So earlier this week I wrote an article on some changes the IBJJF and other large organizations could make in regard to paying their top athletes. I received a lot of feedback about the rules that need to be changed and I agree. The rules for BJJ are slowly watering down the sports. We see more and more rules that try to prevent injury or to decide a winner that end up making the art less effective and less spectator friendly. So now I want to tale about some of the rule changes some people would like to see. I WILL NOT BE TALKING ABOUT SUB ONLY FORMAT. SUB ONLY IS SIMPLY TO LONG FOR LARGE TOURNEMENTS.
- No More Advantages- Advantages are an interesting topic because they were created in good faith. The advantage attempts to make a final decision should both competitors be tied in the end. However some practitioners not take this rule and use it by stalling and aiming to win by a single advantage.
- Legalize Submissions- Everyone has a different view on this subject, but the general thought is that more submissions need to be allowed earlier and that brown and black belts should be allowed to do anything (including heel hooks).
- Take Downs – Give more points for take downs or penalize the guard pull. This one is controversial, but would be a big step in creating more well-rounded practitioners and making the art more spectators friendly.