In BJJ, as a wise man once said, it’s not the student who receives the belt; it’s the belt that receives the student. A graduation takes place naturally, like a prize for one’s effort, dedication and attitude. Herein lies the democratic beauty of Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is the teacher, and only the teacher, who knows whether the student deserves the “promotion.”
And what changes from one stage to the next? For example, what differentiates a blue-belt from a white-belt? Is it just technique and experience? Or is there something more substantial and subjective separating them?
In search of definitions for this noble and populous class of BJJ blue-belts, today Graciemag reminds you that deep down, a blue-belt is just a white-belt who…
… came back the next day.
… learned to glue their hips on the mat.
… always makes a move with a plan-B up their sleeve.
… doesn’t lose the armbar from the mount every time, for they know to weigh down the leg.
… arrives early to train.
… doesn’t tap out saying, “Whew, I’m exhausted.”
… has understood the concept of the main positions, and doesn’t just repeat what is shown like a robot.
… moves all parts of their body in harmony, and doesn’t forget to use their legs when they use their arms.
… studies BJJ outside the gym, with a little help from Graciemag.
… gives their teacher more pride than work.
You think a blue-belt is a white-belt who has learned what? Let us know below.