Belt system and degrees/stripes

THIRD CHAPTER

First Paragraph – White, grey, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple and brown belts have 5 levels each: clear belt plus 4 degrees/stripes. It is up to each instructor to award the stripes in each of these belts.

Second Paragraph – The black belt is divided in seven different levels: clear black belt plus 6 degrees/stripes that can only be awarded by the IBJJF according to the following criteria:

  1. 1. Only athletes who are 19 years of age or older can be awarded a black belt
  2. 2. In order to request the black belt certificate it is necessary to be currently affiliated to the IBJJF, have gone through a first aid course and be approved in the referee course over the previous 12 months.
  3. 3. You may request your 1st degree after 3 years as a black belt. In order to do so it is required that you have renewed your IBJJF membership card every year during the period, have gone through a first aid course and be approved in the referee course over the previous 12 months.
  4. 4. You may request your 2nd or 3rd degrees 3 years after being awarded the previous degree. It is required that you have renewed your IBJJF membership card every year during the period, have gone through a first aid course and be approved in the referee course over the previous 12 months.
  5. 5. You may request your 4th, 5th or 6th degrees 5 years after being awarded the previous degree. In order to do so you need to:
  • - renew your IBJJF membership card every year during the 5-year period.
  • - be approved in the IBJJF official referee course over the previous 12 months.
  • - be listed as the main instructor or assistant instructor in a school that has renewed its membership to the IBJJF over the previous 5 years OR provide the degree form signed by a certified black belt no lower than 2nd degree who is the main instructor in a school that has renewed its membership to the IBJJF over the previous 5 years.
  • 6. You may request the red and black belt 7th degree 7 years after being awarded the 6th degree. In order to do so you need to:
    • - renew your IBJJF membership card every year during the 7-year period.
    • - be approved in the IBJJF official referee course over the previous 12 months.
    • - be listed as the main instructor or assistant instructor in a school that has renewed its membership to the IBJJF over the previous 7 years OR provide the degree form signed by a certified black belt no lower than 2nd degree who is the main instructor in a school that has renewed its membership to the IBJJF over the previous 7 years.
  • 7. You may request the 8th degree in your red and black belt 7 years after being awarded the 7th degree. In order to do so you need to:
    • - renew your IBJJF membership card every year during the 7-year period.
    • - be approved in the IBJJF official referee course over the previous 12 months.
    • - be listed as the main instructor or assistant instructor in a school that has renewed its membership to the IBJJF over the previous 7 years OR provide the degree form signed by a certified black belt no lower than 2nd degree who is the main instructor in a school that has renewed its membership to the IBJJF over the previous 7 years.
  • 8.You may request the 9th degree in your red and black belt 10 years after being awarded the 8th degree. In order to do so you need to:
    • - renew your IBJJF membership card every year during the 10-year period.
    • - be approved in the IBJJF official referee course over the previous 12 months.
      - be listed as the main instructor or assistant instructor in a school that has renewed its membership to the IBJJF over the previous 10 years OR provide the degree form signed by a certified black belt no lower than 2nd degree who is the main instructor in a school that has renewed its membership to the IBJJF over the previous 10 years.
      9. In case you do not renew your IBJJF membership card and/or your school’s membership to the IBJJF in a specific year, that year will not count in the minimum time required to obtain a new degree.
      10. The 10th degree red belt is limited to the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Carlos, Oswaldo, George, Gastão and Hélio Gracie, also known as the Gracie Brothers.