The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt System is a far stricter than in most other martial arts. It can take upwards of 10 years to achieve the black belt. There are five primary belts in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu; White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black. Each belt has 4 stripes. Upon EARNING 4 stripes and completing all classes at that level, a student is promoted to the next belt.

Belt History

In the beginning, there were no tournaments associated with the practice of Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu. The dangerous and unforgiving “street” fight was the only testing ground. In 1967, the first Federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was established in order to give practitioners the opportunity to test their skills in a safe setting. The fun and excitement of competition, coupled with the prestige that accompanied tournament victories, drove the vast majority of instructors to focus entirely on preparing their students for the jiu-jitsu game. This shift away from jiu-jitsu for self defense had a profound impact on the practice of the martial art.

The Belt Difference

At Farmington Martial Arts, belt promotions are based, first and foremost, on the student’s mastery of the techniques that will ensure victory in a street fight. We rigorously tests each student’s skills and reflexes at each stage of their training.

To help you with your Jiu-Jitsu training we also offer online training videos and the chance to view live classes through our website (

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Contact Us:

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network Farmington Martial Arts

110 W. Pine Street
Farmington, Missouri 63640
Phone: (573) 760-1630
Secondary phone: (888) 978-KICK