The Rules of BJJ & Grappling Competitions

Andrew Raynor

Competing is a large part of most people’s jiu jitsu journeys. I’ve never been the kind of grappler who tried to exploit the rules to his advantage. I always fight to submit. Looking back on my competitive career, I realise that this was a mistake. On more than a few occasions I lost to savvy players who exploited the rules to beat me.

A couple of years ago I attended an IBJJF rules course as a requirement for my 2nd degree black belt certificate. Even after over a decade of training and competing, I was astounded by how much I didn’t know. From then on I made an effort to understand this aspect of jiu-jitsu.

During the course and my studies of the rulesets of the major competitions I realised that the rules of grappling and bjj are complex and that in order to maximise your potential as a competitor, it’s vital that you know and understand them properly.

In this video I teamed up with David Aguzzi from Grappling Industries to provide a comprehensive break-down of the rules for those wishing to compete.


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