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I Received My First Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt Tip :-)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 8:00 AM

This past Saturday I was given my first tip for my Blue Belt by my professor.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is divided up into five belts: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. Each belt is further divided up into four “tips”. Research on the internet indicates that it should take approximately 6-9 years to reach Black Belt if you train consistently, though it is not unheard of to take longer than that. Two students were awarded their Black Belts on Saturday. One indicated he had been training for 11 years and the other approximately 15, if I remember correctly. Unlike many traditional martial arts, most Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools (including mine) do not test for advancement. When your professor determines you are to progress that is when you progress.

I have been a Blue Belt for a year now. In all honesty I feel my progress as a Blue Belt has been horrendously slow. While intellectually I grasp many of the techniques, performing many of them consistently and efficiently in live rolls has been difficult for me. I have noticed tremendous improvement since receiving my Blue Belt, but up until recently most of my rolls were defensive rolls and only recently have I improved my escapes and counters enough to begin rolling more offensively.

I am hoping that 2011 brings a great deal more improvement to my game :-)




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