At Tri-force jiu-jitsu academy, belt accreditation depends on the improvement level of the individual. In order to receive a belt at a corresponding level; three factors are taken into account, those being experience, ability and technical skill. These three factors are taken into consideration when we evaluate; and all members are evaluated equally under this system.
For experience, the number of days spent practising is considered. Every belt level has a specified completion period. The practice days and the completion period of each belt level are divided into four phases, and stripes (class) are awarded each time each phase is cleared. The number of stripes indicates how much training an individual has undertaken.
The ability of an individual can be measured through sparring or by their performance in competition. At Tri-force, Jiu-jitsu is taught on the premise of competition rules. With that in mind, when considering a belt promotion an assessment is made on whether the candidate could demonstrate their ability at competition (regardless of whether the individual actually competes or not). When assessing the ability of a candidate their age and weight are also taken into account.
For technical skill, an evaluation is made in relation to the related skill level of the grade and if the necessary requirements of each belt level have been met. For white and blue belt the basic curriculum is used, for blue and purple belt the advanced curriculum is used, moving to the Master curriculum for purple and brown belt. With all of these levels in mind the acquisition of the technical skill of each level is required before a promotion is made.
*Exemption rules for the technique examination
Affiliated/certified school members outside Japan are exempted from taking the exam. Non-Japanese members in Japan who are considered to have difficulty taking the technique exam due to language or other problems may be exempted from taking the exam. Please consult your head instructor.
The white belt is the first belt that an individual wears when they begin. Beginners learn from the basic curriculum and in addition they learn how to use their body movement and basic actions safely. For children under the age of 15 the belt color changes from those adults over the age of 16 however in either case the starting point is as a white belt.
Each belt has four levels represented by stripes, beginning from one to four stripes. Stripes are awarded at the meeting of the necessary number of days spent training. The below is a guide to how much practice is typically acquired throughout the training career of an individual.
Requirements to achieve blue belt
– Practice days: 100 days or more
– Period of completion: None in particular
– Technical requirements: Study the Basic curriculum
The first step in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the acquisition of a blue belt. Once acquired, full scale training can begin. Learning from the basic curriculum with a high degree of frequency will help to raise an individual’s level, allowing mastery of the basic curriculum. Once achieved, the individual can begin to learn from the advanced curriculum. The period from blue belt to purple belt is often the longest (with the exception of the black belt), the blue belt often being the belt an individual will wear for the longest time gaining many experiences.
Requirements to achieve purple belt
– Practice days: 240 days or more
– Completion period: 2 years or more
– Technical requirements: Become proficient in the Basic curriculum, study the Advanced curriculum
The purple belt is a level that can be regarded as a definitive achievement in the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It is a proof that an individual has finished long-term study as a Blue belt and has mastered the basic curriculum to a high level. Furthermore the individual also has a wide range of knowledge of the advanced curriculum. As a purple belt, please strive to evolve to a level where you have mastery of the technical skills learned during blue belt life and furthermore look to study the master curriculum. The purple belt is a belt that should generally be acquired within 3 to 5 years.
Requirements to achieve brown belt
– Practice days: 200 days or more
– Period of completion: 1 year 6 months or more
– Technical requirements: Become proficient in the Advanced curriculum, study the Master curriculum
– Certification requirements: Basic exam 1st grade passed
The brown belt is a belt that can be considered expert level in jiu-jitsu. Brown belt individuals should master the advanced curriculum to a high level. As a brown belt, to be proficient in the master curriculum, individuals should look to achieve mastery of offensive tactics during competition, be proficient in ankle techniques and also be able to perform both with and without a gi (NO-GI) to the corresponding level. A brown belt can usually be achieved after 5 to 7 years of training.
Requirement to achieve black belt
– Practice days: 220 days or more
– Completion period: 1 year or more
– Technical requirements: Become proficient in the Master curriculum
– Certification requirements: Advanced exam passed
The black belt is the highest ranked belt awarded to members as a certificate of completion at Tri-force Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Mastery of the following two areas to a high level is required; all of the Tri-force curriculums and tactical proficiency in competition. The black belt is generally achieved after 8 to 10 years of training.
Belt color for kids
Grey belt (4 to 15 years old)
Yellow belt (7 to 15 years old)
Orange belt (10 to 15 year old)
Green belt (13 to 15 years old)
Members from the black belt can apply for their new degree according to the regulation below.
Application form of degree
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree can be requested only after a minimum period of 3 years from the previous graduation.
The 4th, 5th and 6th degree can be requested only after a minimum period of 5 years from the previous graduation.
The 7th degree of red and black belt can be requested only after a period of 7 years from the previous graduation.
The 8th degree of red and white belt can be requested only after a period of 7 years from the previous graduation.
The 9th degree of red belt can only be applied after a minimum period of 10 years from the previous graduation.