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.