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Junior BJJ belts are different from adult ones, I wonder how they will be transformed when junior becomes adult

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So let's say I'm 15 and have Orange belt, when I will be 17 should I start from White again or they will give Blue or Purple etc.

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This varies school-to-school, but what I've seen is that your next promotion goes to blue. –  Dave Liepmann Jun 7 '13 at 14:14
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There is no official method since every school has different rules. However, it is quite standard to convert all the belts from the yellow up to a blue belt. This is because there is normally no sense in letting these former under-16 people fight against white belts. On the other side, if they are much better than a blue belt they will prove it quickly during competitions and they will then be rewarded with the purple belt.

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As @Annoys answered it varies between gyms.

  • My oldest son is a purple belt aged 19, my younger two. aged 13 and 12, are grey and white belts. When my younger two turn 16 they will receive blue belts in the gym they go to, based in years of experience, so a yellow belt and a green belt at the age of 15 years and 11 months, may both graduate to blue belts.

  • My oldest son started at 15 and was still a white belt when he turned 16 and it was just a matter of getting his stripes before graduating to a blue belt.

  • In some other gyms they will only give belt promotions if the person passes gradings. So there is not automatic graduation.

  • In other gyms, children who have been training long enough will graduate to purple belts at the age of 16.

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  • All these factors depend upon the training and skill of the 16 year old. All these conditions are at the discretion of the Professor of the gym.

Ibjjf From the IBJJF

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