How Dangerous is a BJJ Brown Belt? | Explained

Most people know that anyone with a black belt in any martial art is dangerous.. Well what about a brown belt?

In this page we will cover just how dangerous a BJJ Brown Belt is, and how a brown belt stacks up.

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How Does a Brown Belt Stack Up in Rank?

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

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Belt Rank Order

  • White
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Brown
  • Black

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How Dangerous is a BJJ Brown Belt?

The answer is: Very dangerous. A brown belt is only one rank away from black belt, has almost a complete understanding of Jiu Jitsu and only needs to make a few adjustments in order to obtain that black belt.

A brown belt typically has 6 years of experience at that point. 3 hours of training per week x 312 weeks is 936 hours.

A brown belt will have around 1,000 hours of experience in submissions, escapes, sweeps 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 their 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 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. In order to be eligible for a brown belt, the student must be at least 18 years old 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.