Question About the BELT SYSTEM

*this is JUST a question, im not trying to jump ahead of myself, i plan to EARN everything my instructor gives me*

i noticed that at the school i go to the guys who alread have belts (blue, purple, ect...) EARN new degrees on that belt level before moving up in ranking.

my questions are these:

1. Do you have to EARN the white belt just like the others?

2. How many degrees do they have before you move up in ranking?

I know the answers will vary from school to school so im not sure if this can be answered or not.



You don't have to earn the white belt.  Everyone starts off as a whitebelt.  If your instructor uses stripes then usually you must get four stripes before you get the new color belt (ie you would have 4 stripes on your white belt before you get your blue). 


The white belt comes with the gi and you can wear it on day one.

Some instructors use stripes to represent progress within the belt level. Usually, there are four stripes available, if they are used. Some will test, some will award based on performance, some will not use stripes at all.

nice! cool thanks guys.


Everyone starts off with the white belt at your school. As you progress, stripes will be added indicating that you are moving toward the next belt rank. You won't "test" for the stripes; William will present them to you when he feels you've progressed. As far as moving to the next belt color, I know that William has some form of testing procedure; of course, I've been stuck on two stripes on my white belt for quite awhile, so I wouldn't know that part yet. ;-)

Gotha, hey bro!! whats your name again?? what days do you train?

ill be there tomorrow for the morning class and the two classes at night...


Many schools do not use stripes. ALL schools start with you at white belt - it just means "beginner."

Randy: Congratulations on the blue belt. I know that you worked hard and that it was well-deserved.

Texas Thai: Lately, I just have been working with William one-on-one. I got a little banged up (I'm over 40, and these old bones take a little longer to recover) when I was doing the classes, but I hope to get back into the class mode one of these days. So, for now, I stay involved with BJJ, but at a slightly slower speed. :-)

Orlando BJJ

I know some instructors will have you place stripes on your belt so that it keeps you in their mind as far as being promoted.