RULE BOOK UPDATE! IBJJF RULES : IBJJF Rules Book v3.0
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Page 4, item 1.2.1.
• If the referee decides to disqualify an athlete due to the athlete’s accumulation of four penalties (serious foul or lack of combativeness), the referee will make the serious penalty gesture before stopping the fight. If at least one of the side referees repeats the gesture, the referee’s decision is confirmed and he or she is authorized to stop the fight.
• If the referee decides disqualify an athlete due to the athlete committing a severe foul, he will make the gesture before stopping the fight. If at least one of the side referees repeats the gesture, the referee’s decision is confirmed and he or she is authorized to stop the fight.
Page 5, item 1.2.1
• When a match ends with a draw in points, advantages and penalties, the central referee will place the two athletes in their starting position (one to his left and one to his right). The referee will take two steps back and make a gesture for the side referees to stand up. After the side referees are standing, the central referee will take a step forward with his right leg. After he or she does so, all three referees raise either their right or left arm in the air. This will signify the athlete each referee believes to be the winner. The central referee will then declare the winner chosen by a majority of the referees.
It is the referee’s duty to intervene in a match when he/she deems it necessary.
Obs: When the referee stops the fight for any reason, the athletes must maintain their current position to the best of their ability.
Page 6, Item 1.3.7
• When one athlete takes his opponent to the outlying safety area while trying to stabilize a scoring position, the referee shall wait, whenever possible, for an athlete to stabilize the position for 3 seconds before stopping the fight. If this happens, the referee will give the points and then restart the fight in the center of the combat area.
• Any movement that goes beyond the safety area should be stopped. The athletes will be returned to the center of the combat area in a standing position.
• When the fight exits the combat area due to the movement of an athlete
attacking a submission in hold, the referee will not mark two points after stopping the fight. Instead, the referee may give an advantage depending on the proximity of the submission, while respecting the rules of advantages (Article 5th).
• Whenever the situation depicted in picture 11 of item 6.3.2 arises, by attempt to takedown or any other move coming from the ground, with the athletes on they knees or with a sweep motion, the referee shall act in the following way:
For juveniles and younger divisions and white belts, the referee will stop the fight and restart the match with both athletes standing. No penalties will be given to either athlete.
For the other divisions the referee shall not interfere with the match.
Match Circumstances: Penalty for lack of combativeness (stalling) or serious foul.
Gesture: Arm corresponding to the penalized athlete points to the center of his chest followed by raising a clenched fist to shoulder height.
Verbal Command: LUTE! (lu-tchee) – at the same time point to the chest when there is a lack of combativeness situation. or FALTA! (fal-tah) – at the same time point to the chest when there is a serious foul.
Match Circumstances: Penalty for lack of combativeness (stalling) or serious foul when it is not possible for the referee to clearly point at the athlete to be punished.
Gesture: The referee should lightly touch one of the shoulders of the athlete to be punished followed by raising a clenched fist to shoulder height.
Verbal Command: LUTE! (lu-tchee) – at the same time touching the shoulder when there is a lack of combativeness situation. or FALTA! (fal-tah) – at the same time touching the shoulder when there is a serious foul situation.
Page 13, Item 2.3.4.
When an athlete presents bleeding that cannot be contained after being treated by the doctor on 2 (two) occasions, to which each athlete has the right for each injury and should be provided upon the referee’s request.
Page 16, Item 4.1
• If an athlete forces his or her opponent to the ground in the outlying safety area, the athlete performing the takedown should have both feet within the match area when the movement begins. In this case, if the athletes land in a stabilized position, the referee will only stop the match after 3 seconds of stabilization in the position. Then the referee will score the points and restart the match at the center of the match area. The athletes will be placed in the same position they were in
when the match was stopped.
Page 21, Item 5.7.2.
• When the athlete attempts to guard pass and makes his or her opponent turn their back upwards and get on all fours to prevent the guard pass.
Page 22, Item 5.7.6.
• When both athletes pull guard at the same time, the athlete who achieves top position first is awarded an advantage point.
Obs: In cases that the athlete achieves the top position by going straight to the side-mount, he will not receive points nor an advantage for the guard pass.
Page 23, Item 6.3.2.
• When it comes to a referee’s attention that an athlete is not wearing an undergarment under his or her uniform as outlined in item 8.3.8 of this Rules Book.
• When an athlete strangles his or her opponent, without using the gi, with one or both hands around the opponent’s neck or applies pressure to the opponent’s windpipe using the thumb.
• When an athlete blocks the passage of air to his/her opponent’s nose or mouth using his/her hands.
• When the athlete who is defending a single leg takedown, while the athlete attacking has his head outside his opponents body, intentionally projects his attacker to the ground, by grabbing his opponents belt, to make him hit the floor with the head (picture 25).
Inclusion of illegal moves 11, 20 e 25.
New Illegal move 20. Ripping knee regulation.
Page 27, Item 6.4.9.
When an athlete grabs the inside of the opponent’s gi top or pants, when he steps inside the gi jacket and and when an athlete passes a hand through the inside of the opponent’s gi to grip the external part of the gi.
When an athlete communicates with the referee by speaking or with gestures, except when he/she is reporting a medical issue or a problem with his uniform.
When an athlete exits the match area following a match prior to the referee announcing the result.
When an athlete deliberately exits the match area to prevent the opponent from completing a sweep or a takedown.*
* In this case and only this case, the referee should signal two points be awarded to the opponent and one penalty point be added to the score of the athlete who exited the match area.
When the athlete purposely places his/her foot on the lapel of his/her opponent’s Gi without having a hand grip to provide traction for his/her foot.
Novo item 6.5.3
When both athletes pull guard at the same time, the referee will start a 20 second countdown. If at end of this 20 second countdown, even if the athletes are moving, one of the athletes does not reach the top position, does not have a submission in hold, or is not imminently completing a point scoring move, the referee will stop the fight and give a penalty to both athletes. In this situation, the referee will restart the combat in standing position.
Novo item 6.5.5
Will not be considered lack of combativeness when an athlete is in mount or back position, as long as the characteristics of the technical position are respected.
New point 8.3.7
In the female divisions, the athlete will be permitted to cover their heads.
The Head Cover must follow these requirements.
• Must be fixed and made with elastic fabric(or have elastics at the borders).
• Be made without any kind of plastic or hard materials.
• Be made with no strings of any kind.
• Be clear of any inscription or logo.
• Must be completely in Black color.
It is mandatory that athletes wear undergarments for all competitions, regardless if it is a Gi or No-Gi event. The undergarment should be "brief-type" only. failure to adhere of this rule will be considered a foul according to item 6.3.2, and the athlete will be submitted to the penalties provided at item 7.2.1.
New item 2.3.2
In a 3-member-bracket, if the athlete exceeds the weight limit of the division, he/she will be eliminated from the competition and he/she will have no right to fight the other semi-final.
New Item 2.3.4
In a 3-member-bracket semi-final, if an athlete misses his/her first fight, he/she will have no right to fight the other semi-final.
• When both athletes in a semi-final match of a 3-member-bracket are disqualified by technical penalty, a random pick will take place to choose who will progress to the final. The loser of the random pick will maintain his/her third place ranking.
• When a semifinal match has both athletes disqualified, one for a disciplinary penalty and the other for a technical penalty, the athlete disqualified by technical penalty will keep the third place ranking. The other semi-final will be considered the final for the division.
When both athletes in a final match are disqualified via technical penalty, the athletes who lost the semifinals shall return to fight in the final. The winner of this new final will be declared first place and the loser third place. In this case, the disqualified athletes shall be proclaimed second place.
• When just one of the athletes in a final match is disqualified by disciplinary penalty, the athlete who lost to the new champion in the semi-final will be declared second place.
• When a final has both athletes disqualified, one for a disciplinary penalty and
the other for a technical penalty, there will be no winner. The athlete disqualified by technical penalty will keep the second place. In this case, the losers of the semi finals will fight and the winner will be declared first place. The other athlete will keep the third place.
• When both athletes in a final match are disqualified via disciplinary penalty, the athletes who lost the semifinals shall return to dispute the final. In this case, the athletes who lost their quarter finals to the new finalists must be declared third places.
Page 38, Item 5.8
The athlete may only compete as the belt they are registered under with the IBJJF (or its affiliates). If the athlete is promoted by his/her teacher before the minimum time spent in the previous belt requirement is met or minimum age, he/she cannot compete in this current belt nor the previous one.
New item 5.9
Once an athlete’s gradation occurs, he can not compete in his previous belt anymore. If he gets promoted during a competition after his division is done, he will be forbidden from competing in the open class.