Is going from Blue to Purple in a year too fast?

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  1. Chum Slam

    Chum Slam Blue Belt

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    My instructor hinted that I will be getting my Purple belt this december, that makes it a calendar year since I received my Blue. I already have 2 stripes. What do you guys think?
     
  2. bnosam

    bnosam Green Belt

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    Doesn't matter what we think, it matters what your instructor thinks
     
  3. pailum117

    pailum117 Blue Belt

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    ACCORDING TO THE IBJJF (the final word on jiu jitsu rules) you have to spend 2 YEARS minimum at blue belt to be awarded purple.

    However...

    Not everyone follows that and if your competition record is above and beyond your peers or you dominate everyone in the academy then you deserve it. Especially if you are a ricardo almeida student, I don't think anyone is going question his authority in the matter.
     
  4. djbrujoh

    djbrujoh Yellow Belt

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    How many hours a week or month do you put on the mat?
    how many hours per stripe?
     
  5. anaconda

    anaconda Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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    How long were you a white?

    Do you compete? Which competitions and what results?

    How often do you train?
     
  6. Chum Slam

    Chum Slam Blue Belt

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    3x a week for 2.5 hours a night, and Saturday for about 1.5 hours.

    How many hours a week or month do you put on the mat?
    See above

    how many hours per stripe?
    See above


    My direct instructors are Ricardo Black Belts.
     
  7. Chum Slam

    Chum Slam Blue Belt

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    lol somehow I quoted my own answer in the reply.
     
  8. Wrestleben

    Wrestleben Brown Belt

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    Nevermind....you answered my questions in your quote. It's fast, but it's up to your instructor.
     
  9. DirtyCrabcakes

    DirtyCrabcakes Orange Belt

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    Sorry, if this comes off as a "dickish" question but what is special about December? I mean, if you've only been a blue for 6 or seven months, it seems odd that he/she would be hinting at the promotion 5 months before it happened. Does he want to promote you now, but waiting for that magical 1 year mark?

    Keep in mind that I asking this as a white belt who will likely come on here in a few years asking "is 4 years too long to be a white belt?" :redface:
     
  10. Chum Slam

    Chum Slam Blue Belt

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    It's cool. There is a Black Belt ceremony in December and he hinted at the ceremony would be when I will get it. Also hinted that 2 stripes in 6 months is on pace for Purple in December.
     
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    bora y Purple Belt

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    congrats bro. it's pretty fast, but it happens a lot so i wouldn't worry over it.
     
  12. DirtyCrabcakes

    DirtyCrabcakes Orange Belt

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    OK, that makes sense.
     
  13. kingwilly

    kingwilly Yellow Belt

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    It's definitely fast especially considering it's coming from Ricardo Almeida who comes from Renzo Gracie who comes from Gracie Barra. Yes, they're not following their own rules. Blue to purple is usually the longest time one spends at a belt but then again not everyone thinks the same. The Machados, for example (who also come from Gracie Barra), believe the biggest jump is from purple to brown (at least what I've read on them).

    Like people already said, though, your instructor would know best. Afterall, look at BJ Penn.
     
  14. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    most schools have a grading in December and one in mid year for the guys that missed out on the last December graduation.

    2 stripes in 6 months and purple in 1 year is really weird for me.
     
  15. keynote

    keynote Purple Belt

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    I'm coming up on a year at blue in November, and I feel purple is still a very long ways away.

    But if you're ready, you're ready, and your instructors are the ones to judge that.
     
  16. DirtyCrabcakes

    DirtyCrabcakes Orange Belt

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    Interesting. I think our school just gives out belts whenever, usually after a major competition. We don't do stripes either. I don't even know if we have official "grading" or "testing." Not 100% sure about that though.
     
  17. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    just think of it like an university program where you have the final exam and graduation at the end of each year.

    In Brasil, they just put a list of candidates on the wall and if you are not on it. too bad, just keep training.

    that way, people just keep training and do not worry about belts.
     
  18. xcydal

    xcydal I am in here.

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    Technically yes, but if you're on that level than you're on that level.

    No offence intended, but it is strange to reach purple in 3 years with a .750 win ratio and no championships, but maybe you had tough competition? Either way, if you're instructor promotes you and feels that you are ready - you're ready.
     
  19. Chum Slam

    Chum Slam Blue Belt

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    I honestly would not mind if I ever got promoted, I train for the love of the art. I have told my Professors many times that I do not expect anything and will work hard regardless of belt rank or promotions. I think I echo the mindset of most BJJ guys with that.
     
  20. lechien

    lechien Gold Belt

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    Is one year from blue to purple common in your club?
     

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