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

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