Belt testing and promotion day is coming up on at Stoic BJJ on Saturday, July 30. That means it’s time to review what has been taught and refresh on what basic movements and techniques are necessary to advance to the next level. Reviewing older techniques can be vital to your progression, whether you’re a brand-new white belt or a seasoned purple belt.
During the weeks prior to belt testing, many coaches and BJJ academies will provide you with a list of takedowns, passes, sweeps, or submissions that you will be expected to know on the day of testing. Working with a partner, you will be able to help each other remember the most important details and perfect the technique so you are ready for the next stripe or belt.
As a white belt, there are so many terms and techniques thrown at you from day one, and it can be hard to keep track of everything and be able to do the move on the spot. But with guided sheets and coaches and teammates available to help, you can ensure you are prepared beforehand. As a result, the day of testing won’t be as daunting.
As a higher belt who has been training for several years, reviewing the basics can sometimes be boring. At this point, you’re learning more advanced techniques and want to do cooler, newer submissions. But the best jiu jitsu practitioners understand that is all about the basics. Key details get lost over the years if not regularly practiced and those basics become sloppy. By taking a step backward to drill simpler moves, the core of your Jiu Jitsu will improve and offer more opportunities to move forward in advanced technique.
With this, take advantage of the time to drill specific moves that will be tested for the next stripe or belt, and use this time to ask as many questions as possible to help you forward in your BJJ journey.
“Smart but Deadly”