Gracie Philosophy

What Exactly is a Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt?

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Q. You guys speak with much wisdom. I earned my blue belt at a sport school in my mid thirties. My lips and inside my cheeks were always cut from being mashed against my teeth during sparring even though i wore a mouth piece. I had my eyebrow cut when my instructor attempted a berimbolo roll. I realized in my fourties that level of intensity could not be sustained much longer.
11111 (8/15/2023 9:56 AM)
A. Fortunately, we've learned from the experiences of the many who have gone before us.
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Q. Every martial arts instructor should study this content! This is just outstanding and extremely usefull!
juandavidmazo (3/8/2023 7:58 AM)
A. Thank you!
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Q. we do shark tanks for gradings sometimes, thats how i got my Blue belt :)
D mossop (11/23/2022 5:44 PM)
A. Many schools do this.
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Q. The 13 minute mark is so true. Amazing program! Thank you, gentlemen.
jiujitsuBen (11/11/2022 6:51 PM)
A. Thank you!
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Q. I earned my “technical” blue belt in 2014. I moved to a remote area and could not train. I have been in San Diego and have training at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in La Jolla California for the past 6 months. Do I need to schedule a test with my instructor to earn a blue belt?
Joedjimenez (4/27/2022 4:40 PM)
A. Please discuss this with your instructor.
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Q. I still remember my first judo class at 6 years of age. I spend two hours learning how to fall, then at the end of the class it was randori time, i got tossed around by every kid in the class and because i was breaking falls, here i was thinking that i won the matches… it took a few lessons for me to comprehend what was really happening… even though i always remember that with a smile in my face, i bet it would have been a way more constructive experience for me if my coaches would have taken a different approach.. just a comment..
TribalMan (4/9/2022 3:01 PM)
A. Thanks!
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Q. The original Combatives Intro video still mentions a legit blue belt being given out at the end of Combatives. Does that need to be amended?
tm84 (8/3/2020 1:40 AM)
A. Yes. Thank you.
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Q. A lot of good points. I've been in martial arts for 30+ years and have seen many schools with little to no beginner class structure.
Shadowfall (7/24/2020 10:25 AM)
A. Structure is critically important.
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Q. Thank you for all your efforts. I agree with your philosophy. I am a 42 year old mom of two kids, with a shoulder injury and I have just signed up for the Women Empowered programme. It's never too late to learn these very useful techniques. I am looking towards my Pink Belt...even if it takes me my entire life to earn it :).
Melaine (3/24/2020 9:00 AM)
A. We're here for you!
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Q. I'm a level two in modern U.S Army combatives does that count as a blue belt ?
jerry g (10/13/2019 3:54 AM)
A. No. Although you have learned many moves, there are more included in the Gracie Combatives program.
Q. a blue belt is some one who can defend there self in a real street fight so why was the combative belt was made?
hosseirdanger (3/28/2018 8:55 AM)
A. The Combatives belt is a stepping stone from the purely self defense training and techniques found in the Gracie Combatives program, into the more sportive techniques and applications.
Q. Is Gracie combatives a pre-blue belt system? How would you classify it?
briver (5/29/2017 6:21 AM)
A. Great description!
Q. Great! It would be a great loss if any of the GU students fail to watch these philosophy videos!!
Tam Duff (2/15/2017 3:24 PM)
A. Agreed!
Q. I'm glad that Rickson Gracie has got on board with globle federation on defence system in other Bjj schools that are under him,,If only you guys could reach schools in my country explain where it's lost.
Mick12000 (11/3/2016 11:31 AM)
A. Start a garage and lead the way!
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Q. In my country we dont have CTC centers for testing thats the down side where I'm from. they just teach sport bjj.
Mick12000 (11/1/2016 10:13 PM)
A. That's why we created this website!
Q. So with the introduction of Ricksons Global Federation and the change in curriculum, what is the transition from a combatives blue belt to an actual blue belt?
Ax-Sess (8/7/2016 7:26 PM)
A. This video explains the rationale for the change: Essentially, after demonstrating the essential street survival skills by earning the Gracie Combatives belt, students will continue to learn fundamental grappling skills for use against a more skilled opponent and gain several months of sparring experience to hone the mindset and patience to perform under stress.
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Q. Can we get a Ryron Gracie recommended reading list. The philosophy in this video and in other videos on GU is profound. I want to know how he developed the mindset. Not all Gracie's share the mindset.
Preston (9/28/2015 9:04 PM)
A. He is exceptional! It's not just what he reads. It's a combination of his lifestyle, his life experiences, and his encounters and interactions with people all over the world.
Q. Once a student has gone through the combatives and reflex development courses, what is a good indicator for that student know they are ready to test for their blue belt?
DarianMcDuel (9/10/2015 5:51 PM)
A. When you can free flow through a Fight Simulation Drill, without having to think about what techniques to use, you are ready! We look forward to seeing you in action!
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