What does it take to progress in Jiu Jitsu from the belt everyone starts at which is the White belt? People often say that the hardest belt to achieve in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the Blue belt, but in reality the White belt is the hardest since it requires some effort to want to progress. The hardest part of anything is first starting it, the second part is being consistent and starting a routine.
Once you begin this wonderful journey called Jiu Jitsu you may have questions like “What does it take to get a stripe?”. Well, don’t worry you are not alone! Every Instructor/Professor will have different requirements to progress to the next belt rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The key to progress is first to be consistent; this means to show up to the same amount of classes per week. It is much easier to progress by showing up two times a week for a month then to show up 6 days in a row only once a month. Everyone understands that work, family and life in general can take precedence over training occasionally, but the key is to not stop entirely.
Once you have begun to be consistent in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the next step in to be a good teammate. Work hard to learn the techniques to the best of your ability and also assist your training partner in learning the technique as well. In the warm ups attempt to do everything the best you can, because this will directly correlate to your training. Work ethic is everything not just in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but in all walks of life.
Competition can play a roll in promotion as well. If your Jiu Jitsu instructor is a competitor then this might be a requirement for promotion. This is typically not required for all students, but if you are looking to improve your skills dramatically then competition in Jiu Jitsu is a must. Instructions have said that doing a single competition can be the same as attending thirty Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes!
Finding the right amount of classes per week you can attend, being consistent and being a good teammate are a few of the ways you can progress from White to Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Keep in mind it is not a race and longevity of training should be more important than achieving rank in the shortest time possible.