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?

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