Does 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Give Belts?

does 10th planet jiu jitsu give belts?

Whether you are brand new to BJJ or have only practiced traditional BJJ in the gi you might wonder about 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu. 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu is a style of jiu-jitsu that focuses only on no-gi BJJ. In other words, they do not practice in the traditional BJJ gi that most BJJ schools train in. This might make you ask the question: Does 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu give belts?

Even though people at 10th planet jiu-jitsu don’t wear a belt when they train, 10th planet does give out belts. Since they are a no-gi only school there is simply no reason to wear a belt when training. That said, many people at 10th Planet wear colored rash guards that signify their rank. 

I went to a 10th planet school for about a year or so and many students chose to wear a rashguard that was the same color as their belt rank. This is not however something that a student was required to do. 10th Planet is much more relaxed about these kinds of things than most other traditional BJJ academies are.

When someone at 10th Planet is promoted to a higher belt they will receive a real jiu-jitsu belt to take home. The only reason that they do not wear a jiu-jitsu belt is that they do not wear gis. Since the point of a belt is to tie the jacket of the gi, there simply is no logical reason to wear it.

Does 1oth Planet Have A Belt Ranking System

10th Planet follows the same belt system as traditional BJJ does. First, you would start off as a white belt, followed by blue, purple, brown, and black. Ranking up in belts usually takes about the same amount of time as it would in traditional BJJ.

To reach blue belt you can expect to train 10th planet jiu-jitsu for roughly 1-3 years. Then it will likely take another 2-3 years to reach purple belt. Yet another 1-3 years to reach brown and another 1-3 years to reach black belt. All in all, it would probably take 8-12 years of consistent training to reach black belt in the 10th Planet system.

Brief History Of 10th Planet BJJ

10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu was started by Eddie Bravo back in 2003 in Los Angeles, California. Today there are over one hundred 10th Planet schools across the world. This is an accomplishment that a younger Eddie Bravo probably could never have even dreamed of.

Eddie Bravo had originally moved out to Hollywood, California to pursue a career in music. One day while watching a certain rock legend he was disappointed in how the rockstar had physically let himself go.

This encouraged him to want to get into rockstar shape and not let himself get out of shape as many famous musicians had. So he quickly joined a gym only to realize that becoming a typical gym rat was not his thing.

As someone who had been a Bruce Lee fan, he decided to look to martial arts instead of the gym to stay in shape. He got started by taking karate classes but after seeing Royce Gracie fight at the first UFC event, he quickly started looking into BJJ.

Eddie Bravo then started training BJJ under the legendary Jean Jacques Machado. In 2003 Eddie Bravo entered into the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship as a brown belt. Though he lost in the semi-finals, he made history by defeating the legendary Royler Gracie.

Upon his return, he received his black belt under Jean Jacques Machado. Soon after, while still riding the high of his legendary win, Eddie opened his first 10th Planet academy. He decided to drop the gi and focus only on no-gi BJJ.

Why Eddie Bravo Only Focuses On No Gi BJJ

The reason Eddie Bravo decided to drop the gi was that people did not fight in the gi in MMA. His thought was that so much of BJJ was dependent on the gi which was great for BJJ but impractical for MMA.

Though BJJ was very dominant in the first UFC events, many wrestlers started to outshine the BJJ stars. The BJJ fighters were having a hard time fighting off of thier backs against certain wrestlers since they were able to throw punches and elbows down.

Without the gi, it was hard for the BJJ fighter to hold down his opponent in the guard while being protected from punches. This was not as big of a problem in the early days of the UFC before many other high-level grapplers entered into the octagon.

This encouraged Eddie to develop a BJJ style that was better suited for MMA. Eddie would then create the rubber guard as a way for a BJJ fighter to fight off his back in an MMA fight without having to rely on gripping a gi.

Today no-gi grappling is becoming more and more popular. Though Eddie still trains MMA fighters, he also focuses on competitive grappling. In 2014 Eddie started the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI) which is a submission-only grappling tournament.

Today many no-gi tournaments have implemented EBI rules and focus on no-gi BJJ. It goes without saying that Eddie Bravo is instrumental in the development and influence of no-gi BJJ. Here is a video of Eddie and a few others talking about gi vs no-gi for MMA.

Should You Do 10th Planet Or Gi BJJ?

Even though I did love going to 10th planet for a period of time, I did decide to leave and go to a school that teaches both gi and no-gi BJJ. I do not think that one is better than the other but I do believe both have their place. 

The best option in my opinion is to learn both. There are pros and cons to each of them but by learning both I believe you will become a better and more well-rounded grappler. Which one you focus on depends more on your personal preference and goals.

Are you looking to learn self-defense or are you looking to become a UFC star? Of course, there are a ton of other reasons but the question you have to ask yourself is why you want to learn BJJ in the first place. If you want to learn self-defense then traditional gi BJJ might be better.

Gi BJJ Pros and Cons

There are more traditional BJJ schools that are more focused on self-defense than a 10th Planet school would be. Though many people feel the gi is unrealistic, I would have to disagree to some extent. Sure no one on the streets is going to be wearing a gi but they will still likely be wearing some kind of clothing material.

The grips and techniques from gi BJJ will transfer if you are attacked by someone wearing clothing even if it is not a gi. In addition, if you do happen to get attacked at a place like a beach or by someone wearing little clothing your jiu-jitsu will still be effective on them.

The main disadvantage of gi BJJ is if you are only looking to learn BJJ for MMA. If so then you might spend too much time learning stuff that will not transfer as well to MMA. If you only have a limited amount of time to work on your ground game then you might want to focus on no-gi. After all, you will not be using a gi when fighting in MMA.

10th Planet Pros and Cons

If your goal is only to learn BJJ for MMA then no-gi BJJ might be a better option. This might also be true if you are only interested in no-gi grappling tournaments. Though many would even argue that there still might get some benefit to training in the gi at least every once in a while.

That said, if you are trying to learn BJJ for MMA, then learning a bunch of gi chokes might not be the best use of your time. Another potential advantage is that no-gi BJJ is much faster-paced. With a gi, you can really slow down the pace of a grappling match.

This makes 10th planet and no-gi grappling great for building good cardio. At the end of the day, however, the best option in my opinion is to learn to grapple in both the gi and without the gi. The good news is that most schools these days teach both.

Even the 10th Planet I attended offered a few gi classes every week. So at the end of the day, you have to decide which one you will want to focus on the most. Both are great and both have their advantages and disadvantages. For more on this subject check out my article: 10th Planet Vs BJJ | What Are The Differences? 

Is A 10th Planet Black Belt A Real BJJ Black Belt?

I do believe that a 10th Planet black belt is a legitimate black belt in their own regards. That said, 10th Planet is different enough from traditional BJJ that many would say that a 10th Planet black belt is not a BJJ gi black belt.

I am not arguing that these people would not consider a 10th Plante black belt an amazing world-class grappler. But what they would argue is that to be a BJJ black belt you have to learn the gi techniques as it is a very foundational part of their art.

So where would a BJJ instructor put a 10th Planet black belt if they came to their academy? Well, it seems when a handful of BJJ instructors were asked this question they had many very different answers. Some simply said that they would start them off at a black belt.

It seems like a popular opinion would be that they would start them at brown belt until they learned how to use the gi. Then they would be quickly promoted to black belt. I think this might be true if a gi black belt went to a 10th Planet school as well.

Most likely they would be a 10th Planet brown belt until they learned the truck, the rubber guard, and many other fundamental 10th planet techniques. Either way, even if some would not consider a 10th planet black belt a gi BJJ black belt, most would agree that they are legit black belts in their own regards.

In Conclusion

Yes, 10th Planet jiu-jitsu does give belts. However, since they do not wear gis they do not wear belts during class. They might instead choose to wear a ranked rashguard to signify their rank. 10th Planet is a great place to learn no-gi jiu-jitsu but it is a little different than gi jiu-jitsu.

Joshua Paul

Joshua Paul is a BJJ purple belt who lives in Austin, Texas. Joshua loves all forms of grappling and when he is off the mats he is likely spending time with his wife and son.

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