The Valente Brothers™ belt system was developed to reward students who practice Jiu-Jitsu on and off the mat. The different levels represented by colors recognize the gradual development of Jiu-Jitsu in a person. The various ranks of Jiu-Jitsu are conferred on students upon attainment of knowledge and through performance, as evidenced through many areas of the student's life. These include technical knowledge, training frequency, ability to perform techniques under resistance, positive attitude, and overall conduct. Professor Pedro Valente has been teaching in South Florida for over fifteen years. It is important to note that a belt, even the black, does not entitle a practitioner to teach.