The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grading system does not have a set specific syllabus for each belt.

So how is grading acheived? Students of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are graded based upon their skill. Most clubs do not have set grading days, instead the instructor normally promotes the student to the belt they deserve based entirely on their ability. In this respect, this style differs from many other martial arts. However it must be noted that clubs do adhere to time guidelines set by the IBJJF whereby a belt can be acheived after a certain time period of continious training has passed.

Some schools may award stripes, or tags for each belt (except black). These are given based on performance in gradings and also at the instructors discretion of your performance and skills over the course of your training. Examples of this are showing dedication, being able to carry out the techniques fluidly or even achievements in tournaments. It is very common for a student to receive 4 stripes before obtaining the next belt.

Adult Blue Belt Grading Requirements

On average, 10 to 14 months of training with a minimum of 100 to 120 classes plus passing the following test. Belt promotions are always at the discretion of the head instructor. Factors such as above-average class attendance, natural ability, or competing could possibly shortened the time to blue belt, while a poor attitude, bad temper, or a lack of common morality outside the school could lengthen it.

Pre Requirements:
2 Takedowns 4 Sweeps (Reversals) from Guard Position
2 Chokes from Guard Position
2 Arm locks from Guard Position
2 Chokes from top position (Mount, Side Control, Knee on the Belly, etc)
2 Arm locks from top position (Mount, Side Control, Knee on the Belly, etc)
2 Submissions from the Back Control
2 Guard Passes on top of guard position
1 Escapes from Side Control
1 Escape from Mount
2 Escapes from Headlock (On Ground)
Self Defence Stand in base Single Handed Wrist Grab –
Thumb Up Single Handed Wrist Grab –
Thumb Down Two Handed Wrist Grab
Defence against two handed strangle
Defence against front bear hug over arms
Defence against front bear hug under arms
Defence against standing headlock –
Holding Only Defence against standing headlock – Holding & Hitting

Adult Purple Belt Grading Requirements

On average, 3 years of training with a minimum of 360 classes plus passing the following test. Belt promotions are always at the discretion of the head instructor. Factors such as above-average class attendance, natural ability, or competing could possibly shortened the time to purple belt, while a poor attitude, bad temper, or a lack of common morality outside the school could lengthen it.

Pre Requirements:
4 Takedowns
6 Sweeps (Reversals) from Guard Position
4 Chokes from Guard Position
4 Armlocks Locks from Guard Position
4 Chokes from top position (Mount, Side Control, Knee on the Belly, etc)
4 Armlocks from top position (Mount, Side Control, Knee on the Belly, etc)
4 Submissions from the Back Control
4 Guard Passes on top of guard position
2 Escapes from Side Control
2 Escapes from Mount
1 Escape from Knee on the belly
3 Escapes from Headlock (On Ground)
Self Defence Blue Belt Self Defence, plus:
Single Handed Collar Grab Defence against rear bear hug over arms
Defence against rear bear hug under arms
Standing Choke from behind
Standing Choke & Drag from behind
Defence against Standing Guillotine

Brown Belt Grading Requirements

On average, 6 years of training with a minimum of 750 classes plus passing the following test. Belt promotions are always at the discretion of the head instructor. Factors such as above-average class attendance, natural ability, or competing could possibly shortened the time to brown belt, while a poor attitude, bad temper, or a lack of common morality outside the school could lengthen it

Pre Requirements:
8 Takedowns
8 Sweeps (Reversals) from Guard Position
8 Chokes from Guard Position
8 Arm locks from Guard Position
8 Chokes from top position (Mount, Side Control, Knee on the Belly, etc)
8 Arm locks from top position (Mount, Side Control, Knee on the Belly, etc)
6 Submissions from the Back Control
8 Guard Passes on top of guard position
4 Leg Locks
4 Escapes from Side Control
4 Escapes from Mount
2 Escapes from Knee on the belly
4 Escapes from Headlock (On Ground)
Self Defence Blue & Purple Belt Self Defence, plus:
Sucker Punch Defence Front Kick Defence
Defence against Shoulder grab from side (Arm Bent)
Defence against Shoulder grab from side (Arm Straight)
Defence against Hair/Throat Grab
Defence against Single Lapel Grab

Adult Black Belt Grading Requirements

On average, 8 years of training plus a demonstration. Belt promotions are always at the discretion of the head instructor. Factors such as above-average class attendance, natural ability, or competing could possibly shortened the time to black belt, while a poor attitude, bad temper, or a lack of common morality outside the school could lengthen it

Pre Requirements:
10 Takedowns
10 Sweeps (Reversals) from Guard Position
10 Chokes from Guard Position
10 Arm locks from Guard Position
10 Chokes from top position (Mount, Side Control, Knee on the Belly, etc)
10 Arm locks from top position (Mount, Side Control, Knee on the Belly, etc)
8 Submissions from the Back Control
10 Guard Passes on top of guard position
6 Leg Locks
4 Escapes from Side Control
4 Escapes from Mount
2 Escape from Knee on the belly
4 Escapes from Headlock (On Ground)
Self Defence All Self Defence from Blue to Brown, plus:
Defence against Straight Knife Thrust
Defence against Overhand Knife Stab Knife Attack from Behind – Blade Tip against Neck
Knife Attack from Behind – Blade Edge Against Neck
Overhead Club Attack

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