to maintain the highest levels of quality in Jiu-Jitsu, a
systematic approach to the Association’s standards is a must.
Through rigorous belt testing, as seen in the explanation
below, consistent classes by Official Representatives, seminars,
and tournaments, the Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu
Association is striving to maintain standards equal to Rickson
of Belt Testing
Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Association recognizes and
certifies its members on all levels and ranks, which include
White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black colored belts for adults.
For children up to the age of 16, White, Yellow, Orange, and
Green colored belts are given. Each belt has 4 degrees, with
the exception of the Black Belt, which has 10 degrees. A total
of 9 belt tests are offered by the Association. The first
level is the White Belt, Phase 1. All other belt tests consist
of two phases for each level. The Association evaluates each
member’s level of effectiveness, Jiu-Jitsu’s first priority,
as well as their technical skill.
skills involve various levels of demonstration showing movement
and detail, with total or partial capacity of execution. Even
without the member’s ability to demonstrate the desired effectiveness,
a display of knowledge and capability of the technique at
each level will promote advancement.
recognizes and accepts the use of individual qualities, such
as power, speed, instinct, strategy, talent, strength, etc.
Each member can therefore achieve great results even without
complete knowledge of the technique. Without question, the
results are the most important elements as long as the fight
strategy makes sense, and does not involve the use of thoughtless
random movements. When ideal results are achieved, the member
will be given recognition, continuing on to the next level.
will supply Belt Test requirements in order for the member
to prepare for graduation to the next rank. The material is
based on the teaching and is, therefore, quite simple to follow.
The evaluation, however, is focused on the member’s ability
to execute moves in a smooth and natural manner.
test requirements for all levels are available upon request
in the Association office.
Association Black Belt Instructors, certified in Belt Testing,
are allowed to perform belt tests.
Belt Tests are scheduled directly through the Association
passing the Belt Test, members will receive an Official
Rank Certificate within 60 days.
Gracie and the Official Student Instructor must be present
for the administration of a Black Belt Test.