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!
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.
Testing starts at 11 a.m. There will be an open mat afterward.
Congratulations to Master Carlos Gracie Jr. on earning his 8th Degree, Red and White “Coral” Belt
The belt was presented by 8th Degree Mauricio Robbe de Almeida. Becoming a Master in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not an easy feat. Carlos Gracie Jr. is now 10 years away from joining the ranks of Grand Masters in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
At Grappling Mastery, we are honored to have Carlos Gracie Jr. in our BJJ Ancestry! After Rolls Gracie died from a hang gliding accident, Professor Marcio Simas began training with Master Rickson Gracie and Master Carlos Gracie Jr. Earning his 6th Degree Black Belt and moving to
Central Florida where eventually he met Brian Ruscio. A Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestler, Professor Brian Ruscio studied under Marcio Simas and even worked for him at his BJJ Academy in Orlando, Florida for the next 8 years before moving and opening Grappling Mastery Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & MMA Academy in Mount Dora, Florida.
What entitles someone to be called “Master” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
Becoming a “Master” in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a long and rewarding journey. We have outlined the Guidelines to becoming a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) here. But what is required to earn the coveted title of “Master” in BJJ?
First let’s answer a few common questions about Black Belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
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.
Important Note: Belt Promotions are to be given by IBJJF Certified Instructors & Professors Only!
To be called a Master in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you must achieve the “Coral Belt”. The Coral Belt is a Rank awarded by the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) when you achieve the 7th degree as a Black Belt. Carlos Gracie Jr. is an example of a BJJ Master. Below you will find a link to a List of Masters in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
How do you earn stripes or degrees as a Black Belt? Once you are a Black Belt, your Professor no longer awards degrees or stripes. You must continue to learn and contribute to the sport by attending classes, teaching, competing, or refereeing. Subsequent ranks are awarded by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. Each degree is awarded by applying to the IBJJF after the respective amount of years below:
Is there a list of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Grand Masters? We’ve compiled a list here we’ve gathered from various reputable sources:
Here is a list of BJJ Black Belt Athletes, Fighters, and Professors
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Written December 13, 2013 by Brian Ruscio
This is NOT a parable about a Tiger earning his stripes… but it WOULD make for a great hyperbole…
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has traditionally been known for it’s higher demand on achieving new belt levels. There are only 4 belt levels after white belt for students 16 years old and over. It’s widely known that the “average” practitioner that reaches Black Belt level does so in about 10 years. Some “above average” students may achieve ranks in less time. In this understanding we can see that each stripe could easily take 6 months to achieve. Meaning that one could be a white belt for up to 2 years on average. Unheard of in other martial arts, but that is what makes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so great. When you EARN a belt or stripe, you KNOW IN YOUR HEART, YOU EARNED IT! In fact, I personally know Brown Belts that have been at that level for 10 years, and white belts that have been so for 9+ years. If your instructor is handing stripes out to people on a more than “average” basis, you need to question the standards that are being set or the intentions of his promoting students.
Sandbagging is a separate issue and refers to instructors intentionally holding their students belt rank back simply to acquire gold medals in tournaments and to hide their true skill level or to avoid the expectations that come with certain belt ranks. This should also be discouraged.
Progression in BJJ is a very personal thing and is unique to each student. It is represented by the stripes and belt ranks, but is realized through a personal relationship between your instructor and you. Stripes are not to be given to promote the coach’s school or to accumulate as many high ranking belts as he can. They are not meant to “buy you” as a student. A stripe is supposed to recognize your hard work, perseverance, and understanding of the skills that are being taught. They take time and are not to be rushed. Was your last stripe easy to get?
“Everyone remembers their first stripe.”
How long did it take you to get yours? How hard did you have to work at your new academy to reach that milestone? Each stripe is a milestone, not just the belt levels. Each stripe is hard work, harder than the last. It is a personal journey guided by your instructor, there to help you in the tough times.
Coming into the New Year, let’s set some goals to reach new levels! Let’s progress in our “BJJ Game” and show other schools that OUR STRIPES ARE EARNED, NOT GIVEN!!!
“Work Hard, Focus, Persevere, Move Forward!” – Brian Ruscio
Grappling Mastery, Where stripes are earned… and Belts aren’t given…