Podium Pictures as Proof

One of the main reasons Beltchecker exists is for community validation. What better way to show everyone you are as good as you are besides actually showing them in a competition. It’s easy to say you won, but a picture is worth a thousand words. So we’ve added the ability to keep pictures of your competition success directly in your profile.

When you are updating your list of competition medals, just click on the “Choose File” button to add your podium shot, medal pic, or whatever proof you’d like.

Check Your Judo Belts

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of Judo Checker. It’s the next step in our new family of sites outside of BJJ. The goal is the same. We want to provide an independent community based place for people in the Judo community to validate each other’s belt ranks.

The site already has a few hundred Judo practitioners to seed activity. Now is as good of a time as any to setup a new account on the newest global Judo community.

Check Your Luta Livre Belts

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of Luta Livre Checker. It’s the first in our new family of sites outside of BJJ. The goal is the same. We want to provide an independent community based place for people in the Luta Livre community to validate each other’s belt ranks.

The site already has a few hundred Luta Livre practitioners to seed activity. Now is as good of a time as any to setup a new account on the newest global Lute Livre community.

Beltchecker Turns 1 Today!

Today we celebrate the 1-year anniversary of Beltchecker.com and what a first year it has been! What started as a small idea has already become a major player in the online BJJ community, and the growth does not seem to be stopping anytime soon as many new members register every day. Here are some of the amazing amounts of data we have registered just in the first year:

  • 16,500+ activated users
  • Nearly 4,000 academies
  • 78,000 unique votes
  • Over 5 MILLION voting points
  • 25,000+ belt promotions
  • Almost 20,000 medals
  • 31,000+ training sessions
  • 20,000+ forum posts

Beltchecker is built by members of the community and will be forever free to use and forever free from advertisement. Volunteers continue to work on improving and expanding the platform on a daily basis and we are looking forward to see how this will evolve in the future. We have big plans for 2021 and are looking forward to tell you more about them soon.

We have also recently launched Judochecker.com and Lutalivrechecker.com and we plan on expanding the platform to even more styles and communities in the future. If you want to help Beltchecker grow, tell your training partners about it or share your profile on social media!

When Can I Get Promoted?

We’ve got a lot of really great information and insight into the BJJ community here at Beltchecker. One of the more interesting stats is around when people get promoted. The answer is, by a large margin, you are most likely to get promoted in December with January being a distant second place.

The more people that sign up, the more granular and accurate these stats become. As more people join, we’ll be able to see how promotions break down by affiliate, but instructor, by country and a whole other host of interesting breakdowns.

If you are interested in seeing more stats around promotions, check our promotions stats page.

Data Breach February 2020

Our first data breach occurred earlier this year. This means that we’re important enough to be hacked. Unfortunately, it also means that we were hacked. But, we’ve taken many steps since then to improve our posture and protect our users. Here is the note we’ve shared with our members.

We are writing to you because of a data breach associated with accounts on our website www.beltchecker.com. Although we are unaware of any actual misuse of your information, we are providing notice to you and other potentially affected customers
about the incident.

What Happened?
A collection of 13 billion email addresses and encrypted passwords from more than 23,000 allegedly breached websites was leaked on a forum for hackers. We were informed on December 29th, 2020 that around 5600 records from beltchecker.com should be included. We have not been able to verify this, but it is our best estimate that the user data was extracted on February 2nd, 2020.

What Information Was Involved?
The breach allegedly included email addresses and password fields. Password fields on www.beltchecker.com are encrypted. It looks like the accounts in question are those created on or before February 2nd, 2020 (member id lower than 5800).

What Are We Doing?
Shortly after the attacks, we upgraded our system with a firewall. We continue to work on improving and securing our system on a daily basis. The data breach has been reported to the EU authorities.

What You Can Do?
To find out if your account was included in a data breach, you can look it up on haveibeenpwned.com. While your beltchecker account should not be compromised due to encryption of the password field, it is still always a good idea to change your password. We generally recommend using a password manager and not reusing any passwords.

For More Information
If there is anything else that we can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us on beltchecker@beltchecker.com at any time.

Our apologies for this. We know it’s not a good look and we are constantly striving to do better. Thank you for your continued support.

Spotlight on Fight Fit Militia in Sunninghill South Africa

One of our goals at Beltchecker is provide a better way to prove that you are the level that your belt shows. And who else knows you better than your own teammates, right? The entire academy at Fight Fit Militia in Sunninghill, South Africa gets right into that spirit by having over 70 members signed up for Beltchecker.

Everything is posted from medals to sparring rounds to competition matches from across their entire student body. They’ve even got their schedule posted in case you want to drop by.

Feel free to check them out on social media too: Instagram * Youtube * Website

We’re proud to be able to showcase gyms like this.

15,000 Registered Users

Today was another great milestone for Beltchecker. We hit 15,000 registered users. As of today, we also have a little over 5,000 verified users as well. We are really excited to see the Beltchecker community continue to grow and thrive even through the pandemic. It is incredibly heartening to see this kind of dedication to the sport all over the world.

Instructional Video Library

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new instructional video library.

If you’re an instructor with instructional videos hosted on YouTube, you can add them to your profile. They’ll be listed both on your profile and on the general instructional videos page. People can also search by title, category, and instructor. There is even a simple up/downvote feature. This means that the most liked videos will be displayed more often and trend more towards the top of the list.

Check out the library here and always feel free to add your videos or suggest improvements.