I purchased Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt Requirements: Gateway to the Advanced Game by Roy Dean a few weeks ago. It came with ultra thin DVD’s of the type I had never seen before. I thought they might not work correctly as they had come lose in the shipping and looked like they could easily warp with the heat. I was very glad to see they didn’t.
REVIEW: I have to say I’m very impressed with the quality and type of instruction in the DVD’s. Roy Dean is easy to understand (no pidgin English). The video is shown from different angles so you can see the technique done from all sides. It has a easy to use interface that shows submissions based on positions. The video looks professional not like it was done in a garage with a mat and curtains hung up for back drop. If you are a beginner I wouldn’t start here. I’d start with Saulo Ribeiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Revolution Series One. I did a post a while back called "Review of Saulo Ribeiro’s Jiu-Jitsu Revolution, Series One". Why I say that is, Roy Dean shows techniques that build upon foundation learning. If I had looked at this in the first few months I was training I would have been over whelmed and would be missed the finer points that make it advanced.
The video goes into submission combinations and talks about having what I call "fall back positions". If you miss the submission you "fall back" to another submission. I took what I learned to class, after watching the Back and Mount segments of the video, it made a huge positive difference in my game. Mr. Dean really helped me capitalize when I got a superior position. In layman’s terms, once I got the back or mount I submitted them with little effort.
I’m going to buy Roy Dean’s other videos and he has a permanent place in my BJJ video collect. Great video!
Jiu-Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu-Jitsu
Tonight was another night of working on purple belt test techniques. This time we went over the next six techniques for the Pedro Sauer’s Purple Belt test:
- Sweep from Seated Guard (BJJ T&T pg. 186)
- Overhead Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 188 or 238)
- Leg Pinching Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 190)
- Scissor Sweep Standing from Guard (BJJ T&T pg. 226)
- Hook Sweep from Guard (BJJ T&T pg. 228)
- Kick over Sweep (Balloon) (BJJ T&T pg. 188)
Yesterday we went over the first six and I posted them. Like I said before they are documented in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series) by Renzo and Royler Gracie.
I had a great time sweeping people over my head. I have to say that sweeps are my favorite. Submissions are cool too don’t get me wrong but a well executed sweeps saps moral or the spirit of the other guy. He just went from equal or in control to flip side.
Rolling was good too. We lined up and would rotate the line every 2 minutes. This gives you a great opportunity to try yourself against everyone. It also keeps the action going. I was admirable tonight. I didn’t tap anyone that was higher then me but then again I didn’t get tapped. I’ll settle for a stalemate against a purple belt right now.
BJJ practice went well tonight. We broke up into whites and blues. The whites went over the blue belt test and the blues went over the purple belt test. We are a Pedro Sauer’s affiliated school. I was surprised that I knew the six techniques we went over as well as I did. We went over:
- Double Ankle Grab Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 74)
- Both Hands on Ankle Sweep to Armlock (BJJ T&T pg. 78)
- Push Sweep From Scissors (BJJ T&T pg. 80)
- Handstand Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 144)
- Arm Inside Sweep (BJJ T&T pg. 160)
- Arm Inside Sweep to Arm Bar (BJJ T&T pg. 162)
These are all in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series) by Renzo and Royler Gracie. I have documented the page numbers in the book next to each technique. I highly recommend the book. It has most of the basic techniques you will need to get a blue or purple belt.
After that we did some training from the guard. The object was for the guy on the bottom to get a sweep and the guy on top to get the pass. I tried out a number of sweeps and managed to kept from getting passed. It felt great to get may favorite Spider Guard Sweep.
We then did our usual rolling session to close out the class. I made some mistakes. First of all I let a guillotine get away from me only to have it reversed onto me. Inside my head my mind was screaming for me to throw my arm over his should for the escape but my body just wouldn’t respond. I think I was to preoccupied with the coke. The next roll was with one of your blues who should be going purple soon. I held my own for a good while and escaped one arm bar before succumbing to a second. I had him in a leg bind at one point and was thinking of a Machado leg bar I had been reading about but wasn’t able to pull it off. All in all it was a good night. I won some and I lost some.
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Last night I had a dream. In that dream I was competing in a BJJ tournament. It was gi of course. I have a progress plan that will lead up to no-gi as I posted in No-Gi vs Gi. Back to the dream, I won all of my matches and took the gold but only by a hairs breath. I felt I was a decent blue belt but needed more time to learn after testing myself against other blues. At the end of the tournament I was awarded my purple belt. I was very upset! I knew I didn’t deserve it yet. I knew I couldn’t live up to it yet. I was proud that they thought I should wear it but I knew better inside. This morning as I ponder on my dream I find it very enlightening. I do feel a sense of accomplishment and a right to have my blue belt. At the same time I realize I have growth that needs to take place before I can achieve the next level. I know that when I get that purple belt I’ll feel like a purple belt. I’ll know its right about the time my instructor does too I think. I look forward to that day and to all the fun and learning that leads up to it.
Jiu Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu Jitsu.
So you got your blue belt, Congratulations! If you are feeling like me you are excited. The thrill of achievement has you thinking, “what do I need to do now to get my purple belt”. The simple answer is time and practice. This isn’t exactly what you wanted to hear but what you expected, isn’t it? After asking my instructor and other basic research the average blue belt takes 3 years to get a purple belt. But you are pumped up right now. You say to yourself, as I do, “but I’m not average”. The fact that you are out looking for what the requirements are and trying to start working towards your purple belt helps reinforce that. After all the average time for a white belt to blue belt is 1.5 years and you did it in less, didn’t you? So you will achieve your purple belt sooner then 3 years. This is how I plan to do it. I hope my ideas inspire and help you to pass your purple belt test early.
- Keep a Jiu-Jitsu Journal.
- Learn the purple belt techniques. (Pedro Sauer Purple Belt Test)
- Create a daily drill routine.
- Research the greats. (My favorites Roger Gracie, Saulo Ribeiro, and Andre Galvao)
- Attend Another Dojo, School, or Academy
- Mentor a white belt.
- Set Goals.
By clicking on any one of these you will go to the article that gives specifics on what I’ve planned for myself.
Please feel free to add your comments or ask me questions.
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Here is the list of purple belt requirements for Pedro Sauer affiliated schools.
Please note I am in the process of documenting the name to page in:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Theory and Technique by Renzo Gracie and Royler Gracie
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)