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In order 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 himself.

Standards of Belt Testing

Rickson 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.

Technical 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.

The Association 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.

The Association 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.

Belt Testing

  • Belt test requirements for all levels are available upon request in the Association office.
  • Only Association Black Belt Instructors, certified in Belt Testing, are allowed to perform belt tests.
  • All Belt Tests are scheduled directly through the Association Office.
  • Upon passing the Belt Test, members will receive an Official Rank Certificate within 60 days.
  • Rickson Gracie and the Official Student Instructor must be present for the administration of a Black Belt Test.