Professor Brian Ruscio earns his First Degree Promotion on his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!

IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio
IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio
IBJJF/USBJJF First Degree Black Belt Card of Professor Brian Ruscio

Professor Brian Ruscio recently met all requirements and earned his First Degree and Stripe on his BJJ Black Belt.  On average it takes 10 years to earn a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  For some it takes much longer, and others it takes less.  Brian Ruscio earned his Black Belt 7 years after starting Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  He credits his mat awareness, balance, base, and understanding of fundamental positions he learned from USA Wrestling since an early age for his quick understanding and improvement in the sport of BJJ.  It helped him understand what to look for when his instructors were demonstrating the techniques.  It didn’t take him long to recognize that a fight didn’t end when someone was on their back, and unlike wrestling, the match keeps going.  He fell in love with the sport and the ability to be even more creative with his techniques and strategy.  BJJ goes beyond Wrestling in that aspect and quickly became a passion for him.

Professor Brian Ruscio earned his Black Belt in September of 2012 at Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu, from Marcio Simas.  He was even awarded special recognition from Marcio Simas.  Professor Brian Ruscio is an International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) and United States Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (USBJJF) recognized Black Belt.

According to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Guidelines, once a person achieves the rank of Black Belt they must do the following to earn their first degree:

  • Athlete must have a Black Belt awarded by a 2nd degree Black Belt certified by the IBJJF
  • Contribute to the Art/Sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for at least 3 years after Graduation, examples are competing, teaching, and refereeing.
  • Maintain CPR Certification
  • Maintain Affiliation with the IBJJF
  • Keep up to date on the rules set forth by the Federation by attending the most recent Rules Seminar.
  • Must pass a Background Check

What’s Next?

Professor Ruscio now has his sights set on his second degree.  To him this will be the most important because at 2nd degree Black Belt he will have the ability to promote his students to Black Belt.  As a student of Professor Ruscio at Grappling Mastery students will have their BJJ Belt recognized by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation!  Abiding by the Federation Guidelines is an important part of maintaining the integrity of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a martial art and representing your academy as a legitimate place to train.  It also allows students to compete at some of the most prestigious BJJ tournaments.

The following are the Ranks of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

  • Black Belt (read how to get your Black Belt in BJJ)
  • First Degree Black Belt (3 years as Black Belt and req. above)
  • Second Degree Black Belt (3 years as First Degree)
  • Third Degree Black Belt (3 years as Second Degree)
  • Fourth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Third Degree)
  • Fifth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Fourth Degree)
  • Sixth Degree Black Belt (5 years as Fifth Degree)
  • Seventh Degree Red & Black Coral Belt (MASTER) (7 years as Sixth Degree)
  • Eighth Degree Red & White Coral Belt (MASTER) (7 years as Red & Black Coral)
  • Ninth Degree Red Belt (GRAND MASTER) (10 years as Red & White Coral)
  • Tenth Degree Red Belt (This Belt was reserved for the Founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Carlos Gracie Sr., Gastão Gracie, George Gracie, Oswaldo Gracie, and Hélio Gracie)

Is your Instructor a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt according to the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?

 

How to tie your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Belt

Tying your belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an important but sometimes embarrassing thing to learn.  You might be afraid to ask your instructor, thinking you should know how by now.  Most martial arts use the “square knot”, and BJJ is no different.  The following video instructional on how to tie your BJJ Belt will give you two options, the first of which is more common.

How to get a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

Is your Instructor a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt according to the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?

Earning your Black Belt in BJJ is a worthwhile goal.  You will not only learn about an amazing martial art but also a lot about yourself.  In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we don’t memorize katas or poomsae, rather skill is displayed in “rolling” sessions.  Belt Tests are displays of technical knowledge and understanding of terminology, whereas “rolling” displays the understanding of application, timing, and situational awareness among other skills developed.  Our “BJJ Game” is based on our personal style and personality and so becomes our own.  However, basic fundamental principles should be followed to have a strong game or style.  This is why prescripted kata or poomsae are not performed as every “roll” or fight is different.

We have broken down your path from White Belt to Brown Belt in our BJJ Belt Requirements section.  It is a long journey in which every stripe teaches many lessons.

IBJJF International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Federation Belt Graduation System Poster
IBJJF International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu BJJ Federation Belt Graduation System

Earning your black belt in BJJ requires a minimum 1 year at Brown Belt and 50 Hours of Teaching Class among other requirements set forth by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.  After this the athlete must submit to the IBJJF along with their Professor to be recognized by the International BJJ Federation.

International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Certification of Professor Brian Ruscio
International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Certification of Professor Brian Ruscio

The athletes and professors certified by IBJJF will have their belt rank recognized by an official sport organization. To be certified as a black belt by IBJJF, the athlete or professor must complete the necessary requirements.

The steps to apply for a Black Belt Certificate:

First, you need to provide IBJJF with the following documents:

– Black Belt Certificate Application form

– Must be signed by the Black Belt Professor you graduated from
Professor MUST have 2 degrees or more.

– Membership Application Form
– Become CPR Certified and provide certificate of completion.
– IBJJF Rules Seminar Certificate of Completion (completed in the last 12 months)
– Copy of a valid photo ID (Driver License, Passport etc.. );

  • All USA residents are required to have a clean background check within the last year provided by SSCI. Please refer to the “background check page” for more information regarding background checks.

Other Black Belt Requirements are found in Article 5 of the IBJJF General Guidelines.

ARTICLE 6 – PROFESSORS AND INSTRUCTORS
6.1 The membership form of an athlete graded in belts of gray, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple and brown must be signed by
an IBJJF affiliated black belt.

6.2 The graduation of an athlete to black belt can only be signed by a black belt instructor that promoted them and must have at
least 2 degrees certified by IBJJF.

6.3 In countries or regions where there are not enough black belts for the development of the sport, IBJJF will accept purple belt and brown belt athletes to sign as instructors. Once the minimum number is reached, the use of instructor status will be suspended.

6.31 Brown belt instructors can only graduate athletes to purple belt and purple belt instructors can only graduate athletes
to blue belt.

What happens after you earn your Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?  Your next goal may be to earn your 1st degree Black Belt or even reach the rank of Master!

After 3 years as a Black Belt, Professor Brian Ruscio of Grappling Mastery is currently completing all the necessary steps to achieve his 1st degree Black Belt!

Read this article on How to earn the rank of “Master” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Is your Instructor a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt according to the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation?

September 2015 BJJ Belt Test Videos

Congratulations to all who tested and passed our September 2015 BJJ Belt Test.  This is just the beginning of your BJJ Journey!

 

First Grappling Mastery Belt Test Picture Gallery, September 2015

Check our Videos Section for Video of each person testing or our Belt Requirements List if you are preparing for your Belt Test.

First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Belt Testing at Grappling Mastery!

VIEW THE FIRST GRAPPLING MASTERY BELT TEST PICTURE GALLERY

Everyone has been working hard and improving!  Therefore, we will be holding our First Belt Testing on Saturday, September 5th!

A List of Members Testing will be posted in the Academy as we get closer to testing.  If you have 4 stripes currently and continue to train consistently you have a great chance of making the list!  If not, keep training hard as there will be more belt tests as everyone is improving substantially.

An Official List of Members Testing will also be posted HERE!

Be sure to print one of the Technique Lists to study.  We will be holding classes focused on review the week(s) before the testing and Private Lessons are available as well.

Some people will want to get one last competition in before they get promoted and have to face tougher competition.  The Florida BJJ Federation will be holding their State Championships on August 8th.

Members Testing:

BLUE:

Green:

Orange:

  • Houston Swinford
  • Landon Klaas

Yellow:

  • Max Weber

Grey:

  • Claire Weber

Testing starts at 11 a.m.  There will be an open mat afterward.

We will be celebrating at Gators afterward! Come watch UFC 191 Free with Grappling Mastery!