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How Long Does it Take to Get a Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu?

Posted: April 27, 2021

In Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the black belt sits near the top of the ranking system. The only belts beyond it are the more advanced grades, known as coral and red.

Because the black belt represents the summit of Jiu-Jitsu achievement for many, students, or prospective students, want to know how long it takes to get a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.

There isn’t one definitive answer, because a student’s progression through the belt rankings very much depends on their individual capabilities. The colour of each belt demonstrates the level of proficiency you’ve reached. The more rapidly you progress, the closer you’ll get to achieving a black belt.

How to Teach Your Child Self-Defence

Posted: April 13, 2021

Why is self-defence for kids important, and why would you want to teach it to your child? The issue is bullying. Bullying is an unfortunate fact of life. Up to a fifth of young people have experienced it.

The figures for bullying are worryingly consistent, year on year, and while cyberbullying is undoubtedly on the rise, traditional, physical bullying hasn’t gone away.

The effects of bullying on a child can be acute. Bullied children may have fewer friendships or find it difficult for their peers to accept them. They can become suspicious of others and wary of them. Adjusting at school can become a problem, and children who are bullied may develop problems such as anxiety and depression.

How Does the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Ranking System Work?

Posted: March 23, 2021

The Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu ranking system involves different coloured belts. There is a youth belt system, for ages seven to 15,  and one for adults, aged 16 and over.

The ranking system is progressive. As you progress, you can move up with a series of promotions at each stage. The rank you achieve in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is not just an indicator of your level of skill, but also your moral character as a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.


What Muscles Does Jiu-Jitsu Work?

Posted: February 25, 2021

For many people, the main reason they take up Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu may not be to develop an athletic physique. But, as a form of keeping fit as well as a martial art, Jiu Jitsu does work certain muscles very effectively.


Why is Muscular Strength Important?

Self-Discipline and Kids

Posted: February 09, 2021

Martial arts can help kids develop their self-discipline, and it’s an essential life skill they need to learn. In fact, self-discipline is integral to martial arts such as Royce Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Learning and mastering Jiu Jitsu can teach kids about self-discipline, and it also teaches them self-confidence and self-awareness alongside self-defence.


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