How Dangerous is a BJJ Brown Belt? | Easily Explained

Most people know that anyone with a black belt in any martial art is dangerous, but what about those with brown belts?

In this page, we will explain whether or not a BJJ Brown Belt can be dangerous, and how close they are to becoming black belts.

    How Dangerous is a BJJ Brown Belt?

    BJJ Brown Belts can be extremely dangerous, as a brown belt is only one rank away from a black belt, which means they have almost mastered Jiu-Jitsu and only needs to make a few adjustments to obtain that black belt.

    A brown belt typically has at least 6 years of experience, assuming they practiced 3 hours per week for 312 weeks, accumulating 936 hours of mat time.

    That's 900+ hours of experience mastering submissions, escapes, sweeps, positions, and holds.

    Anyone who has trained BJJ in any capacity will understand that there's a massive difference in rolling with a blue belt, vs a brown belt.

    A brown belt has much more experience, many more tools in its arsenal, and much more knowledge in general.

    A brown belt going against any person with little to no BJJ experience is a massive mismatch, and a walk in the park for them even if there's a size disparity.

    How Does a Brown Belt Stack Up in Rank?

    In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a Brown belt is the rank right before a Black belt. On average it takes 6-8 years to become a Brown belt for someone who trains at least 3 times a week.

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    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Belt Rank Order

    • White
    • Blue
    • Purple
    • Brown
    • Black

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    How Long Does it Take to Go From Brown Belt to Black Belt?

    The average time between brown belt to black belt is between 1-2 years. To be eligible for a brown belt, the student must be at least 18 years old and have had a purple belt for at least 18 months.

    After a purple belt, it normally takes 3-4 years to obtain a brown belt. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, which is where the 18 months come in.

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