Kids Grading

We are a member of the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu federation, the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation or IBJJF and thus follow their guidelines for minimum times spent at each belt before promoting our students, see table below.

Unlike many other martial arts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu does not have an agreed upon standard required for each belt and each degree. Grading is traditionally done subjectively, by the head coach based on martial skill on a case by case basis.


Stripes (or degrees) are awarded based on martial skill, however we also use them to reinforce the following traits: persistence, focus, teamwork and leadership.

  • At the end of every school term (4 per year) there will be a grading day where the kids progress will be reviewed. Typically kids will be awarded:

    • No stripes when their is room for improvement.

    • 1 Stripe for good progress.

    • 2+ Stripes for exceptional progress.

  • Four stripes are required for a child to progress to the next belt.

  • As a last resort - stripes may also be taken away during term to reinforce the behaviors mentioned above.

  • As kids move through the colored belts we progressively grade them more conservatively (to a higher standard).

  • The more classes kids attend the faster they will develop skills and

The decision to award or takeaway stripes or belts is ultimately up to the head coach.