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Student Spotlight: Brian Tanner Woo

Student Spotlight: Brian Tanner Woo 1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, such as your name, age, where you reside, and how long you've been practicing martial arts? My name is Brian Tanner Woo, my age is 28, currently residing in Monterey Park, CA. I have been...

Student Spotlight: Angela Yoeurng

Student Spotlight: Angela Yoeurng   1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, such as your name, age, where you reside, and how long you've been practicing martial arts? -My name is Angela, I'm 29 years old, and I live in Pasadena, CA. I attended my first BJJ...

5 Reasons why Jiu-Jitsu is great for Self-Defense

5 Reasons why Jiu-Jitsu is great for Self-Defense.  Martial Arts practitioners like myself will always wonder how effective their art will be when they need it. I have always certainly always wondered it, and thankfully haven't had to use it in real life for a while...

Student of the Month: Sean Lee (Adults Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Muay Thai)

Sean Lee on the right in a ready stance coaching fellow students Caleb and Johny at the Muay Thai Kickboxing class Congratulations to our adult Student of the Month: Sean Lee! Hi Sean, please tell us a little bit about yourself. I am Sean Lee and I grew up in Los...

Student of the Month: Charles K. (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Teens/Kids)

Charles and his brother Alex on the right-hand side training at the BJJ 2 Kids Class on Saturdays Congratulations to our Kids BJJ 2 student: Charles! Hi Charles, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? I am 10 years old, and my name is Charles.  I...

Student of the Month: Caleb Luong (Adults Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Muay Thai)

Congratulations to Student of the Month Caleb Luong! Caleb takes both Muay Thai Kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu at our San Gabriel Alhambra location. He is a student at Alhambra High School. Caleb trains for personal growth. Great more about Caleb Luong.

Student of the Month: Ally M. (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids/Teens)

Congrats to our Teen Kid Student of the Month: Ally M. After seeing her dad train Jiu-Jitsu she wanted to join. Now together with her cousins and her dad Ally takes our All Levels Jiu-Jitsu classes at our San Gabriel Alhambra adjacent location.

Student of the Month: Alex K. (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids/Teens)

Congratulations to Student of the Month: Alex! Alex working on his guard passing with teammate Jacob Hi Alex, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? I like to ride my bike, do Jiu-Jitsu, swim, play video games, and take hikes. My favorite things about...

Student of the Month: Robert Terriquez (Adults Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Muay Thai)

Congratulations to our Student of the Month: Robert! Robert Terriquez and training partner/brother-in-law Tony Kwan Hi Robert, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Robert Terriquez and I currently live in the City of San Gabriel with my...

Student of the Month: Nicholas F. (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kids/Teens)

Congratulations to our Student of the Month: Nicholas! Nicholas working on taking the back with his training partner Kyle in the BJJ kids 2 program. Hi Nicholas, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? I'm 9 years old. I like to draw and I also like family...

Earning your Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt

In our martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), a blue belt is the first color adult belt rank and it comes right after the white belt. It is seen as an achievement and a significant milestone in any Jiu-Jitsu practitioner’s journey. The criteria for earning a blue belt varies per school, instructor, and it mainly depends on the student’s own progress.
Jiu-Jitsu is a modern martial art and is continuously evolving. In many ways, it is not as rigid as other martial arts, and this is true for its belt requirements as well.

Since you have been working hard towards achieving that blue belt it is a good time for me to share what I look for when awarding a blue belt in BJJ, namely:

  1. Technical knowledge and skill: A blue belt should have a decent understanding of fundamental BJJ techniques and be able to execute them with reasonable proficiency.
  2. Consistency and mat time: A blue belt should have trained consistently and spent a certain amount of time on the mat. The exact amount of time can vary, but it typically ranges from one to three years.
  3. Competition experience: Many BJJ schools require their students to compete in tournaments as part of their promotion criteria.  Placing in tournaments or consistently performing well can demonstrate a student’s technical proficiency and mental toughness. Although competing is helpful to increase your skill level and overall knowledge and is encouraged, it is not a hard requirement to attain a blue belt at our academy.
  4. Attitude and character: A blue belt should demonstrate good sportsmanship, respect for their training partners and instructors, and a willingness to keep learning and improve.
  5. Physical fitness and conditioning: A blue belt should possess a reasonable level of physical fitness and conditioning, which is essential for executing techniques and avoiding injuries.

    One clear indication you meet the skill level of a blue belt is that you have a good understanding of the progression of a Jiu-Jitsu match, as in the options you have to control the situation from a standing and a bottom position. A blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu for instance knows techniques needed in the beginning of a match such as a take down/guard pull and can then follow these up with techniques that lead in to positional control and ultimately result into a submission hold.
    Achieving a blue belt is a significant accomplishment that requires a combination of technical skill, consistent training, and a positive attitude.

Keeping working hard, and no doubt you will earn it!