20 Thousand Beltchecker Users

We’ve started a movement here and it’s working. We now have more than 20 thousand registered users across all the Beltchecker sites and we’re growing more every day.

Over 20,000 registered users

We started this project a year ago with the hope that, amongst other things, we would remove the central governing body mentality that has come to be the mark of many martial arts disciplines. We are excited to know that many of you believe in what we are doing. Putting the power of validation back into the hands of the every day practitioners is a lofty but achievable goal.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the project so far and we look forward to continuing to improve on the future of martial arts belt validations.

New Beltchecker Rules for Youth Martial Artists

Safety is an important part of martial arts. We consider these things not only on the mats, but off as well. One of the places we’ve had to ensure safety is around the way children engage with the Beltchecker platform. As a result, we’ve had to make a few changes. We want to ensure that everyone understands not only what those changes are, but how we came to these decisions.

The first place we started was with children who are under 16 years old. We chose this point because of GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation). It’s also a logical starting point with respect to the digital age of consent. But to know people’s ages, we had to make sure that people are inputting their age into the site. This is the first change we made. When you register, you’ll be required to enter your age. Don’t worry, you don’t have to show it. But we’ll keep it safe.

For the Children

The big changes really come in to play when it comes to those under 16 years old. If you are under 16, the following rules now apply. Children’s profiles …

  • cannot send or receive private messages
  • cannot vote for other profiles
  • cannot write wall messages to other profiles
  • cannot send or receive friend requests
  • cannot post on the forums
  • will not show the total accumulated vote points publicly
  • will not publicly display who has voted for them

We aren’t changing the way the site works. We are simply putting controls in place to better protect our young martial artists. Profiles can still receive votes, update all profile details, log their training, be included in academy registration and attendance systems, etc. All received vote points and comments for these profiles will still be stored and logged. They will not be displayed until the user is 16 years of age.

We’ve also made some additional privacy changes for parents who are setting up a profile for their child. ID verification is not necessary in order to use most of the features on the site. This includes things like academy attendance and registrations. Profiles using a nickname and not having a profile picture can still log class attendance. The ID verification process can always happen at a later date or when the user turns 16.

Why This Change?

The goal of Beltchecker is to be a community validation system for martial arts belts. Beltchecker is not designed as a social media site for children. The decision to not display the vote totals in public is meant to discourage a “point race” for children. We have noticed a non-trivial amount of abuse from parents trying to get the vote points of their children lifted. The amount of vote points required for a child’s belt verification is already low. Additionally, the vote of a youth martial artist has been worth zero points from the beginning. The effects of these changes should be minimal. It won’t make the verification of a child’s belt needlessly difficult.

Summary of Changes

  1. Ages will now be a mandatory when registering. But this age can be hidden from your public profile.
  2. Children’s profiles cannot send or receive private messages, cannot vote for other profiles, cannot write wall messages to other profiles, cannot send or receive friend requests, will not show the total accumulated vote points publicly, and will not publicly display who has voted for them.

It’s important for us to be public about these changes. We want to ensure that everyone understands that we are a community driven organization that strives to do what is best for the global martial arts communities. Transparency and openness are a basic tenet of operation for us. Keep following us here to see the latest updates from Beltchecker.

Check Your Taekwondo Belt

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

The site already has a few Taekwondo practitioners to seed activity. Now is as good of a time as any to setup a new account on the newest global Taekwondo community. Be one of early adopters and set up your profile today.

Check Your Kenpo Belt

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

Kenpo Chceker

The site already has a few Kenpo practitioners to seed activity. Now is as good of a time as any to setup a new account on the newest global Kenpo community. Be one of early adopters and set up your profile today.

Adding Custom Links to your Profile

We know lots of you have your own athlete pages or even your own website. So we wanted to make sure that you can feature more than just your social media links. Now there is a place to add sites that showcase you and your martial arts journey.

Custom Links

To update your list of custom links, just edit your profile and click on the Links section. You can add anything from your sponsors, more social media, a site your video library, or whatever you see fit to showcase who you are as a martial artist.

Link Location

Once you’ve added a new link, it will show up in your profile right next to your social channels. We’re going to keep adding features to help you improve your presence on the Beltchecker sites and show the world the martial artist that you are. If you have any ideas, let us know.

Beginning to Bring the Family Together

We’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes lately on the entire family of sites. One of the things that we know is important for martial artists to be able to show off their entire catalog of skills. So as we continue to add Beltchecker sites (Judo, Jiujitsu, Luta Livre, etc), we have added the ability to share profiles between sites.

All Profiles in One Place

Our faithful webmaster is a bit a of a ninja as you can see. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t one too. As we continue to add more sites, you can continue to show off your prowess.

If you are practicing more than one discipline, just register for each site of a discipline that you practice. Make sure you get verified. Then, on each site, edit your profile, navigate to the section called, “Social media & other sites” and add the link to your profile(s) in the correct box. This profile link should look something like: https://www.beltchecker.com/profile.php?id=8675309

Edit Profile => Social media and other sites

Keep checking back with us as we continue to build out the network of sites. We’ll keep adding features to help you showcase the great (or even just on your way to greatness) martial artist that you really are.

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!