Honoring a Milestone in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Professor Junior Fernandes and His 5th Degree Black Belt
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), the journey is marked not just by individual progress but by the impact one leaves on the community. The belt system is an emblem of dedication, time spent teaching and learning, and the shared experiences on the mats. Achieving the 5th degree on a black belt is a testament to over two decades of immersion in the art. It speaks volumes of technical depth, teaching wisdom, and a relentless commitment to the spirit of BJJ.
Recently, we witnessed a monumental moment: Professor Junior Fernandes was awarded the 5th degree on his black belt. The atmosphere was electric, with 36 black belts on the mat, joining 137 attendees, all gathered to honor and celebrate our esteemed professor’s achievement. It was not just a testament to his dedication but a reflection of the immense respect and admiration the community holds for him.
Since 2012, situated in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, Professor Junior Fernandes has been a beacon for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has opened the doors of the art to everyone – from enthusiastic 3-year-old children to determined adults. His influence in the Fort Lauderdale community is undeniable, and his efforts in proliferating the art and its values have touched countless lives.
As we revel in this accomplishment and look back on the legacy Professor Junior Fernandes is building, we’re filled with gratitude. We’re thankful for the knowledge he shares, for the bonds he helps forge, and for his unwavering dedication to the BJJ community in Fort Lauderdale.
Congratulations, Mestre Junior Fernandes, on your 5th degree black belt. May your journey ahead continue to inspire and uplift all those who have the privilege to learn from you.
Black Degree in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Professor Junior Fernandes
In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), there are typically five degrees of black belt, each representing a higher level of expertise, knowledge, and experience. These degrees are sometimes referred to as “stripes” and are typically indicated by the number of degrees on the black belt itself. The specific criteria for each degree can vary slightly from one BJJ organization or school to another, but here’s a general overview:
1. Black Belt (1st Degree): This is the first level of black belt in BJJ. Black belts at this level are considered competent practitioners and are often referred to as “Professor.” They have a solid understanding of BJJ techniques and principles.
2. Black Belt (2nd Degree): At this level, practitioners are expected to have a deeper understanding of BJJ techniques and concepts. They may start to develop their own style and teaching methods. They are often responsible for teaching lower-ranked students.
3. Black Belt (3rd Degree): Black belts at the 3rd-degree level are highly skilled and experienced practitioners. They are often referred to as “Professor” or “Mestre” and are considered experts in BJJ. They have a deep knowledge of techniques, strategy, and history.
4. Black Belt (4th Degree): At this level, practitioners are recognized as elite BJJ experts. They have likely made significant contributions to the art and may have developed their own techniques or systems. They are often responsible for promoting students to black belt and contributing to the growth of the BJJ community.
5. Black Belt (5th Degree and Beyond) : Black belts with 5th degree and higher are often referred to as “Coral Belts.” These practitioners have dedicated a significant portion of their life to BJJ and have made substantial contributions to the art. They are often involved in leading schools and organizations and may be responsible for promoting other black belts to higher degrees.
It’s important to note that promotions in BJJ are not solely based on the number of years a practitioner has been training but are also influenced by factors such as skill level, competition success, teaching ability, and contributions to the BJJ community. The specific criteria for each degree can vary, so it’s best to check with your particular BJJ organization or school for their specific requirements and guidelines.If you want to watch the ceremony live here: