How Difficult Is It To Reach A Purple Belt In BJJ?

Brazilian Jui Jitsu is a popular martial art that is practiced by lots of people all over the world. One thing about Brazilians that makes it a bit harder to progress than other martial arts is how long it takes to progress in the belt ranks. 

How Difficult Is It To Reach A Purple Belt In BJJ

The highest belt you can get is a black belt and it’s not a quick process. It takes, on average, about 10 years to become a black belt in Brazilian Jui Jitsu. In some cases, it takes 15 years. 

So if you’re considering taking up Jui Jitsu, you’re going to have to be committed. There are a few belts you can get well before you make it to the black belt and one of them in the purple belt… but how difficult is it for you to reach it?

In this article, we will be going over everything you need to know about reaching your purple belt. 

How Long Does It Take To Reach A Purple Belt?

Each belt has a different length of time that is required before you can reach it.

Whereas the black belt takes you between 10-15 years, the purple belt doesn’t take as long, but you are going to have to be prepared to spend a good deal of time working towards it. 

The purple belt is the third belt you can obtain when practicing Brazilian Jui Jitsu. You first have to reach your white and then blue belt before you can even consider getting the purple belt though.

Depending on your skill level, it will take you between 3 to 5 years to reach the purple belt. 

How Hard Is It To Get A Purple Belt?

Though it’s not as hard to get a purple belt as it is to get a black belt, it’s still not easy. 

You have to be willing to dedicate a lot of time to Brazilian Jui Jitsu, you need to consistently train and keep your fitness levels up.

You also have to be committed to getting your white and blue belts before you can even attempt getting your purple. 

There is a lot of sparring with others you have to do to get your purple belt too, so you’re going to have to put yourself in a position where you’re pretty good at sparring.

This will require further training, but if you’ve already got your white and blue belts, then that shouldn’t be a problem. 

It might take you a while to achieve the purple belt, but if you’re consistent with your training and actively work on any weakness and mistakes, by the time the grading comes around, you should be ready.

It’s not easy to achieve the purple belt, but if you’re willing to put in the hard work, you will eventually get it. 

Requirements For Getting A Purple Belt

To achieve your purple belt you need to be resilient, tough, and dedicated. This doesn’t just apply to your physical body either, it also applies to your mind. 

Obviously, you know by this point that you need your white belt and your blue belt before you can progress any further, so you would have already had about 3-4 years of training under your belt at the very least. 

You will have to have sparring matches against other people too, so you need to be physically tough and have good fitness levels to be able to do this successfully. 

If you haven’t spent a great deal of time practicing your self-defense techniques, you’ll want to work on them now.

Some people don’t put the time into practicing the self-defense techniques and then wonder why they aren’t progressing at a decent pace. When you put the time into the self-defense techniques, it will show in your skill. 

You will also have to demonstrate your skills and techniques to opponents that are at a higher level than you, and they aren’t going to take it easy on you.

You have to be willing to go up against them and show your resilience, determination, and skill against them.

How Good Is A Purple Belt?

The purple belt is the third belt you can get in Brazilian Jui Jitsu. There is one belt between your purple and black, which is brown. So your purple belt is roughly halfway through the main belts. 

How Good Is A Purple Belt?

A purple belt has no issue defeating an untrained opponent because they have acquired the skills and techniques needed to do so. They can also defeat an opponent that has acquired their white belt with near enough no issues. 

Getting your purple belt shows that you are committed and good at this martial art, which puts you in higher regard and better respect levels from the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors.

It’s quite common for people to quit once they get their white or blue belt, but if you’ve achieved your purple belt, it shows that you are dedicated and serious in your training. 

Trainers will dedicate themselves to training purple belts a lot more than white or blue belts because they know that they are serious about their training.

Though they aren’t as skilled as the brown or black belts, purple belts are still considered very good in the Brazilian Jui Jitsu community. 


All in all, becoming a purple belt is definitely not an easy task. You have to be strong-willed, physically fit, and dedicated to your training if you want to make it to your purple belt. 

The biggest thing you will have to do is give your time to it. It will take you at least 5 years and two other belts before you can even consider getting your purple belt.

This will require you to undergo a lot of training and you will be spending a lot of your free time doing so. 

If you are dedicated and think it’s worth the time and effort it takes, when you do get your purple belt, you will feel a huge sense of accomplishment and knowing your hard work is the reason you got there will make you feel even better about yourself! 

Christopher Anderson
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