How Many Belts in Jiu Jitsu?

October 11, 2020

The Jiu Jitsu belt system was developed to show the students progression throughout the sport, giving a visual representation of their skills. Belts and stripes can only be given by black belt instructors that have typically watched the student grow over the years.

Jiu Jitsu Belt system


Jiu Jitsu has 8 Belts in total for adults with 4 other belts for kids under the age of 16. This belt system has been in place for generations and is the foundation of your progress through Jiu Jitsu.

White Belt

White belt is where every Jiu Jitsu practitioner begins. It is not only the first belt in the Jiu Jitsu system, but also a symbolic marker of the journey that every student goes through at some point in their journey.

Blue Belt

The blue belt is the 2nd Rank in Jiu Jitsu and marks hundreds of hours on the mats, but also shows that the student understands all the fundamentals and understand how to apply these techniques properly. The average blue belt is said to be able to easily take down a larger untrained opponent.

Purple Belt

The purple belt shows the Jiu Jitsu practitioner has refined their skills to an expert level, which often leads them to instructing. Purple belt still takes many years of training, at an average of 4-6 years of mat experience to reach this level.

Brown Belt

Brown belt requires between 5-8 years of experience and is typically a time when the practitioner works to refine their skills. This practitioner typically is working on the small details that a lesser belt may not be able to identify, but also gaining valuable experience.

Black Belt

Like most martial arts, black belt is the highest belt that is typically awarded. Black belt shows advanced mastery of Jiu Jitsu, not only in execution, but also in instruction. The rank of Black Belt can take more than a decade, but shows great dedication to the art.

Black & Red Belt

This is awarded when the jiu jitsu black belt reaches his 7th degree.

Red & White Belt

This is awarded when the jiu jitsu black belt reaches his 8th degree.

Red Belt

Royler and Renzo Gracie described the red belt as one of the greatest honors in Jiu Jitsu and is reserved for the practitioners that have influenced the sport and pushed the limits. This can be done either by their fame & accomplishments, techniques, or any other relevant contribution they have made to the sport.


Stripes are markers in your journey that signify where you are within that belt rank. Each stripe brings you closer to the next belt, but also signifies that you are progressing within that belt rank. Typically, there are 4 stripes and at the 5th stripe earned students would be promoted to the next belt level.

Additionally, stripes help keep students motivated in their journey as well as letting them know they are progressing. The jiu jitsu journey takes many years, and it is helpful to have these markers in place to show the path as well as motivate others around the student to work for the same goal.

Kids Belts

White Belt

Just like with the adults, all students no matter the age start at white belt. This is the most common belt in Jiu Jitsu and signifies the journey the student is about to embark on.

Grey Belt

Grey Belt is an intermediate belt, with typically a year or more of training. This belt shows that the child is understanding fundamentals and has a commitment to jiu jitsu.

Yellow Belt

Yellow belt is the middle of the pack when it comes to kids jiu jitsu. This belt shows the student has a strong understanding of fundamentals but also has the ability to chain attacks and defense together.


Orange belt is the first of the advanced belt in children’s jiu jitsu belts. The orange belt shows strong technique and typically is reserved for kids that are active in competitions as well as many hours on the mats.

Green Belt

Green belt is the highest belt for kids under the age of 16. This shows that the student understands the technique, is active in competition and is ready for the next level once age permits.

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