For two years I studied and practiced Kendo when I was in my teens. I was diligent and worked hard at it. I really enjoyed Kendo. Every once and a while the president of the Rocky Mountain Kendo Federation would come out and we would test. Each time it would take months to get test results. We never received a certificate or any thing other then word of mouth about the results and our new rank except from our, aged and well loved sensei. RMKF happily accepted our testing fees and the money we paid for them to visit and do the testing each time. So if I were to start Kendo again would I be accepted at the rank I was told I had? I doubt it. I doubt there is any record of it. I don’t have any documentation. My sensei has since died. It has left a bad taste in my mouth. I spend time and money to earn that rank. It would be the equivalent of a associates degree with no proof.
So when I tested for my blue belt in BJJ I thought things would be different. I went to a local affiliate school. I didn’t have a intermediary. I would be talking directly to the person testing me. The test result I knew would be delivered at the end of the test. I paid my testing fee.
I passed the test. I was given the blue belt on the spot. Things were looking good. I left the test elated that after 2 1/2 hours of testing I had passed. That was the end of the warm fuzzes. I neglected to ask about documentation. Later when I realized that, I started by sending e-mails asking about a certificate. My e-mails to the testing school had been answered before but this time there was no reply. I asked my instructor if I should have received a certificate. He said they were usually mailed to the school. I waited and nothing came. I asked my instructor again about it. He made a call to the testing school and left a voice mail. I waited and time passed. I forgot about my quest for legitimate rank.
A new set of white belts in my school had matured and were sent for testing. They returned and my thoughts turned back to finding documentation. I asked one of them if they had received a certificate. Maybe I was just the odd man out. He said no. Something seemed fishy now to me and I began to get that old feeling from the Kendo days. I went to the affiliate website and found that I had to pay $50 a year for official membership that would allow me to obtain rank under this organization. If I paid the membership and tested at an affiliate school I would be listed on the website with my rank. I couldn’t find anywhere on the site that had any listing of anyone’s ranking but the "Professor’s" or the head of the school. I decided to pay the $50 membership anyway. Now there would be no excuse for not giving me some documentation. When my membership kit comes I’ll start my inquires again. I’ll start with a direct call to the person that tested me.
At this moment I feel like there are "under the table" belt promotions happening throughout the BJJ world. Fees and belts are exchanged but without documentation it is all dust in the wind as my Kendo story points out.
How do you tie your belt? I’ll bet its the standard square knot that we all learn. If you haven’t got your blue belt or don’t care you may use the famous granny knot. I got to thinking about all the varieties of gis / kimonos. But no one ever uses different knots to tie their belt. So I began looking through a knot book and after fooling around for a while created what I’m calling the "Kimura Knot". Its just like the triangle created with your arms when you are get a Kimura submission. Here are the step to create one:
Step 1. Loop your belt around like you would for a square knot.
Step 2: Bring one side under the belt forming a loop.
Step 3: Bring the end down through the loop you have made in step 2.
Step 4: Take the other end and place it under the belt forming a loop.
Step 5: Bring it down through the loop and tighten both ends.
Looks just like the triangle that you make when getting a Kimura Submission in my opinion. For your next class tie your belt in a Kimura Knot and tell your buddies you learned it on JiuJitsuMap.com. You may not be able to buy the coolest gi but you can be the only one who know a cool belt knot.
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Purple Belt Requirements Pedro Sauer – Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt Requirements 1. Double Ankle Grab Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 74) 2. Both Hands on Ankle Sweep to Armlock (BJJ T&T pg. 78) 3. Push Sweep From Scissors (BJJ T&T pg. 80) 4. Handstand Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 144) 5. Arm Inside Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 160) 6. Arm Inside Sweep to Armbar (BJJ T&T pg. 162) 7. Sweep from Seated Guard (BJJ T&T pg. 186) 8. Overhead Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 188 or 238) 9. Leg Pinching Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 190) ??? 10. Scissor Sweep Standing from Guard (BJJ T&T pg. 226) 11. Hook Sweep from Guard (BJJ T&T pg. 228) 12. Kick over Sweep (Balloon) (BJJ T&T pg. 188) 13. Sweep from Guard (Spider Guard) (BJJ T&T pg. 240)??? 14. Star Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 252) 15. Sweep from Guard (Holding the Knee) 16. Sweep from Guard (Stand in Base-Holding the Belt) 17. Sweep from Guard (Stand in Base-Holding the Collar) 18. Sweep from Guard (Hand on Knee) 19. Half Guard to Half Mount (Leg Straight) 20. Half Guard to Half Mount (Leg Bent) 21. Half Guard to Half Mount (Holding Belt) 22. Sweep to Mount and Choke 23. Shoulder Grab (Bent Arm) 24. Shoulder Grab (Straight Arm) 25. Lapel Grab With Both Hands 26. Defense Against Front Thrust Kick 27. Standing Guillotine Defense 28. Both Hands Grab from Behind 29. Standing Head Lock Defense (Taken to Ground) 30. Two Hands Against Wall Defense 31. Under Arm Collar Choke from Guard 32. Mount to Back 33. Achilles Ankle Lock (Passing Guard) 34. Omo Plata 35. Kimura from Cross Body 36. Choke from Cross Body 37. Cross Body to Knee on the Stomach 38. Escape Knee on Stomach (Going to Knees) 39. Armlock from Knee on Stomach 40. Triangle Choke to Armbar (BJJ T&T pg. 176) 41. Ankle lock When Passing Guard (Stacking) 42. Knee Bar from Guard 43. North South Foot Lock 44. Ankle Lock from Open Guard 45. Knife Stab Defense 46. Overhead Knife Stab Defense 47. Knee Bar from Cross Body 48. Neck Crank from Cross Body 49. Choke from Knee on Stomach 50. Straight Armlock from Cross Body (Both Knees Up) 51. Guard to Back 52. Foot Lock from Back Mount (Feet Crossed) 53. Helicopter Armbar 54. Half Guard to Cross Body 55. Escape from North South (Knees Under Armpits) 56. Pass Half Guard to Mount 57. Head & Arm Choke from Guard 58. Choke from Half Mount 59. Knee Bar from Passing Guard 60. Choke from Guard (Holding your Elbow) 61. Double Armlock 62. Arm Trapped Armlock (Hand on Lapel) 63. Squeeze the Bread (Both Hands) 64. Shoulder Lock from Guard 65. Escape Knee on Stomach by Making Hook 66. Escape Knee on Stomach (Using Knees) 67. Escape Knee on Stomach (Holding Belt) 68. Choke from Knee on Stomach (Crossing Hands) 69. Pass Guard & Defend Recompense 70. Counter to Kimura 71. Helio Gracie Choke from Mount 72. Escape from Mount (Two Hands on Belt) 73. Cross Body to Mount (Foot Between Legs) 74. Cross Body to Mount (Holding Your Foot) 75. Cross Body to Mount (Holding Opponent’s Legs) 76. Defense Against UPA (Locking Legs) 77. Mount by Pushing Opponent’s Legs 78. Lapel Choke (Mount Going to North South) 79. Defense Against Lapel Choke 80. Squeeze the Bread from Mount (Nutcracker) 81. Lapel Choke from Cross Body 82. Counter Elbow Escape 83. North South Escape to Choke 84. North South Escape (Foot in Belt) 85. North South to Back 86. North South Escape to Armlock 87. North South Position Fishing to Half Guard 88. Choke from Guard (Using Gi)
After hard work and time I have achieved blue belt. I was awarded a Ki belt at the test. It was a little small for me. It gave me the look of Baby Huey when I had it on. It was thin and flimsy. I decide there had to be something better. I had just bought my first real Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Kimono (Koral MKM Urban Camo Kimono) and decided that I should get a belt from Koral (click to see). I was a little skeptical about the Koral belts at first. As you can see in the picture it doesn’t give much detail. Koral belts were going for roughly $20 plus shipping where as the Ki sold for $5 plus shipping. I didn’t want to have another flimsy belt with a know brand name on it. Koral is made in Brazil and Ki is made in China. I decided to take a chance and get a blue Koral but now how to pick the right size? There was no belt size chart to help me. I finally decided to go with the same size as my kimono or gi. In short order my belt arrived in the mail. I quickly took it out and compared it to my Ki and old HSU white belt. My new Koral was longer then my Ki, to my relief, but shorter then my old HSU white belt. I tried it on with my gi and it looked good. The quality of the belt is much better too. It is thicker and has the black ends for strips. I guess you get what you pay for. I recommend the Koral belt over Ki.