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Participating in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu events without a belt

Jul 14, 2024, 9:20:48 PM UTC

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a captivating martial art that embraces practitioners of all levels. Even without an official belt, you can immerse yourself in the world of BJJ events. In this article, we'll explore how to get involved, choose the right division based on your martial arts background, and ensure a smooth experience by consulting event organizers.

Open community of BJJ

BJJ's unique community welcomes participants without formal belts to compete and learn. This fosters a supportive community that values growth and skill development, making BJJ events accessible and appealing to beginners and experienced martial artists alike.

Choosing the Right Division

While not having an official belt doesn't disqualify you from participating in BJJ events, it's essential to choose the appropriate division to ensure a fair and enjoyable competition.

If you're new to martial arts or lack prior experience, the white belt division is the ideal starting point.

Individuals with prior experience in martial arts like judo, wrestling, or other grappling styles often possess valuable skills that can translate well into the world of BJJ. These skills include takedowns, control, and an understanding of body positioning.

For example, under IBJJF rules, if you have a brown or black belt in judo, you must enter at least the purple belt division. If you have a lower belt, you must register at the blue belt level.

Consulting Organizers for Clarity

When you register for an event organised by MartialMatch, pay attention to the information provided by the organiser of the event. It is very common for organisers to tell competitors which division they should register for based on their experience. If you do not find this information, it is worth contacting the organiser directly.

Clear communication with event organizers is crucial. Reach out to them to discuss your experience and seek guidance on division selection. By doing so, you'll gain insights into the competition's rules and regulations, minimizing the risk of disqualification and enhancing your overall experience.

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