Advanced BJJ Training

What to Expect for Purple Belt and Beyond

The advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student is proficient with a wide variety of material. And like a master's student in academic pursuits is even more under the guidance of a mentor but still will find material to pursue. The purple belt will know what a black belt knows, the rest of the game toward black belt is attaining proficiency and experience with the material.

It is common for students to take 350-450 hours at this rank. The live sparring aspect of Jiu-Jitsu becomes ever more important to the advanced student as he or she attempts to refine strategy and read likely attack.

Brown belts are awarded to instructor peers, they are recognized for exceptional skills that are potentially challenging to everyone.

The best advice I can give after my 25 years of experience in this art, is to not worry too much about these hours and expectations. What you should be doing is coming to class and absorbing material and experience, you should never be concerned with grading your performance, nor adding up the hours in hopes of those calculations equaling skills. Come ready to simply play and have fun, everything else will fall into place.

Incidentally, it is natural to never feel ready for a rank change. Anything else would be unusual in the art. And that adage about needing 10,000 hours to become "genius" level in an art or study does have its detractors. One of the more serious arguments is that mentorship should be included as it's very easy to drill something wrong for years and achieve little "genius" level proficiency.

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