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Sydney Jiu-Jitsu, like many other Brazilian Jiu-jitsu academies has a stripe and grading system.

The system is there to reward students for their progression throughout their Jiu-Jitsu journey. Some may see progression faster then others, however it is important to remember that progression in BJJ is independent to all students of the art. One should not see stripes and belt colours as their main goals; but rather prioritise improvement in technique, cardio, composure or even humility and life style choices off the mats.


All ages of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu start on a white belt. Adults will typically earn a stripe on average every 6 months. Though again, this is dependent on progression and attendance. Some may earn stripes and belt promotions faster. This is always up to your Professors discretion. Each belt can earn a maximum of 4 stripes.
Adults will usually spend 2-3 years on each belt colour (including white).

The adult belt list is as follows:

  • White
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Brown
  • Black

There are colours that go on after black belts, nevertheless you must spend a minimum of 31 years on a black belt to reach them!


The kids striping and belt system is a little different and a bit more complex.

There are 5 Kids belt colours (including the white belt):

  • White
  • Grey
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Green

Each belt colour (excluding white) has the same 3 sub colours. For example: The grey belt has a; Grey white, Solid Grey, and a Grey black belt. The Yellow belt has: Yellow white, Solid Yellow, and a Yellow black belt. Etc.

The striping system is different to the adults. In order of hierarchy there are:

  • White stripes
  • Red Stripes
  • Black Stripes

There are 12 stripes total for each belt.
Each stripe can be earnt after a period of 1 month, however a minimum of 8 classes per month

must be attended by the child to earn that stripe.

There are 5 Key considerations when your Professor deliberates eligibility for stripes and belt promotions, regardless of being an Adult or Child.

  • Attendance: Has the student kept a consistent attendance throughout their training or have they taken long breaks in between.
  • Behaviour: Has the student been respectful to his peers and has he conducted himself well outside the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
  • Level of training: Does the student train hard and apply himself when learning technique and during the sparring rounds.
  • Competition: This is never compulsory, though the best way to test the skills you have learnt are in a competitive environment.
  • Grade Test: Our belt promotions require a physical test to evaluate skill In Brazilian-Jiu-Jitsu and self-defence.

We care about our students and will be watching closely too see how is ready for the next step up.

See you at the Academy.

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