January 15, 2013
2013 IBJJF Rule Changes
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After all we don't want to end up acting like this ass hat at the next tournament just because you did not pay attention to the rules (thanks for the vid Spider!):
Here are the major rule changes you will see in 2013. Thanks to Gracie Mag for these!
Starting in 2013, the referee will award two points for a Takedown after the athlete who initiates the Takedown stabilizes the position on the opponent on the ground for three (3) seconds.
Classification of penalties:
Terminate the category “Minor Penalties”. All situations that were classified as “Minor” will now be classified as “Serious”.
Marking penalties on the scoreboard:
All penalties noted by the referee shall be marked on the scoreboard. Ends the concept of gestural penalty. Starting in 2013, counter penalties could go up to three (3) and the fourth penalty will result in a disqualification.
Adding new “Severe Penalty”:
An athlete will receive a “Severe Penalty” in situations where the athlete commits an illegal move against their opponent that results in a disqualification.
Adding new “Serious Penalty”:
An athlete will receive a “Serious Penalty” in situations where the athlete commits an illegal move against their opponent that results in a penalty.
In situations where there IS NOT a submission hold in place, the referee may stop the match when an athlete puts their opponent in a position that is liable to penalty (illegal hold). The referee will return the athletes to a regular position.
In situations where there IS a submission hold in place, the referee will not stop the match when the athlete under attack puts the opponent in a position that is liable to penalty (illegal move).
In matches with three (3) referees, the disqualification of an athlete will not happen until at least two of the three referees agree with the decision.
Restricting registration for athletes with experience in other sports:
Starting in 2013, athletes with experience in wrestling at the University level in the USA or with a professional career in MMA cannot subscribe to compete as a white belt. Besides the USA, wrestling competitors with experience in National tournaments around the world are also restricted from competing as white belts.