The Blue Belt Blues

The dreaded blue belt blues. What are they and what do I need to know?

The ‘blue belt blues’ is a colloquial term for a period of stagnation in your Jiu Jitsu progression typically happening at blue belt. “Not me” I hear you saying.

Well, let me tell you. Blue belt is notorious for being one of the harder belts in BJJ as it has the longest minimum time requirement (2 years in accordance with IBJJF belt standards) and therefore sees a significant amount of student drop off.

There are plenty of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu memes making light of the common occurrence of the ‘blue belt blues’, here are some of our favourites:

However, a blue belt is more than just fun memes. It’s a turning point in your development as you’ve passed the ‘beginner gains’ period from your white belt days and are required to take a significant jump in order to be awarded your purple belt.

Fear not though! Have a listen to the podcast episode below and you’ll be well equipped to deal with all the ups and downs that come with that shiny new belt.

Listen more about it here: Beyond Jiu Jitsu Podcast

Jiu Jitsu for women

While martial arts is traditionally viewed as intimidating, or off-limits, for women, recent popularity of female UFC fighters, and the explosion in women’s sports worldwide, has seen more and more women powering through a room filled with burly men to begin a successful and empowering Jiu Jitsu journey.

Once you get to step on the mats and roll with the Vantage Jiu Jitsu team you will instantly know that we are all here to inspire you, and help you achieve your goals.

Read some of the feedback we have received from a few of our students:

“The head coach of Vantage Jiu Jitsu is one of the most compassionate and dedicated coaches I have witnessed. He is constantly finding the best way to evolve his students' practice and his own, catering to their needs, learning from their questions and bringing out the best in them. Adam has cultivated an incredible community that I'm so grateful to be a part of. He's inspired me and pushed me to be better in my practice. Adam has a gift for teaching and sharing his passion with his students. From the moment I stepped into the gym I knew this was a coach I wanted to learn as much as I could.” Sophia, 19, Bondi Beach.

“My dad was a Judo black belt and I always wanted to train martial arts, I tried a few others, but wanted something more active and jiu jitsu is perfect for me. I love it, I love learning self-defence and I feel more empowered and confident.” Virginie, 30, Rose Bay

“Alliance has an amazing gym culture thanks to the head coach Adam! I recently joined the gym and as someone new to the sport and as a woman I felt extremely welcomed! Can't recommend it enough!” Marina, 25, Bondi Junction

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We have great female students and love to see their progress every time they step on the mats. The many benefits Jiu Jitsu can bring you:

Vantage Jiu Jitsu is an academy for everyone regardless of age, gender or previous knowledge of Jiu Jitsu. Come be part of this family too!

Welcome to Vantage Jiu Jitsu!

Our team is getting bigger, better and more transformative! After over 10 years being a proud Alliance Jiu Jitsu representative, it’s time to take our Jiu Jitsu to the next level and build on the knowledge, experience, and learnings that we have received - and passed on to our students.

It has been an amazing journey to work for and with Alliance HQ, and to have the pride to say that we have studied at the “Harvard” of Jiu Jitsu and received exclusive mentorship from Fabio Gurgel and the entire Alliance team.

We’ve enjoyed the opportunity to regularly train with former and current IBJJF World Champion’s Michael Langhi, Bernardo Faria, Tarsis Humphreys, Leo Nogueira, Gabi Garcia and UFC fighter Sergio Moraes. Now it’s time for us to take on new adventures.

Vantage Jiu Jitsu - It’s a new brand, but with the same core values we have always carried out. Honest, down to earth, high-level training, tailored instruction, warm & friendly atmosphere. A Vantage view, with the core values of: strength, discipline and confidence.

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Let better training elevate your life. We can’t wait to see you on the mats.


Read more: Why train at Vantage Jiu Jitsu?