The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt system is far stricter than in most other martial arts. It can take upwards of 10 years to achieve a Black Belt. As there are only a few belts, you will spend a long time at each one.

Unlike other Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a separate Belt System for Children and Adults. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a child CAN NOT earn a Black Belt, or any rank that is the same as an adult rank. As in the adult ranks, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt System for children is also far stricter than in other martial arts. It is not uncommon for a child to spend a year or more at a single belt rank.


In addition to the belt system, stripes are used as a form of intra-belt recognition of progress and skill. Within each of the belts, students have the opportunity to earn up to generally 4 stripes on their belt, indicating progress within that belt. The cumulative number of stripes earned serves as an indication of the student's skill level relative to others within the same belt rank. Stripes consist of small pieces of tape applied to the ranking bar of the belt. The IBJJF general system recommends that four stripes should be added before the student may be considered for promotion to the next belt rank. Stripes are used at the B1 Academy, and are applied to each student at the discretion of the Professor.


The B1 Academy follows the IBJJF guidelines for youth belts promotions. The IBJJF recognizes thirteen belt colors for students aged 4 through 15. After receiving a white belt, children will be promoted to the following belt colors: a group of three gray belts, yellow belts, orange belts and green belts. 

According to the IBJJF guidelines, a youth student can not hold the same rank as an adult. When a student turns 16, he must move to the adult system of belts.


The B1 Academy follows the IBJJF guidelines for adult belts promotions. The IBJJF recognizes five belt colors for students aged 16 and up. After receiving a white belt, students will be promoted to the following belt colors: blue belt, purple belt, brown belt and black.

When a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt reaches the seventh degree, he or she is awarded an alternating red-and-black belt, commonly known as a corral belt.