Path of the Belts

White Belt 

The first and most important belt.

You have begun your Jiu-Jitsu Journey.

Yellow Belt

White-Yellow Belt

White-Orange Belt

Yellow-Orange Belt

Orange Belt

The first promotion given to our Little Champs and Junior Grapplers. 100 classes in total and 8 months training minimum.

The second promotion given to our Little Champs and Junior Grapplers. 200 classes in total and 16 months training minimum.

The third promotion given to our Little Champs and Junior Grapplers. 300 classes in total and 24 months training minimum.

The fourth promotion given to our Little Champs and Junior Grapplers. 400 classes in total and 32 months training minimum.

White-Green Belt

Yellow-Green Belt

The fifth promotion given to our Little Champs and Junior Grapplers. 500 classes in total and 40 months training minimum.

The sixth promotion given to our Little Champs and Junior Grapplers. 600 classes in total and 48 months training minimum.

The seventh promotion given to our Little Champs and Junior Grapplers. 700 classes in total and 56 months training minimum.

Orange-Green Belt

The eighth promotion given to our Little Champs and Junior Grapplers. 800 classes in total and 64 months training minimum.

Green Belt

The ninth and final promotion given to our Little Champs and Junior Grapplers. 900 classes in total and 72 months training minimum. Once a child has achieved their Green Belt or if and when they reach the age of 14 they will be permitted to start working towards the adult belts.

Gracie Combatives Belt

Your first official Adult belt promotion. Recognised for learning and perfecting the 36 essential Gracie Combatives Techniques. 

Pink Belt

Awarded for passing the Women Empowered Program. Being able to defend yourself and become totally empowered.

Purple Belt

After Blue Belt, you will work towards earning your Purple Belt. As a Purple Belt you will be expected to:

  • Remain calm and composed in all defensive positions.

  • Escape from inferior positions at the optimal time without excessive energy expenditure.

  • Utilise various guard strategies to neutralize passes and sweep opponents with maximum energy efficiency.

  • Combine submissions to create effective “systems of attack” from all offensive positions.

  • Effectively close the distance and establish clinch control on any striking opponent.

  • Share and receive information from all training partners, regardless of rank.

Blue Belt

6 months and 60 Master Cycle classes minimum combined with regular Reflex Development and Fight Simulation training will make you eligible for promotion to Blue Belt. A Blue Belt was described by Hélio Gracie as somebody who could fully defend themselves.

Black Belt

An invitation will be extended to you from the Gracie University to test for this belt. The black belt signifies the expert level of understanding of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and is a mark that you embody everything about the discipline, from technique to mindset. Besides perfecting all the techniques in the Gracie University curriculum, as a Black Belt you will be expected to:

  • Roll in a manner that is as graceful as it is effective.

  • Apply the art of “offensive defence” to make your opponent uncomfortable even in offensive positions.

  • Force your opponent to waste energy from any position.

  • Utilise your mind-reading capabilities to anticipate and neutralise your opponent’s techniques before they occur.

  • Apply jiu-jitsu principles to all aspects of your life.

  • Accept that the real learning begins at Black Belt.

Brown Belt

Once you earn you Purple Belt, you will be ready to begin working towards Brown Belt. As a Brown Belt you will be expected to:​

  • Apply all techniques with optimal precision and little or no wasted energy.

  • Strategise submission and sweep sequences that are 2-3 moves ahead of your opponent.

  • Apply base manipulation principles to sweep/reverse your opponents with minimal effort from any position.

  • Pass the guard with persistence and constant pressure.

  • Regularly position yourself in worst-case scenarios for the essential purpose of exploring their counters.

Coral Belt

Once you advance beyond the 6th Degree of Black Belt, an alternating Red and Black Belt is awarded, along with the title of Master. This belt is often referred to as a "Coral Belt" (after the colour scheme of the coral snake), and is used to designate 7th Degree Black Belt practitioners. This belt is also used for the 8th Degree Black Belt.

Red Belt

Beyond 8th Degree, the 9th and 10th Degrees are signified with solid Red Belts. Noted practitioners Renzo & Royler Gracie have stated that the Red Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is reserved "for those whose influence and fame takes them to the pinnacle of the art". Red Belt holders are often addressed within the art by the title Grandmaster. The 10th Degree has been given only to the pioneers of the art, the Gracie brothers: Carlos, Oswaldo, George, Gastão and Hélio.


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