Grading & Promotions

Grading & Promoting

Belt promotion in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu system is a rewarding experience that represents a journey of physical and mental challenges overcomed.  The standards for grading and belt promotions vary between schools but it is widely accepted that the measure of a student’s skills and rank are the amount of technical knowledge and competition/sparring performance a student can demonstrate. At Aloisio Silva BJJ belt promotions are based, first and foremost, on the student’s mastery of the techniques. Students are rigorously tested once testing requirements are fulfilled in in-class sparring and students are expected to demonstrated a high level of accuracy, efficiency and reflexes in the execution of techniques.  Remember that our curriculum is designed in a linear and progressive nature therefore students must complete all tests up to the existing belt level and not just the test associated with your current rank. Most importantly, remember that rank is a result of your training and that it should not be the reason you are training.

At Aloisio Silva BJJ we do not have final exams or tests for belt promotion. We believe that we teach a high standard of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu everyday and believe in the importance of every student fully experience our curriculum so that their belt rank reflects our high standards. That being said, to guarantee that practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu wanting to become part of Aloisio Silva BJJ are aligned with our high standards they may be subject to an entry exam to ensure the belt rank is reflective of our standards.

Technical knowledge is assessed based on the number of techniques that a student can perform and the degree of expertise in which they are performed in competition or sparring.  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a unique, individual sport in which practitioners are encouraged to adapt the techniques to their body, strategic preferences and athleticism to make it the most efficient.  For belt rank technical knowledge requirements click here.

Competition or sparring performance is assessed by how well a student compares to other students of the same rank from other schools or if they are consistently submitting most of their own peers in class sparring.

There are additional components to belt promotion such as character of the student on and off the mat that can account for a student being promoted or not. It is the above criteria that an instructor of Aloisio Silva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will consider when promoting students.  Each instructor has the responsibility to live up to the standards of Aloisio Silva BJJ by acting with integrity and implementing the correct teaching and testing methodology to ensure the legitimacy of Aloisio Silva BJJ.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ranking system for adults consists of 5 belts that progress from White Belt, Blue Belt, Purple Belt, Brown Belt to Black Belt. The kids ranking system consist of 5 belts that progress from White Belt, Gray Belt, Yellow Belt, Orange Belt to Green Belt. In between each belt promotion each student earns up to four stripes.  A student can be progressed to the next belt without acquiring four stripes at the discretion of the instructor and based on the measures discussed above.  A student can request a belt test once they have received the four stripes.  The four stripes do not guarantee a belt promotion.

Age Requirement for Belt Ranks
Click on belt to see knowledge requirements

White to Gray Belt – 4 to 7 years of age

White/Gray Belt to Yellow Belt – 7 to 17 years of age

Yellow Belt to Orange Belt – 10 to 15 years of age

Orange Belt to Green Belt – 13 to 15 years of age

White/Yellow/Orange/Green Belt to Blue Belt – 16 years of age and older

Green/Blue Belt to Purple Belt – 17 years of age and older (in the case that a green belt has held that rank for over one year and the instructor feels that student is capable of being promoted to the Purple Belt rank it is allowed, considered unusual due to maturity)

Purple Belt to Brown Belt – 18 years of age and older

Brown Belt to Black Belt – 19 years of age and older


Only instructors that are part of the Aloisio Silva BJJ Association are authorized to promote a student and all promotions are required to adhere to our Belt Rank Technical Knowledge Requirements.  Purple Belts who are active instructors are permitted to promote a student up to the rank of Blue Belt with direct authorization from Aloisio Silva.  Brown Belts who are active instructors are permitted to promote a student up to the rank of Purple Belt with direct authorization from Aloisio Silva.  Black Belts who are active instructors and have not yet received their third stripe are permitted to promote up to Brown Belt. Upon being awarded your third stripe you are considered a Professor and will be able to promote a student to the rank of Black Belt together with a five degree or higher Black Belt.  After being awarded your fifth stripe you will be considered a Master and will be able to promote a student to the rank of Black Belt independently.  Aloisio Silva BJJ will work closely with you in supporting your transition from student to instructor.