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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association Rules


Instructor Designations:

 

  • Black Belt - BJJ Instructor

 

  •  Brown Belt -  BJJ Assistant Instructor

 

  •  Purple Belt - BJJ Coach

 

  •  Blue Belt - BJJ Coach

 


Belt Ranks:

 

  • For Adults: White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black

 

  •  For Children (below 16): White, Yellow, Orange and Green


      Note: White, blue, purple and brown belts receive 4 stripes, or degrees, before graduation to the next belt rank.

 

Belt system and its related ages

 

I . WHITE – Beginner, any age

II. GREY – 04 to 06 years of age

III. YELLOW – 07 to 15 years of age

IV. ORANGE – 10 to 15 years of age

V. GREEN – 13 to 15 years of age

VI. BLUE – 16 years of age or older

VII. PURPLE – 16 years of age or older

VIII. BROWN – 18 years of age or older

IX. BLACK – 19 years of age or older

 

For adults Belt system and its minimum times:

 

 

WHITE TO BLUE - 1 YEAR

 

BLUE TO PURPLE – 2 YEARS


PURPLE TO BROWN – 1 AND A HALF YEARS


BROWN TO BLACK – 1 YEAR


It is up to each instructor to decide how long it takes for a student to be graded, as long as the minimum times required for each belt are fulfilled.  

 

Minimum ages required for each belt

 

   AGES
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
 RANK                                      
White    B E  G  I  N  N  E R    A  N  Y    A  G  E    
Grey    4  5  6                              
Yellow          7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15            
Orange                10  11  12  13  14  15            
Green                      13  14  15            
Blue                            16  17  18  19  20  21
Purple                            16  17  18  19  20  21
Brown                                18  19  20  21
Black                                  19  20  21

 

 

Belt Test:

 

  • Tests will be conducted by Marcello or a designated instructor and will follow the stated criteria for the blue and purple belt rankings. Due to the promotion to the ranks of Brown and Black Belt being more subjective in nature, will take into account many other traits besides one BJJ skills (personal commitment, dedication to team, good representation of ethics and morals, etc).

 

Patch and Logo:

 

  • All instructors and students must have the Association patch on their Kimonos to attend classes,seminars and tournaments. The logo of the association can be used by the instructors in their t-shirts but only on the sleeve or bottom of the shirt unless Approved by Marcello C. Monteiro.



Testing

 

  • There will be a minimum of 1  testing to a maximum of 3 testing a year ( it is up to the affiliated academy) for students to earn stripes on their belts form their instructor. If the instructor is NOT a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu his students have to test for their colored belts under Marcello C. Monteiro. Purple belts in Marcello C. Monteiro's Association CAN NOT promote his students to blue belt without Marcello C. Monteiro's consent firsthand.

 

  • If a instructor is NOT the rank of Brown Belt, he should organize a belt testing (for colored belts) once a year with either Marcello C. Monteiro (after a schedule seminar to the affiliated academy) or with one of Marcello C. Monteiro's affiliates whom are the rank of Brown Belt o higher in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Marcello C. Monteiro's consent firsthand.

 

Marcello C. Monteiro supports the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Official point system (IBJJF)

 

 

 

The competition through its nature makes the athletes use their technical abilities attempting to finish or neutralize their opponents. The point is the superior technique displayed durring the match by putting the positions and negative points on the adversary.

 

 

 

 

4 points – mount, back grab

3 points – passing the guard

2 points – sweeps, knee on the belly and take downs

-1, -2...  - penalties

1, 2, 3... – advantages

 

4

3

2

-1

1

 

mount
____________

back grab

 

Passing    the guard

Take downs
____________

sweeps
____________

Knee on the belly

 


penalties

 


advantages

 

 

 

 THE MOUNT

 

  •  is when the athlete sits on his opponent’s torso; the opponent can be lying on his stomach, side or back. The one mounted can be on top of one of his opponent’s arms, but never on both. It will also be considered a mount if he has one knee and one foot on the ground, 4 POINTS.

 

OBS: no points will be awarded if his feet or knees are on his opponent’s leg. Also if an athlete applies a triangle while in the guard and in so doing lands mounted on his opponent, it will be considered a sweep, not a mount. (See the Guard)

 

 

THE BACK GRAB

 

  •  Is when the athlete grabs his adversary’s back, taking hold of his neck and wrapping his legs around his opponent’s waist, with his heels leaning on the inner side of his opponent’s thighs, not allowing him to leave the position.4 POINTS. NOTE: the points will not be awarded if both heels are not properly positioned on the inner part of the adversary’s thighs.Also be considerea back if the athlete has the leg over one arm of the will opponent but never over grab both arms, in this case no points will be awarded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASSING THE GUARD

 

  •  Is when the athlete that is above his adversary or in between his legs, moves to his opponent’s side, establishing a perpendicular or longitudinal position over his adversary’s trunk, dominating him and leaving him no space to move or to escape the position—if even is on his side or back. 3 points NOTE: if the athlete that is underneath avoids the move by getting to his knees or standing up, the initiative will not be awarded 3 points but will be awarded an advantage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SWEEP

 

  •  is when the athlete that is underneath has his opponent in his guard(in between his legs ) or the half guard (having one of his adversary’s legs between his) and is able to get on top of his adversary by inverting his position. 2 POINTS.

 

Observation 1: it will not be considered a sweep if the move does not begin from inside the guard or half guard.

 

Observation 2: When the athlete sweeping advances his position to the back of his opponent during the attempted sweep, he is awarded 2 points.

 

Observation 3: If starting in a guard position, an athlete attempts a sweep and both athletes return to their feet and the competitor attempting the sweep executes a takedown remaining on top, he will be awarded 2 points.

 

 

KNEE ON THE BELLY

 

  • When the athlete on top puts his knee on his adversary’s stomach, holding his collar or sleeve and belt with his other leg towards his adversary’s head: 2 POINTS.

 

 

TAKE DOWNS:

 

  • Any kind of knocking down the opponent or being taken down on his back side, 2 points. If the athlete is thrown to the ground and does not land on his back, the thrower must pin him to the ground in the same position for at least 3 seconds to gain the points of the take down.

Observation 1: the take down that lands outside of the fighting area and on to the security area will be valid as long as the athlete that applied it stood with both feet in the fighting area while making the take down.

 

Observation 2: If the athlete has one of his knees on the ground and is taken down, whoever applied the take down will be awarded 2 points as long as he has both his feet on the ground. If the athlete has both his knees on the ground and is knocked down the standing athlete will have to pass to his side and maintain this position to receive an advantage.

 

Observation 3: When the athlete attempts the double leg and the opponent sits on the floor and executes a sweep, the athlete who attempted the takedown will not receive points, but the one who executed the sweep will.

 

Observation 4: When a competitor throws his opponent and ends up in a bottomposition the competitor throwing will receive 2 points and the opponent on top will receive an advantage. If the competitor executing the throw lands in his opponents guard and is swept, both will receive 2 points.

 

 

 

  During a competition bouts will be decided by:

 

 

 

  • POINTS
  • SUBMISSION
  • ADVANTAGES
  • DISQUALIFICATION
  • UNCONSCIOUSNESS

 

 

 

POINTS:

 

 

1º POSITIVE POINTS

 

  • The competition through its nature makes the athletes use their technical abilities attempting to finish or neutralize their opponents. The point is the superior technique displayed durring the match by putting the positions and negative points on the adversary.

 

 IMPORTANT

 

  •  The athlete cannot have score new points when he is in a position where he recieved points previously, changes position intentionally and returns to the same position.

Example: For knee on the belly and switching sides, there will be no new points awarded.

The fight can be an ascending condition for technique, looking to dominate the adversary, working to finish the opponent.

No points will be marked for the athlete who is attaining a position while in a submission. Points will only be awarded after the submission is completely defended.

Example: When one athlete is mounted on his opponent but is in a guitine the points of the mount will be awarded only when the submission is defended.

 

 

 

SUBMISSION:

 

 Submission occurs when a technique forces an opponent into admitting defeat by:

 

 

  • tapping with the palm against his opponent or the floor in a visible manner

 

  • tapping with his feet on the ground (if he is unable to use his hands)

 

  • requesting verbally to the referee that the fight be stopped (if he can neither tap with his hands or his feet)

 

  • requesting that the fight be ended if the athlete gets injured or feel physically incapable or unprepared Also:

 

  • during a competition the referee may end the fight giving victory to the one that applied the lock if he sees a lock being properly applied and is certain that the Athlete is exposed to serious physical damage.

 

  • a coach of one of the athletes may request that the fight be ended either by directing himself to the referee or by throwing the towel into the ring for any reason

 

  • When an athlete is under a submission position and he screams or say "Aï" , will be the same as if he taps.

 

  • During a competition the referee may end the fight when one of the athletes is injured or the doctor’s examination proves he is incapable to continue. If this occurs, the victory will be given to the opponent as long as the injury was not caused intentionally by conduct worthy of disqualification.

 

  •  When hte athlete request that are eagerning caimbras, will be the same as if he taps.

 

NEGATIVE POINTS: (PENALTIES)

 

  •  Are penalties given to the athlete after committing a third offence .i.e. avoiding engaging, staling or not seeking ways to finalize the fight.

 

  • "Stalling" In case the athlete make the classic nstalling on the crosside or North South position without seeking ways to submit

 

  • Holding the opponent, standing up, or any position designed to stall. Noticing this the referee will request that 20 seconds be marked and say  LUTE (fight), making the gesture. At the end of the 20 seconds if the athlete hasn’t changed his position or shown visible signs of engagement, the referee say again “LUTE” and make the same gesture, penalising the atlhete and giving an advantage for the other, if he continues stalling the referee will stop the fight saying PAROU (stop), and he will penalise  the same, giving 2 points for the other, and both athletes will return to their feet at neutral positions. With the possibility of disqualification on the next offence

 

 

 

 ADVANTAGES:

 

 

It is considered an advantage when the athlete attempts but does not complete any of the fundamental moves of the fight; i.e. sweep, take down, submission etc.;

 

  • Advantages through takedowns: When there is a visible loss of balance in which the adversary nearly completes the takedown. A visible loss of balance durring an attempted throw will also result in an advantage.

 

  •  During closed guard (when the athlete on the bottom has his legs wrapped around his opponent’s waist):

 

 A-) The one on top will earn the advantage by being on the offensive, trying to dominate his adversary’s guard (pass the guard). For the referee to consider it an advantage, the athlete that is on top must come close to passing the guard, forcing his adversary to exert energy to regain position e.g. half guard, almost immobilizing, etc.

 

B-) The one underneath will earn the advantage if he almost sweeps his opponent, putting him in a dangerous position, as well as when he attempts a lock that forces his opponent to defend. NOTE: for the sweep attempt to be considered worthy of an advantage the athlete underneath must open his legs.

 

When there is a tie situation on the scoreboard, it is up to the referee to decide if he will award an advantage, using the following judgments:

 

  •  Advantages will be awarded during standing fights or on the ground if the athlete attempts a technique with more aggressiveness and initiative, trying takedowns , other finalizing moves during the fight. Or showing that he dominate the fight most of the time by putting the opponent on the defensive

 

  • Advantages through takedowns: When there is a visible loss of balance in which the adversary nearly completes the takedown. A visible loss of balance durring an attempted throw will also result in an advantage.

 

  • Advantages will be awarded during ground fighting if the athlete attempts a technique and puts his adversary on the defensive.

 

 

 

DISQUALIFICATION

 

 

 

SERIOUS FOULS:

 

SERIOUS FOULS ARE THOSE THAT LEAD TO IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION BY THE REFEREE.

 

  •  the use of foul language, cursing, or other immoral acts of disrespect towards the referee or any of the assisting public.

 

  • biting, hair pulling, putting fingers into the eyes or nose of one’s opponent, intentionally seeking to injure genitalia or the use of fists, feet, knees, elbows, or heads with the intention to hurt or gain unfair advantage.

 

  •  when the fighter has his kimono ripped during the fight, the referee will give him a set time to change it. If the fighter does not change it in time he will be disqualified.

 

  •  The fighter must wear shorts under the pants, keeping in mind the risk that the suit might get torn or unsowed, If this occurs, the athlete will be given a set time determined by the referee to find another pair of pants to wear. If the athlete can not change within the set time, he will be immediately disqualified.

 

  •  When an athlete has been submitted to a lock and to avoid tapping out he runs out of the ring, he will be immediately disqualified. In such cases when it is considered a technical foul, not a disciplinary foul, the offender may return to the competition to fight the absolute division or in case of a bracket of three.

 

  • When the athlete breaks any rule of the article

 

 

FOULS NOT AS SERIOUS:

 

 

PENALTIES:

 

  • On the first offence the offender will be given a verbal warning.

 

  •  On the second offence the offender’s opponent will be given an    advantage.

 

  • On the third offence the offender’s opponent will be given two points.

 

  •  After the third offence the referee may disqualify the athlete for any further fouls.

 

  •  The athlete will only be allowed to kneel after having taken hold of his opponents kimono.

 

  • B-) When either of the athletes run to one of the extremities of the ring to avoid combat, or while ground fighting flee by crawling or rolling out of the ring or by standing up avoiding engaging or purposely stepping out of the ring to gain time.

 

  • When the athlete avoids engaging by taking off his kimono or by allowing it to be taken off with the intention of stopping the fight to allow himself rest or to avoid the attacks of his opponent.

 

  • When the athlete inserts his fingers inside the sleeves or pants, or with both his hands on his opponent’s belt.

 

  • When the athlete stalls the fight, holding his adversary and, not seeking to engage or gain submissions when in the guard, on top, or on the bottom.

 

  • Holding the opponent, standing up, or any position designed to stall. Noticing this the referee will request that 20 seconds be marked and say  LUTE(fight), making the gesture. At the end of the 20 seconds if the athlete hasn’t changed his position or shown visible signs of engagement, the referee say again “LUTE” and make the same gesture, penalising the atlhete and giving an advantage for the other, if he continues stalling the referee will stop the fight saying PAROU(stop), and he will penalise  the same, giving 2 points for the other, and both athletes will return to their feet at neutral positions. With the possibility of disqualification on the next offence

 

      NOTE: A penalty with immediate loss of 2 points occurs when an athlete runs from the ring in order to avoid a sweep that the referee considers would be completed, or when the athlete flees the ring in order to avoid a lock that has not yet been completed and not engaging in the article "E" for disqualification.

 

 

 

UNCONSCIOUSNESS

 

 

 

  • One of the 2 opponents is defeated after losing consciousness by any of the valid moves: strangling, pressuring, or take downs, or accidents in which the adversary has not committed any foul worthy of disqualification.

 

 

 RESTRICTIONS

 

 

 

 • In all catagories the central referee has the athority to stop a match when either of the competitors is in danger of serious bodily harm as a result of a submission and award the victory to competitor applying the submission.

 

• Cervical locks or neck cranks are not allowed in any category except for chokes in the juveniles or adult divisions in all belts.

 

• Athletes under 18 (Juveniles) are only allowed to compete in the open class if they are middle weight or heavier.

 

• Wrestling shoes or any type of shoes, head gear, shirts under the gi (except for girls) and any kind of protectors that can alter the outcome of the match in any way are not allowed in competition.

 

• In childrens divisions between 4-15years, when a competitor is executing a triangle and the opponent stands up it is the referees obligation to stand in a position to protect both athletes, specifically to reduce the risk of cervical damage.

 

 

 

FROM 04 THROUGH 12:

 

 

 

  • SLAM FROM THE GUARD
  • BICEPS LOCK
  • WRIST LOCK
  • TRIANGLE PULLING THE HEAD
  • FOOT LOCKS OF ANY KIND
  • KNEE LOCK, LEG LOCK
  • CERVICAL LOCK (ANY KIND)
  • FRONTAL NECK CRANK
  • EZEQUIEL
  • CALF LOCK
  • OMOPLATA ( SHOULDER LOCK)
  • FRONTAL GUILLOTINE
  • SCISSORS TAKEDOWN
  • HEEL HOOK

 

 

 

 FROM THE AGES OF 13 THROUGH 15:

 

 

 

  • SLAM FROM THE GUARD
  • BICEPS LOCK
  • WRIST LOCK
  • TRIANGLE PULLING THE HEAD
  • FOOT LOCK S(ANY KIND)
  • KNEE LOCK, LEG LOCK
  • CERVICAL LOCK(ANY KIND)
  • FRONTAL NECK CRANK
  • EZEKIEL
  • CALF LOCK
  • SCISSORS TAKEDOWN
  • HEEL HOOK

 

 

 

 AGES 16 TO 17

 

 

 

  • SLAM FROM THE GUARD
  • LEG LOCKS
  • CERVICAL (only without chokes)
  • BICEPS LOCK
  • CALF LOCK
  • WRIST LOCK
  • MATA LEAO WITH FOOT
  • SCISSORS TAKEDOWN
  • HEEL HOOK

 

 

 

 ADULT   (BLUE & PURPLE BELT)

 

 

 

  • MATA LEO WITH FOOT
  • SLAM FROM THE GUARD
  • LEG LOCKS
  • CERVICAL(only without chokes)
  • BICEPS LOCK
  • CALF LOCK
  • SCISSORS TAKEDOWN
  • HEEL HOOK

 

 

 

  ADULTS  (BROWN AND BLACKBELT)

 

 

 

  • SLAM FROM THE GUARD
  • CERVICAL LOCK(only without chokes)
  • SCISSORS TAKEDOWN
  • HEEL HOOK

 

 For training or competing in Brazil, association members will receive help from Marcello C. Monteiro 's instructors/members in Brazil; this includes setting up a place to stay, training and tours.

MCMBJJA locations may offer training in other martial art styles.