The difference between a blue belt and a purple belt in jiujitsu
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), the blue belt and purple belt are intermediate ranks between the beginner white belt and the advanced ranks of brown and black belts. There are several key differences between a blue belt and a purple belt:
- Technical proficiency: Blue belts have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of BJJ and have begun to develop a more advanced understanding of techniques, while purple belts have a greater level of technical proficiency and a deeper understanding of the intricacies of BJJ.
- Maturity and understanding of the game: Blue belts are still in the learning phase and still figuring out their own game. Purple belts already have a more solid understanding of how to play and how to position themselves, and how to play the game.
- Degree of control and execution: Blue belts tend to rely more on strength and athleticism to execute techniques, while purple belts have developed a greater degree of control and finesse in their movements.
- Speed and reaction time: Blue belts tend to be more reactive than purple belts, who can anticipate and dictate the pace of the match.
- Experience: Blue belts have less experience than purple belts, and thus purple belts can have a better understanding of the game and the ability to anticipate their opponents’ moves.
- Ranking: Blue belt is an intermediate rank, Purple belt is a advanced intermediate rank.
- Teaching: Blue belts are typically not allowed to teach BJJ classes without the supervision of a higher-ranked instructor, while purple belts are often authorized to teach under the guidance of a higher-ranked instructor or a head coach.
- Time: Blue belts typically spend 1-2 years at this rank, while purple belts can spend 2-4 years or even more before being promoted to the next level.
- Belt testing: Blue belt is the first belt to have a more formal test that typically includes both technical and sparring requirements, while purple belt testing can involve a more rigorous examination of techniques, longer rounds of sparring, and more pressure in the testing process.
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), the blue belt and purple belt are intermediate ranks between the beginner white belt and the advanced ranks of brown and black belts.