The leading federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the IBJJF which is run by Carlos Gracie Jr. is planning some major changes for all IBJJF members.
IBJJF is a private for-profit company and even though they are regarded as the leading and most prestigious BJJ federation (followed by UAEJJF) they are not an official governing body of the sport.
BJJ practitioners of all belt levels from white to black belt will need to pay a yearly fee of 40$ for a membership card which will allow them to compete in IBJJF tournaments.
This rule change will come into effect from January 2019.
Up to now, that rule only applied to brown and black belt.
Deemed as “quality control” or “tradition”, this means that IBJJF will need to do the due diligence to make sure all memebers from white to black belts are training in academies, under instructors that are all registered (and paying for membership) with IBJJF.
The change was published on the IBJJF website:
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