The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) has a belt graduation system that consists of several ranks, with each rank represented by a different colored belt. The IBJJF belt system follows the same order as most other Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) organizations.
Here is a breakdown of the IBJJF belt graduation system:
White belt: This is the starting rank for all BJJ practitioners, and it signifies a beginner level of skill.
Blue belt: The blue belt is the first belt after the white belt and is awarded to practitioners who have gained a basic understanding of BJJ fundamentals.
Purple belt: The purple belt is the next level after blue, and it signifies that the practitioner has developed a deeper understanding of BJJ techniques and concepts.
Brown belt: The brown belt is the rank just below black belt, and it signifies that the practitioner has become an expert in BJJ and is capable of teaching and mentoring others.
Black belt: The black belt is the highest level of achievement in BJJ, and it represents mastery of the art. It can take many years of dedicated training and practice to earn a black belt.
In addition to the five main belt ranks, there are also degrees that can be earned within each belt rank. For example, a black belt can earn up to ten degrees, which are represented by red and black stripes on the belt. Degrees are typically earned through continued training, teaching, and contributions to the BJJ community.
It’s worth noting that the IBJJF has specific requirements and guidelines for each belt promotion, and practitioners must meet certain criteria in terms of technical proficiency, competition experience, and time spent training in order to be eligible for promotion. The process of earning each belt rank can vary from practitioner to practitioner, but in general, it requires a lot of dedication, hard work, and consistent training.