Expectations and Responsibilities of Rank – Part II – Blue Belt


In our last post we looked at the responsibilities of the
white belt, so what about when you get your blue. What then?

Blue Belt

Blue belts are intermediate students. The typical blue belt
will have put in somewhere between 1.5-3 years of training and knows the
fundamentals of jiu-jitsu. Getting your blue belt is really a big deal. Even
though it is the first belt, I find that the greatest washout rate is from white
to blue. I attribute this to the fact that most people simply do not have the
patience and aren’t willing to put forth the effort to develop a proficiency in
anything. At blue belt you will have been beaten many times and persevered. In
many ways you have proven that you can dedicate yourself to something. Seen in
terms of academics it is very comparable to an associates degree or a junior
NCO in the military.

Blue belts are the most junior of the clubs senior members
and have the responsibility to set a good example for the white belts – both technically
and ethically. Although they are still learning, they will begin to take on
minor teaching responsibilities within the class. The upper ranks expect that
blue belts know the basics and can help out when needed. Blue belts have their
egos tested often. A seasoned white belt wants nothing more than to tap out a
blue belt. Representing that rank is important, but equally as important is not
getting frustrated and causing injury to the white belts when you get

Technically, the blue belts should have a great positional
foundation. They should be able to stay calm and escape bottom positions, pass
the guard, and defend common submissions. At this point they should really
start working on their own attacks and submissions. They should try out new
techniques as they begin to develop their basic ‘A’ game.

Brian Jones, PhD

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