BJJ Red Belts?

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by theProdigy, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. theProdigy

    theProdigy Orange Belt

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    Was reading up here: http://bjj.org/a/ranks.html And was a bit puzzled by the inclusion of 10th degree Red Belts and 9th and 8th degree Red and Black Belts. Saw a picture of Helio Gracie and sure enough he was brandishing a Red belt. Can someone explain to me the inclusion of a Red belt? I was under the impression Black was the best for BJJ (as most other arts). Thanks
     
  2. Hawaii 5-O

    Hawaii 5-O Banned Banned

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    Nah Red is the best you can do i think...
     
  3. monkey roll

    monkey roll Green Belt

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    it's a ranke that's more then about skill
     
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    -= ISO =- drunk-jitsu black belt

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    If Helio is wearing red, then red is the best. If Helio is wearing white, then white is the best.
     
  5. Timothy Moore

    Timothy Moore Amateur Fighter

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    Good point.
     
  6. lallinho

    lallinho Red Belt

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  7. u2october4

    u2october4 White Belt

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    i think red belt signifies the "grand master of BJJ", hence only helio gracie has the honor wearing the red blety (being the only living grand master of BJJ,)
     
  8. BAND1T0NE

    BAND1T0NE Blue Belt

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    go to Kflo's school. they give belts away .
     
  9. burn-boy

    burn-boy Black Belt

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    helio rocks - watch a show on discovery called " go warrior "

    and they had royler and helio - awsome dude
     
  10. NCMMAfan

    NCMMAfan Guest

    The way I understood it, the red belt is basically given to people who have been black belts for a long time. The only two I can think of that have a red belt are Helio and Rorion.
     
  11. Brandinho

    Brandinho Guest

    It is reserved for those that advance the sport above and beyond any others.
     
  12. joey_halen2000

    joey_halen2000 Blue Belt

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  13. MenTaLPiRacY**

    MenTaLPiRacY** Banned Banned

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    OMG! what if he was wearing rainbow with lil butterfly stickers on them!!!
     
  14. UFChvwghtchamp

    UFChvwghtchamp Orange Belt

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    red means grandmaster red and black is the next step down
     
  15. Guards

    Guards Blue Belt

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    If I remember correctly, Once you attain the BJJ black belt, you advance one 'rank' in Black(or one 'degree') every 3 years. A 10th Degree becomes red, and signifies at least 30 years of maintaining regular practice in the art of BJJ AFTER you attain your black. There are other criteria behind the belt, such as status and influence to the sport. Right now, wearing the Red Belt in BJJ is so rare of a privilege that it's basically a billboard proclaiming 'I made this entire art. I've created and forgotten more techniques than you'll ever learn.'
     
  16. Bob_Shamrock

    Bob_Shamrock Purple Belt

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    thanks for your answer.

    Helio is the man, without a doubt.
     
  17. cheeba85

    cheeba85 Orange Belt

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    Rorion has a red belt too.
     
  18. Sunrise

    Sunrise Blue Belt

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    In some forms of martial arts a red belt is given to someone who though no longer posses the power to defeat a black belt has the greater knowledge.

    Helio could not beat Rickson, or Royce etc but has the greater knowledge.
     
  19. paulchu

    paulchu Guest

    Helio, Rorion, and Carlson (the one who taught Helio) all have red belts as far as I know. No one earns a red belt as you would earn any other belt. They are only given to certain members for merit. I wouldn't be surprised if Rorion and maybe just one more brother got the red belt.

     
  20. Reveen

    Reveen Purple Belt

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    As I understand it 8th & 9th dan in BJJ have a belt that is red & black; the purely red belt is for 10th dan and you have to be a Gracie to reach such a level.

    Also in some karate styles red belt is higher than black belt, 5th dan & above, I think.
     

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