How Long Does It Take To Get A Purple Belt In BJJ?

How long does it take to get a purple belt in BJJ?

Getting a purple belt in BJJ is not an easy task. In fact, I would guess that less than 10% of white belts actually make it to the purple belt level. The purple belt is right in the middle of the white and black belt. It comes directly after the blue belt and right before the brown belt in BJJ. That said, it is the belt most people see as moving past the beginner level in jiu-jitsu. But how long does it take to get a purple belt in BJJ?

Most people who train BJJ regularly will become a purple belt around the 4-6 year mark. Some people will achieve a purple belt in as little as 3 years but they are few and far between. In addition, it might take some people even longer than 6 years to get their purple belt.

There are many martial arts where you can get to the black belt level in 2-3 years. In BJJ however, it usually takes about 10 years or even more to reach a black belt level. So in many ways, it can take longer to achieve purple belt status in BJJ than a black belt some other art forms.

For the average person, it usually takes about 2-3 years of training to go from white to blue belt in BJJ. Then it often takes another 2-3 years after a blue belt to get to the purple belt level. Unfortunately, however, most people will never make it to this level. In fact, most will not even make it to the blue belt level.

With that in mind, reaching the purple belt level in BJJ truly is an accomplishment that you should be proud of. After all, such a small percentage of people will ever make it to this level. But this does beg the question: why do so few people make it to purple belt in BJJ?

Why Do So Few People Make It To Purple Belt In BJJ?

The main reason so few people make it to purple belt is simply the time and dedication it takes to reach this level. It is not so easy to stick to anything for five years simply to move past the beginner stage of a martial art.  There are many things that can get in the way of you achieving your purple belt. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons.

#1 It Takes A Lot Of Work To Become A Purple Belt

It is easy to watch some MMA fights and decide that you want to learn some of the cool submissions from BJJ. Of course, you might not realize that much of becoming better at BJJ is from repetitive drilling and practice.

Don’t get me wrong it is good to spend time rolling but you still need to practice the more repetitive drills to truly master them. After joining a class you might realize that drilling techniques take time and patience to master.

It really is not too different than someone who goes into a gym and expects to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger after lifting weights for two months. When in reality only one in a hundred thousand people (probably less) even have the genetics to ever reach his level. Not to mention the hard work and “supplements” involved to look that way.

My point is that it is easy to want to be amazing at BJJ. In fact, being able to defend yourself or feeling confident in your physical abilities is buried in our DNA and is a very natural way to feel. That said, actually getting there often takes more work than most people are willing to put in.

#2 Life Gets Busy

Many people start doing jiu-jitsu when they are younger and do not have as many commitments in life. However, after some time life will start to get in the way. This can take form in many different ways. Perhaps you start a romantic relationship that you care about. Or maybe you get a job promotion that will take up more of your time.

Those are really just a few small things that might interfere with practicing BJJ. Some things take up even more time such as starting a family or starting your own business. These things can cause stress and force you to prioritize your time. Unfortunately, many people decide that they do not have time for jiu-jitsu and drop it altogether.

Many people have an all in or all-out mentality. They might think well if I can’t train like I did when I was younger why train at all. Don’t get me wrong I understand things will get in the way of training that might be more important to you than jiu-jitsu. However, there are probably other things in your life you can give up to attend at least a couple of classes per week.

#3 Injuries

Injuries will happen when training jiu-jitsu. With any sport, you will probably start to feel a couple of aches and pains from constant training. This can be hard for some people to deal with. After all, it is not fun to be in pain or to suffer injuries.

Many people simply do not love jiu-jitsu enough to deal with this. Of course, are some things you can do to help prevent this if you really want to. Some schools are more well known for super hard rolling and injuries are more likely to happen in this environment.

If you are prone to injuries you might simply tell your training partners that you are rolling light that day. If you do have a particular injury you might also let them know before you start rolling. You might also simply need to take more rest days than you did when you were younger and let your body heal.

For some people, you might simply need to let go of your ego and tap out when you need to. I’m sure most people who do not want injuries are less likely to have this problem. That said, it still could be a factor leading to more injuries than necessary.

Having a good warm-up program is another way to help prevent injuries. Though there is some debate on whether static stretching is a good idea before doing physical activity, most people agree that a good warm-up is a good idea.

In addition, having a great strength training regime can also help prevent injuries in BJJ. More muscle will help you to protect your ligaments and joints and prevent many other injuries as well. A good strength training program should incorporate compound lifts as well as corrective exercises, particularly for BJJ practitioners.

Unfortannaly however, some injuries are more serious than others and might cause you to spend an extended amount of time out of the gym. Sadly, many people never make it back to class after a serious injury.

How To Become A Purple Belt Faster

Whether you are currently a white belt or a blue belt there are some things you can do to develop the skills of a purple belt faster. If you are currently a white belt then you need to first read the article on how long it takes to become a blue belt in BJJ? In the article, there are a few tips you can follow to become a blue belt faster.

If you are already a blue belt then you will want to focus on developing the skills to go from blue to purple. The first thing you should know is what your professor is looking for in a purple belt. The best way to do this is to simply ask them.

Next, you will simply want to make sure you are putting in as much time in the gym as you can. If you are crunched for time and are financially able, you might consider doing private lessons once per week. Or even once or twice per month if that is more realistic.

Private lessons can truly help someone develop the jiu-jitsu game at a much faster pace. Your teacher will likely be able to point out some of the weaknesses that are holding you back from the knowledge you need to understand to become a purple belt in BJJ.

Another way to learn at a faster pace is by watching free information online when you have some free time. In addition, you might purchase a course or two that covers some of the areas you might be lacking in. The most popular place to find BJJ instructionals online is through

That said if you are new to BJJ you want to focus on the basics first. So get an instructional that is geared towards white belts and beginners. You can check out my top options for white belts here

Lastly, you might consider testing your skills through competition as much as you can. This will help you and your professor identify how well you are progressing in BJJ. Nothing test your skills better than putting them up against another BJJ blue belt.

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