How long does it take to advance from white belt in BJJ?

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  1. dsyh9418 White Belt

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    Is there a test that the instructors give to see if you're ready?
    At my BJJ gym the next belt after white is green belt. I thought the next belt was blue belt? I'm kind of confused on that part. Also, when can I start sparring?
    I just started BJJ at 17 years old.
     
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  2. Pierced7681 Brown Belt

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    There's like a two year wait between white belt and blue belt, unless of course you have previous grappling experience or are a natural and learn quick.

    i think some schools use green belts as a way to make the transition from white to blue easier.
     
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  3. Commissar Gold Belt

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    I don't know if you are following juvenile BJJ ranks, but it sounds like it.

    You get promoted when you deserve to be. You just started, so don't expect it anytime soon.

    You either start sparring from day one, or after the instructor determines you are comfortable doing so. Whatever your gym rules are.

    These are questions that could easily be directed to your instructor, as he would have better answers related to you than we would.
     
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    Caio Terra and Darlynson Lira give adults yellow orange and green belts, I think i remember even seeing a fully grown grey belt at Caio's school
     
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  6. Jagcorps_esq Red Belt

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    Some schools have added green belts between white and blue, not all.

    That being said, don't worry about "how long it takes."

    Train. Then train some more. Then train some more again.

    Then rest a little.

    Then train again.







































    Then train.
     
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  7. CJrider Purple Belt

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    Depends entirely on you, don't focus on the belt focus on how to start gaining the upper hand when you are rolling and how to get out of bad positions, how to transition and defend.

    It didn't take me too long but I was training 5 days a week sometimes twice a day.

    If you are planning on doing classes every single day twice a day all summer and like watching gracie breakdowns and lessons on your time off then it won't be long, but be patient and worry more about your skills than the belt, you can learn everything you want regardless what belt you have

    To answer give yourself a year at least to just learn everything you can
     
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  8. HorrorBiz Purple Belt

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    Dedication. Consistency. Matt time. Tourny result.
     
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  9. Jiujitsurican Blue Belt

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    Sounds like Robson's belt curriculum. I visited an saw some grown ass green belts. But it's normally anytime from 8-16 months. It all depends on your attendance and training.
     
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  10. Striderxdj Brown Belt

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    6 months to 2 years is what I would say is the norm, depending on:

    Do you compete? How often? How well do you do when you compete?
    How often do you go to class? Do you stay late/come early to roll?
    How long have you been training?
    How well do you preform against people with the same belt? Higher belts?
    Do you have any previous grappling experience? How much?
    Do you have a basic understanding of the moves being demonstrated? Do you see transitions from those moves to other moves?

    Other than that, some schools promote faster/slower than others for various reasons (Sandbagging for tourney prestige, more $$, strict traditional instruction criteria, etc.) The best thing to do is not worry about when you will get that next belt/stripe and just worry about getting better... any time spent thinking about those things could be better spent thinking "What can I do to improve my guard/grips/submissions/sweeps/etc.
     
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  11. Cint Risen

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    Saulo does the green belt too.
     
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  13. stlrph Orange Belt

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  14. stlrph Orange Belt

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    so does American Top Team
     
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  15. TheMadHatter Red Belt

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    there is no "sparring" in BJJ
     
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  16. KGB256 Purple Belt

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    Forever, for some people. :icon_chee

    For the rest, it can be anywhere from a few months to a few years. It really depends on you, and to a lesser extent on your instructor. Some learn faster than others, some train more than others, etc.
     
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    Back in the late 90's early 00's it was common for it to take 2-3 years. Nowadays promotions seem to come much faster. I rarely saw a terrible blue belt back then but it seems like now the newly promoted blues can either be pretty good or horrible.
     
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  18. KAFish Banned

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    When I started in January this year, I had a goal of getting my blue belt in a year. That was before I knew anything. If I was in my 20s maybe, but I'm 41. Now my thought is, I would rather be a badass, scary white belt than a mediocre blue belt. After 6 months, I am just approaching mediocre white belt status. Don't rush it.
     
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  19. chaps Brown Belt

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    BJJ isn't like other Traditional Martial Arts where there are 8-9 belts and you get a new one every 6 months.

    You should not even be thinking about belts and getting promoted when you're starting out. We have belt exams every 6 months and I was a white belt for 15 months before I got my blue belt. Others get it quicker, and others take longer. Besides, it's not because you get promoted that you're instantly better. You're just as good as you were a week ago even though you're a higher belt now.

    Just concentrate on training, showing up and improving and the belts will take care of themselves.
     
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  20. TheHereticJay I scoff at your belt rankings

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    My goal is a blue belt before I'm 26, purple before 29, brown before 31, and black before 35. I'm 23 now. Patience young grasshopper, for the rushing wave will soon crash. But the steady tide shall continue to rise.

    I made that last part up...I should be some cheesy kung fu guru!
     
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