Gracie Bullyproof Testing Information

In Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, there are two belt systems, one for adults (ages 14 and up) and one for kids (under 14 years of age). Kids’ belts are awarded in the following order:

White Belt
White-Yellow Belt
Yellow Belt
White-Orange Belt
Yellow-Orange Belt
Orange Belt
White-Green Belt
Yellow-Green Belt
Orange-Green Belt
Green Belt

If your child was a student at the Gracie University HQ, we would issue them one stripe for every 20 classes they attended, but since you are learning from home, you (the parents) will award the stripes on our behalf. Your child should keep track of every class they do in the Jiu-Jitsu Journal that came with the DVDs (or in the online Jiu-Jitsu Journal available through this website), and for every 20 classes they complete, you will award them one stripe on their white belt. Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter what lessons/techniques they are covering, as long as they have 20 training days they deserve their stripe. Once they have earned all four stripes they will be qualified to test for promotion to white-yellow belt. (To purchase a Gracie white belt, click here).

Stripe Placement
Stripes consist of black electric or athletic tape (unless the belt comes with a black stripe bar in which case the tape should be white) cut ½ inches (1 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) long. Place the stripes on the end of the belt that does not have the Gracie tag on it. Place the first stripe 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the tip of the belt and each additional stripe ½ inch (1 cm) above the previous one.

Minimum Testing Age
Your child must be at least four years old to test for a white-yellow belt. If your child is less than four years old, focus on preparing them so that when their fourth birthday comes around, they will already have accumulated four stripes and, therefore, be allowed to test.

The Age Difference
The most important thing to understand regarding kids’ belt promotions is that, unlike the adult belt system, there is no direct correlation between the number of techniques and the kids’ belt promotions. We understand that a child who starts training at 9 years old, will have learned many more techniques, and have a much higher level of competency by the time he/she has earned four stripes on their white belt (80 classes) than a child who begins when he/she is 4 or 5 years old. In evaluating your child’s eligibility for promotion, you can rest assured that we will take their age into consideration, so as long as they put in their time, they should do fine on the test.

The Adult Belt System
Your child will remain in the child belt system until they turn 14 years old. At that time, regardless of the belt level they are at, they will graduate to the adult belt system, starting with the Gracie Combatives belt. Since many of the Gracie Combatives techniques are covered in Jr. Combatives, it should be a smooth transition to full Gracie Combatives focus for your child once they turn 14. Upon earning their Gracie Combatives belt, your child will move on to the Master Cycle program in which they will learn the remaining 600+ techniques required for promotion to blue belt, purple belt, brown belt, and, eventually, black belt!