How to get your first belt in BJJ / Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Well, let's clear the confusion first. You earn your white belt the moment you step on the mats, just by showing up and taking a class you've earned that white belt and already taken a step further than 99% of everyone else in the world, so, be proud of it. 

However, I know what you're thinking. You want your Blue Belt. How do you get there? After Black, your blue belt is probably the most coveted belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

Why? Because of what it stands for. It means you're not just a beginner anymore. You've progressed through the ranks, and you know some shit. You're separated from the pack of beginners. 

A reap gi with a blue belt tied around it

But how do you get it? 

Belt grading in Jiu Jitsu is subjective. Yet somehow it works out. No coach agrees on how to grade, yet when it comes to competition, everyone's at an equal level. Those unwritten rules that your coach has in his head for what makes a Blue Belt vary from black belt to black belt, so what is the hidden secret? There's one answer:


Getting to blue belt is a hard road. But. Just show up. And keep showing up. Right when it's getting really tough, when you're too tired, your partners giving you grief at home, that's when you go to Jiu Jitsu. Don't make excuses, just go. 

You don't have to kill yourself to train either, even if you only get in once a week, just make sure you get in. Once a week for five weeks is better than 5 times in one week then no classes for another four weeks. Get your shit together and go. 

Other people might get promoted before you, either in your gym or on the internet, they may have even been training a lesser time than you, but remember, comparison is the thief of joy. 

If you keep showing up, pay attention to the technique, and stay calm when you're rolling. You will get your blue belt. I promise you. Come say hi when you do. 

I look forward to rolling with you dear reader!

Rick / / Reap

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