A student preparing to learn Gracie Jiu Jitsu in the Fall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has asked this question :
"How is the belt system in jiu-jitsu different from Karate and other forms of martial arts?"
Just like colleges, martial arts schools establish their own criteria for achieving recognition.
As a Certified Training Center under Gracie University (GU), we are qualified to speak about rank promotions through GU.
Students start at white belt and their attendance is tracked on a Gracie Combatives card. Every 20 lessons they receive a stripe on their belt. The stripes signify class time and have no representation on the mastery of any material.
When the student shows mastery of the material in the Gracie Combatives program, they will be eligible to test for the Gracie Combatives belt, a white belt with a blue stripe running through the center.
The student who has attained a Gracie Combatives belt should have the reflexes ready to protect themselves in most typical "street fight" scenarios.
for complete details on the Gracie University belt and testing system click here.
It is important to note that more emphasis should be given on each student's mindset to enjoy the journey rather than rank promotion.