ARTICLE 1 - DOCUMENT TITLE:
Relson Gracie World Submission Championships & Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu National Championships Official Rules and Regulations
ARTICLE 2 - DOCUMENT PURPOSE:
The purpose of this document shall serve to outline and describe the official rules and regulations of the following grappling events.
I. Relson Gracie World Submission Championships
II. The Relson Gracie National Championships
ARTICLE 3 - TOURNAMENT MISSION & PHILOSOPHY:
I. To provide the highest level of amateur and professional submission grappling competition in the world.
II. To showcase Gracie Jiu-Jitsu as a highly competitive and exciting athletic sport.
III. To honor and recognize the current and past competitors, distinguished teachers, and supporters of the sport and event.
IV. To display courage, discipline, sportsmanship, and camaraderie through competition.
ARTICLE 4 - COMPETITION AREA:
I. The competition stage will be composed of 6 rings.
II. The rings shall be evenly divided into a BLUE area and a RED area
III. Each ring will be a minimum 12 m x 12 m and composed of tatame style grappling mats mounted on a resilient platform.
IV. The competition area shall be divided into two zones. The differentiation between these two zones will be used as an out of bounds/danger area and indicated with red tatames. This zone will 1 meter wide and form a squared ring. The area within the red mats will be called the contest area, which will be indicated by blue tatames. The area outside the colored area (red & blue) will be called the safety area and shall never be less than 2 meters wide. This safety area will be indicated will light green or tan tatames.
V. The competition/fighting area will be partitioned off to the spectators. Within the partition tournament directors, ring captains, supporting assistants, referees, time keepers, inspectors, and security personal can freely move about. Any spectators or competitor that are not actively called to the warm-up area or are currently competing cannot occupy the competitor area. Any unauthorized persons identified in the competition area will be asked to leave the area and if repeated is subjected to disciplinary action.
VI. Coaching area: two coaching areas shall be designated within the â€śsafety areaâ€ť on opposing sides of each ring and indicated by a white square. One coach of opposing teams can only occupy each coaching area at a time.
VII. Security personal will be actively observing the event. If summoned by the directors or ring captain they hold the power to punish any unethical conduct of coaches, teachers, referees, or other assistants that might interfere in the progress of the event.
VIII. A designated warm-up area shall serve as the competitor calling area. During the event the competitors must pay attention to their specific division to be called to the warm-up area. Once there a Competitor Caller will notify you when and where your match is.
ARTICLE 5 - SPECTATOR AREA:
I. A spectator area shall be placed outside the competition area and composed of rows of sturdy straight back chairs and or bleacher style seating.
II. The seating shall be placed in a way to maximized observing the event.
III. To prevent blocking others for viewing the matches, spectators must remain seated during the competition and be courteous when move throughout the spectator area.
IV. Standing at the partitions will be prohibited and strongly enforced.
V. All spectators are encouraged to cheer on their fighters and displaying a supporting competitive spirit.
VI. Taunting competitors, referees, and or all supporting staff, the use of foul or abusing language, or any inappropriate behavior that does not represent to spirit and ethos of the event is prohibited and subject to removal from the event.
ARTICLE 6 - POSITION & FUNCTION OF CHAIRMEN
I. The Tournament Chairmen will be seated at the main table that will sit parallel to competition area. He will also be moving throughout the competition venue and shall be identified with a Chairmen badge attached to a lariat.
II. The Tournament Chairmen shall be the final authority with regards to all rules and regulations of the tournament.
ARTICLE 7 - POSITION & FUNCTION OF DIRECTOR
I. The Tournament Director will be seated at the main table that will sit parallel to competition area and also be moving throughout the competition venue and shall be identified by a Directors badge attached to a lariat.
II. The Tournament Director shall oversee and direct the entire tournament including: registration, competition and vendor fee collection, website design and communication, sponsorship, advertisement, vendor organization, competition scheduling, and positioning of staff. If by chance the Tournament Chairmen cannot for any reason complete his duties the Tournament Director will act as Chairmen.
ARTICLE 8 - POSITION & FUNCTION OF THE RING CAPTAINS
I. The ring captains will be moving throughout the competition area and can be indicated by the RING CAPTAIN label on the back of their t-shirts.
II. Each ring captain will be in charge of one area (blue or red) which is composed of 3 rings
III. The ring captain shall be in charge of all the functions inside the competition area including: competition flow, referee positioning, calling of divisions to the warm-up area, calling of athletes to mats, rules discrepancies, emergency medical notification, supervision of referees, time keepers, and scorers. Information relay to the tournament Director and Chairmen.
ARTICLE 9 - POSITION & FUNCTION OF THE SCORERS & TIMEKEEPERS (officials) TABLE
I. The Scorers and Time Keepers will be positioned at tables center between each ring and can be identified by the OFFICIALS label on the back of the their t-shirts.
II. The scorer and timekeeper shall be familiar with the responsibilities of each otherâ€™s position so that position rotation can be conducted with out delay or technical error.
III. The scorer and timekeeper shall be knowledgeable of all general and referee match results, referee signals, illegal techniques, basic bracketing techniques, competitor divisions and their durations.
IV. The scorer and timekeeper shall be responsible for calling via a hand radio individual competitors to their perspective rings from the warm-up area.
V. The scorer and timekeeper shall have a basic understanding of the competition flow of the tournament.
ARTICLE 10 - SCORERS & TIMEKEEPERS SIGNALS
I. Time Keeper will verbally indicate to the referee by saying â€śREADYâ€ť when he/she is ready to begin the match duration on the stopwatch.
II. The Time Keeper shall be responsible for verbally calling out â€ś2-minutesâ€ť and â€ś1-minuteâ€ť when there is 2 minutes and 1 minute left in the match duration.
III. The timekeeper shall toss a soft ball or object typically colored white, close to the refereeâ€™s feet and verbally call â€śSTOPâ€ť when the match duration has expired.
ARTICLE 11 - POSITION & FUNCTION OF THE REFEREE
I. The referee will be in the center position at each ring and or at the officialâ€™s table. The referee can be identified by the REFEREE label on the back of the their t-shirts.
II. All referees will be neutral and impartial in their decision-making; a referee may not officiate one of their own students/teammates without notification to the opposing athlete and/or coach.
a. The opposing coach/athlete may request a referee replacement if this occurs.
III. The referee shall be responsible for: starting and stopping all matches, awarding or deducting points, warning competitors for rule infractions, disqualification of competitors, consulting with the ring captains, communicating to the officials and signaling the match winner.
IV. The referee shall have general knowledgeable of all the rules and regulation and be especially knowledgeable on articles 13 through 20 and 22.
V. If for any and every situation that cannot be determined by this rules manual the referees will discuss the specific situation with the ring captain and/or chairmen to determine the fair and proper action.
ARTICLE 12 - POSITION & FUNCTION OF THE MEDICAL STAFF
I. A medical staff will be appointed to the tournament by the Organization and will be located adjacent to the main Chairmen and Directors table.
II. This staff shall be trained in emergency medical protocols and first aid and will be responsible for treating any injured or sick competitor, staff, and or spectator needing urgent care.
III. The medical staff will serve as the final authority of whether a competitor can compete safely.
ARTICLE 13 - UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT
A. GI COMPETITION:
I. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Judo style gi must be worn during competition.
II. The gi must be constructed of cotton or similar material and free of holes or tears.
III. The material may not be excessively thick or hard so that in may obstruct the opponent or give an unfair advantage to its wearer.
IV. The jacket must be long enough to cover the hips, crossed over with the left lower lapel over the right and tied at the waist by a belt.
V. The belt shall be tied with a square knot tight enough to prevent the jacket from being too loose and shall be long enough to go twice around the waist to leave15-25 cm protruding evenly on each side of the knot when tied. The belt must have a width of 4-6 cm.
VI. The trousers/pants need to long enough to cover the mid point between lower calf and the heel not to exceed the length of the ankle.
VII. All sleeves shall have enough play to have four fingers (approximately 3 inches or 7.5 cm) inserted through out the length of the sleeves.
VIII. Gi Colors may be white (bleached or unbleached) or blue, no combined colors.
IX. Men are not allowed to wear t-shirts of any kind under the gi.
X. Women are required to wear a t-shirt under their gi and encouraged to wear breast protectors and/or an athletic brazier.
XI. If the competitor is not in accordance with the article the referee will order the contestant to change in the shortest time possible into a gi that will comply with this article.
XII. Mouthpieces and groin protectors (cups) are recommended but not required.
XIII. Gi patches are allowed but must not contain profanity and lewdness, or be used as a platform for slander or personal attack.
XIV. All footwear including wrestling shoes is not allowed.
XV. Soft braces and or pads for the elbows, knees, and ankles are permitted but must not overly restrict range of motion or in anyway give an unfair advantage to the competitor wearing them.
XVI. Hard braces that restrict range of motion for specific medical purposes (ie ACL stability) must be evaluated by the referee and/or ring captain in order to be allowed.
XVII. Tight fitting undergarments or shorts shall be worn under the uniform to prevent any accidental display of nudity.
XVIII. Protective headgear shall be permitted. The ear cover should be as soft as possible. With harder headgear, competitors are expressly forbidden to use the hard surface against their opponent.
B. NO-GI COMPETITION:
I. Competitors can choose to wear the characteristic clothing from any recognized grappling discipline, including, but not limited to a:
a. Freestyle-wrestling singlet
b. Judo gi, either top or bottom or both
c. Jiu-Jitsu gi.
d. Sambo Kurtka
e. Full-length tights
f. Bike/board shorts
II. Competitors wearing shorts need to wear an undergarment beneath their shorts. In addition, trunks should be form fitted around the waistline to prevent them from accidentally being removed.
III. The uniform cannot have zippers, straps, buckles, metal, or any material that may cause injury.
IV. The uniform must not contain profanity and/or lewdness, or be used as a platform for slander or personal attack.
V. Women are required to wear a t-shirt and athletic (sports) brazier.
VI. Grappling style footwear is not permissible.
VII. See articles 3 A: X, XI, XIV, XV, XVI though XVIII
ARTICLE 14 - PERSONAL REQUIREMENNTS
I. Hygiene: Attention to personal hygiene is a must. Competitors should be clean and free of foul orders. In order for the referee to maintain the highest standards of hygiene for both competitors the follow rule must me followed:
a. Finger and toenails must be trimmed short.
b. Hair if long must be pulled back and secured.
c. Colored hair spray is not allowed.
d. No lubricants, analgesic cream, and or skin creams may be worn that may place an inconvenience to the opponent or allow an unfair advantage to the wearer of such products.
II. Jewelry to include necklaces, watches, earrings and all others body piercing, wrist and ankle bracelets and rings with exceptions to wedding bands is prohibited. Wedding bands can be worn as long as they are covered with athletic tape
A. In order to be legal, corrective ear wear must be made for specifically for sports competition.
III. Personal Health and Disease Risk:
A. It is recommended that all competitors and staff undergo an annual physical by a qualified Medical Doctor MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy.
B. Competitors diagnosed with following conditions shall be prohibited from competition.
1. Chronic Infectious Disease including:
a. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (AIDS)
i. All athletes are encouraged to receive an annual HIV test.
b. Hepatitis B and /or C Virus
d. Active Herpes
2. Open Cuts and abrasions.
a. All wounds including cuts, abrasions, lacerations and burns must be covered with Colodion and an appropriate dressing as approved by our emergency medical staff.
3. Heart diseases and/or risk factors of heart disease to include: arrhythmias, heart block, valvular disease, peripheral vascular disease, aortic stenosis, uncontrolled angina, congestive heart failure, fixed rate pacemaker, resting blood pressure > 185/100, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and electrolyte abnormalities.
4. Additional contraindications to competition shall include vertigo, chronic obstructive lung disease, significant emotional distress (psychosis), and advanced musculoskeletal disorders.
C. Competitors requiring corrective eyewear shall wear soft contact lenses. Glasses of any type will not be permitted during competition.
D. Deaf and/or mute grapplers shall make their condition known to the referee prior to each match. The referee shall then modify his conduct to make his commands and other duties clear to the deaf and/or mute player.
E. Female grapplers in addition to the above statutes are restricted from competing if they suffer from any of the following cases:
1. Confirmed or suspected pregnancy
2. Pelvic inflammatory disease
3. Symptomatic endometriosis;
4. Abnormal vaginal bleeding
5. Recent secondary amenorrhea of undetermined cause
6. Recent breast bleeding;
7. Recently discovered breast masses
8. Recent breast dysfunctions previously not present.
F. Banned substances. The Chairmen and Director of the tournament shall possess the right to test any and all competitors for the use of banned substances as described by the International Olympic Committeeâ€™s (IOC).
1. Pre and Post testing can be done at the Directors expense up to and not exceeding 60 days prior to and after the day of competition.
2. The tournament director holds explicit rights to strip a competitor or their prize money and or award(s) if the competitor tests positive to any and all banned substances as described by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
ARTICLE 15 - COMPETITOR CLASSIFICATION
A. GI COMPETITION:
I. Competitors will be classified by age, weight, sex, and belt rank.
II. Age will be determined by your chorological age on the day of the official weigh-in and registration.
III. Competitors will be classified by the following age divisions:
i. 9 and under
ii. 10-11, 12-13
c. Adult 18-29
d. Master 30-39
e. Senior 40+
IV. Weight will be determined by your body weight in pounds without your gi. Calibrated spring scales will used to measure body weight. To ensure fairness, all divisions will be weighed on the same scale (i.e. all white belts on scale 1, blue belts on scale 2 etc.)
V. Competitors will be classified by the following weight divisions:
a. Juvenile and Junior competitors will be matched as close in weight as possible to form viable brackets.
b. See table below for the Men and Women (Adult, Master, Senior) weight classes
|Men||Weight (lbs)||Women||Weight (lbs)|
|Rooster||121 and under||Straw||105 and under|
|Super Feather||122 to 134||Rooster||106 to 121|
|Feather||135 to 147||Light Feather||122 to 134|
|Light||148 to 160||Light||135 to 147|
|Middle||161 to 173||Middle||148 to 160|
|Light Heavy||174 to 187||Super Middle||161 to 173|
|Medium Heavy||188 to 200||Light Heavy||174 to 187|
|Heavy||201 to 213||Heavy||188 to 202|
|Super Heavy||214 to 226||Absolute||unlimited/open|
|Super Super Heavy||227 and over|
c. Open Division: this division shall allow competitors of similar sex, age, and rank categories to compete regardless of body weight.
i. Open division shall be divided by sex, age and rank and include all weight class competing together.
ii. Juvenile and Junior divisions shall not have an open division.
VI. Competitors in the Juvenile I & II and Junior classes shall not be matched with a competitor whoâ€™s difference in ages is greater than 1 year of age, i.e., 8 to 9, 10 to 11 etc. unless given the right to do so by his or her coach.
VII. If an athlete is over his intended weight class they will have until the end of the registration period to make weight. We do not support the use of crash weight loss practices prior to competing.
VIII. Male and Female competitors 18 years or older will compete in separate divisions.
IX. In Juvenile and Kids divisions, boys may be paired with girls if there are insufficient entrants to justify a separate division.
X. Rank shall be indicated by colored belts and will be used to separate competitors into skill level divisions. The following belt ranks will be acknowledged:
c. Adult, Master, and Senior
XI. Belt ranks other than the list above will not be allowed in competition.
XII. Adult, Master and Senior competitors are prohibited from competing above and/or below their given rank.
XIII. In Juvenile and Junior divisions, different ranks may be paired if there are insufficient entrants to justify a separate division.
B. No-Gi Competition
I. Competitors will be classified by age, weight, sex, and skill level.
II. See Article 15 A II through IV, VI-IX
III. Weight classification shall be indicated by the following tables:
|Juvenile I & II
|Amateur Men||Amateur Women||Pro Men||Pro Women|
|All Juveniles and Juniors will be matched up at the competition||< 154||135lbs. and under||< 164||< 135|
|155lbs. to 170lbs.||135 to 150lbs||165-195||Open|
|170lbs. to 185lbs.||150lbs. and over||> 196|
|185lbs. to 200lbs.|
|200lbs. to 215lbs|
|215lbs. and over|
IV. Skill levels will be separated into two categories: Amateur and Professional
V. The amateur division will be composed of intermediate and advanced level grapplers separated both age, sex and weight. Beginner grapplers must use caution when entering the amateur no-gi division. It is not uncommon for competitors in this division to have 5 or more years of experience.
VI. The professional division will be composed of highly advanced level grapplers. Competitors are to be 18 years or older and must qualify for the pro division through meeting the one of following criteria:
a. Have in the past won the adult amateur division in one of the following tournaments
i. Relson Gracie World Submission Championships
ii. Relson Gracie Nationals
b. Hold an official black belt under the Confederation of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
c. Pre-approval by the Tournament Chairman and/or Director=
ARTICLE 16 - MATCH DURATION
I. Each division will have a specific time limit as indicated on the table below:
|JUVENILE I & II||4 min||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|ADULT||5 min||6 min||7 min||8 min||10 min|
|MASTER||5 min||5 min||6 min||6 min||8 min|
|SENIOR||4 min||5 min||5 min||5 min||8 min|
|WOMEN||5 min||6 min||7 min||8 min||10 min|
|OPEN MEN||6 min||10 min|
|OPEN WOMEN||6 min||10 min|
III. Overtime: There will be NO overtime, if a match ends at a point in which both competitors are equal with regards to points and advantages, thr competitor who demonstrated more aggressiveness and or technical play will be deemed the winner.
ARTICLE 17 - MATCH RESULTS
I. Submission: the match will immediately end when one contestant by means of legal strangulation, smother, joint lock, intense bodily pressure and/or extreme attrition makes the opponent submit. The competitors shall acknowledge any and all of the following indicators of submission:
a. Tapping a minimum of two times in a continuous and noticeable fashion with the hands, feet, or elbows.
b. Any loud noise indicating pain or verbal submission using the word STOP! in a loud and clear manner so it can be audible to the referee and the opponent.
II. Second Party:
a. a coach or fellow athlete who is responsible for the well being of the competitor can â€śthrow in the towelâ€ť via verbal submission or the tossing of a white piece of cloth at the referees feet to indicate submission of their competitor for reasons of personal safety, attrition, and/or technical dominance. The second party must be within the designated coaching area to be acknowledged.
b. The referee can stop a match at anytime and award a winner do to concerns of potential injury, attrition, and/or technical dominance.
c. The referee shall stop a match involving Juvenile competitors any time one of the competitors has performed a legal submission hold that would in the opinion of the referee, submit the opposing competitor.
III. Score: The score of a match is made up of points and advantages. Points and advantages are earned through the display of technical dominance over your opponent. If no submission takes place during the match, the competitor with the most points and advantages wins.
a. Advantages are used in case the match ends with opponents having equal amounts of points. In the event the match ends in a tie of points the competitor with the greatest number of advantages wins. Multiple advantages shall never equal 1 point.
b. Points: the flowing table will serve to explain the specifics of points scoring:
|2 points||Take down||Any kind of knock down where Opponent A ends up taking Opponent B to the ground, the ground position can be on the backside, side, belly to the floor. Opponent A does not need to control Opponent B to earn the takedown.|
|Knee on Belly||When Opponent A is in side control or north/south position and puts his knee on his Opponent Bâ€™s stomach for 3 seconds while holding any combination of the collar, sleeve, belt or part of the uniform with his other leg extended (knee off the ground) towards his Opponent Bâ€™s head.|
|Sweep||When Opponent A has Opponent B in his guard (in between his leg) or the half guard (having one of his adversaryâ€™s legs between his) and is able to get on top of Opponent B by inverting his position with technical movements.|
|3 points||Guard Pass||When Opponent B has the legs wrapped around (closed guard), two feet on the inside of the legs (butterfly guard) or the legs in-front of the hips (open guard) of Opponents A and Opponent A moves past, over, or under Opponent Bâ€™s legs to obtain a solid side control or north/south position The end position shall be dominating and leave little space to move or to escape the position even if Opponent B is on the side, back, or facing down.|
|4 points||Mount||When the Opponent A achieves a controlled position on Opponent Bâ€™s torso in which Opponent Aâ€™s legs are on the outside of Opponent Bâ€™s legs and hips and the knees, shins and feet are in contact with the floor (mount I). It will not be considered a mount if Opponent A has one knee and one foot on the ground. In addition, Opponent B can be lying facing the ceiling or the floor with both of Opponent Aâ€™s leg trapped around or about the waist (mount II). In mount II Opponent A can be on top of one of Opponent Bâ€™s arms as long as the hooks are on the inside of the thighs.|
|Advantages *Note: The accumulation of multiple advantages can never equal one whole point.|
|+0.1 advantage||Half-Guard Pass||Any time Opponent A starts in full guard and passes Opponent Bâ€™s guard to the half guard position and opponent B then places opponent A back into the guard. Any time Opponent A starts in the half-guard position of Opponent B and passes to side control.|
|Turn Over||Any time Opponent A from the bottom turns Opponent B over to the bottom using force and not technical skill. This includes but is not inclusive of bridging, upper body throwing/shoving and or headlock turns.|
|Near Submission||Opponent A partially catches opponent B in a submission hold that is deemed effective by the referee, Opponent B is then force to quickly defend the position to get free from danger.|
|Penalties *Note: a verbal warning will first be given prior to deducting points.|
|-1.0 points||Illegal grip||Opponent B places the fingers on the inside of the gi pant or sleeve to apply a hold to Opponent A.|
|Guard Stalling||Opponent B applies the guard or half-guard to Opponent A and blatantly holds both sleeves for more than 10 seconds and or traps the upper body in an attempt to delay the match without attempting a submission or sweep.|
|Guard Exiting||Opponent A applies the guard or half-guard to Opponent B and Opponent B blatantly either on the knees or on the feet moves away from the guard without attempting to pass.|
|-2.0 points||Intentional stalling||Opponent B gains side control and or north south on Opponent A and blatantly holds the position without transitioning to a distinctively different hold or position and or attempting to submit Opponent A for more than 30 seconds.|
|Excessive roughness||Opponent B uses by any means of excessive roughness against Opponent A as seen by the referee to include: slapping; hitting; shoving; twisting a joint, inappropriate dropping of your bodyweight.|
|Intentional Avoidance||Opponent B attempts to escape any hold or submission attempt from Opponent B by intentionally moving his body outside the contest area into the danger zone. The referee has full authority to disqualify Opponent B if it is felt the submission attempt by Opponent A could have finish the match.|
IV. Aggressiveness/Technical Prowess: in the event the match end with equal points and advantages for both competitors it will be up to the subjective decision of the referee to determine who was more aggressive and/or showed a higher level of technical prowess or expertise. The referee are encouraged to consult with the officials for their opinions if there is question as to who the winner was. The following are some of the factors in a match that may influence this result:
a. Attempted take downs, moving forward, continuous movement
b. Partial positions: knee on belly, mount less then 3 seconds, partial guard pass or sweep.
c. Combination attacks, unforced transitions in position
d. Attempted technical submissions, sweeps, escapes, and hold techniques
V. Unconsciousness: The match will immediately end if one contestant by means of legal strangulation, smother, intense contact with the floor or opponent, extreme attrition, and/or accident loses consciousness: The conscious opponent shall be the winner. In the case of both parties loosing consciousness through legal means both competitors shall be revived and evaluated, if deemed to be healthy to fight the match will resume where it had left off. If one of the competitors cannot continue for any reason the other shall be the winner.
Responsibility of the referee:
a. Unconsciousness due to choke/strangulation: Stop the match immediately, separate opponents, turn the athlete face up in the supine position, loosen the gi around the collar, and elevate the legs above the heart. If the athlete does not regain consciousness within 10-15 seconds call for medical attention.
b. Unconsciousness due to a violent fall, throw, or cervical injury: Stop the match immediately, carefully separate athletes, call for medical attention, and do not move the injured athlete if cervical injury is suspected.
VI. Injury: should a competitor become injured, sick, or incapacitated during a match by means of legal techniques or natural occurrences and cannot continue the match the opponent shall be deemed the winner.
a. Should a competitor be injured as a result of an illegal technique and cannot continue the match he/she will be deemed the winner.
VII. No contest: in the event one of the competitors is not present for their match they will be called over the intercom 3 times and given no more than 5 minutes to arrive for their match before the match is deferred to their opponent. Competitors who do not show up for the semi-final and final matches shall not receive medal(s) unless serious injury has occurred.
VIII. Disqualification: the following fouls will be considered enough to warrant immediate disqualification from the tournament.
a. The use of abusive and/or foul language, cursing, or other lewd act of blatant disrespect directed towards any of the tournament personnel, competitors, and or spectators.
b. Biting, hair pulling, attacking the eyes, nose or mouth of oneâ€™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.
c. The blatant use of intentional avoidance (running or pulling themselves into the safety and or danger area) while caught in a submission attempt by their opponent.
d. Fighting and/or engaging in illegal conduct within tournament venue.
e. Intentional non-compliance with Articles 13,14, and 15
f. The use of prohibited techniques.
ARTICLE 18 - REFEREE SIGNALS & DUTIES
I. The referee will be responsible for making all of the technical calls during a match including: awarding points, advantages, warnings, penalties, and if necessary disqualification of a competitor.
II. If the contestant(s) move into the danger zone while on their feet, the referee shall stop the contest for a brief moment to move them back into the center of the contest area. Match interruption shall not be signaled to the officials if the pause in the match is brief.
III. If the contestant(s) move into the danger zone while on the ground, the referee shall stop the contest, tell the competitors to hold their position and signal to the officials to stop the clock using the signal for match interruption. The contestants shall then be moved back into the center of the contest area to resume competing in the same position.
IV. The referee shall give one warning to all techniques incurring a penalty. It will be up to the referee discretion whether to immediately disqualify or give warning to an illegal and or dangerous technique.
V. The referee shall not award points or submissions for techniques performed outside the contest area. Points and or submissions will be legally earned only if the technique is started before reaching the danger area.
VI. For all signals made indicting scoring, the referee will raise his hand indicating the athlete receiving the points with his armband in accordance with the color of the athleteâ€™s colored gi or indicating belt.
VII. The following tables shall specify competitor actions, points, and the official referee signals for each.
|Competitor Action||Points||Referee Signal|
|Take down, Knee on Belly, Sweep||+2.0||Arm straight and fully flexed vertical overhead, the middle and pointer finger extended with the palm facing the scorekeeper.|
|Passing the Guard||+3.0||Arm straight and fully flexed vertical overhead, the pointer, middle, and index fingers extended with the palm facing the scorekeeper.|
|Front mount, Back Mount I,
Back Mount II
|+4.0||Arm straight and fully flexed vertical overhead, the pointer, middle, index and pinky fingers extended with the palm facing the scorekeeper.|
|NEGATIVE POINTS (Penalty)|
|Competitor Action||Points (Negative)||Referee Signal|
|-1.0||Starts with a rapid circular movement off the forearms, one over the other in front of the chest then one arm straight and fully extended sweeps downward across the body on a diagonal plane moving from the shoulder through the opposite hip. The pointer finger will be extended to indicate 1 deduction point.|
|-2.0||Starts with a rapid circular movement off the forearms, one over the other in front of the chest then one arm straight and fully extended sweeps downward across the body on a diagonal plane moving from the shoulder through the opposite hip. The pointer & middle fingers will be extended to indicate 2 deduction points.|
|Competitor Action||Points||Referee Signal|
|Advantage: An advantage shall be given when the athlete attempts the following fundamental moves:Turn over,
|+0.1||Arm straight and fully extended sweeps outward on a horizontal plane level with the shoulder.|
VIII. The following table shall indicate signals of communication not related to point scoring.
|Referee Communication||Referee Signal|
|START OF MATCH||Facing the scoring table, the referee will step between each of the competitor with his arms completely extended and palms facing the competitors, to initiate the match he will bring both of his palms together, move backwards out of the way and verbally call â€śBEGINâ€ť.|
|MATCH INTERUPTIONS||The referee will place both hands on the competitors bodies and verbally call â€śSTOPâ€ť, he will then tell the competitors to hold their position and signal to the score and timekeepers table with the hands forming a â€śTâ€ť to indicate stopping the clock.|
|DISQUALIFICATION (DQ)||The referee will separate the competitors and face them towards the scoring table, using the hand with the fingers fully extended bring it directly under the chin moving from the opposite shoulder across the neck to the near shoulder. The arm of the opponent not being DQed will be raised.|
|MATCH WINNER||The referee will separate the competitors and face them towards the scoring table, the arms of both the competitor will be held at the wrists, the arm of the competitor who has won the match will be raised, the competitors will then be led by the wrist the one another so that they may shake hands.|
ARTICLE 19 - PROHIBITED TECHNIQUES
I. The following table shall indicate the techniques and the specific age divisions in which the technique will be deemed illegal. Use of illegal techniques will warrant immediate disqualification upon there use in competition.
|Juvenile I||Juvenile II & Junior||Adults,
|Guard Slam||X||X||X||Opponent A is in Opponent Bâ€™s closed guard or any tight submission or sweep attempt from the guard. Opponent A then stands up, lifts Opponent B off the ground and violently â€śslams Opponent B with the intent to open the guard, escape the technique, or harm Opponent B.|
|Wrist Locks||X||X||X||Opponent A secures Opponent Bâ€™s wrist and purposely hyper-extends or hyper-flexes Opponent B wrist with the intent to submit Opponent B.|
|Finger/Toe Locks||X||X||X||Opponent A secures one or several of Opponent Bâ€™s fingers or toes and purposely hyper-extends or hyper-flexes them with the intent to submit Opponent B.|
|Knee-Bars||X||X||X||Opponent A secures Opponent Bâ€™s leg and purposely hyper-extends or hyper-flexes Opponent B knee with the intent to submit Opponent B.|
|Heel Hooks||X||X||X||Opponent A secures Opponent Bâ€™s heel and purposely twists or pressures Opponent Bâ€™s heel with the intent to submit Opponent B.|
|Biceps Slicer||X||X||X||Opponent A secures Opponent Bâ€™s arm by figure fouring over his arm with the legs. The position allows Opponent A to place the shinbone perpendicular to the anticubital space of Opponent Bâ€™s arm. By intended submission, Opponent A places intense pressure on the bones of the forearm and biceps muscle of Opponent Bâ€™s Arm.|
|Calf or Thigh Slicer||X||X||X||Opponent A secures Opponent Bâ€™s leg by placing the shinbone perpendicular to the posterior portion of the knee or across the thigh of Opponent Bâ€™s leg. Either by intended submission or the intent to do harm, Opponent A places intense pressure on the calf or thigh muscle of Opponent Bâ€™s leg.|
|Forward or Backwards Cervical Crank||X||X||X||Opponent A secures Opponent Bâ€™s head and purposely hyper-extends or hyper-flexes Opponent B cervical column with the intent to submit Opponent B.|
|Mouth smoother||X||X||Opponent A secures Opponent B in a control position and purposely places the hand or uniform over the mouth and nose of Opponent B with intent to fatigue or submit Opponent B.|
|X||X||Opponent A secures Opponent B in a control position and purposely uses one or both hands to pressure on the sides of the Opponent Bâ€™s neck not to include the windpipe with the intent to fatigue or submit Opponent B.|
|Cervical Locks||X||Opponent A secures Opponent B around the neck and/or head and purposely applies pressure from opposing sides of Opponent Bâ€™s cervical column with the intent to submit Opponent B.|
(Peruvian Neck Tie)
|X||Opponent A is in Opponent Bâ€™s open guard with Opponent B sitting upright. Opponent A then reaches around Opponent Bâ€™s neck as in a guillotine hold. Opponent A then jumps the legs over Opponent Bâ€™s waist as if to mount. Opponent A will place intense pressure on the neck of Opponent B.|
(Using the legs to apply pressure)
|X||Opponent B is in Opponent Aâ€™s guard. Opponent A secures Opponent B around the neck with the forearm and biceps against opposite sides of Opponent Bâ€™s neck. Opponent A secures the choke by grasping the wrist of the choking arm and closing the guard tightly around Opponent Bâ€™s waist line. The legs can be used to increase the pressure of the choke to Opponent B by pressing away and using the hips to stretch the neck.|
(Pulling the head)
|X||Opponent A secures Opponent B in a technical triangle choke. To increase pressure of the choke one or two hands are place behind Opponent Bâ€™s head. With the intent to submit Opponent B, Opponent A proceeds to hyper-flex the neck by pull downward on the head.|
|Toe holds||X||Opponent A secures Opponent B foot by grasping the bottom 1/3 of the foot with the hand and figure fouring over the foot and ankle with the arms. The position allows Opponent A to place intense pressure to the foot and ankle of Opponent B.|
|Cervical Suplex||X||Opponent A secures Opponent B by grasping around Opponent Bâ€™s waist or chest with the arms firmly attached to one another. Opponent A then picks Opponent B off the ground and violently plants Opponent B on the mat with the upper back and neck making contact with the mat first.|
ARTICLE 20 - EVENT PROTEST
I. A coach/instructor and or competitor shall have the right to contest lodge a complaint. The procedure to lodge such a complaint is as follows:
a. Notify the head ring captain who will discuss the issue with the Chairmen and Director. The Chairman will then make the final decision on the outcome of the complaint/protest.
b. This article is to prevent argument in the ring, any such arguments will warrant immediate disqualification and or removal from the event.
ARTICLE 21 - EVENT INTRODUCTION
I. The tournament will begin at 7:30 am with a brief review of the Tournament Rules and Regulations. It is highly recommended that competitors read the rules and regulations within this document carefully and identify questions they may have for the Tournament Chairmen and Ring Captains.
II. Competitors and spectators will be welcomed and the following people shall be acknowledged and introduced: the Chairmen, Director, Ring Captains, Referees, Score and Time Keepers, and distinguished guests.
III. The National Anthem will be played honoring the United State of America just prior to the commencement of the first Match.
ARTICLE 22 - START AND END OF CONTEST
I. Prior to the match each competitor must turn his official competition registration card to the scorers table.
II. Start: The match will begin with both competitors facing the scoring table; once the referee has differentiated the contestants to the scorer the referee will bring the competitors together so that they may shake hands. The competitors will then be separated and the referee with his arms completely extended and palms facing the competitors, will then bring both of his palms together, move backwards out of the way and verbally call â€śBEGINâ€ť. The competitors shall only then start the contest.
III. End: The referee will separate the competitors and face them towards the scoring table, the arms of both the competitor will be held at the wrists, the arm of the competitor who has won the match will be raised, the competitors will then be led by the wrist the one another so that they may shake hands.
IV. Upon leaving the mat the winner must take back his official competition registration card so that in may be submitted back to the scorers table for the their next match or to the awards area if 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place is achieved.
ARTICLE 23 - TOURNAMENT BACKGROUND:
Jiu-jitsu by definition means the â€śgentle artâ€ť. Its practice can be traced back 2000 years and so is consider to be the most ancient of the martial arts. Its origin is first attributed to India, then China, then settled for many centuries in Japan were it was refined as a highly effective fighting system for the warrior class or Samurai. Like the advance military technology of today, jiu-jitsu was sworn to secrecy to protect national security. In the early days techniques must have been quite archaic but during a 300 year (16th to 17th Century) period, skilled Masters emerged. By the end of Feudal Japan Jiu-Jitsu had transformed from primarily a skill taught for warfare to a competitive sport and philosophy on how to live oneâ€™s life. This transformation was initiated by Jigoro Kana in the late 1800â€™s and the new art he had created was called Judo. Mitsuyo Maeda â€śCount Komaâ€ť, a judo world champion and one of the great Judo/Jiu-Jitsu practitioners of the time felt restricted by the rules and regulations set forth by the Kodokan (Judoâ€™s Main Dojo) so he went on his own teaching and competing in a variety of competitive settings. Koma encouraged challenge matches with other martial arts and fighting styles including taking on wrestlers, boxers, judo, and karate fighters. Many of his matches were similar to the No Holds Barred fight we see today. After leaving Japan and traveling to Europe and many regions of South America, Koma settled in Manaus, Brazil were he taught Carlos Gracie the son of Gastao Gracie the art of Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. Carlos then taught and trained with his brothers, the most notable being The Gracie brothers modified techniques taught to them by â€śCount Komaâ€ť to use more leverage and momentum and less strength and power. Through true combat situations including many challenge matches, ineffective techniques were removed and traditional techniques modified to develop what is now know as Gracie or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Carlos and Helio Gracie have passed their knowledge to there many children, family members and close friends where the techniques of jiu-jitsu have continued to be improved and refined. One of the pioneers in the spread of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the United Stated is Master Relson Gracie. Relson Gracie is the second oldest son of Helio Gracie and a 9th Degree Red-Back Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.