Just started Brazilian Jiujitsu? There is important information that you should be familiar with before you start. Unfortunately, many people do not take the time to inform you. So you HAVE to watch these videos and I’ll explain why:
Professor Pedro Valente on the history of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Belt System
Professor Pedro Valente talks about his discoveries while studying the history of Brazilian Jiujitsu. He explains how it became the modern BJJ that we all practice today. He also explains how the belt system started and how mestre Helio Gracie approved it.
Relson Gracie talks kimono colors, instructors’ programs, and belts
This video was done as a Q&A with the 8th Degree Red and Black Belt Mestre Relson Gracie (oldest son of Helio Gracie). He talks about how many colors are allowed for the Gis according to the Gracie Academy. Remember that Relson, like many old school Judo Sensei’s (mine for example), is all about keeping the tradition alive. So for him, it is personal, it is a family issue. Jiujitsu, or Brazilian Jiujitsu, has changed a lot. Traditional martial art instructors typically are not big fans of change. I would advise taking his suggestions as guidelines to how you relate to your life, your attitude and the Kimono “dressing code.”
IBBF Belt system and minimum age
How to tie your kimono pants with Rener Gracie
If your Gi pants are always falling or you are never quite sure where to put the knot of your belt, at the center or to the side. You should watch this video. It is a funny one, like all videos from Rener Gracie. However, he has a lot of little tips that will help you out a lot. When you are done with this jump to the next video
How to tie your Belt (Obi) with Rener Gracie
Rener Gracie will show you three of the most common ways to tie your belt. I cannot stand to see someone that does not know how to tie their belt. When I was a white belt in Judo, at age seven, my first belt exam was to show my sensei how I tied my belt. Today it is very common to see blue belts in Brazilian Jiujitsu and Yellow and Orange belts in Judo that do not know how to tie their belt correctly. So with these videos there is excuse!
My favorite ways to tie a knot are the one that Rener calls “hollywood” and the “super lock.” Why I have two favorites instead of one? Because, if I’m competing in Judo and use the “super lock” my belt will never get untied. However, if I need a quick 2 second break during a match, the only way to get that break is when I have to tie my belt! #ficaadica 😉
The reason why I do not like the “standard” version is because if your opponent throws you very hard, flat on your back, and the overlay of the belt is there, it is going to hurt. So, I try to keep it as straight as possible to avoid that problem.
What is your favorite? What do you think about all the different Gi colors and the “Blings” on the Gis? Leave us a comment with your opinions.