How long does it take to get a BJJ black Belt? (hours)

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  1. ocarey2

    ocarey2 Green Belt

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    I know this question has probably been done to death and before anyone asks I'm not asking because I want to get fast tracked to black belt I'm just interested to know how long it takes. BJJ training is primarily to supplement my Judo for me so my rank in BJJ is irrelevant to me I just think it is an interesting topic.

    A quick Google search gives me an answer of 8-10 years with a natural distribution curve associated I suspect, However I don't really think judging it in years is a very good way to establish the effort and commitment required to achieve said rank.

    Therefore I am wondering if any of you guys could give an insight into how many hours on the mat it requires on average (peak of the bell curve) to get to that level.

    If you care to give an estimate of the hours you have spent on the mat (include any relevant cross training separately) that would be helpful too.

    I'm trying to compare the average level of skill of a black belt in BJJ to that of a black belt in Judo (in their respective disciplines.)
     
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    Look at the Ibjjf rankings, you'll then get an idea of how it should be.
     
  5. Balto

    Balto Silver Belt

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    I probably have 2500-3000 hours. I'm a purple belt.
     
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    smart.feller Beer Drinker

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    meh...just train.
     
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    smart.feller Beer Drinker

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    Who has time to train 15 hours a week for any extended period of time?
     
  8. ocarey2

    ocarey2 Green Belt

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    Have you had many long interruptions etc?
     
  9. Balto

    Balto Silver Belt

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    Nope I have been very consistent over nine years. I guess when I had my knee surgeries, I was out for about a month each. But I was still on the mat even if I wasn't actively training. I just watched and helped new guys a little.
     
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    ABout 2 weeks.

    I bought mine from a Nigerian online along with a graduation paper that I didnt pick up years ago.
     
  11. loyalyolayal

    loyalyolayal Gold Belt

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    over 9000.
     
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    Many people do - I have for the past couple of years, often more. I work a 42 hour week and train 15-20 hours a week.
     
  13. ocarey2

    ocarey2 Green Belt

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    How are you not dead?

    That leaves you less than 5 hours of free time a day not including time to shower, cook, clean, travel to and from the gym and work, get ready for training, get ready for work etc which basically means you have no free time (i've included 8 hours sleep in there)
     
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  14. Rumo

    Rumo White Belt

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    People on the internet are normally exaggerating.
     
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    Einarr Banned Banned

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    I don't do much else except train in my free time.

    Monday - 1.5 hours Freestyle Wrestling, 1 hour nogi BJJ
    Tuesday - 2 hours BJJ, 1.5 hours Judo
    Wednesday - 2 hours BJJ, 1.5 hours Judo
    Thursday - 3 hours BJJ
    Friday - 2 hours Judo
    Saturday - 2 hours Judo

    Then I do half an hour of kettlebells every other morning before work. I occasionally do anoher two hours of BJJ on Saturday and on national holidays do a 2 hour day class.
     
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    ocarey2 Green Belt

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    You must live pretty close to the gym and to work then.
     
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    5 minutes walk to work, 20 minutes to my main gym.
     
  18. smart.feller

    smart.feller Beer Drinker

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    I'd love to be able to train 15 hours a week, but due to things like a full time job that takes up 45 hours a week, being a father, having a girlfriend, and not being young and able to bounce back like I used to from hard training, it's just not an option. I'm happy to get in 4.5-5 hours a week of BJJ training myself.
     
  19. mixmaster staph

    mixmaster staph Green Belt

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    It varies wildly depending on the individual and the guy giving the black belt.
     
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    I believe its around 10,000 Hours??
     

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