Below, you will find a graphic breakdown of our belt ranking system, corresponding to a variation authorized by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. Please note that the adult ranks are the standard for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, while the kids rank structure allows for significantly more belts, to keep children motivated as their progress is recognized and rewarded much more frequently, in comparison to adults who may go years between belt progression. These belts also include the additional ranking of stripes, which represent degrees of progress or rank, with a total of four awarded to each belt before promotion to the next. The graphic for these degrees can be found further down the page.
All belt and degree promotions are presented at the discretion of the instructor, as the student trains for the required time at each rank and displays a satisfactory comprehension and ability to apply the techniques required for each rank, as well as the ability to utilize these skills in practical drills, in a manor that is satisfactory to the rank.
Above is a graphic displaying the placement of stripes, which represent the degrees awarded to a belt rank. These stripes are placed on the black bar, found on Jiu-Jitsu belts and are generally marked with strips of white athletic tape. With four degrees to each belt, these stripes are awarded sequentially, prior to promotion to the next belt. The degrees represent achievement in skill, application, and comprehension, building towards the next belt rank and denoting the wearer's place in their path that rank. In the same way that a new belt is awarded at the discretion of the instructor, so to are the degrees.