Following are the rules about graduation and certification according IPJJF
Minimum age requirements for athletes between 04 to 15 years old:
White Any age
Group Grey (Gray and White Belt, Gray Belt, Gray and Black Belt) – 4 to 15 years
Group Yellow (Yellow and White Belt, Yellow Belt, Yellow and Black Belt) – 7 to 15 years
Group Orange (Orange and White Belt, Orange belt, Orange and Black Belt) – 10 to 15 years
Group Green (Green and White Belt, Green Belt, Green and Black Belt) – 13 to 15 years
Minimum age requirements for athletes starting from 16 years old White:
Any age Blue – 16 years or more
Purple – 16 years or more
Brown – 18 years or more
Black – 19 years or more
Athletes ages 16 years and older:
White Belt, Blue Belt, Purple Belt, Brown Belt – They are divided single color belts and 4 degrees.
Black Belt – Single color Belt and divided by six (6) degrees.
Red and Black Belt – Represents the seventh degree black belt
Red and White Belt – Represents the eighth degree black belt
Red Belt – Represents the ninth degree black belt
Athletes from the black belt ranking on (red and black belt, red and white belt and red belt):
• The first degree can only be requested after a minimum of three (3) years of the black belt graduation.
• The second and third grades can be requested only after a minimum period of three (3) years from the previous graduation.
• The 4th, 5th and 6th grades can be requested only after a minimum period of 5 (five) years from the previous graduation.
• The 7th and 8th grades (red and black belt) can be requested only after a period of 7 (seven) years from the previous graduation.
• The 9th degree (red belt) can only be applied after a minimum period of 10 (ten) years from the previous graduation.
• The 10th grade (red belt) was given to the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the Gracie brothers: Carlos, Oswaldo, George, Gaston and Helio.
• The IPJJF and CBJJP recognize (in memoriam) the master Oswaldo Baptista Fadda as a red belt 10th degree.