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Jiu-jitsu Belt Levels

Discover the features and expectations for each Brazilian jiu-jitsu belt level at Electric City BJJ. We've made a resource page to help you navigate and understand just that. The belt system serves to track one's progress, rewarding hard work and dedication. Each level brings new skills, challenges, and a deeper understanding of jiu-jitsu.

White Belt: The Beginner's Ground

The white belt marks the beginning of your Brazilian jiu-jitsu journey. This stage focuses on learning the fundamental techniques and principles of BJJ. As a white belt, you'll learn to defend, do basic moves, and lay a solid foundation for future challenges.

Your main goal now is to learn the basics of the art, focusing on body coordination, balance, and rolling. You will also learn to escape from bad positions and develop a strong defense. Consistent attendance and patience are essential for mastering BJJ since it takes time. Most practitioners will spend one to two years as a white belt before advancing to the next level.

Blue Belt: Stepping Up the Skill Ladder

The blue belt signifies a significant milestone in your Brazilian jiu-jitsu training. You're now skilled in basic techniques and beginning to develop your style. While you continue refining your foundation, you will also explore more advanced techniques, submission mastery, and avant-garde guard passing.


Electric City BJJ instructors expect a higher skill level in applying techniques, rolling with more significant resistance, and improving overall fitness. A blue belt helps teach white belts, fostering teamwork and camaraderie.

Reaching the blue belt level may take 2 to 4 years, based on your progress and commitment. As a blue belt, explore more as challenges grow and your BJJ understanding deepens.

Purple Belt: Entering the Mid-level Ground

Purple belt in jiu-jitsu: strong foundation, plenty of techniques. The focus at this level turns to strategy, transitions, and linking techniques.

As a purple belt, you will spend hours refining and mastering techniques, honing your BJJ intuition, and anticipating your opponents' moves. Training with advanced belts, competing, and teaching lower belts will help you grow.


After earning a blue belt, it usually takes two to four more years to achieve a purple belt. Your dedication to training shows your commitment to mastering this martial art.

Brown Belt: Fine-tuning Abilities

The brown belt is the second highest rank you can achieve in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. This stage shows technical know-how, complex combinations, and a solid game plan.

Brown belts become experts in specific areas of BJJ and exploit others' weaknesses.

To reach this level, practitioners dedicate 2-4 more years after their purple belt. The journey from purple to brown is about improving and polishing your skills.

Black Belt: Embodiment of Mastery

The black belt epitomizes the highest level of achievement in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Black belts have a lot of skill and experience and can perform techniques with precision. Being a black belt means overcoming years of blood, sweat, and tears on the mat, a testament to your hard work.

As a black belt, you will learn, push your limits, and teach others in BJJ. After getting your brown belt, it usually takes three to five more years to achieve this status. But remember, earning this rank is just a new beginning.

We guide our students on their Brazilian jiu-jitsu journey at Electric City BJJ. The purpose of our journey in Brazilian jiu-jitsu goes beyond belt promotions. It is about continuously improving and understanding the art. Together, we will conquer the challenges and celebrate your growth in jiu-jitsu.

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