The purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the point in your jiu-jitsu career where you know that the dream of becoming a black belt is just right around the corner. You probably started this journey with crazy dreams of making it to that point and now it is right at your doorstep. Jiu-Jitsu has shaped you into a completely new human being and allowed you to change your life for the better. In due time you will be handed that black belt and officially solidify yourself as a master of your craft.
Purple Belt Jiu Jitsu
A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt demonstrates an aptitude and commitment to BJJ far beyond the earlier ranks and understands that they are halfway to the ultimate goal of making it to a black belt. This is the stage where someone is showing the first signs of expertise in the sport of jiu-jitsu.
Getting to this rank is very difficult, you have to showcase that you have definitive skills. Whether those skills are BJJ strategy, a wide knowledge base, or extremely refined technique, it is present when you are at this stage in your BJJ career.
Many purple belts will admit that this is the first time that they start to feel pressure on the mats because they are now viewed as an advanced practitioner. It is common for purple belts to start taking people under their wings and start helping lower belts get sharper in their technique so they too can one day reach this stage. Some days you will still feel like a blue belt and others will feel like you should already get your promotion to black, the key is to stay level and put forth the effort to see the job all the way through.
The Path is Clear
Once you make it to this stage in the game your path is starting to get very clear. A purple belt in jiu-jitsu is officially the halfway point to making it a black belt, something that we all strive to do when we first started this journey. Jiu-jitsu is a martial art that takes a lot of time to perfect and reach the highest level and as a purple belt, you have all the ingredients to make it here.
Effectively if you make it to this stage your path to black is pretty much guaranteed IF you continue to put in the time, effort, and same level of consistency that you put in when you were a white or blue belt. Continue to stay in the mindset of being a student to the game and making it through this point will be smooth sailing. The things this belt requires and expects out of you are more strict than what you will experience at any other belt you have been given before.
Our view on what each belt means is not the only interpretation that you should take in. Everything around the definitions of belts is subjective, be sure to ask your coach about their philosophy around the belt so you can get a better idea about the expectations that are being put on you. You have reached a stage that many people before you could never imagine reaching, you should be exceptionally proud of the accomplishment. You are halfway to making it to the top! No looking back at this point!