Welcome to the exciting world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! Get ready for the highly anticipated World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship, set to commence on the 2nd of June, 2023, at 2 am according to Sydney time. This prestigious event brings together the world’s top jiu-jitsu practitioners from around the globe, showcasing their exceptional skills and unwavering dedication to the sport. 

If you’re new to the World Championship circuit, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with a comprehensive overview of the essentials. The IBJJF, a major player in the BJJ community, has established a set of rules to ensure fairness and safety. Whether you’re a seasoned grappling aficionado or a proud parent of a budding BJJ prodigy, understanding these rules is paramount. In this post, we’ll delve into the intricate details of the IBJJF regulations, empowering you to showcase your skills with confidence in the fiercely competitive world of BJJ.


1. Points in BJJ:

Points are awarded in BJJ matches to determine the effectiveness of certain techniques and positions. Here’s a simplified breakdown of point scoring:

  • Takedown: 2 points

Successfully bringing your opponent down from a standing position to the ground while maintaining control for 3 seconds.

  • Sweeps: 2 points 

Successfully transitioning from the bottom with the opponent in his/her guard or half-guard to the top position while maintaining control for 3 seconds.

  • Knee on Belly: 2 points

Maintaining knee-on-belly position, where one knee is placed on the opponent’s belly while maintaining control for 3 seconds.

  • Guard pass: 3 points 

Moving past your opponent’s legs from the guard position into a dominant position, such as side control or mount while maintaining control for 3 seconds.

  • Mount or Back Control: 4 points 

Achieving a dominant position where you are on top of your opponent’s chest (mount) or controlling their back for 3 seconds.

  • Advantages: Partial points

Given for almost scoring a point-worthy action, such as nearly passing the guard or executing a submission attempt.


2. Illegal movements and restrictions:

The rules and restrictions may vary based on age and belt level. Here are some general guidelines:

2.1 Illegal moves for all age groups:
  • Small joint manipulation: Manipulating fingers, toes, or other small joints in an attempt to cause injury.
  • Striking: Punches, kicks, elbows, and other strikes are not allowed in BJJ matches.
  • Hair pulling: Pulling an opponent’s hair for any advantage is considered illegal.
  • Biting, scratching, or gouging: Any intentional acts of biting, scratching, or gouging are strictly prohibited.
  • Groin attacks: Strikes, grabs, or any other attacks targeting an opponent’s groin area.
  • Slamming: Picking up an opponent and forcefully slamming them to the ground.
2.2 IBJJF restricted techniques:

The IBJJF recognizes the importance of age-appropriate rules to ensure the safety and development of young BJJ practitioners. You can find a summary table with all techniques that are restricted by age and belt: