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
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)