BJJ Junior Belt Guide (Order, Colors, Timeline)

This is a complete guide to Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) belt colors for children younger than 16 years old. As one turns 16 with previous experience in BJJ, if they have achieved a higher belt than white, that belt will be converted into regular belt color.

Typically, everything above the yellow belt will be converted into the blue belt, according to the skills of that person.

BJJ Belt colors for children under 16

The colors for kids under 16 in BJJ are

  • White
  • Gray
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Green

After the holder of some of the belts turns 16, the belt will be converted into adult belts according to their skills. More about which belt converts to what below in this post below each individual belt.

The belts in general work the same as “adult belts” or “normal belts” in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. You will get a higher belt as you get better at BJJ overall.

Even though they are junior belts, they still do hold similar meanings. It shows, that someone has dedicated a lot of time to that martial art.

More about adult belts in this post

There are even sub-belts for junior belts as well. Let’s take a gray belt as an example.

At first, you will achieve a gray belt with a white line in the middle. After that, it turns to solid gray, and at last, it turns to gray with a black stripe in the middle.

Each of these steps requires 8 months of training before ascending to the next sub-color and to the next color, which in this case is yellow.

Now, let’s dive deeper into different belt colors for children, starting from the white belt.

How long does it take to get a white belt in BJJ?

When you first start Brazilian jiu-jitsu, no matter your age, you will start with a white belt. It takes no time or requirements to achieve a white belt. It is the starting point for everybody.

The time spent as a white belt depends on your ability to learn the different techniques. However, there are checkpoints along the way.

You will gain stripes to your belt as you progress, before ascending to either blue or gray belt, depending on your age. More about how the stripes work in BJJ in this post.

There are no age requirements for a white belt either. You can be of any age to start training Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a white belt.

Is there a white belt in BJJ?

There is a white belt in BJJ for both children and adults. Everybody who starts to train BJJ starts from being a white belt and moving up from there.

What does the white belt convert into when turned 16?

The white belt does not change as you turn 16. This is because the white belt is the only same belt both children and adults share.

It is the starting point for both age groups. Therefore, it stays the same.

If you have achieved stripes for your white belt before the age of 16, your stripes will either transfer with you to the adult league, or they will be re-evaluated, according to gym policies.


How long does it take to get a gray belt in BJJ?

The gray belt is the second belt after a white belt for children under 16. It takes a minimum of 8 months of training as a white belt before ascending to the gray belt with the white stripe.

For solid gray, it takes 8 months from the previous promotion and 16 months from starting as a white belt.

For a gray belt with a black stripe, it takes 8 months from the previous belt color and 24 months since starting as a white belt.

In addition, you must be at least 4 years old to achieve the gray belt.

Is there a gray belt in BJJ?

There is a gray belt in BJJ. The gray belt is for children under the age of 16 and is the second belt right after the white belt. The gray belt can be comparable to a blue belt in adult colors.

What does the gray belt convert into when turned 16?

A Gray belt is typically converted to a white belt with stripes. This is because the training may differ a lot among adults, and the belts are given based on skills, not based on time spent training.

On the other hand, as you move from junior belts to adults, even if you were converted into a white belt again, it should not take long to get a blue belt if you are skilled enough.

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How long does it take to get a yellow belt in BJJ?

The first grade of the yellow belt can be achieved within 32 months of training. That translates to a little less than 3 years of practicing.

Solid yellow therefore takes 40 months, and a yellow belt with a black stripe takes 48 months or 4 years of practice.

Is there a yellow belt in BJJ?

There is a yellow belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It is the third belt for children under 16 years old and is equivalent to a blue belt in adult colors.

What does the yellow belt convert into when turned 16?

Typically, yellow belts are converted into blue belts. This will depend based on the skills of the practitioner at hand.

Another reason yellow belts are granted blue belts is that they clearly ahead of the white belts in the adult classes. It would be pointless to put them in the same category as the white belts, considering their skills.

How long does it take to get an orange belt in BJJ?

Getting an orange belt with a white stripe takes 8 more months of practice than a yellow belt with a black stripe. That translates to a total of 56 months, or 4 years and 8 months of training.

A solid orange belt takes 8 more months, and an orange belt with a black stripe takes another 8 months on top of that.

Is there an orange belt in BJJ?

There is an orange belt in BJJ. The orange belt is a junior belt, and it is the second highest belt color children under 16 can achieve.

What does the orange belt convert into when turned 16?

Orange belts, like yellow belts, typically convert into blue belts as they turn 16. This depends on gym policies as well as the skills of the practitioner.

How long does it take to get a green belt in BJJ?

Achieving a green belt with a white stripe takes around six years after starting training. That would mean you would have to start BJJ before the age of 9.

Additionally, solid green takes 6 years and 8 months, and a green belt with a black stripe takes 7 years and 4 months of practice.

Is there a green belt in BJJ?

There is a green belt in BJJ. Green belt is the highest junior belt color, that children under 16 can achieve. It takes around 6 to 7 years to achieve the green belt.

What does the green belt convert into when turned 16?

A green belt converts to a blue or purple belt, according to skills and gym policies.

Even if the green belt was converted into a blue belt, it should not take too long to ascend to a purple belt, if you are skilled enough.

Can a child get a black belt in BJJ?

A child can not get a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The minimum age to get a black belt is 19 years, therefore, nobody under that age can get a black belt.

Additionally, a brown belt has a minimum age of 18, whereas blue and purple belt holders have to be at least 16 years old.

For children under 16, there are junior colors that we discussed before in this post.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, for children under 16, there are different belt colors than for people age 16 and older.

I think this is a great adjustment for the regular belt system since the practice of martial art can differ a lot between children and adults.

Practicing before turning 16 can give you a good head start towards your BJJ training, even though the belt colors are different.

Hopefully this was helpful, have a wonderful day!

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