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Old 10-18-2007, 08:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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BJJ Grading System????

If you are BRAND new to BJJ how long does it take to work through the belt system roughly?
on average to go from white -> blue 6months?
blue -> purple? year?
purple -> brown another year?
brown -> black one more year?
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Old 10-18-2007, 08:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Depends on your skills, how much you train and lots more variables and it is way to hard to say but there are people who get Black Belts quickly and then people that are alot better and have been doing it twice as long but are say a brown belt.
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Old 10-18-2007, 09:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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say i train 3 days a week for 1-2 hour session. roughly how long am i looking at? im just curious as im the kinda guy who works towards a goal and for me a black or brown belt in BJJ is a nice achievement.
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Old 10-18-2007, 10:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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say i train 3 days a week for 1-2 hour session. roughly how long am i looking at? im just curious as im the kinda guy who works towards a goal and for me a black or brown belt in BJJ is a nice achievement.
It's not just about the amount of time that you put in. Some guys learn really fast regardless of the gym that they're at, some guys work really hard, some guys take a little bit longer picking stuff up, some guys have no work ethic. The combination of learning curve and work ethic will define how much you learn, but that's not even all of it.

Some instructors give out belts more liberally than others. If you're learning from a guy like Lloyd Irvin and training alot, you can earn a brownbelt in 3-4 years. I'm not going to bash Lloyd, he's had his share of success, but that's not how we do it where I train. For us it takes anywhere from 6-8 years to get to your brownbelt.

As far as becoming a blackbelt, you could be BJ Penn and get in three, but more likely you're looking at 10, especially at the rate your training. If you want to really immerse yourself in the sport and go at it professionally, I suggest going every day, if it's possible, but work can complicate that, so if it's not possible than you're going to have to take your time.

So, if you want some real help projecting a time chart, here's some stuff you could consider, and maybe even post on the thread:

How often are you training? (we already have that one)

Who is your instructor? What's his training lineage? What's his training philosophy? What's his personal rank?

Do you have other martial arts experience? Will it help you or make you weed out bad habits as you train?

What is the intensity of your training partners like? How much do your training partners train?

That's the kind of stuff that will really dictate how fast you pick up the style.
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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From my personal experience it will take you roughly 7-10 Months for a Blue Belt. I believe that is the only belt that you can get in the alloted time frame. Everything else would depend on what Ironman said to the T, even the Blue Belt.

I train under Hermes Franca and Kurt Pellegrino and I am hoping to be a Brown Belt in about 5 years. It's not set in stone, just something for me personally to work towards.

Also, does your gym offer No-Gi as well? Try to even go to those classes so you can get more mat time in. Nothing better than more practice.

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Old 10-18-2007, 12:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't expect to receive a black belt in under 5-6 years unless you're some sort of BJJ prodigy, or you train every single day. It does take about 6-9 months to receive a blue belt though, if you're training as much as you say.
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My instructor has been training for 10 years and he's only a brown belt.
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Old 10-21-2007, 03:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i used to train in the gracie academy in torrence. and i green belted in 3 years. seeing as how that was a longgggg time ago. but it really depends on your skill and how much time you invest. i invested a lot of time AND MONEY!

but if you want to get good fast with out wasting a lot of money. every session try your best. and dont be chillll.
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Green belt? Is that like, an old system or does GJJ have a different grading system?
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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well i know there is a green belt for ppl under the age of 16 maybe this is what he is implying?
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