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How Long Does It Take To Become A Black Belt?

How Long Does It Take To Become A Black Belt?



This is likely one of the most commonly asked questions of any martial art.  I think that the reason this is such a popular question is because people see black belt and immediately think the person is tough, and capable of great violence.  While I would agree in some situations, I would also argue that not all black belts are equal when it comes to practical self defense. Having a black belt does not necessarily mean anything.  What does mean something is the hours and hours of training that went in to earn the black belt.  

When you start out in Jiu Jitsu, or any other martial art, it is easy to focus on belts and ultimately, what you can do to get to the black belt level the fastest.  It’s only natural to want to be a black belt and be admired by others for your dedication and commitment to a fighting style. The reality is, in order to get that admiration and respect, you must first put in the work and actually be committed and dedicated to the martial art.  There are no shortcuts in the world of martial arts.

For those that will ultimately end up making it to black belt level, they eventually stop caring about what color the belt is that’s holding their Gi jacket closed.  They realize that at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what color the belt is, what really matters is the growth mindset. The mindset of always learning, always pushing forward, always training and pushing to be better than YOU were yesterday.  That’s right, it is about being better than you were yesterday.  

Sure, there are competitions and you should strive to win those, and for some people, in order to become better than they were yesterday they need to compete to push them to the next level.  Regardless, the goal remains the same… always learning, always pushing forward.  

Ok, so you really just want to know how long it takes to get your black belt in Jiu Jitsu?  10 years. There you have it. You can go now…. But if you do, you likely wont make it to black belt, because you don’t have the right mentality.  Stick around and learn not just how long it takes, but the mindset of a true black belt and how you can embody these pro tips early in your Jiu Jitsu career. 

What does it mean to have a growth mindset?


A growth mindset on the other hand is quite the opposite from the fixed mindset.  A person growth mindset could often be seen spending time with people that are doing the things he wants to be doing. Asking questions, and analyzing how to get to where they want to be.  A growth mindset is the mindset of “how can I achieve … (insert goal here). Growth mindset people are often very hard working dedicated people that rarely if ever take a break from working towards their goals.  A growth mindset person could be heard congratulating others on their success rather than being jealous or resenting that person. They could also be seen thinking, “if XYZ person can achieve this goal, then so can I with the right plan”.

Take your game to the next level with your MINDSET! 


“I can have everything in life that I want, as long as I’m willing to work for it” – Tom DeBlass on Growth Mindset 

When we look at these mindsets in the Jiu Jitsu lifestyle, these mindsets can be seen in every day training, whether it be in training, or in competition, these mindsets can make all of the difference.  

Tom DeBlass talks in his video clip “BJJ Tips – Developing Growth Mindset” about coming up through the ranks and being told by other instructors where he trained things like “We could never do what Ricardo has done”.  Because of Tom’s mindset he was able to ignore, and even push back on this fixed mindset statement and argue that he not only could do what his Professor has done, but he could do more.  

There is only one reason you don’t deserve to have the success someone else has, and that’s that you didn’t do the work.  If you are putting in hours and hours of work, constantly working toward your goal, then why don’t you deserve to have the success that should go along with the work you have done.  I would go on to argue that not only is not disrespectful to set goals that are as big, or bigger than your role models and or leadership, but it’s your duty. It’s a sign of respect.  Your success is their success, the more successful you are, the more successful they are. This concept is the same on the mats, or off the mats.  

At the end of the day the black belt is about achieving your own ability to embody the growth mindset.  It signifies you have mastered the ability to continually improve and learn and that you have the ability to focus on bettering yourself and others each and every day.  Remember the color of the belt is not what matters most, but the mindset behind it.

If you want to master your mindset as quickly as possible and get on the road to black belt check out Professor Tom DeBlass’ video instruction and ebook “The Road to Blackbelt and beyond”.  This video is sure to give you the motivation you need to get out there and get after it chasing your goals with no regard for roadblocks or anything else that may get in your way.  Having this mindset will carry over into every aspect of your life. There will never be a better time than now to start adjusting your thinking to think like a blackbelt.  

The Road To Black Belt and Beyond by Tom DeBlass

If ANYONE knows about moving forward it's Tom DeBlass. DeBlass has influenced LEGIONS of people across the globe with his MINDSET. The Road To Black Belt And Beyond By Tom DeBlass uncovers what it takes to not only be a Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, But a Black Belt in LIFE!



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