BJJ Rules

Jiu-jitsu is one of the most ancient of the martial art and arguably most complete art of self defence. It’s origin being open to debate, it was first attributed to India, then China, Japan, and Brazil—where the Gracie family refined it to become superior to all other styles of jiu-jitsu, making Brazil the world’s center of this precious art. The sport of jiu-jitsu brings out a competitive side where the athlete demonstrates his physical & psychological conditions, techniques, and abilities with the objective of rendering his opponent into submission.

The valid moves are those which seek to neutralize, immobilize, strangle and apply any kind of pressure by the twisting joints, as well as knocking down one’s opponent by take-down. But there are non-valid moves which are considered illegal: biting, hair pulling, sticking fingers in the eyes or nose of one’s opponent, striking the opponents genitalia, finger twisting, and any other move that gains unfair advantage with use of one’s fists, feet, elbows or head. Moreover, competitions are the lifeline of the sport; it is the most important aspect for all those directly or indirectly involved. .However, victory will not be granted at any cost; fair-play must be the main guideline).

Ethical behavior is what gives the sport credibility and security, which are indispensable factors to our sport. By this alone we have already developed the sport in brazil turning it into a spectacular sport. Therefore, because we hope to be part of the greatest show on earth, the Olympics, we must stay focused on jiu-jitsu as a viable modern sport.

The full rules are for all those involved in the sport: athletes, coaches, instructors, and spectators. Because of this, we have the responsibility to fulfill and achieve the following regulations, and only by doing so we will be able to reach our goal of making (Brazilian) Jiu-jitsu an Olympic sport.

Download the full IBJJF rule book here

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