After a year of hard training, a few cancelled competitions, but lots of team spirit, we had our end of year gradings at ROOTS BJJ Warringah Mall. There were lots of belts and stripes to be had. Getting a new belt is a major achievement for both kids and adults. We also celebrated our 3rd Birthday.
Our instructors were really happy with how everyone progressed through the year. However, what was really amazing was the positive attitude of both the kids and adults when they returned to the mats after a four-month break.
All of us at ROOTS BJJ Warringah Mall just wanted to say thank you to our community, the students, their families, and their friends for your support over the past two years.
IBJJF Kids Belt System
In the belt system for children (3 – 15), according to the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), the awarding of belts is based on achievement and age. Kids will progress through their belts on the basis of the development of their skills, their attitude towards training, and their participation in competitions. Belts are not normally awarded on the number of class or length of time that a child has been training as this is demotivating for children. The belts are awarded in recognition of progress. Most children will remain on a belt for around 12 months if they are attending training two to three times per week. As such, receiving a belt should be celebrated as a milestone that has been achieved.
Kids have different colour belts to adults and depending on how old your child is they may skip belts. Kids move on to the adult’s belt system when they are 16. Grey belts are for younger children aged 4 to 6. So, if your child starts training when they are aged 10 or above, their first belt will be an orange belt, so they may be a white belt for a couple of years before they have developed the skills and techniques to become an orange belt. If your child is 13 when they start training, their first belt will be a green belt, so they may be on a white belt for a while as they need to have achieved the requirements of a green belt. It is also worth considering here that if a child is progressed too quickly through the belts by their instructor they may be placed up against more experienced students in competitions.
If you have any questions about gradings and belts, please have a chat to our instructors as they are happy to go through the belt system with you. The belt system is also on the wall of all of our ROOTS BJJ academies.
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