UAEJJF BJJ Tournament Rules and Decisions
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Table of Contents
- 1. Competition Area
- 2. UAEJJF Rules for Coaches
- 3. Fighting Time and Age Categories of UAEJJF
- 4. Personal Requirements of UAEJJF and Competition Dress
- 5. UAEJJF Rules for Referees
- 6. Fight and Stop Instructions of UAEJJF
- 7. Points Of UAEJJF
- 8. Advantage
- 9. Submissions Situation of UAEJJF
- 10. Weight Division
- 10.1. Male (Over 18)
- 10.2. Male (Under 18)
- 10.3. Female (Over 18)
- 10.4. Female (Under 18)
- 10.5. Cancellation of Openweight Division in UAEJJF
- 10.6. Weight Division Comparison-IBJJF, ADCC, UAEJJF
- 11. UAEJJF Rules with Belt Division
- 12. Accident, Injury, or Illness Cases in UAEJJF
- 13. UAEJJF Uniforms Guidelines
- 14. Penalties
- 15. UAEJJF’s Rules for Punishments
- 16. Membership Requirements for UAEJJF
Jiu-Jitsu is supported by the Federation in a big way, UAEJJF actively promotes Jiu-Jitsu and helps to develop the talented generation of athletes globally and hosts national and international competitions. For UAEJJF tournaments, the following rules will be applied.
1. Competition Area
The competition area must be divided into sections by mats of various colors. The "safety zone" is the region outside the "combat area." The term "match area" refers to both the "safety area" and the "combat area." Additional safety zones are not included in the "match area."
2. UAEJJF Rules for Coaches
- Due to the nature of the tournament, each athlete is only permitted one coach in the match area. During the fight, the coach remains outside the contest area.
- Because a coach serves as an example, his conduct must be consistent with the code of ethics and behavior in martial arts.
- The coach must be suitably attired (in a tracksuit or a business suit). A specific dress code may be followed for some occasions.
- The "mat referee" has the right to eject the coach from the area if he or she displays offensive behavior toward the referee, players, the audience, or anyone else.
- If the offensive behavior of the coach persists, the match officials may opt to remove him from the tournament's official grounds.
3. Fighting Time and Age Categories of UAEJJF
Using the organization code as a guide, the categories are created. The length of the match is chosen based on the category.
A recovery period equivalent to one match duration must be provided between two matches. Athletes are allowed to request twice as much rest time before the finals.
Fighting time and age categories recognized by JJIF are listed below:
3.1. Techniques Prohibited According to Age, Belt, and Level Division
The table below will explain all the techniques that are prohibited for different age divisions.
|Level Division||Novice||Novice Adult All Kids||Beginners||Intermediate||X||Expert|
|Belt Divisions||U12||U16||U18(All White Belts and All Belts||Blue and Purple Belts 18+||Brown and Black Belts 18+||X|
|1||Submission stretching the legs apart||X|
|2||Choke with spinal lock||X||X|
|3||Straight foot lock||X||X|
|4||Forearm choke using sleeve||X||X|
|5||Frontal guillotine choke||X||X|
|9||Lock inside the closed guard with legs compressing kidneys or ribs||X||X||X|
|11||Single leg takedown while attacking athlete has his head outside his opponent body||X||X||X|
|19||Locks twisting the knee||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|22||In straight foot lock, turning in the direction of foot not under attack||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|23||In the toe hold, applying outward pressure on the foot||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|24||Bending fingers backward||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|25||Grab the opponent’s belt and throw him to the floor on his head||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|26||Suplex takedown technique, landing with the opponent's head or neck on the ground||X||X||X||X||X|
4. Personal Requirements of UAEJJF and Competition Dress
The athlete must make sure to adhere to the rules on personal requirements and competition attire. Contestants won't be permitted to begin the match if they don't follow these guidelines.
A competitor will get a chance to go and amend his appearance within a set amount of time after being informed that it doesn't meet the standards.
Other important instructions to follow:
- The participants' fingernails and toenails must be trimmed.
- Anything that may harm someone or put them at risk is not permitted for the contestants to wear.
- A soft hair band must be used to tie long hair. Hijabs (head coverings) are allowed.
- The contestants must wear a decent Jiu Jitsu GI that is clean and in excellent condition. They must fit the athlete's size, and the GI material must permit a secure grip.
- Participants are required to wear elastic underwear. It is required for female competitors to wear a one-piece (leotard) that embraces the body below the Gi. At any competition, the organizer may demand that male competitors wear an elastic one-piece.
5. UAEJJF Rules for Referees
- Each match's outcome is solely determined by the referee.
- The referee's subjective determinations regarding the awarding of points, or penalties are final and cannot be changed.
- When required, the referee must step in and intervene during a game.
- The referee's responsibility is to keep the fighters inside the fighting area's perimeter.
- The results of a match can only be reversed under the following circumstances:
- If the contender was unjustly eliminated for using a legal hold or submission. The battle will resume in the middle of the fighting area if the stoppage and disqualification happened before the assaulted competitor submitted, in which case the fighter who applied the submission or hold will get two points.
- If the proclaimed victor used a potentially prohibited strategy that the referee failed to notice.
- If the score is incorrectly interpreted.
- For bouts in the under-12-year-old classes, the referee's responsibility is to safeguard the competitor's spine by remaining behind the one who has been raised off the mat in the situation of a closed guard or triangle choke.
- If a semifinal or championship match is tied, the "Golden Score" technique will be used to decide the winner. The referee will resume the battle with both athletes standing in the middle of the mat. The game is decided and concluded based on the first score (advantage, point, or penalty). In Golden Score techniques, two minutes are given to players to evaluate results. If after two minutes either player scores, the game should be declared over, with the winner being determined by the referee.
6. Fight and Stop Instructions of UAEJJF
The match will get started by saying “Fight” by the mat referee.
The mat referee will say “Stop” to stop the fight completely or temporarily in the situations given below:
- If both fighters exit the battle area, both competitors will be halted and brought back to the center of the mat with a restart match in the same position. The mat referee must say "fight" to begin a new round of combat.
- The mat referee will temporarily suspend the fight by saying “Stop” if any of the contestants get injured.
- Referee stops the fight in any submission case like taps, displays other signs of submission, yells, and if the fighter is unable to tap on his own while being strangled or locked.
7. Points Of UAEJJF
- The "mat referee" in a contest would give points when an athlete maintains a position of points for three seconds or longer. Depending on which contestant has scored, the mat referee will make motions with his fingers by either his right or left hand to recognize and show the number of points gained by the respective competitor.
- The mat referee will only give points when an athlete has entirely escaped a submission hold and has maintained the point-scoring position for a three-second count when the athlete is in a position to score points.
- An athlete will not be given an advantage if he or she enters a point-scoring position and subsequently releases the hold without holding the position for three seconds.
|Knee on Belly||2 Points|
|Pass the Guard||3 Points|
|Mount Back||4 Points|
|Back Control||4 Points|
If a fighter attempts to execute any of the fundamental movements but fails, he will be given advantage points.
For instance, if an athlete successfully attempted to pass his opponent's guard but failed to maintain a three-second control position subsequently, the referee will provide him an advantage.
- The fighter gains the upper hand and gets rewarded if he manages to knock his opponent off balance without throwing him on the ground.
- When a fighter initiates an assault in an effort to acquire control of his opponent, the referee determines that the player seeking to control has passed the opponent's defense and rewards him with an advantage. A half-defense and anchor posture are two examples.
- The fighter on the ground with his legs wrapped around his opponent's waist is given the advantage by the referee.
9. Submissions Situation of UAEJJF
- When an athlete makes a verbal or physical indication that he is unable to withstand his opponent's use of an aggressive submission hold, the match is over immediately. The following circumstances will result in the stoppage:
- When an athlete, who is being held in a submission makes noise in the pain to stop the match.
- When an athlete's arms are pinned by an opponent and the athlete taps the ground at least two times.
- When a competitor clearly and visibly taps at least twice with his hand on the ground, on the opponent, or on oneself.
- When a competitor requests to pause the competition.
- When an athlete attempts a submission hold on an opponent who is actually in danger of surrendering but manages to escape, the athlete will receive an advantage point.
- The referee will not award two points when the combatant exit the battling space as a result of the athlete attacking the submission hold. According to the rules of advantages, the referee may grant an advantage based on the possible proximity of the submission.
10. Weight Division
The World Championships and events hosted under the UAEJJF for the various disciplines will use the following weight classifications.
10.1. Male (Over 18)
|Weight Categories||50 y.o or Above||45-46||41-45||36-40||30-35||18-29|
|Light Feather Weight||-56kg||-56kg||-56kg||-56kg||-56kg||-56kg|
|Light heavy Weight||-94kg||-94kg||-94kg||-94kg||-94kg||-94kg|
10.2. Male (Under 18)
|Weight Categories||16-17 y.o.||14-15 y.o.||12-13 y.o.||10-11 y.o.||8-9 y.o.||6-7 y.o.||4-5 y.o.|
|Light Feather Weight||-50kg||-42kg||-37kg||-27kg||-24kg||-20kg||-18kg|
10.3. Female (Over 18)
|Weight Division||36 y.o or Above||18-29 y.o|
|Light Feather Weight||-55kg||-55kg|
|Light Heavy Weight|
|Super Heavy Weight|
10.4. Female (Under 18)
|Age Categories||16-17 y.o.||14-15 y.o.||12-13 y.o.||10-11 y.o.||8-9 y.o.||6-7 y.o.||4-5 y.o.|
|Light Feather weight||-44kg||-40kg||-36kg||-25kg||-22kg||-19kg||-18kg|
10.5. Cancellation of Openweight Division in UAEJJF
The open weight class has been removed from future events as a result of a series of rule modifications that the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) has implemented. The UAEJJF has declared that the maximum weight for male participants would be 110 kg, while the maximum weight for female participants would be 90 kg.
Openweight Will Still Exist, Just Not In Grand Slam or World Pro Competition
According to Valerio,
"In the past, the UAEJJF promoted the Trials by providing trip packages just for open weight champions at each belt (purple, blue, brown, and black)."
The explanation was straightforward, It would not be viable to provide travel packages for every weight category.
In light of this, the UAEJJF has promoted two open weight divisions over the past two years through the National Pro Series of competitions: lightweight open & heavyweight open. The purpose of doing this was to increase opportunities for other weight classes.
The Grand Slam and World Pro competitions will no longer include an open weight class, however, the two open weight divisions will still be available during the National Pro trials.
Open Weight Discussion
- The technical committee came to the conclusion that adjustments were required to offer the equitable opportunity for all competitors in all weight classes after a series of internal discussions.
- The UAEJJF considered that fans and the media paid less attention to lighter weight classes and concentrated more on the absolute divisions.
- Additionally, the UAEJJF observed that most open-weight contestants weighed more than 90 kg (198lb). Especially in the lower belt divisions. When there were significant size disparities, it would cause concerns about the safety of the participants.
- The UAEJJF realized that the open weight champion receives the majority of the attention at its competitions. The majority of lightweight fighters statistically have little chance against larger opponents.
- The winners in the other weight classes, including 62 kg, 69 kg, and even 77 kg, were not receiving due attention from the audience or the media.
- Most open-weight champions weigh over 90 kg. Players that are heavier have a greater possibility of improving their ranking points and their cash rewards doubled.
- All champions in all weight categories are promoted at the same level by other significant martial arts organizations like UFC, Judo, and wrestling, therefore equalizing their possibilities.
Modified Weight Division
|Black Belt Men’s Division|
|Black Belt Women’s Division|
10.6. Weight Division Comparison-IBJJF, ADCC, UAEJJF
Many people are confused about the IBJJF weight division. IBJJF has different weight classes for Gi and No-Gi competitions.
|IBJJF Gi Weight Divisions|
|Weight Divisions||Masters/Adults Gi (Male)||Juvenile Gi (Male)||Masters/Adults Gi (Female)||Juvenile Gi (Female)|
|Rooster||57.5 kg||53.5 kg||48.5 kg||44.3 kg|
|Light Feather||64kg||58.5kg||53.5 kg||48.3 kg|
|Feather||70kg||64 kg||58.5 kg||52.5 kg|
|Light||76kg||69 kg||64 kg||56.5 kg|
|Middle||82.3 kg||74 kg||69 kg||60.5 kg|
|Medium Heavy||88.3 kg||79.3 kg||74 kg||65 kg|
|Heavy||94.3 kg||84.3 kg||79.3 kg||69 kg|
|Super Heavy||100.5 kg||89.3 kg||No weight limit||No weight limit|
|Ultra Heavy||No weight limit||No weight limit||N/A||N/A|
|Open Class||Open to all weight divisions||Depends on tournament rules||Open to all weight divisions||Depends on tournament rules|
|IBJJF No-Gi Weight Divisions|
|Weight Divisions||Masters/Adults No-Gi (Male)||Juvenile No-Gi (Male)||Masters/Adults No-Gi (Female)||Juvenile No-Gi (Female)|
|Rooster||55.5 kg||51.5 kg||46.5 kg||42.5 kg|
|Light or Super Feather||61.5 kg||56.5 kg||51.5 kg||46.5 kg|
|Feather||67.5 kg||61.5 kg||56.5 kg||50.5 kg|
|Light||73.5 kg||66.5 kg||61.5 kg||54.5 kg|
|Middle||79.5 kg||71.5 kg||66.5 kg||58.5 kg|
|Medium Heavy||85.5 kg||76.5 kg||71.5 kg||62.5 kg|
|Heavy||91.5 kg||81.5 kg||76.5 kg||66.5 kg|
|Super Heavy||97.5 kg||86.5 kg||No weight limit||No weight limit|
|Ultra Heavy||No weight limit||No weight limits||N/A||N/A|
|Open Class||Open to all weight division||Depends on tournament rules||Open to all weight divisions||Depends on tournament rules|
|National, Open and All Other ADCC Championship Weight Divisions|
|Masters/Adults (Male)||Juvenile Male (15-18)||Masters/Adults (Female)||Juvenile Female (15-18)|
|60 kg||50 kg||50 kg||40 kg|
|65 kg||55 kg||55 kg||45 kg|
|70 kg||60 kg||60 kg||50 kg|
|76 kg||65 kg||65 kg||55 kg|
|83 kg||70 kg||70 kg||60 kg|
|91 kg||75 kg||Above 70 kg||Above 60 kg|
|100 kg||80 kg|
|Above 100 kg||Above 80 kg|
|ADCC Team Competition Division|
|Weight Divisions||Adult Male||Adult Female|
|Lightweight||Below 83 kg||Below 60 kg|
|Heavyweight||Above 83 kg||ABOVE 60 KG|
|ADCC World Championship Weight Division|
|Weight Division||Masters/Adults Male||Master/Adults Female|
|Lightweight||66 kg||Below 60 kg|
|Light Heavyweight||99 kg|
|Heavyweight||Above 99 kg||Above 60 kg|
|Absolute||No weight limit|
|Weight Division||Masters/Adults Male||Juvenile Male||Masters/Adults||Juvenile Female|
|Rooster||46 kg||49 kg||40 kg|
|Light Featherweight||56 kg||50 kg||55 kg||44 kg|
|Featherweight||62 kg||55 kg||48 kg|
|Lightweight||69 kg||60 kg||62 kg||52 kg|
|Welterweight||77 kg||66 kg||57 kg|
|Middleweight||85 kg||73 kg||70 kg||63 kg|
|Light Heavyweight||94 kg||81 kg||70 kg|
|Heavyweight||120 kg||94 kg||95 kg||82 kg|
11. UAEJJF Rules with Belt Division
- If a beginner or white belt tries a flying submission while standing or attempts a close guard position , the mat referee will immediately stop the match and the athlete will get a penalty. The match will then restart with both athletes standing in the center of the mat.
- If an athlete has participated in MMA or freestyle wrestling, or is a black belt in judo, he will not be allowed to fight at the white belt level.
12. Accident, Injury, or Illness Cases in UAEJJF
- If a fighter fails to control his basic body functions like vomiting and in case of bowl unconsciousness, he will be declared the loser of the competition.
- When any of the fighters experience muscle cramps during the fight, the opponent will be declared the winner of the fight.
13. UAEJJF Uniforms Guidelines
13.1. Uniform for Gi Competitions
- A Gi brand tag must be on the front lower part of the pants and the tag must be 36 cm2.
- Patches should only be at the allowed area of Gi as demonstrated below. UAEJJF has patching regulations quite similar to IBJJF.
- Use of any hard material that can cause injury like hair pins, foot gear, jewelry, or headgear is forbidden.
- In the female division, a stretchy shirt under the Gi is mandatory while in the male division, it is optional.
13.2. Uniform for No-Gi Competitions
The shorts should not exceed 15 cm from the knee. The pockets on the shorts must be without buttons, metal, and plastic zippers.
Both male and female practitioners are required to wear tight shirts that reach the waist. These shirts must be mostly red or blue.
The contestant may get a penalty by the mat referee in the following cases:
- When one or both competitors put one or more fingers into the sleeves or in a different portion of the opponent's uniform or put their hands inside the opponent's belt.
- If one of the competitors intentionally steps out of boundaries, tries to leave the mat to escape a fight, refuses to directly engage their opponent, or steps out of bounds to gain an advantage.
- When one of the competitors voluntarily permits the other to remove his or her uniform with the goal of enabling themselves to relax or avoid combat.
- When the referee detects a fighter is trying to prolong the battle, the referee will give the combatant 20 seconds to commence movement. If no movement is made, the opponent is given a penalty. The referee will interrupt the fight and give the opponent the penalty of two more points. If the contestant persists in stalling. The two competitors will then stand in the center of the mat and start to fight again. If a fighter repeatedly stalls, the referee has the right to award the match to the opponent.
15. UAEJJF’s Rules for Punishments
Athletes can get punishments if they violate the disciplinary rules of UAEJJF.
15.1. Disciplinary Violations
- A fighter will get punishment when he/she removes a uniform or any part of the uniform within the competition area.
- When athletes walk barefoot, do not wear shoes within the fight area or in any other area where shoes are necessary to wear.
- When a fighter argues with the opponent, referee, crowd, or other staff members inside the competition area.
- During fights, when the athlete shows undisciplined behavior towards the opponent or referee.
- When an athlete intentionally breaks any UAEJJF equipment.
If a fighter disobeys any of the rules listed above would get punishment by UAEJJF.
16. Membership Requirements for UAEJJF
- When filling out the registration form, applicants must provide accurate and authentic information.
- All necessary papers must be uploaded by applicants in order to finish the registration procedure.
- Furthermore, you acknowledge that it is your responsibility to keep your registration data correct, complete, and up to date. If any provided information is proven to be inaccurate, or incomplete, UAEJJF has the right to cancel your membership.
- This rule only applied to those players who choose to represent any specific club or team. A crucial rule that demands the players to show and prove a "clear connection" to the team they want to represent. In most cases, players are not allowed to change their clubs or nations after a certain time.
- UAEJJF permitted its contestants to represent any national flag.
- The players' performance in athletic events and contests must be totally determined by the merits of the participants involved. Any type of dishonesty or suspicious activity that might jeopardize the integrity of the sporting spirit is punishable to the extent of harsh measures.
- Members of the UAEJJF must maintain order, show respect for others, and adhere to staff directives. Any sort of misconduct, lack of respect, unruly behavior, and lack of cooperation is not acceptable. After two warnings for non-cooperative behavior can result in the cancellation of the UAEJJF membership.
- The UAEJJF regulations are violated if a match appears to have been played to a predetermined outcome. If proven after the additional inquiry, disciplinary action will be taken according to the rules and regulations of UAEJJF.
- If an athlete competing in UAEJJF events becomes injured or unwell before a competition and wants to withdraw, they must notify the competition manager.
16.1. The Responsibility of UAEJJF
UAEJJF will not be responsible for any kind of physical injury or material loss during the fight or training in gyms or in associations affiliated to UAEJJF.
16.2. The Benefits of UAEJJF Membership
- The UAEJJF members will get special discounts on products.
- The UAEJJF member can participate in all the competitions and events organized by the federation.
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