Black Belt Jiu Jitsu

Paul Smibert

Black Belt Jiu Jitsu


• Black belt under Felipe Grez and Michelle Nicolini.

• Has trained Jiu Jitsu for over 15 years

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Black belt under Felipe Grez and Michelle Nicolini.

Has trained Jiu Jitsu for over 15 years. 

Paul's Faqs

How long does it take to get your black belt in jiu jitsu? 

Getting your BJJ black belt can take anywhere from 4 to 20 years. For the general hobbyist who is training consistently a few times per week, and with good quality coaching, 8-12 years is about the normal timeframe. 

How many times per week should I train BJJ?

As much as you can! 3 sessions per week is about the right amount of training you need to see consistent, regular progress. However the quality of the coaching and environment you’re training in is also very important. A good quality coach can really accelerate your progress in BJJ

Will jiu jitsu get me in shape?

Yes, Jiu Jitsu will definitely get you in shape. It’s a very demanding martial art which builds strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance. It also burns up a lot of energy, which is why a lot of people find they lose body fat when training regularly.

What are the benefits of training jiu jitsu?

There are so many benefits to learning BJJ. It will teach you things about your body and mind that you never knew were possible. It will teach you to be comfortable in the most uncomfortable and stressful situations, while also learning to defend yourself. Great confidence is the outcome of this.

Can adults learn BJJ?

Yes. Anyone can learn BJJ. My youngest student is 3 years old, and my oldest student that started with me a month ago is 74 and he is progressing rapidly. There really is no time where it’s not suitable to start training.

What's the difference between Gracie Jiu Jitsu and BJJ?

Gracie Jiu Jitsu and BJJ are essentially the same thing. The Gracie family is synonymous with the art and have been credited with much of it’s spread across the globe and into the mainstream.

What was the hardest thing about BJJ?

Learning how to handle your own ego. There are not many martial arts that will humble you in the way that jiu jitsu does. Turning up day in day out can be challenging at times, especially when you feel like you’re not progressing. Anyone who has been in the game for a long time will tell you that this process, and learning how to deal with it, is one of the most powerful things BJJ teaches you.  

What's the best thing about BJJ?

The best thing about BJJ is the calmness you feel as you become the master of your own ego, body and mind. You will soon carry a new confidence and calmness that will stay with you forever. This is invaluable