When did the student became capable of deciding the right moment to change belts?  

Are you ready for your next #JiuJitsu belt?


Is it just my impression or more and more students are thinking they know when they should get the next belt? 

Or maybe it has been always like this, but since there are more practitioners nowadays we hear more about this. All I know is that for one reason or another and since I travel often and have contact with many academies, I'm disgusted with so many stories of student who are pressing or telling other when and why they should jump to the next color, or students who are still (example) blue belt and are already talking about the date they will get the brown belt.

As I have wrote before, when I got my purple, brown and black belt, every time, I was caught by surprise, I always thought I could have wait longer. In fact, when Rodrigo Comprido told me he was going to give me the black belt in 2001 I gave numerous reasons why I wanted to wait and I actually convinced him to only give me in the next year (2002).

I also mentioned before that I stayed from 12 years old until I was 15 as a yellow belt, I was dying to get my orange and green belt, I had friends from school who were getting their belts, but for whatever reason It was never gave to me, I don't know the reason, because I never asked and never brought this subject up to my instructors. You know why? Because the student DOES NOT KNOW WHEN IS TIME TO CHANGE THE BELT! It's not up to him, it's not based on a simple fact (such as rolling well with higher belts) it's a mix of various aspects that only the master knows.

I really HATE to be pressure about this, even if it's in a very subtle way. DON'T DO IT, If I think you are asking about the belt, I will maybe add an extra year for your waiting

.Felipe Costa on changing belts on Jiu Jitsu

If you didn't get the belt you were hoping for after the belt ceremony, don't be upset with your instructor, be angry at yourself for setting such a low standard to your level.  

Don't come after with a puppy face asking what you need to work to get the next belt, cause all I hear is "Why I didn't get the next belt?" You don't really want to know what you need to work, you want to know why I (or your instruction) didn't give you the belt. And the answer for that is because it's HIS decision, not yours. Don't worry about the color, worry about the knowledge and the color will change before you even want (just as it did with me in purple, brown and black belt).

The best thing I heard from a student was: "Felipe, don't worry about giving me a belt, worry about giving me the knowledge"


There is no better mindset and gives the instructor total freedom to help you achieve your best. If you don't think like that, you better start to change your mentality before is too late. 


Felipe Costa

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Posted by Felipe Costa Sep 01, 2014 Categories: Academia BJJ Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu Motivational

My dream is to become a World Champion and live from Jiu-Jitsu 

Im willing to do whatever it takes

"My dream is to become a World Champion and live from Jiu-Jitsu. Im willing to do whatever it takes"

 felipe costa


Every once in a while, someone approaches me with this kind of commentary, looking for my advice or even support. I like to give my honest opinion and make sure the person who is willing to follow that path is aware of the positive and negative points of that choice. 


We have heard many times that you should dream high in order to achieve your goals and that is very true, I have told before the story my father use to tell me of the boy who would be seen everyday trowing rocks to the sky, the other kids would pass and mock him and asking why was he doing that.
His answer,  "I'm trowing rocks on the moon", would make all the kids laugh, but he ignored that.
One day one of his friend asked him why he keep saying that he was trowing rocks on the moon, if he knew that was impossible. 
He said "It may be impossible to trow rocks on the moon, but for sure I'm the kid who can trow rocks the highest on the street"
The message is:


aim low and that is as far as you will get, now aim hight and even if you don't get there, you will at least get as far as you are capable of.


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That story my father told me when I was young, helped me a lot to have a right mindset towards things I wanted to accomplish. 

I call tell you another story of this kind, this one is not as childish, I was having a relax talk with my friend Caio Terra, about competition mindset, being nervous or calm before tournaments etc and he told me one thing that reminded me a lot my father's story, he said that when he enters a fight, he enters thinking of the submission, because even if he doesn't get it, at least he should be ahead of his opponent, enough to win by points. While if he would enter with the intention to win just by point of advantage, if he couldn't accomplish that goal that was so "low", would probably mean defeat. 

The mentality of wanting to become champion is correct and essencial to get there, but some times that alone is not enough, my question is, are you ready to face the possibility of not reaching that goal? If you can not "trow your rock on the moon", will you be happy with where you can reach? Will that full fill your life?


Now let's say you did reach your goal. The prestige of being a world champion is quite illusory... Other than a few extra  likes on FB, what else is there? Thinking that this will take you around the  world is not impossible, but not as glamorous as it seen, it's not easy to stay away from family and it's not a vacation, of course it's fun, but it's not the same as travel on vacation. That goes without saying that most people forget very easily what the older champions accomplished when the new generation start to raise.

Like I said, its not impossible, and I hope the ones who have this dream and are willing to pay the price to get there  succeed, if it's a student of mine I will do the possible and impossible to help, BUT, this person needs to think if he/she will be happy in the worse case scenario, which from what I see is not being the champion he/she dreams of and just teach like any person, but having this as main job. 

Just teaching and leading a group is not a bad perspective at all, in reality I can see that for my own future and may be fun... But will you be happy with that option? 

I Love JiuJitsu LOVE LOVE, I followed this step against my family will and no regrets, but today, Bjj is not a hobby anymore, its a profession and there are days where I dont feel like doing it. ( which I think is normal, but want to make sure you know that, even if now you thinks wont happen to you, it will).
Most important of ALL, it will only work if you are doing it for yourself and not because of what people will think. Expect no recognition from others, very often it will not be as you wish, but if you are doing this for your self, because it's your passion, all the hard work will be compensate and you will feel fully accomplished with your results.

Good luck and count on me! 

Felipe Costa ( Black belt BJJ World Champion)

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Posted by Felipe Costa Aug 29, 2014 Categories: BJJ Caio Terra Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu Motivational

La retroalimentación de mi seminario de ayer: 


La retroalimentación de mi seminario de ayer: "Padrísimo el seminario con Felipe Costa en la academia Exit Mexico/Brasa León. Muchas gracias Felipe por tu tiempo, los increíbles detalles y hacerme reír tanto! Mismo después de casi 12 años no puedo dejar de sorprenderme como tienes soluciones sencillos para problemas complicados...Y a todos les demás les puedo recomendar el seminario de Felipe muchísimo. Hoy y mañana estará en DF, después otras ciudades y el campamento. Si todavía hay cupo vale mucho la pena asistir!

Más detalles aquí: https://www.facebook.com/events/294166950760801

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Aug 29, 2014 Categories: BJJ Felipe Costa Jiu Jitsu Camp self defense