Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Experienced Ju Jitsu coach Professor Oswaldo Ornellas Neto of Trifecta Martial Arts will be happy to answer your questions. Simply drop your question in the question box below and he will try to get back to you at his soonest.

How does the Jiu Jitsu ranking work? And also, what kind of physical risks will I be exposing myself to when I do BJJ?


The International Brazilian Jiujitsu Federation (IBJJF) is the world governing body for Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ). In 2013, it systematised the belt ranking system to include separate ranks for children (between ages of 5 to 15) and ranks for adults (over 16 years old). All beginners, regardless of age, start at white belt. They then have to earn four white stripes in order to progress to the next rank. Depending on the BJJ school you train with, the stripes may be granted based on your training commitment, your skill proficiency or some combination of the two.
 
For adult ranks, the colours are white, blue, purple, brown and black, in successive order.
For children's ranks, the colours are white, grey group, yellow group, orange group and green group. A teenager who has attained the yellow or orange belt by the time he/she is 16 may be promoted to the adult rank of blue belt. A teenager who has attained the green belt by that same age may be promoted to the adult rank of purple belt, at the discretion of his/her professor.
 
The risks associated with BJJ are similar to what you see in most contact sports (e.g. bumps and bruising, soreness). When you are starting out, it is crucial that you learn the correct technique and form, under the close supervision of a qualified instructor (as opposed to Professor YouTube!), so that you do not develop bad habits that could injure yourself and/or your training partner!

How does the Jiu Jitsu ranking work? And also, what kind of physical risks will I be exposing myself to when I do BJJ?


The International Brazilian Jiujitsu Federation (IBJJF) is the world governing body for Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ). In 2013, it systematised the belt ranking system to include separate ranks for children (between ages of 5 to 15) and ranks for adults (over 16 years old). All beginners, regardless of age, start at white belt. They then have to earn four white stripes in order to progress to the next rank. Depending on the BJJ school you train with, the stripes may be granted based on your training commitment, your skill proficiency or some combination of the two.
 
For adult ranks, the colours are white, blue, purple, brown and black, in successive order.
For children's ranks, the colours are white, grey group, yellow group, orange group and green group. A teenager who has attained the yellow or orange belt by the time he/she is 16 may be promoted to the adult rank of blue belt. A teenager who has attained the green belt by that same age may be promoted to the adult rank of purple belt, at the discretion of his/her professor.
 
The risks associated with BJJ are similar to what you see in most contact sports (e.g. bumps and bruising, soreness). When you are starting out, it is crucial that you learn the correct technique and form, under the close supervision of a qualified instructor (as opposed to Professor YouTube!), so that you do not develop bad habits that could injure yourself and/or your training partner!

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