How to Install Stripes on a Jiu Jitsu Belt

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Both Brazilian jiu jitsu and the more classic Japanese jiu jitsu use colored belts to indicate how much a student has learned. In Brazilian jiu jitsu, you must receive a total of four stripes -- one at a time -- on your belt before you can advance to the next rank. Sometimes teachers of Japanese jiu jitsu use a similar stripe system to keep students interested as they wait to progress to the next belt level.

The Black Patch

  • Most Brazilian-made jiu jitsu belts have a black rectangular patch at one end, except for the black belt which has a red patch; that patch is where stripes are attached. If your belt doesn't have a colored patch, your instructor might ask you to sew a patch on or create a patch out of black tape -- or he might simply attach the stripes to the bare end of the belt, as is usually done in Japanese jiu jitsu classes.

Attaching the Stripe

  • Most instructors apply stripes by wrapping waterproof medical tape around the belt several times. Some instructors use electrical tape instead. For advanced black belts that go a relatively long time between evaluations, fabric stripes may be sewn on instead of tape. Stripes awarded in Brazilian jiu jitsu are usually white; if stripes are award in a Japanese jiu jitsu class your instructor might use black stripes, or stripes the color of the next belt you're working toward.

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