So whilst teaching a seminar recently I was asked about our belt structure and why our black belts wear a white tag instead of a red tag on there belt.
So here was my explanation.
At the Eddie Kone Academy of Jiu-Jitsu we are trying to preserve the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as taught by grandmaster Helio Gracie.
Our black belts with the white bar on the end of the belt signifies a person who has been awarded his black belt, but has not completed the professor course. This course can take 2/3 years of further learning.
During the course the black belt will be observed teaching students, obtaining a deeper understanding of the art & learning the final skills which will really make him / her a complete black belt.
Unlike most schools who award there black belts immediately with the red bar and assume they are able to teach, we at our academy make sure that not only are our instructors technically sound, but our black belts also have the ability to bring white belts through there journey to black belts.