BJJ Federation Bans Purple Belts From Teaching


The Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro has just issued a statement that will surely ruffle some feathers in the worldwide BJJ community.

It is a reminder of one of their federation rules which bans purple and brown belts from opeing BJJ academies and teaching Jiu-Jitsu. To teach, you have to be a black belt.

Сurrent president of the federation is 9th degree red belt Carlos Robson Gracie. Specifically, it controls all teaching certifications, as well as all promotions to the rank of black belt and above.

” In Jiu-Jitsu, only black belts can teach. Only the ones that have acquired this rank have the authority and knowledge to teach. Do not forget, the presence of a black belt on the mat is obligatory! ”

This statement is quite controversial as it does not take into account the regions and countries were Jiu-Jitsu is still new and growing and where black belts in bjj are a rarity.

BJJ World Champion, Professor Victor Estima started training 20 years ago in Recife, a region which back then had no black belts. His then instructor Ze Radiola (who coached all the champions such Braulio Estima, Otavio Sousa etc..) was just a purple belt at the time. He is now one of the most respected BJJ coaches in the world.

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Last modified: January 11, 2018

One Response to " BJJ Federation Bans Purple Belts From Teaching "

  1. Samuel Diaz says:

    That’s just stupid. If a purple or brown belt can effectively explain techniques and push students forward, there should be no barriers to prevent them from teaching. My younger brother is training at ZR Team’s club in SC “Borets”. They have great gym and thanks to the sponsor Biotexcom even free Gi. So my brother’s class is led by a purple belt. And as far as I can tell he learned so much so early from his sanseis, that guy showed him some useful stuff. I assume their coach make blue and purple belts teach white belts as part of his training regime. And I think he critiques their teaching, but it made sense. At my judo/jiu-jitsu school where I was a brown belt, it was basically expected you start teaching at brown. Honestly, I think a great instructor at brown/black is essential but nothing should stop good students from sharing knowledge if they have it. As for me I still have no knowledge, so keep my mouth shut and ask questions.

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