Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu testing is unlike any other Martial Arts System on the planet in that the practitioner must not only demonstrate specified Jiu-Jitsu technique but the ability to apply those techniques within live scenarios, utilizing smooth technical flow between transitions and positions.
Testing consideration comes between the third and fourth stripe fazes of training within the colored belt syllabus. Any student who demonstrates warrior ethos, fighting spirit, long suffering, proper technique, good martial attitude and the above noted with consistency, humility and poise should expect to receive a stripe once every 3-5 months depending on frequency of training.
It is important to understand however that many BJJ practitioners are not strict competitors- Many of whom only train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for combat applications, street readiness, Martial discipline and or self defense; Therefore, evaluation for non-competition team students will be based on the Fight Sports Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Curriculum and the above noted only.
Competition team students, fighters, coaches and BJJ Professors however will be rigorously evaluated to the strictest and highest standard of the Fight Sports Jiu-Jitsu belt syllabus ensuring victory in the cage or in competition is the highest priority!
Additionally, weather student or competitor, promotion criteria at NOGI MMA is strictly based on the individuals
1. Good standing with the academy as outlined by the 7 virtues of BUSHIDO.
2. Support of corresponding events, tournaments and team functions
3. Demonstration of martial technique via testing or competition
4. Warrior spirit amidst combat
After consideration for belt testing, applicable students will be evaluated directly by Professor Garcia or Master Todd Cutler in Fight Sports Daytona. It is important to note that consideration alone does not guarantee promotion. If any student is unable to execute proper technique with respect to his/her level, then that student will not be promoted to the next rank and will be given a probationary period to prepare themselves for a second exam! Remember that Jiu-Jitsu is a journey not a destination! Keep training, work hard and persevere! Osss.
The belt of experimentation
Blue belts should have an understanding of the basic techniques and positions and are now exploring advanced variations (ex. different guard styles). I see many blue belts falling in love with different guard games and spending a lot of training time learning what type of guard is going to be part of their game.
In order to start developing your personal game, you are going to have to run experiments to find what fits your style. Blue belts are also starting to specialize in a preferred submission and may be a belt level or two higher in certain positions!
Brown belts should also be looking to bring up lagging areas of their game to a competent level.