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The Three Questions
1. What if I already train at a sport BJJ school?
If there is not a Gracie Academy accredited school in your community and you currently train at a sport oriented BJJ school, don’t stop.   There is much to gain from training in sport jiu-jitsu, such as exercise, coordination, fun, and camaraderie, not to mention the fact that some of what you learn may be applicable in a real fight.  You must, however, be cognizant of the fact that you are almost certainly developing reflexes that will be disastrously counterproductive in a real fight.  Once you are aware of this, we recommend that you use your access to the Gracie Academy curriculum to learn the techniques in their purest form, consciously undo any bad habits you have developed, and begin building the reflexes that you will need to ensure victory in a real fight.
2. If I am a sport BJJ belt holder, will the Gracie Academy recognize my rank?
If you have achieved rank in Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from any school that is not accredited by the Gracie Academy, your belt color will be recognized in the Gracie University student database but it will be tagged as UNVERIFIED. In order to officially recognize your rank, we must verify your knowledge of the street applicable techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and the only way to do this is for you to pass ALL the belt tests up to your existing rank. In other words, if you were awarded a purple belt by a sport BJJ instructor, you must pass the blue belt qualification test, the blue belt 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th stripe qualifications tests, and the purple belt qualification test before your rank is officially recognized by the Gracie Academy.
3. Can I jump straight to the tests if I know the techniques?
Absolutely. If you were promoted by a legitimate source and are confident in the street applicability of your techniques, you are invited to jump straight to the tests without completing the lessons. But, if upon viewing the belt testing requirements/demonstration videos, you are not 100% confident in your ability to execute all the required techniques and drills instinctively, we recommend you dedicate yourself to completing the entire curriculum in the prescribed sequence before taking the test. Remember, due to the linear nature of the curriculum and the progressive nature of the belt tests, you must complete ALL the tests up to your existing belt level, and not just the test associated with your current rank. Finally, you must remember that the belt should not be reason for your training, but the result from your training.
 

Welcome to the Gracie University online Testing Center.  Up until now, it was virtually impossible for someone to qualify for an official Gracie Jiu-Jitsu belt promotion without spending several years learning, in person, at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy.  Due to the development of a revolutionary video evaluation process, and the widespread access to the complete Gracie Jiu-Jitsu curriculum through fully interactive online training curriculums and comprehensive DVDs, you can now learn Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in its purest form, have your skills evaluated, and qualify for official belt promotions, from anywhere in the world!

Use this section to familiarize yourself with the Gracie Academy belt system and the qualification requirements for each belt level, and to upload your belt qualification videos when it comes time to test. By viewing each of the belt qualification videos you submit, we will be able to determine your eligibility for promotion and monitor your progress through each segment of the curriculum.

The Gracie Academy Belt System

In the beginning, there were no tournaments associated with the practice of Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu.  The dangerous and unforgiving “street” fight was the only testing ground.  In 1967, the first Federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was established in order to give practitioners the opportunity to test their skills in a safe setting.  The fun and excitement of competition, coupled with the prestige that accompanied tournament victories, drove the vast majority of instructors to focus entirely on preparing their students for the jiu-jitsu game. This shift away from jiu-jitsu for self defense had a profound impact on the practice of the martial art.

The Philosophical Difference
While nearly all Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools have succumbed to the lure of tournament glory, the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy remained true to the practice of techniques that would work in a real fight.  The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy training objective was, and remains to this day, to enable practitioners to defeat an all-out attack from a larger and more athletic opponent.  In comparison, the sport jiu-jitsu objective is to win against an opponent of similar size in a closely-monitored and controlled match.  The fundamental philosophical difference between street self-defense and tournament competition affects all aspects of jiu-jitsu training and mindset.

To watch Ryron and Rener demonstrate the primary differences between “Street” and “Sport” jiu-jitsu, click on the video link below.

The differences between Street and Sport jiu-jitsu

The Technical Difference
Several hundred techniques will work both in a tournament match or a street fight. But, the complete Gracie Jiu-Jitsu curriculum also contains many techniques that were developed exclusively for street fight scenarios with no applicability in competition. The problem is that most Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools have totally eliminated the “street only” techniques from their programs in order to allow more training time for techniques that will lead to victory under the point-based system, rules, and weight classes of sport jiu-jitsu tournaments. This technical difference between the Gracie Academy curriculum and other Brazilian jiu-jitsu programs reflects the philosophical difference between street self-defense and sport competition and carries over to the award of belts as measures of proficiency in the system.

The Belt Difference
The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy belt system is distinct from that of sport-oriented schools. Although the belt colors are the same, the belt qualification requirements are very different. Sport-oriented schools promote students based exclusively on their mastery of techniques that will lead to victory in a tournament setting. In most cases, sport belt holders are very comfortable in sport jiu-jitsu matches and controlled sparring sessions. However, when confronted by a larger and more athletic opponent who doesn’t play by the rules, they are often shaken by the unpredictable, violent attack and find themselves unable to respond.

At the Gracie Academy, belt promotions are based, first and foremost, on the student's mastery of the techniques that will ensure victory in a street fight. The Academy rigorously tests each student’s skills and reflexes at each stage of their training. The Gracie Academy Blue Belt Qualification Test, for example, requires students to demonstrate a high level of accuracy, efficiency, and reflexes in the execution of the most important street self-defense techniques. Because we feel that “street readiness” is our first and foremost objective, most of the techniques that we teach from white to blue belt are “street only”. As a result, a Gracie Academy blue belt will win on the street but may not fare well in a sport jiu-jitsu match. On the other hand, a sport jiu-jitsu blue belt will perform well on the mat, but may have difficulty dealing with unpredictable and chaotic circumstances of a real fight.

In order to access the Testing Center, view the detailed belt qualification requirements, and use the video evaluation process, you will need to log in to your GU student profile. If you are a not a GU student, please click here to sign up for free.

 
     
  Blue Belt | Blue Belt Stripe 1 | Purple Belt | Brown Belt | Black Belt    
Blue Belt Qualification Test
Blue Belt
Drill 1: Mount Techniques
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Drill 2: Guard Techniques
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Drill 3: Side Mount Techniques
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Drill 4: Standing Techniques
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Drill 5: Freestyle Fight Simulation
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Belt Testing Help
Online Belts vs. Live Belts
Sample Test Videos
Most Common Mistakes
Additional Testing Tips
Frequently Asked Questions
Video Recording/Uploading
How to Score a 100!
Blue Belt Video Evaluation Process
Step 1: Master all 36 techniques individually and in every combination.
Step 2: Digitally record yourself conducting the Blue Belt Qualification Drills as five separate videos, then save all five videos on your computer. 
Step 3: Click on the ‘Belt Tests’ tab at the top of this page.
Step 4: Submit your test: enter general information, upload videos, and pay fees.
Step 5: Once your test is evaluated you will be notified of your promotion eligibility via email.
 
New Blue Belt Promotion Process (Learn More)
Effective June 1, 2014, students who complete the Gracie Combatives program from home, and pass the Blue Belt Test via the Video Evaluation Process, will earn a Gracie University Technical Blue Belt. To earn the Official Gracie Academy Blue Belt, students must pass an extended hands-on evaluation with Ryron, Rener, or an authorized Gracie Academy representative at a Certified Training Center. To learn more, click here.
The Blue Belt Qualification Test Test Fee: $85.00
 
  Once you complete the Gracie Combatives course online, on DVD, or at a certified training center, you are eligible to test for promotion to Blue Belt – the most important promotion on your path to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu mastery. Even though the blue belt is only the second belt in the system, its award signifies that you have learned the most important Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques.  Qualification for blue belt requires mastery of all variations of the 36 techniques in every conceivable combination.

Award of the blue belt requires successful completion of five drills.  These Blue Belt Qualification Drills (BBQDs) constitute a standardized test of your proficiency in the execution of the 36 Gracie Combatives techniques. BBQDs 1 through 4 test your execution of the techniques from the mount, guard, side mount, and standing positions.  For each drill, you have five minutes to demonstrate all variations of the techniques in the exact order that we list them on the BBQD charts. BBQD 5 is the most important segment of the evaluation since it tests your ability to execute all techniques in a continuous four-minute, unscripted “Freestyle Fight Simulation Drill.”  Use the links below to view complete demonstrations of and print the technique charts for each Blue Belt Qualification Drill:

Blue Belt Qualification Drill 1: Mount Techniques ( Watch Demo) (Print Chart)
Blue Belt Qualification Drill 2: Guard Techniques ( Watch Demo) (Print Chart)
Blue Belt Qualification Drill 3: Side Mount Techniques ( Watch Demo) (Print Chart)
Blue Belt Qualification Drill 4: Standing Techniques ( Watch Demo) (Print Chart)
Blue Belt Qualification Drill 5: Freestyle Fight Simulation ( Watch Demo) (Print Instructions)

Evaluation Options
Once you are confident in your ability to perform the Blue Belt Qualification Drills, you may take the Blue Belt Qualification Test using one of the following two methods:

Option 1 – Video Evaluation
Due to the widespread use of video upload/sharing technology you can now test for official belt promotions through the internet.  Upon mastering the five Blue Belt Qualification Drills, you will need to digitally record yourself conducting them in the exact format that is demonstrated by Ryron and Rener in the sample test videos. Each video must be under 250MB in size and in .mov, .avi, .wmv, .mpeg or .mp4 format. Then, upload the five videos to GRACIEUNIVERSITY.com where they will be viewed and evaluated by a certified instructor at the Gracie Academy headquarters. Listed below are some important details regarding the video evaluation process:

  • Talk Through the Moves: We understand that it may be difficult to memorize all the techniques in the exact order in BBQDs 1-4. So, you may have someone read the techniques to you while you are filming the evaluation. During Drill 5, keep talking to a minimum so that we may assess your true reflexes.
  • Continuous Shot: In order to test your true understanding of the techniques, you must conduct BBQDs  1-4 in five minutes or less and BBQD 5 in no less than four but no longer than five minutes.  As a result, you may not stop the camera at any time once a drill has started.  We will not evaluate your performance if you fail to shoot each BBQD in one take. (Note: All five BBQDs do not need to be shot on the same day)
  • Film the Details: We cannot give you credit unless we SEE the technique.  Focus on effectively angling your body towards the camera so that we can clearly see the essential details of each move.

For additional video evaluation tips, and to view actual Blue Belt Qualification Test videos submitted by GU students, click here.

Option 2 – Live Evaluation
If you are uncomfortable using the Video Evaluation Process or you simply want to test in person, we invite you to conduct a live evaluation at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Headquarters in Torrance, California. Here are some important details regarding the live evaluation process:

  • Bring a Friend: If you choose to be evaluated in person at the Gracie Academy, you may conduct the test with a training partner of your choice. If you do not have a training partner, the Academy will provide one for you.
  • Stay Relaxed: The most important consideration during any evaluation is the quality of the technique. The most common mistake you are likely to make during a live evaluation is to rush nervously through the drills and jeopardize the quality of your execution. Although it is important that your techniques are conducted reflexively, you must remain calm and only go as quickly as "perfect technique" will allow.
  • Prepare Diligently:With the video evaluation process, you can re-shoot your execution of the BBQDs as many times as you’d like before you submit them. During a live evaluation, you will only have one chance to execute each drill. If your performance does not meet the Gracie Academy standards, you will fail the test and must retest at a later date. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that you prepare diligently to minimize the chance of errors during the live evaluation.

To take the Blue Belt Qualification Test in person at the Gracie Academy Headquarters, call (310) 353-4100 to schedule the evaluation with a certified instructor.

Evaluation Criteria
In both the video evaluation and live evaluation format, the evaluation criteria are the same. You will start with 100 points and receive a 1-point deduction for each significant error in the following categories:

  1. Accuracy: Precise and correct execution.
    Execute the techniques exactly as we teach them on the lessons. We will accept slight modifications based on different body types and physical capabilities. (Note: Each time you fail to stand up in base during the test, you will receive a 1-point deduction.)
  2. Efficiency: Fluid, relaxed movements and efficient use of energy.
    Not only do we want to see that you understand the application of leverage with each technique, but we want to see that you know how to use proper timing to optimize the energy efficiency in every situation.
  3. Reflexes: Instinctive and timely responses to all indicators.
    We assess reflexes by measuring the amount of time between indicator and response. If the “bad guy” grabs you by the wrist and you take three seconds to identify the grip type and proper escape strategy, you will receive a 1-point deduction for delayed reflexes.

If, upon completing all five BBQDs, you amass more than 20 point deductions, or a final score of less than 80 points, you will be notified of your shortcomings so that you may fine tune your techniques and retest at a later date.  If you achieve a final score of 80 points of greater, you will be recommended for promotion by the evaluator. Only once your promotion is authorized by one of the head instructors of the Gracie Academy will you be officially recognized as a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu blue belt. In either case, we will return your test with a precise description of each error so that you can use the constructive feedback to sharpen the sword. Don’t give up if you fail the first test. We are committed to helping you achieve your jiu-jitsu goals and want to ensure that you are 100% street ready when you earn your blue belt. 

Testing Fees
Each time you submit a test it is thoroughly evaluated by one Gracie Academy instructor and often double checked for accuracy by another.  Due to the significant amount of time that is required from each evaluating instructor, you will be required to pay an evaluation fee.  Please keep in mind, however, that although you will need to pay the evaluation fee each time you take a test, when you pass a test, you will receive your belt and promotion certificate for free.

Video Evaluation Fee: $85

  • Official Belt: Upon passing the test you will be awarded an official Gracie Jiu-Jitsu blue belt.  These belts cannot be purchased; they can only be earned by Gracie Academy students. 
  • Personalized Certificate:  Along with the belt, you will receive a Certificate of Authenticity bearing your name and official rank under the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy.  Your name will also be added to the list of Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Belt Holders.
  • Detailed Report: Regardless of whether you pass or fail the test, you will receive a detailed report via email outlining your test score, general strengths, general weaknesses, and the specific techniques on which point-deductions were made.

Live Evaluation Fee: $135

  • Evaluation Assistance: If you need an evaluation partner or "bad guy," notify the instructor at the time of scheduling and he will provide one for you. During the test, the evaluating instructor will also call out the techniques during BBQDs 1-4 in case you don't have the exact order memorized.
  • Official Belt: The primary benefit of using the live evaluation format is that you will get instant notification of your eligibility for promotion. If you pass the test, you will receive your blue belt while still at the Gracie Academy.
  • Personalized Certificate:  Depending on travel arrangements, you may or may not get your belt certificate while in Torrance.  If you do not get your certificate in person at the Academy, we will mail it to you at no additional cost, and your name will be added to the list of Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Belt Holders.
  • Detailed Report: Regardless of whether you pass or fail, upon completing the live test, the evaluating instructor will provide you with a detailed explanation of each mistake that was made during each BBQD so that you know which techniques need attention going forward.
 
       
Blue Belt Stripe 1 Qualification Test
BBS1
Drill 1: Mount and Side Mount Techniques
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Drill 2: Guard and Half Guard Techniques
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Drill 3: Back Mount, Leg Locks, and Standing Techniques
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Drill 4: Gi Sparring
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Drill 5: No-gi Sparring
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Drill 6: Fight Simulation Sparring
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Belt Testing Help
Online Belts vs. Live Belts
Sample Test Videos
Blue Belt Stripe 1 Video Evaluation Process
Step 1: Master all 60 BBS1 techniques individually and in combination.
Step 2: Digitally record yourself conducting the BBS1 Qualification Drills as six separate videos, then save all six videos on your computer. 
Step 3: Click on the ‘Belt Tests’ tab at the top of this page.
Step 4: Submit your test: enter general information, upload videos, and pay fees.
Step 5: Once your test is evaluated, you will be notified of your promotion eligibility via email.
The Blue Belt Stripe 1 Qualification Test Test Fee: $85.00

Once you complete the Master Cycle Blue Belt Stripe 1 (BBS1) Course, you qualify to test for promotion.  The BBS1 test is comprised of six drills: three Technical Drills and three Sparring Drills all of which are discussed and demonstrated below. To access the complete Blue Belt Stripe 1 testing process on a DVD which also features a bonus fully resistant narrated gi sparring session between Ryron and Rener Gracie, click here.

The Technical Drills
You will demonstrate every technique learned in the BBS1 course using drills similar to the Blue Belt Qualification Drills 1-4.  The BBS1 Technical Drills are:

Drill 1: Mount and Side Mount Techniques (Watch Demo) (Print Chart)
Drill 2: Guard and Half Guard Techniques (Watch Demo) (Print Chart)
Drill 3: Back Mount, Leg Locks, and Standing Techniques (Watch Demo) (Print Chart)

Each drill listed above must be completed in less than 15 minutes. You and your partner must wear gis, and all the techniques must be executed in the exact order demonstrated.

The Sparring Drills
The Sparring Drills will demonstrate your proficiency in live sparring exercises against a resistant opponent.  The BBS1 Sparring Drills are:

Drill 4: Gi Sparring (Watch Breakdown | Print Chart)
In this drill, you and your partner will wear gi uniforms.  You will begin sparring from the bottom of the mount.  Spar non-stop, with resistance, for five minutes.  After each submission, regardless of who applies/receives it, restart from a different inferior position – mount bottom, side mount bottom, or defensive back mount.  If no submissions take place, simply continue sparring.

Drill 5: No-gi Sparring (Watch Breakdown | Print Chart)
In this drill, you and your partner will spar without gis.  You will begin mounted on top of your partner.  Spar non-stop, with resistance, for five minutes.  After each submission, regardless of who applies/receives it, restart from a different superior position – mount top, side mount top, or offensive back mount.  If no submission takes place, simply continue sparring.

Drill 6: Fight Simulation Sparring (Watch Breakdown | Print Chart)
In this drill, you and your partner will spar without gis, but will wear mouth guards.  Your partner will wear 16-18oz. boxing gloves while you will spar without gloves.  Start standing and spar for five minutes.  Your “bad guy” will attempt to strike you, standing and on the ground, while trying to advance their position.  When on the bottom of the fight, the “bad guy” should attempt to escape, move to a more dominant position, or get back to his feet.  After each submission, restart from the standing position.

“Bad Guy” Reminders
Your testing partner, or “bad guy,” will have a great impact on the outcome of your test.  A good “bad guy” is someone who is capable of presenting the challenges and opportunities necessary for us to properly assess your skill level, whereas a bad “bad guy” may cost you unnecessary point deductions. Here are some of the most important things you should be aware of when selecting a testing partner.

  • Blue Belt Minimum: Your testing partner must be at least a verified blue belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. If you do not have a blue belt training partner, train one.
  • Technical Resistance: During the Technical Drills, your partner should create the opportunities for you to demonstrate all techniques in the allotted time without doing the techniques for you.
  • Sparring Resistance: During the Sparring Drills, your partner should NOT cooperate.  Our goal is to see you how you do against a resistant, knowledgeable opponent, so it is important that your partner keeps it real.
  • Keep it Real:  Many people ask, “Should I choose an easy sparring partner?” It’s up to you.  If you choose a much smaller or less knowledgeable partner, we will expect more of you.  Whereas, if you choose a larger or equally/more knowledgeable “bad guy,” we will give you extra consideration during the assessment because you obviously chose someone who presents a substantial threat to you. Bottom line: if you keep it real, we’ll keep it real.
  • Keep it Moving: The only exception to the “full resistance” rule is if you’re sparring and either you or your sparring partner establishes such strong control that you end up in a stalemate. If this happens, and there is no movement for an extended period of time, allow for a “cooperative rollout” or change of position so that the action may continue. Since we only have five minutes to watch you, we want to ensure it keeps moving.
  • Safety First: Be sure to select a partner who knows how to train/spar safely, especially during Fight Simulation Sparring. The “bad guy’s” punch intensity should not exceed the good guy’s technical ability. There is no point in getting injured during the test. Bottom line: keep it as real as possible, without injuring your training partner.  

Evaluation Options
Once you are confident in your ability to perform all the BBS1 techniques individually and in combination with one another, you may test for promotion using the following methods:

Option 1 – Video Evaluation
You may submit your BBS1 test via the Gracie University Video Evaluation Process.  Record yourself conducting each drill according to the exact specifications outlined in this section. Each video must be under 250MB in size and in .mov, .avi, .wmv, .mpeg or .mp4 format. Then, upload the videos in the online Testing Center at GracieUniversity.com so that a certified instructor can evaluate your test.  Listed below are some important details regarding the Video Evaluation Process:

  • Have an Amazing Reader: You will demonstrate over 150 individual technical slices in drills 1, 2, and 3 of the BBS1 test.  To ensure that you demonstrate the techniques in the correct order, it is critical that you have someone reading aloud the techniques.  To ensure that you finish each of the drills in less than 15 minutes, your reader should state all of the slices in each lesson before you demonstrate any one of them, rather than reading and demonstrating slice by slice (See the sample test videos for an example of the proper reading style).  We encourage you to do many prep tests so that the reader can learn how to read the technique script for each drill.
  • Continuous Shot: As with the Blue Belt test, do not stop recording once a drill has begun. We will not evaluate your performance if you fail to shoot each drill in one take.
  • Separate Days: All six drills do not need to be shot on the same day or with the same partner.
  • Film the Details: We cannot give you credit unless we SEE the technique.  Whenever possible, angle your body towards the camera so that we can see the essential details of each move.
  • Steady Camera: Please make sure the camera is positioned on a flat, steady surface or a tripod during the recording process.
  • Different Partners: You may switch partners from drill to drill so long as all your partners are certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu blue belts.
  • Introduce Yourself: At the beginning of each drill, introduce yourself, your testing partner, and identify the drill.

For additional video evaluation tips, including help on recording/uploading your evaluation videos, click here.

Option 2 – Live Evaluation
If you are uncomfortable using the Video Evaluation Process or you simply want to test in person, we invite you to conduct a live evaluation at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Headquarters in Torrance, California. Here are some important details regarding the live evaluation process:

  • Bring a Friend: If you choose to be evaluated in person at the Gracie Academy, you may conduct the test with a training partner of your choice. If you do not have a training partner, the Academy will provide one for you.
  • Stay Relaxed: The most important consideration during any evaluation is the quality of the technique. The most common mistake you are likely to make during a live evaluation is to rush nervously through the drills and jeopardize the quality of execution. Although it is important that your techniques are conducted reflexively, you must remain calm and only go as quickly as "perfect technique" will allow.
  • Prepare Diligently: With the Video Evaluation Process, you can re-shoot your execution of the test drills as many times as you’d like before you submit them. During a live evaluation, however, you will only have one chance to execute each drill. If your performance does not meet Gracie Academy standards, you will fail the test and must retest at a later date. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that you prepare diligently to minimize the chance of errors during the live evaluation.

To take the Blue Belt Stripe 1 test in person at the Gracie Academy Headquarters, call (310) 353-4100 to schedule your evaluation with a certified instructor.

Evaluation Criteria
From an evaluation standpoint, there are two portions to the Blue Belt Stripe 1 test – a technical portion and a sparring portion. The two portions are graded separately, and only if you earn a passing grade on both, will you qualify for promotion. In other words, if you pass the technical portion but fail the sparring portion, you will not qualify for promotion. Here are the evaluation criteria for each portion of the test:

Technical Portion
We grade the technical portion of the test – drills 1, 2, and 3 –like the Blue Belt Qualification Test.  You will start with 100 points and receive a 1-point deduction for each critical error.  If you amass a total of 20 deductions or less (resulting in a total score of 80 or greater), after all three Technical Drills, you will pass the technical portion. If you amass more than 20 deductions (resulting in a total score of less than 80), you will fail the technical portion. The purpose of the test is to verify that you have dedicated sufficient time and energy to making the techniques “yours.”  Therefore, the primary consideration when evaluating the technical portion is whether your reflexes are sufficiently developed.  If you perform each technique accurately and with commitment, you will get full credit, but if we see hesitation, uncertainty, or blatant inaccuracies in your execution, it will indicate a lack of preparedness and we will deduct a point.

Sparring Portion
For the sparring portion of the BBS1 test, we will grade each of the three drills on a pass/fail basis.  Realizing that techniques executed in sparring rarely look exactly like they do during cooperative practice, we will not deduct individual points for technical mistakes.  Instead, we will focus on your overall performance. Only if you appear to have the comfort, fluidity, reflexes, and conviction that we expect in a stripe-one blue belt student of your age, weight, and physical fitness level, will we issue a passing grade. In all the Sparring Drills, do your best to include as many techniques from the BBS1 course as possible, but know that you are allowed to use techniques not included in the BBS1 curriculum. Although all three Sparring Drills are very important, the one that carries the most weight in the eyes of the evaluators is drill 6, the Fight Simulation Sparring. If you don’t have the “distance management skills” to identify and neutralize the dangerous striking angles from every position in the fight, then your “street readiness” is questionable and your chances of qualifying for promotion are slim.

Testing Fees
Each time you submit a test it is thoroughly evaluated by one Gracie Academy instructor and often double-checked for accuracy by another.  Due to the significant amount of time that is required from each evaluating instructor, you will be required to pay an evaluation fee.  Please keep in mind, however, that although you will need to pay the evaluation fee each time you take a test, when you pass a test, you will receive your stripe and promotion certificate for free.

Video Evaluation Fee: $85

  • Official Stripe: Upon passing the BBS1 test you will be awarded an official stripe for your blue belt directly from the Gracie Academy. This custom stripe is uniquely labeled with "BBS1" and is made of woven fabric so that it can be sewn onto your blue belt.
  • Personalized Certificate:  Along with the stripe, you will receive a Certificate of Authenticity bearing your name and your updated rank under the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy.  We will also update your rank on the list of Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Belt Holders.
  • Detailed Report: Regardless of whether you pass or fail the test, you will receive a detailed evaluation report via email specifying your general strengths, general weaknesses, and critical errors resulting in deductions for each technique.

Live Evaluation Fee: $165

  • Evaluation Assistance: If you need a testing partner or "bad guy," notify the instructor at the time of scheduling and he will provide one for you. During the test, the evaluating instructor will also call out the techniques during the Technical Drills to help keep you on track.
  • Official Stripe: The primary benefit of using the live evaluation format is that you will get instant notification of your eligibility for promotion. If you pass the test, you will receive your stripe while still at the Gracie Academy. This custom stripe is uniquely labeled with "BBS1" and is made of woven fabric so that it can be sewn onto your blue belt. 
  • Personalized Certificate:  Depending on travel arrangements, you may or may not get your promotion certificate while in Torrance.  If you do not get your certificate in person at the Academy, we will mail it to you at no additional cost, and your rank will be updated on the list of Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Belt Holders.
  • Detailed Report: Regardless of whether you pass or fail, upon completing the live test, the evaluating instructor will provide you with a detailed explanation of each mistake you made during the test to guide your preparation for the next attempt.
Purple Belt Qualification Test
Purple Belt
Belt Testing Help
Online Belts vs. Live Belts
Purple Belt Testing Process
Step 1: Earn all four stripes on your blue belt online or at a CTC.
Step 2: Submit an official Belt Test Request by clicking the button above. 
Step 3: Confirm the date, time and location of the live belt test.
Step 4: Arrive at testing location on the designated date and time.
Step 5: Take the test with an authorized Gracie Academy Black Belt.
The Purple Belt Qualification Test
Once you earn all four stripes on your blue belt, through the Gracie University Video Evaluation Process or at a Certified Training Center, you qualify to submit an official request for the Purple Belt Test! Conducted by Ryron, Rener, or an authorized Black Belt Representative of the Gracie Academy, this live one-on-one evaluation will be scheduled at a time and location that is convenient for you and the evaluator. Through a series of Focus Sparring Drills your proficiency levels will be assessed in all seven positions of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Once you have demonstrated your controls, escapes, submissions, and submission counters from every position in the fight, you will conduct a Fight Simulation Sparring exercise in which you will demonstrate your punch protection and distance management skills against a striking opponent.

In addition to perfecting all the techniques up to the Blue Belt Stripe 4 curriculum, as a Purple Belt you will be expected to:

  • Remain calm and composed in all defensive positions.
  • Escape from inferior positions at the optimal time without excessive energy expenditure.
  • Utilize various guard strategies to neutralize passes and sweep opponents with maximum energy efficiency.
  • Combine submissions to create effective “systems of attack” from all offensive positions.
  • Effectively close the distance and establish clinch control on any striking opponent.
  • Share and receive information from all training partners, regardless of rank.

To watch Ryron and Rener explain the Gracie University Belt Testing Process in greater detail, click here.

 
       
Brown Belt Qualification Test
Brown Belt
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Online Belts vs. Live Belts
Brown Belt Testing Process
Step 1: Earn all four stripes on your purple belt online or at a CTC.
Step 2: Submit an official Belt Test Request by clicking the button above. 
Step 3: Confirm the date, time and location of the live belt test.
Step 4: Arrive at testing location on the designated date and time.
Step 5: Take the test with an authorized Gracie Academy Black Belt.
The Brown Belt Qualification Test
Once you earn all four stripes on your purple belt, you will be allowed to submit an official request for the Brown Belt Test. Conducted by Ryron, Rener, or an authorized Black Belt Representative of the Gracie Academy, this live one-on-one evaluation will be scheduled at a time and location that is convenient for you and the evaluator. Through a series of Focus Sparring Drills your proficiency levels will be assessed in all seven positions of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Once you have demonstrated your controls, escapes, submissions, and submission counters from every position in the fight, you will conduct a Fight Simulation Sparring exercise in which you will demonstrate your punch protection and distance management skills against a striking opponent.

Besides perfecting all the techniques up to the Purple Belt Stripe 4 curriculum, as a Brown Belt you will be expected to:

  • Apply all techniques with optimal precision and little or no wasted energy.
  • Strategize submission and sweep sequences that are 2-3 moves ahead of your opponent.
  • Apply base manipulation principles to sweep/reverse your opponents with minimal effort from any position.
  • Pass the guard with persistence and constant pressure.
  • Regularly position yourself in worst-case scenarios for the essential purpose of exploring their counters.

To watch Ryron and Rener explain the Gracie University Belt Testing Process in greater detail, click here.

 
       
Black Belt Qualification Test
Black Belt
The Black Belt Qualification Test
A Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt is more than a master of technique – they are an ambassador for the art and a member of the extended Gracie family. Upon earning the fourth stripe on your brown belt, you will be invited to participate in the five-day Black Belt Qualification Test at the Gracie Academy headquarters in Torrance, California under the watchful eyes of Ryron and Rener Gracie. In appreciation of the years of hard work you will have invested into your training, when the time comes, we will allow you to participate in the evaluation at no charge (other than travel and living expenses).

During this live evaluation you will participate in several group and private training sessions where Ryron and Rener will evaluate your knowledge of all aspects of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu including technique, history, philosophy, and diet. Additionally, Ryron and Rener will assess your character on and off the mat to ensure that your jiu-jitsu extends beyond fighting into all aspects of your life. If you meet the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy standard, the Gracie Brothers will personally award you your black belt.

Besides perfecting all the techniques in the Gracie University curriculum, as a black belt you will be expected to:

  • Roll in a manner that is as graceful as it is effective.
  • Apply the art of “offensive defense” to make your opponent uncomfortable even in offensive positions.
  • Force your opponent to waste energy from any position.
  • Utilize your mind-reading capabilities to anticipate and neutralize your opponent’s techniques before they occur.
  • Apply jiu-jitsu principles to all aspects of your life.
  • Accept that the real learning begins at black belt.

Blue Belt Qualification
Drill 1: Mount Techniques
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Drill 2: Guard Techniques
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Drill 3: Side Mount Techniques
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Drill 4: Standing Techniques
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Drill 5: Freestyle Fight Simulation
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Video Recording/Uploading
Video Evaluation Process
Step 1: Master all 36 techniques individually and in every combination.
Step 2: Digitally record yourself conducting the Blue Belt Qualification Drills as five separate videos, then save all five videos on your computer. 
Step 3: Click on the ‘Test Log’ tab at the top of this page.
Step 4: Submit your test: enter general information, upload videos, and pay fees.
Step 5: Once your test is evaluated you will be notified of your promotion eligibility via email.

The table below will be used to track your completion of all belt/stripe qualification tests. Upon completing each segment of the curriculum, click on the Take Test button to submit your belt/stripe qualification test videos. Each time you pass a test, the next Take Test button will be activated so that you may test for your next belt promotion as soon as you're ready. Once you earn four stripes on your blue belt, the Request Test button will be activated so you can schedule your live purple belt test with an authorized Gracie Academy Black Belt Instructor. The same live testing process will occur after you earn four stripes on your purple belt.

 
 
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Black Belt
Upon earning the fourth stripe on your brown belt, we will invite you to participate in the five-day Black Belt Qualification Test at the Gracie Academy headquarters in Torrance, California. In appreciation of the years of hard work you will have invested into your training, when the time comes, we will allow you to participate in the evaluation at no charge (other than travel and living expenses). During this live evaluation we will test you on all aspects of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu including technique, history, philosophy, and diet (all of which will be available to you through Gracie University). Upon successful completion, Ryron and Rener will personally award you your black belt.
 
Pink Belt Qualification
Pink Belt
Pink Belt Testing Guidelines
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Test Demonstration
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Beyond the Pink Belt
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Video Evaluation Process
Step 1: Master all of the techniques individually and in every combination.
Step 2: Digitally record yourself conducting the Pink Belt Qualification Drill and then save the video on your computer. 
Step 3: Click on the ‘Take Test’ button at the top of this page.
Step 4: Submit your test: enter general information, upload video, and pay fees.
Step 5: Once your test is evaluated you will be notified of your promotion eligibility via email.
The Pink Belt Qualification Test Test Fee: $70.00
 
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In Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, we use different colored belts to indicate each student’s progress through the system. A student starts as a white belt and progresses through blue belt, purple belt, brown belt, black belt, and then eventually, red belt over a lifetime of study and practice. When we developed our belt system in the 1960s, very few women practiced Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and we had no program designed exclusively for women.

When we created Women Empowered®, we sought a way to acknowledge a woman’s successful completion of the course. We wanted to stick with the tradition of awarding belts, but, because the course featured so many unique strategies, objectives, techniques, and psychology tailored to a special set of circumstances, the standard Gracie Jiu-Jitsu belt system did not apply. So, we decided to add an entirely new belt, and since pink was one of the only colors not used in the existing belt system, we introduced the Women Empowered Pink Belt!

Award of the pink belt requires successful completion of a test which will allow us to assess your competency in the execution of the techniques featured in the program. You must be at least 14 years of age to test for your pink belt. Click the links below to learn more about the evaluation and to watch Eve Torres demonstrate the complete testing process.  

Pink Belt Testing Guidelines (Watch Introduction)
Test Demonstration (Watch Demo) | (Print Chart)
Beyond the Pink Belt (Watch Discussion)

Evaluation Options
Once you are 100% confident in your execution of all the Women Empowered techniques we invite you to take the Pink Belt Qualification Test via our Video Evaluation Process or via a live test at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Torrance, CA.

Option 1 – Video Evaluation
Due to the widespread use of video upload/sharing technology you can now test for official belt promotions through the Internet.  Upon mastering the Women Empowered techniques, you will need to digitally record yourself conducting them in the exact format that is demonstrated by Rener and Eve in the sample test videos. Listed below are some important details regarding the video evaluation process:

  • Begin by stating, “My name is _______, and I am totally empowered!”
  • Perform all the techniques in the EXACT order outlined on the test list.
  • Demonstrate all of the techniques within ten minutes.
  • Do not stop the camera at any time during the technique demonstration. We will not evaluate your performance if it appears that all the techniques were not shot in one take.
  • You may have someone read the techniques aloud to you if you have trouble remembering the presentation sequence.
  • Be sure you have a good “bad guy.” Your testing partner should attack you in a manageable yet realistic fashion.
  • At the end of the video tell us what you thought of the program, the reason(s) why you decided to take the training, and the benefits you obtained from it. We have no time limit for this portion of the recording. You may pause the camera after the technique demo and take a break before recording this segment.

Once you have digitally recorded your test, upload the video here in the online Testing Center. Each video must be under 250MB in size and in .mov, .avi, .wmv, .mpeg or .mp4 format. When you upload your test, please identify any disabilities or injuries that prevent you from executing the techniques as demonstrated in the lessons so that we may take this into consideration during your evaluation. Adhere to the digital file size and format specifications to ensure an efficient upload of your test. Click here for more tips on digitally recording and uploading your test video.

Option 2 – Live Evaluation
If you are uncomfortable using the Video Evaluation Process or you simply want to test in person, we invite you to conduct a live evaluation at the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy Headquarters in Torrance, California. Here are some important details regarding the live evaluation process:

  • Bring a Friend: If you choose to be evaluated in person at the Gracie Academy, you may conduct the test with a training partner of your choice. If you do not have a training partner, the Academy will provide one for you.
  • Stay Relaxed: The most important consideration during any evaluation is the quality of the technique. The most common mistake you are likely to make during a live evaluation is to rush nervously through the drills and jeopardize the quality of your execution. Although it is important that your techniques are conducted reflexively, you must remain calm and only go as quickly as "perfect technique" will allow.
  • Prepare Diligently: With the video evaluation process, you can re-shoot your test performance as many times as you’d like before you submit them. During a live evaluation, you will only have one chance to execute each technique. If your overall performance does not meet the Gracie Academy standards, you will fail the test and must retest at a later date. For this reason, it is of the utmost importance that you prepare diligently to minimize the chance of errors during the live evaluation.

To take the Pink Belt Qualification Test in person at the Gracie Academy Headquarters, please call (310) 353-4100 to schedule the evaluation with a certified instructor.

Evaluation Criteria
In both the video evaluation and live evaluation format, the evaluation criteria are the same. You will start with 100 points and receive a 1-point deduction for each significant error in the following categories:

  1. Accuracy: Precise and correct execution.
    Execute the techniques exactly as we teach them on the lessons. We will accept slight modifications based on different body types and physical capabilities. (Note: Each time you fail to stand up in base during the test, you will receive a 1-point deduction.)
  2. Efficiency: Fluid, relaxed movements and efficient use of energy.
    Not only do we want to see that you understand the application of leverage with each technique, but we want to see that you know how to use proper timing to optimize the energy efficiency in every situation. This includes knowing when NOT to move – especially in Phase 3.
  3. Reflexes: Instinctive and timely responses to all indicators.
    We assess reflexes by measuring the amount of time between indicator and response. If the “bad guy” grabs you by the wrist and you take three seconds to identify the grip type and proper escape strategy, you will receive a 1-point deduction for delayed reflexes.

If you score 90 points or higher (no more than 10 deductions), the evaluator will recommend you for promotion. If you score less than 90 points, we will return your test with a precise description of each error so that you can use the constructive feedback when preparing for the retest. Don’t give up if you fail the first test. We are committed to helping you achieve your goal of total empowerment and want to ensure that you are 100% ready to face an assailant.

Testing Fees
Each time you submit a test it is thoroughly evaluated by one Gracie Academy instructor and  then double-checked for accuracy by another.  Due to the significant amount of time that is required from each evaluating instructor, you will be required to pay an evaluation fee.  Please keep in mind, however, that although you will need to pay the evaluation fee each time you take a test; once you pass the test, you will receive your belt and promotion certificate for free.

Video Evaluation Fee: $70

  • Official Belt: Upon passing the test you will be awarded an official Women Empowered Pink Belt.  These belts cannot be purchased; they can only be earned.
  • Personalized Certificate:  Along with the belt, you will receive a personalized Certificate of Authenticity validating your pink belt promotion. 
  • Detailed Report: Regardless of whether you pass or fail the test, you will receive a detailed report via email outlining your test score, general strengths, general weaknesses, and the specific techniques on which point-deductions were made.

Live Evaluation Fee: $120

  • Evaluation Assistance: If you need an evaluation partner or "bad guy," notify the instructor at the time of scheduling and he/she will provide one for you. During the test, the evaluating instructor will also call out the techniques for you in the even that you don't have the exact order memorized.
  • Official Belt: The primary benefit of using the live evaluation format is that you will get instant notification of your eligibility for promotion. If you pass the test, you will receive your official Women Empowered Pink Belt while still at the Gracie Academy.
  • Personalized Certificate: You will also receive your promotion certificate while at the Gracie Academy and if you do not get your certificate in person at the Academy, we will mail it to you at no additional cost.
  • Detailed Report: Regardless of whether you pass or fail, upon completing the live test, the evaluating instructor will provide you with a detailed explanation of each mistake that was made during the test so that you know which techniques need attention going forward.
 
Video Evaluation Help
Video Recording/Uploading
Video Evaluation Process
Step 1: Master all of the requirements.
Step 2: Digitally record yourself conducting the required elements and then save the video on your computer. 
Step 3: Click on the ‘Upload Videos’ button next to your type of submission.
Step 4: Enter general information, upload video(s), and pay fees.
Step 5: Once your submission is evaluated you will be notified of the results via email.
The Gracie Academy uses the Video Evaluation Process to maintain the quality standard at Certified Training Centers around the world.  
 

 

 
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