All Brazilian Jiu Jitsu students begin at the white belt ranking. Following the white belt, adults may advance to belts blue, purple, brown, and black.
Kids advance from white, to gray and white, gray, gray and black, yellow and white, yellow, yellow and black, yellow and orange, orange, and green. After 16 years old, kids may advance to blue belt (or even purple belt) and follow the adult ranking or may begin again as a white belt adult. Each belt carries 4 degrees or stripes before advancing to the next belt color. Belt advancement is on an individual basis only. Many variables are taken into consideration for belt advancement. Time training, training frequency, technique, knowledge, attitude, and loyalty are just some of these variables. Don’t be over focused on belt advancement; be focused on getting better. Raul Castillo Martial Arts holds two to three promotion ceremonies a year where students are rewarded for their hard work and dedication; however, advancement of degrees or stripes can be given at any time and is under Instructor Raul Castillo’s discretion.