Versus Grappling Tournaments for 2015 / How long does it take to get a black belt?
It takes a long time to get a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – the median length of time for a dedicated practitioner is about ten years, but some people take longer (because of injuries, time off related to work, travel or family issues, or simply lack of access to an instructor qualified to promote them). There are some prodigies who train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu full time and achieve their black belt more quickly, but they are special cases and it is unlikely that someone who has a full-time job and family commitments could copy that sort of training schedule and devote the time required to achieve such rapid promotion.
The Gracie Barra organization has rules regarding the minimum amount of time that people must spend at each stripe/belt level before they can be promoted. These rules are minimum time periods, not targets or time scales that must be followed. Don’t worry about how long it takes to get promoted. If you keep showing up and working hard, you will get there in the end!
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