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Blue belt requirements


Roy Harris 


The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt Examination

This blue belt examination you are about to read was designed for those students who do not train with me or with one of my certified Grappling or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructors.

Please keep the following in mind as you read the examination:

1. This IS the examination you will be given. Please prepare for it accordingly.

2. If you do not know the techniques required for this examintion, I  recommend you seek out private instruction.

3. Please pay for your examination at least two weeks in advance of your test date.

4. Please show up on time for your examination. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will need to reschedule your test for another time.

5. Please plan on spending two to three hours for testing.

6. Please bring a training partner with you. 

For those of you WHO DO train with me, or with one of my instructors, please contact me by e-mail to view YOUR VERSION of this examination.

I. History and background (I want written answers for this section)

A. Helio Gracie
1. Who is he? What is his significance to Jiu Jitsu?
2. Name two (2) of his brothers.
3. Name five (5) of his sons.
B. Jiu Jitsu
1. Where did it come from?
2. How did it arrive in Brazil?
3. Explain the difference between JJJ and BJJ?
C. Roy Harris
1. What rank is he in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
2. Who were Roy’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors?
3. What other ranks does Roy hold?
D. Please list your martial arts background and reasons for study:
1. Who have you trained with, and for how long?
2. What’s your reason for studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
3. What do you like most about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?
4. What do you dislike?
5. What is your favorite area of training? Least favorite?
6. What is your strongest area in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Weakest?

II. Positional Escapes

A. Mount
1. Upa and two variations
2. Elbow/knee and two variations

B. Side mount

1. Place into the guard from hold downs 1-4
2. Go to your knees from hold downs 1-4

C. Closed guard

1. Pass under the legs and two variations
2. Pass over the legs and two variations

D. Head lock

1. Frame the arms and one variation
2. Hook the leg and one variation
3. Go to your knees and one variation
4. Bridge and roll and one variation

E. Wrestler’s cradle

1. Push on the knees
2. Roll over your shoulder

F. Kesa gatame

1. Bridge and roll
2. Free your head

III. Positional Dominance

A. Mount position
1. Position #1
2. Position #2
3. Position #3
4. Position #4
B. Side mount position
1. Hold down #1
2. Hold down #2
3. Hold down #3
4. Hold down #4
5. Kesa gatame
C. Closed guard position
1. Low guard
2. High guard
3. Hip movement
4. Head and arm control

IV. Submissions (mechanics and entries)

A. Arm locks from the guard
1. Spinning arm lock
2. Kimura

B. Arm locks from the mount

1. Spinning arm lock from push on chest
2. Paintbrush
3. Spinning arm lock from position #3

C. Chokes from the guard

1. Guillotine choke
2. Collar choke (palm up, palm up)
3. Collar coke (palm up, palm down)
4. Collar choke (palm down, palm up)
5. Triangle choke with legs
6. Triangle choke with arms

D. Chokes from the mount

1. Triangle choke with arms
2. Fist on the front of the throat
3. Fist on the side of the throat
4. Rear choke

E. Leg locks from the guard

1. Straight foot lock
2. Achilles tendon press with near arm
3. Achilles tendon press with far arm
4. Heel hook

F. Leg locks from the bottom of the mount

1. Straight foot lock
2. Heel hook


V. Self-defense

A. Defense against bear hugs (Standing)
1. Front bear hug (under the arms)
2. Front bear hug (over the arms)
3. Front bear hug (assailant picks you up)
4. Rear bear hug (under the arms)
5. Rear bear hug (over the arms)
6. Rear bear hug (assailant picks you up)
B. Defense against head locks (Standing)
1. Front headlock
2. Front head lock with head down
C. Defense against grabs (Standing)
1. One arm wrist grab
2. Two arm wrist grab
3. Upper arm grab
4. Shirt grab
D. Chokes (Standing)
1. One hand choke
2. Two hand choke
3. One hand choke against the wall
4. Two hand choke against the wall

VI. Physical conditioning

A. Push-ups
1. Three sets of 20
B. Sit-ups
1. Three sets of 30
C. Jump squats
1. Three sets of 20
D. Burpees
1. Three sets of 20

VII. Grappling

A. Grappling with other students
1. Two rounds of five minutes
B. Grappling with me
1. Two rounds of five minutes

VIII. Overall awareness of the entire Jiu Jitsu game

A. Familiarity with sweeps
1. Hip bump from the guard
2. Scissors sweep from the guard
3. Foot lift sweep from the guard
4. Standing foot sweep
B. How to fall
1. Back fall
2. Side fall
3. Front fall
C. Familiarity with throws
1. Hip throw
2. Neck throw
3. Arm throw
4. Inner reap
5. Outer reap
D. Standing takedowns
1. Double leg
2. Double leg variation (change angles)
3. Single leg
4. Single leg variation (change angles)
E. Take downs from the knees
1. Fall back series (four techniques)
2. Drive forward series (four techniques)
F. Familiarity with the open guard
1. With the gi
2. Without the gi

IX. Character (I would like to see letter of recommendation from your community)

A. Integrity
1. You make and keep promises. You are trustworthy and accountable.
B. Loyalty
1. You are committed (and responsible) to your family, close friends and instructors.
C. Honesty
1. You are forthright (and tactful) with your family, close friends and instructors.

X. Your continued training

A. Private training
1. Long distance students, one hour every two years ($100 paid in advance)
2. Local students, one hour of private training plus group training
B. Group training
1. Long distance students, find group instruction and a good training partner.
2. Local students must have at least 60 hours of group instruction per year.


Bring a training partner, a clean gi, wrestling head gear (optional), wrestling shoes (optional) and a great attitude.


The total cost of the blue belt examination is $150, pass or fail. This price includes a single private lesson that can be taken within two years of taking the exam.

If by chance you fail your examination, you can set up another time to retake the examination. However, you will still have to pay for the first examination. The second examination will cost just $25, plus the cost of your required private training.


The length of the examination will range anywhere from two to four hours. Please be on time and be prepared. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your examination, you will need to reschedule your examination.


During your blue belt examination, heavy emphasis will be placed upon escapes; especially escapes from the side mount position!!!! I will be somewhat flexible and lenient with your submissions, positional dominance and overall awareness to the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game. However, if you do not know your escapes thoroughly, you will not pass this examination! Take an adequate amount of time to practice your basics!

If you have questions about anything, please e-mail me before you take the examination! Once the examination begins, your training will speak for itself!

Roy Harris

Harris International
8250 Camino Santa Fe, Suite J.
San Diego, CA 92121
1. 888. 380. 9789

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