Gracie Jiu-Jitsu – BJJ Red Belts

Red Belt – A History of the original Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Belt System

Prior to 1961, the Gracie Brothers (Carlos, Gastão, George, Oswaldo, and Hélio Gracie) wore navy blue belts while all students wore white belts. In the 1961-62 timeframe, the first color belt system was introduced in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The original belt system devised by the Gracie Brothers was the following: Jiu-Jitsu students under 16 years of age, belt colors where white, yellow, orange and green. Youth belts also received up to three degrees on each belt color. Youth were eligible for promotion about every 40 classes, which equated to approximately four months of full-time training. Students over 16 years of age, the belt colors are white, blue, purple, brown and black. BJJ adult belts originally received four degrees, except for the white belt. Adult promotions averaged about 60 classes, which normally took 6-8 months to complete. Most students, both adult and youths would normally spend one year as a white belt. All belts, except for the white belt, contained a black bar where degrees were recognized with white stripes. In Gracie Jiu-Jitsu / Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, no one under the age of 18 is permitted to receive a black belt. BJJ Black belts normally take 10 or more years to obtain.

Once earning a BJJ black belt, practitioners would be eligible to receive their fist degree after two years of continued training and/or coaching. After 20 years of teaching, Hélio Gracie Jiu Jitsu, a BJJ Black Belt is eligible for promotion to the red/black belt (7th / 8th degree). This Red/Black belt is considered a “Master” in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Promotion from 7th to 8th degree takes 2 years. After a full 20 years as a Red/Black belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a 9th Degree Red Belt would be achieved. The red belt is considered a “Grand Master” in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Under the Gracie Brothers belt system it takes a minimum of 50 years of training/coaching to become a Grand Master, Red Belt.

Out of respect for the creators of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Carlos, Gastão, George, Oswaldo, and Hélio Gracie), the BJJ community will not promote anyone above a 9th degree red belt rank. To date, from open source research, we believe there are only 42 people who have earned a BJJ red belt. Of the 42, many have passed on and even fewer live in the United States. The Calvert MMA Academy, which is located in a small, quiet community, in Southern Maryland, is honored to have a living legend, 9th Degree Red Belt, Grand Master Relson Gracie as our head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor. Master Relson Gracie visits the academy regularly recognizing and approving all BJJ promotions along with the Gracie Academy.

“The Water is always purest at the source” – Grand Master Relson Gracie. With that said, if you live near Calvert MMA Academy, why would you chose any other place to train than pure Hélio Gracie Jiu-Jitsu? Calvert MMA Academy BJJ program = Authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu: 100%

Here is a list of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Red Belts we compiled:

10th Degree Red Belts

  1. Carlos Gracie
  2. Gastão Gracie
  3. George Gracie
  4. Oswaldo Gracie
  5. Hélio Gracie

10th Degree Red Belts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Non Gracie Family

  1. Luiz França (Direct student of Mitsuyo Maeda, who trained Carlos Gracie)
  2. Oswaldo Fadda (Student of Luiz Franca)

9th Degree Red Belts

  1. Alvaro de Melo Barreto
  2. Amélio Arruda Câmara
  3. Armando Wridt
  4. Carley Gracie
  5. Carlos Antonio Rosado
  6. Carlson Gracie, Sr
  7. Deoclécio Paulo
  8. Fernando Soares
  9. Flavio Behring
  10. Francisco Mansur
  11. Francisco Sá
  12. Geny Rebello
  13. Helio Vigio Gomes
  14. Jacê Paulino
  15. João Alberto Barreto
  16. João Fernandes Pinto
  17. João Resende
  18. Jose Senador Rosa
  19. Julio Frederico Secco
  20. Luis Carlos Guedes de Castro
  21. Nahum Rabay
  22. Nilton Pereira
  23. Osvaldo Alves
  24. Oswaldo Carnivalle
  25. Oswaldo Paquetá
  26. Paulo Mauricio Strauch
  27. Pedro Hemeterio
  28. Pedro Valente
  29. Relson Gracie
  30. Renato Paquet
  31. Reyson Gracie
  32. Robson Gracie
  33. Rorion Gracie
  34. Walter Nogueira
  35. Wilson Pereira De Mattos

We discovered two more names listed as Red Belts but couldn’t verify them, so they have been omitted.

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