Interesting Guidelines to Purple Belt

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I know that many people who read this blog are blue belts or are close to becoming one. I happened to bump into the Alliance’s (in Atlanta) requirements for promotion to Purple Belt yesterday. It is pretty interesting. I always like to quantify what it takes to get to the next level and even though we all train under different guidelines I think this is probably a good tool to use.

ALLIANCE BJJ (Atlanta) – Home of Jacare, Cobrinha and Chris Moriarty (Alliance’s Blog)

Purple Belt Requirements (other belts – click here)

On average, 3 years of training with a minimum of 360 classes plus passing the following test. Belt promotions are always at the discretion of the head instructor. Factors such as above-average class attendance, natural ability, or competing could possibly shortened the time to purple belt, while a poor attitude, bad temper, or a lack of common morality outside the school could lengthen it.

Throws and Takedowns
One leg throw
Four hip throws
Two double legs
Two single leg

Two ways to defend the guillotine standing up
Two ways to defend the headlock standing
One way to defend the headlock on the ground
One way to defend the guillotine on the ground

Passing the Guard
Five different ways to pass the guard and get side control

Two sweeps from the half-guard
Two half-guard passes

Sweeps from the Guard
Five different ways to sweep your opponent

Two ways to escape the mount
One way to escape the side-mount
One way to escape the rear-mount
One way to escape the knee-on-belly

Five from the mount
Two double attacks
Three from the side-mount
Two from the back
Two from knee in the belly
Five from the guard

*These requirements are posted on Alliance’s Website – Links are above.*


5 thoughts on “Interesting Guidelines to Purple Belt

    Jason said:
    February 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    What are the requirements at the school you go to?

    jiujitsu365 said:
    February 11, 2010 at 11:05 pm


    Roughly – and do not quote me on this. But I believe students have to attend at least 20 classes per stripe for a white belt, 40 per stripe for a blue, 60 per stripe for purple and for the rest I do not know. As you can see my gaze ahead is limited to the Purple Belt and of course talent, extra time on the mat and competitions influences rank as well.

    Here’s the link to the day of my promotion where I describe what happened and what I had to demonstrate.

    Joel said:
    March 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Interesting, thanks for posting.

    That really doesn’t seem like a lot, except for the self-defence stuff which I’m largely terrible at. And I feel like I’m still at least a year from purple, with not enough knowledge of commonly-occuring positions like sprawl control, de la riva, spider guard etc. Then again, Alliance Purple belts aren’t going to be slouches, so I guess this is just what they test.

    What the hell is a ‘leg throw’? A tomoe nage?

    Joel said:
    March 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Oh, I just realised it means a foot sweep. OF COURSE.

    At my club it seems to be about 6 months per stripe at blue belt, assuming you train two or three times a week. Winning comps speeds it up though.

    Geison Francisco Barillo Soares Pereira said:
    July 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Sou faixa azul,e quero ir para a roxa quero e ter um perfeito desenvolvimento

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