As mature as the sport of Jiu-Jitsu can get, the improvements and overall refinement of its rule-set have seen it gradually elevate itself into one of the finest of martial arts. And we have seen the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), continuously work on developing the sport, as it hosts every year the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event in the world.
During this year’s Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu championships which spans from April 10 till the 23rd, ArabsMMA reporter Zahi Ephrem caught up with referee members of the rules committee of UAEJJF. With more than 7,000 competitors from over 100 countries descending on Abu Dhabi to fight it out for world titles and a prize fund of up to AED 3 million, UAEJJF’s mission is to ensure that competition rules are always there to provide utmost professionalism, fair judgement, considerable female participation, and fighter safety.
“We are continuously working on improving our rules. Women are participating in much higher numbers every year. ADWPJJC is the first BJJ championship in the world to assign all-female referees to women’s matches.
The latest measures that have been introduced ensure that female safety and convenience is prioritized. One such as fixing the hijab during the fight, and providing care for their kids while they compete.”
“We have big changes to the rules this year. One major adjustment has been applied to rules that deal with fighter stalling.”
With the intention of educating all stakeholders at the 2017 ADWPJJC, the federation held a referee seminar whereby the rules book was presented, going over all different situations and point assignment system. A written test followed the seminar with eligible referees being handed certification.
“Our work becomes much easier if everyone knows what they are doing.”
All eyes are on the global capital of Jiu-Jitsu this week, and UAEJJF is well on its role in giving the best the BJJ community can ever get.