belt with a white bar and a Black Belt Instructor with a red bar) are determined by the Main Academy.
- Every five (5) years after your ninth year, you will earn one (1) additional stripe.
The Red Patch Black Belt must be tested by Professor Caique for stripes every 3 years of their Jiu Jitsu activity, as long they stay active. The Red Patch Black Belt can only promote students if they run their own school or at any Academy run by a recognized Red Patch Black Belt. Without a recognized school, they cannot promote anybody. A White Patched Black Belt cannot promote anyone at all.
All students have access to this Belt Requirement Sheet at the Academy. Of course, the promotion of any student will always be at my discretion.
These belt requirements are not new. It was the way I was promoted, and it is the way I promote my students. By setting these standards, I am working to keep the reputation of the Caique Jiu Jitsu Academy at the highest level and to create better students, fighters and instructors. In addition to all of these requirements, your personal character and good citizenship count. Respect for your instructor, the Academy and your community members are also important qualities for you to have to be promoted to any level.
I will do everything I can to help all of you to accomplish your target of becoming a Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, but it will depend on you more than anybody else.