This week’s BJJ Poll comes to us from Rich in New York, who wrote to us and said:
I have a question for you to consider for your weekly poll. It concerns the use of stripes and whether everyone’s academy issues stripes to mark progress during one’s BJJ training. My academy uses the stripe system, with 4 stripes being the maximum before a new belt is issued, but I have heard that some academies do not use any stripe system. I think this would make for an interesting poll question.
Great question from another member of the Mighty 600,000! Stripes on one’s jiu-jitsu belt are something that I do believe vary among schools. In some jiu-jitsu academies, stripes are an eagerly anticipated milestone that mark improvement and an impending promotion to the next belt rank. In others jiu-jitsu schools the instructors offer no stripes at all, preferring to simply stick with the individual colored belts alone as indicators of skill in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
So what’s it like where you train? Does your school use stripes on the belts? Let us know in the poll above, and be sure to leave a comment below!