A warm thank you to all the students and family members that attended our first Belt Ceremony at American Top Team St. Pete this past December 18th, 2017.
During that special night, we hosted both the adult and kids classes in order to recognize their efforts and growth in the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As we continue to grow our Jiu-Jtsu classes in St. Pete; American Top Team is proud to be the leading academy in Martial Arts in Pinellas County.
We want to congratulate Andrew Dill and Colin Harris, who received their Blue and Grey-White Belt Promotions respectively.
We are grateful to all our athletes and family members who trust our work. We are here to help and support our students through their Jiu-Jitsu journey. Those that were not promoted in this event, are surely one step closer to their next promotion. Remember that consistency, hard work, honor and dedication are the keys to using our Jiu-Jitsu program to shape a better future.
A Belt Promotion in Jiu-Jitsu is not easily earned, and for a good reason! For us, at American Top St Pete, the belt promotion is used for kids and adults to award their progress and recognize their skill level. Unlike many other martial arts, where rank and promotions can be obtained in a relatively short period of time, and often even with very little requirements; the Brazilian JiuJitsu promotion is very strict and undergoes a difficult progress. It can take up to 10 years to achieve the Dan Grade (Black Belt), and requires not only the technical knowledge, but also the verifiable ability in sparring and the respect and self-control to be applied off the training grounds as well.
As Master Junior describes it:
“Belts are earned, not given.”
The adult belt system is different to the children belt system for several different reasons. The governing body responsible for JiuJitsu ranks is the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, also known as the IBJJF. To learn more about the jiu-jitsu ranking system, rules, and academy etiquette; we encourage you to visit: http://ibjjf.com/info/graduation-system/
Congratulations to everyone for their hard work and we look forward to training hard with you towards our next Belt Promotion.