BJJ BElt promotion's:
Earning a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt takes years of discipline and dedication. No Cies MMA Belts of any rank are awarded based on the length of time an individual has been training or for any reason other than technical ability and skill. We do not believe in automatic belts. Each new rank must be earned through consistent training and improvement, the Black Belt most of all.
Mike, following in his coaches foot-steps, has notoriously high standards for promotion. This can be frustrating for some members however, each individual who has earned a colored belt from Cies MMA can rest assured it was earned and never given based on attendance alone.
It took Mike 7 years to achieve his black belt, however he trained No-Gi and MMA 12 years prior to putting the Gi on and training strictly Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He was already a UFC level fighter and had submitted someone at that level as well.
The only way to earn a belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at our academy is to train in the Gi, we do not promote based on No-Gi Grappling or MMA skill.
It takes the average person 10-12 years to earn a black belt, spending multiple years at each belt level before achieving their black belt.