Junior BJJ belts are different from adult ones. How are they converted when a junior becomes an adult?

So let's say I'm 15 and have Orange belt. When I turn 17 should I start from White again or will I receive a Blue, Purple etc?

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    This varies school-to-school, but what I've seen is that your next promotion goes to blue. Commented Jun 7, 2013 at 14:14
  • My two boys age 9 and 14 are going for their black belts this Xmas. They don't want to go further in their jujitsu. What can else can they do after this?
    – user6188
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 13:48
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    – slugster
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 1:38
  • @user6188 I think that you must be referring to something other than BRAZILLIAN Jiu Jitsu, because in BJJ you cannot get a black belt until you are 19 years old.
    – LemmyX
    Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 0:56

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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.

  • Actually, there are IBJJF standards - ibjjf.com/info/graduation-system
    – LemmyX
    Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 0:57
  • In these standards it includes that anyone who is grey, not yellow, or higher becomes blue.
    – LemmyX
    Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 0:58

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 on 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; 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 a grading; no automatic promotion.

  • 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 instructor of the gym.

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