The Gracies are considered the first family of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). They attained perfection in their ground-and-pound combat on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Gracie Jiu Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) was founded by brothers Carlos and Helio Gracie in 1925. Carlos was trained by the Japanese jiu-jitsu master, Maeda Hatsui. Carlos was a brilliant street fighter who incorporated Hatsui’s grappling techniques with Western-style boxing.
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the color of your belt signifies what rank you are and more importantly is a gauge for how much technique and skill you possess. There is a lot if controversy with the belting system, as the level of a black belt in one gym could only be a purple belt in a more competitive one. In this BJJ Belts Colors Guide, we shall talk about each belt level without bias and based on the true essence and concept of what the ideal practitioner should attain. This is what your skills and technique should be at for each BJJ color belt.