Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro

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Federação de Jiu-Jitsu do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
TypeSports federation
PurposeGoverning, Regulatory
HeadquartersRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Region served
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Official language
Carlos Robson Gracie

Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro also known as Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Guanabara is a governing body of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. current president of the federation is 9th degree red belt Carlos Robson Gracie. The federation is the official certifying entity for Gracie jiu-jitsu. Specifically, it controls all teaching certifications, as well as all promotions to the rank of black belt and above.[1]

Belt rankings[edit]

The federation awards a black belt after 6 to 15 years of jiu-jitsu practice. The black belt ranks as follows (from highest to lowest):[2][3]

Title Belt color Degree
Grand master Red (black rank sleeve, gold end bars, and 9-10 thin white stripes) 9th and 10th
Master Coral [red and black] (black rank sleeve, white end bars, and 7-8 thin white stripes) 7th and 8th
Professor Black (red rank sleeve, white end bars, and 1-6 thin white stripes) 1st through 6th
Instructor Black (red rank sleeve with thick, white end bars) (no degree)
Assistant instructor Black (red rank sleeve) (no degree)
Fighter Black (white rank sleeve) (no degree)

The correct positioning of the end bars and stripes is shown in the following video: https://youtu.be/kTr8bv0UfWE

The Coral belt is indicative of a professor who has decided to retire from fighting. This was shown when Rickson Gracie wore a 7th Degree solid Black belt.

All promotions involving any black belt rank require a recommendation of two masters and approval of at least five officials of the federation. Ranks below black belt are awarded by individual professors and are then confirmed publicly through competition with other students of the same rank. Beginners and new students wear a white belt. Adult belt levels progress from white to blue, then purple, and finally brown, after which the practitioner becomes eligible for a black belt. There is a larger number of belt colors for children.[1]


  • Grand Master Helio Gracie Championship
  • State Championship
  • Ryan Gracie No-Gi State Championship
  • Carlson Gracie Cup
  • Conde Koma Championship
  • Rolls Gracie Championship


  1. ^ a b "Gracie Official Belt Ranks". Gracie USA Jiu-Jitsu. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
  2. ^ "Federação de Jiu-Jitsu do Estado do Rio de Janeiro >> Grandmaster Ranks". Archived from the original on 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-10-24.
  3. ^ "Federação de Jiu-Jitsu do Estado do Rio de Janeiro >> Professor Ranks". Archived from the original on 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2010-10-24.

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