There are hundred of companies that are now develop BJJ apparel including BJJ Gi‘s and Belts. Before belts were a simple construction of fabric folded over a core and sewn together but these days belts can be made from gi material and even hemp. The main difference between BJJ belts and normal martial arts belts, is the black bar. This is used to add tabs to the belt to signify a belt level’s progression.
The Best BJJ Belts Available Today
We take a look at some of our favourite Jiu-Jitsu belts available on the market today.
Fuji BJJ Belt Review
As well as making stellar BJJ Kimonos, Fuji also develop some fantastic belts for jiu-jitsu. Coming in the 5 traditional rank colours, as well as any extra colours that your school may decide to use. Fuji Belts are made with a high standard and use some of the best materials available to make sure their belts can withstand intense gripping and grappling sessions.
This belt is quite pricey for a Jiu-Jitsu belt but this should be the only belt to last you until your next grade. This is a great belt for any practitioner and are fully IBJJF legal. If you’re looking for a fantastic all around belt, well this might be the best bjj belt on this list.
Venum BJJ Belt Review
Venum Jiu-Jitsu have made quality martial arts goods for a number of years and these belts are up there. Venum’s bjj belts are made with 100% high-quality cotton that is quite thick, so they take a while to soften up. One these belts soften up, there are probably one of the best thick belts on the market.
Sanabul BJJ Belt Review
Sanabul have built a reputation in the sport as being some of the best well-priced and well-made bjj products on the market. The IBJJF approved Sanabul BJJ belts are great for competition as well as every day training. The sleeve is a good length on the belt and is attached firmly.
This belt comes in all standard sizes and rank colours and doesn’t shrink in the wash. Sanabul also offer kids sizes as well as kids grade. Because of their great price and high-quality you will be confident that these belts will stand the test of time.
Hypnotik BJJ Gi Belt Review
Now the Hypnotik is a special belt on the list. This is the only belt that is actually made with actual gi material. The Hypnotik uses a pearl weave, just like made standard gis to make a flexible yet strong jiu-jitsu belt. These belts will not only last you a long time but they are perfect hand-me-downs for other members in the gym.
As well as being super high quality these belts are also priced extremely well. So if you’re looking for a belt that looks great at competitions, training or seminars this is the be belt for you.
Tatami Fightwear BJJ Belt Review
As one of the most popular BJJ belt, Tatami are actually one of the cheapest, but don’t mistake excellent prices for cheap quality. Tatami have been making quality jiu-jitsu products since 2009 and this shows. Tatami belts are 4cm wide and 0.5cm thick and are available in all rank colours.
The History of the BJJ Belt
There is a lot of mystery linked to the beginnings of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu belt system. The oldest story with any martial arts belt is that students would start practicing as a white belt and then over time their white belt would dirty and eventually become black. This is also where the myth of not washing your belt comes from, however this has been scientifically proved as unsanitary. The black belt in any martial arts is meant to represent mastery, hard work and dedication to the art.
However, the truth is, the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano, introduced the original black belt system in 1882 at the original Kodokan martial arts school. Kano apparently got the idea from Japanese high school swimmers, who wore black ribbons around their waists to signify their advanced status. At the Kodokan, white belt students were deemed as beginners, and black belts were awarded to students who had mastered the fundamental Judo techniques. This was still two belts however and intermediate colours were introduced throughout the life of the martial art.
Belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
After meeting with Kano’s student Maeda, in 1952, grandmasters Heilo and Carlos Gracie brought in the belt system for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. This was based on instructorship, rather than actual martial arts skill. Even accomplished students at the academies wore white belts, due to the fact they did not take the instructors course. Students who did decide to proceed to becoming instructors were given light blue belts and after they became a professor, they earned a dark blue belt. Black belts did not exist in this period of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In 1967 black belts were first introduced into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu along with the grading bar system that separated themselves from other martial arts. There are two black belts available for Jiu-Jitsu fighters, the first is the traditional black belt with the red bar, this signifies that the black belt is a teacher and will often instruct classes, there is also a variation on this where a red bar is adjoined with red and white stripes at the ends, this signifies the professor and the head instructor of the gym.
The second black belt is a belt with a white bar, while this is more commonly seen in competition, this signifies that the black belt does not teach but is a competitor.
The modern Jiu-Jitsu belt system goes from White, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black. There are also coral belts and black belts for after your black belt but people are less focused on these as they require years of dedication, sometimes more than is what is available in a lifetime.
How To Tie Your BJJ Belt
When you first start a martial art you wonder how people have their belts so nicely arranged in a nice bow when your’s is a complete birds nest. Tying your belt is probably one of the first things you should learn in BJJ, just so you don’t look like a complete amateur. There are several ways you can tie a jiu-jitsu belt surprisingly and this video below can help you with that.