Today I am going to talk to you guys about which belt I think is the hardest one in bjj. Many people say that blue belt is the hardest belt in Jiu Jitsu I actually believe that the hardest belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the purple belt. There are many reasons I believe this and having trained for a long time I have seen many people stop training, have problems, or struggle during the purple belt.
In bjj the belt progression is white, blue, purple, brown and black. Purple is the middle of the journey and it is a belt where a lot of people struggle. White belt is very good because you just started training Jiu Jitsu, you are happy, passionate and you also learn the most at white belt. The reason you learn the most at white is because you know the least so there is more to learn.
After white belt you get the blue belt and you are super happy because this is the first promotion. In Jiu Jitsu it takes very long to get each belt, like one year or more each and some people spend 2-3 years at each belt. It depends on a lot. So after you have trained hard and gotten the blue belt you are very excited. You don’t quite have your game yet and are developing it.
You are still learning a lot at the blue belt and putting the pieces together, it is a very exciting time. After you spend a few years at the blue you will get the purple. When you get the purple, a lot of people feel burnt out and like they are not progressing anymore. You start to learn less and less because you know a lot; this is the belt where you pick up on the little details. Some people think they are at like a plateau. When this happens people feel like they are not learning and it makes them want to quit or they struggle. I have even felt like this before and it was at purple and when I felt like this I was actually always doing well. When I felt like I was not progressing I was actually winning all the tournaments.
Looking back at the way I felt I realize that I probably felt like I was not progressing because I was training so much and doing so good that I felt burnt out. The times I felt like I was learning a lot I did not do as good. The purple makes you feel like you still have a while till black and are not learning much so is it worth continuing.
Once you get the brown you are so close to black and you are very motivated to finish the journey from white to black, but once you receive the black you are on a whole new endless journey. Anyways guys I am saying all this to let you know that no matter what belt you are at, if you feel like you are not learning or tired this is all normal and part of the journey, check out the video below where I talk about it more! Oss guys!