Adult Rank Testing at Kaizen BJJ Plymouth
BJJ tests cover only ground technique. Our BJJ tests are mostly done with the gi (uniform), but can include no gi, especially at the higher levels. They also include leg locks, which also differs from most BJJ ranking.
Tests start with demonstration of the techniques required for that rank, and then rolling. Tests last 60-90 minutes, and is run by our Head Instructor, Ryan Fiorenzi.
To achieve the blue belt, it generally takes 1-2 years. To move on to each of the next ranks is generally 2-3 years between belts. This varies from person to person- how fast they learn, how much time they spend training, what their previous experience level is in grappling, etc. There are 4 stripes on each belt before black. The ranks are white, blue, purple, brown, and black.
Students have the option of getting testing in Muay Thai on a regular basis. For more information, speak to our Muay Thai Instructor, Daniel Levine.
Testing is done by Ted Tripp, Head Judo Instructor at Kaizen BJJ Plymouth.
The average time to black belt is 4 years, depending on how often you train, and if you compete. Rank is awarded based on a point system. If you train 2 days per week for one year (approximately 100 classes), you would earn 10 points. You must earn 30 points in order to test for black belt. Competition also earns you points.
The belts with different time requirements are white, yellow (minimum 3 months at this level to test for next rank), orange (minimum 5 months at this level to test for next rank), green (minimum 6 months at this level to test for next rank), brown (Sankyu) (minimum 8 months at this level to test for next rank), brown (Nikyu) (minimum 10 months at this level to test for next rank), brown (Ikkyu) (minimum 10 months at this level to test for next rank), and black.