What is a blue belt?

This is my belt. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

So, what exactly is a blue belt?  From the frequency that this question is asked (and answered in disparate manners) it is clear that the answer is not simple.  Ultimately the answer depends on why people are doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  If they are doing it to win competitions then a blue belt should probably have some connection to the individual’s capacity to perform on the mat.  If they are doing it for self-defense then it should relate to their ability to successfully use jiu-jitsu to defend themselves in a real confrontation.

These two perspectives can be combined into a composite picture where sparring and self-defense are weighed together, but is this the correct approach? Continue reading “What is a blue belt?”