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BJJ Brown Belt: What You Should Know For This Belt

Brown Belt in Jiu JItsu

A BJJ brown belt can be considered quite dangerous to anyone who doesn’t have any martial arts or grappling training.

A brown belt should have nearly all the knowledge of a black belt in bjj. They likely just need more time practicing and improving upon their weaknesses. They should be able to easily take down, control, and submit any untrained individual regardless of their size.

While it’s not quite a black belt and only the 4th belt in bjj, anyone with a brown belt has likely trained for over 6 years for several times a week and has sparred with others at nearly 100% effort in almost every single training session.

There is simply no comparing their vast knowledge and experience against someone who has never trained before.

As of this writing, I’m currently a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu so hopefully I can provdie some insight!


How Good Is a BJJ Brown Belt?

Brown belts in bjj should not have any weaknesses. They should work toward being well rounded and effective from every major position in Brazilian jiu jitsu. They should also be able to control and submit any purple belt in bjj.

Brown belts have a high skill level that they are capable of setting traps towards their opponents and finding openings even in the most difficult situations. There movements and defenses are coming out naturally already that they are capable of reading their opponent’s next move already. 

Besides that, they have a mindset for improvement. They are more than capable of applying numerous techniques with fine tune small details that make a big difference.

Brown belts are also more than qualified to teach other in jiu jitsu especially beginners.

They can easily spot errors in the moves of their students that they are more than capable of correcting. Hence, they are a role model to their students and team mates because of their high level of experience. 

Brown Belt Requirements

What are the requirements to become a brown belt? A brown belt means that they overcame the three belt ranks before. I listed below some of the requirements in order to achieve this milestone. 

  • Brown belts are comfortable, even if they find themselves in a difficult situation because they have been there countless times before and know exactly what they are supposed to do 
  • They can move smoothly from position to position and chain submissions effortlessly
  • They know how they learn and have found the most effective ways to improve their own game
  • Brown belts are a threat to every belt level – it is not uncommon for brown belts to submit black belts

What’s the difference between a purple and brown belt student?

What is the difference between a purple and a brown belt student?

A purple belt already is progressing slowly towards the advanced level of BJJ and is currently developing their skills better.

Brown belts are already considered at an advanced level of bjj and are tweaking and improving their techniques as they get ready to move to black belt. 

How long to get a brown belt in BJJ

How long does it take to get a brown belt in BJJ?  Note that each and every practitioner of BJJ has a different journey and likely different timeline.

But the average one can get their brown belt in between 6-9 years. Some may get it earlier or later than others but this does not mean that they are less better or greater than others. 

Other people get it faster due to having a background in different grappling sports like: 

  • Judo
  • Sambo
  • Wrestling

In fact, there may be some who get it later because they had to stop due to personal reasons, injuries, or other life constraints.

Brown vs Black Belt

Brown belt vs Black belt in BJJ.

Of course the brown belt is already advanced, however, black belts are the professors and masters of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

Also, the brown belts are preparing themselves to become black belts through teaching classes and by mastering their strong techniques and working constantly to bring up their weaker ones.

Furthermore, the black belts are the masters of BJJ. They have immense knowledge and experience of the sport. With this in mind, they have spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours on the mat learning and loving gentle art.

Lastly, while its not uncommon for a black belt to be submitting by a brown belt, the black belt will usually always have more experience and more time on the mat.


Hopefully, this post has helped further describe a bjj brown belt, and just know that if you keep showing up to training you will be there some day too!

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