Receiving a belt promotion or grading comprises some of the most memorable experiences for our team mates. The incredible amount of effort, sacrifices, mental fortitude, physical demands on our body and skill set improvement are recognized on these days by our instructors. We must view these days as milestones along our journey. Understand that the belt is not the only objective but the result of continuous effort and learning in a journey. One whose only objective is to get a new belt limits his own potential, which is always enormous and unknown. Rather than focus on that, concern yourself with developing technical aspects of the fight. The question to never ask your instructor is, "When am I going to get my belt?" It hurts to even type those words. Your instructors will know when it is your time and we know you look forward to receiving it. Belt promotions are always at the discretion of your head instructor. We adhere to the minimum time in rank recommemnded by the federations. How much longer it takes to earn a belt promotion than the recommended minimum time in rank suggested by the federations is based on several factors. Above-average class attendance, natural ability, community contribution or competing could possibly shorten the time to a belt promotion, while a poor attitude, poor attendance, bad temper or a lack of common morality outside the school could lengthen it. Just know that you are already earning it and when you finish earning it we are delighted to give it to you.
Another interesting mark of our progression are the achievment of stripes on your belt. Stripes are awarded at the instructors discretion and the methodology for earning a stripe differs among adults and kids programs. While the kids mostly earn their stripes through dedication (attendance) and they earn their belts through performance, technical knowledge and behavior. Instructors may award adults stripes based on their dedication, performance in a competition, character in and out of the academy, technical knowledge, etc. It is widely recognized that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu maintains a conservative approach in belt promotions and is highly respected worldwide for preserving its commitment to preserving the legitimacy of our rankings. Since the amount of time between belt promotions is measured in years, stripes serve as a method for the instructor to communicate that the students are heading on the right path toward their belt promotion. At REV white, blue, purple and brown belts may be awarded up to 4 stripes on each belt. However it is not a requirement to earn 4 stripes before being promoted to the next belt.