One of the interesting things about Brazilian jiu-jitsu is that there is no widely adopted book that says how just about anything should be done. Like many martial arts, BJJ has a belt system (white -> blue -> purple -> brown -> black) to track students’ progress. For the most part, the skill level of people wearing a certain belt color is consistent and you know what that person will be like on the mats.
However the manner in which belts are awarded varies significantly between jiu-jitsu academies. This thread posed the question to forum-goers to discuss what the practices at their schools are like, and we received an email from Ross Finlayson, a longtime listener of our humble BJJ podcast who suggested that we include the question in one of our weekly BJJ Polls. (Ross is becoming the Pollster in Chief around here with all his ideas!) So here you go!
How are belt promotions handled where you train? Vote in the poll above and feel free to share your experiences in the comments section of this post. We will discuss this a bit in tomorrow’s episode of The FightWorks Podcast.