IBJJF rules are confusing for competitors for the simple fact that the rule book doesn’t cover all the rules. If you want to know the complete rules, you need to attend a paying rules course that is held at every IBJJF competition which lasts 3 hours and covers all the small details.
Gordon Ryan competed and won this year’s No Gi Pan and also attended the rules course and posted two videos where he clarified the leg reaping rules for leglocks.
Ryan clarified the ashi garami/singe leg X position and said that if the leg that you control is in a achilles grip , you will get disqualified. You need to trap the arm under your armpit without attacking it from the bottom…
Cross ashi garami legal vs illegal positions Part 1:
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Important details to remember regarding IBJJF rules:
- You cannot slam your opponent – Not only could this move potentially injure your opponent, it is also considered illegal in IBJFF rules.
- If you plan to pull guard, act quickly – If you and your opponent race to pull guard and you fall back as you attempt to pull him into your guard, they get 2 points for a sweep.
- You will get penalized for talking to the referee – No, you cannot sweet talk your way out of that knee reap. Talking to the referee will only affect your score, and not in the way you’d like.
- You will get disqualified for stalling – So you’ve finally established your position against your opponent and you’d like to stay there till the match finishes. Unfortunately, this is called stalling and could earn you a penalty, or worse, could potentially disqualify you. Unless you’re in the mount or back mount, you need to keep on moving!
- You have 20 seconds to tie your belt – Just because your belt fell on the ground, it doesn’t mean that you should take this time to recover from your match. If you take longer than 20 seconds, you will be penalized.
- You don’t get any points for side control – Being in side control will only give you points if you’ve passed the guard or swept your opponent beforehand.
- Cranks are not submissions – If you’re thinking of using a neck crank, don’t bother. You’ll be disqualified for it.
- Reaping the leg – Reaping, or bending your opponent’s leg inwards is an illegal move in IBJJF rules. If you’re looking to attack your opponent’s leg, ensure that it is straight or bent outwards.
You will be immediately disqualified if you do any of the following:
- Use foul language, cursing, or any other immoral acts of disrespect towards the referee or any of the assisting public.
- Biting, hair pulling, intentionally placing fingers in eyes, nose or mouth, intentionally seeking to injure genitalia or the use of fists, feet, knees, elbows or heads with the intention to hurt or gain unfair advantage.
- Running out of the mat area when put in a submission hold.