Chris Lopez, Gustavo Dantas, Alvaro Mansur and “Megaton” at the IBJJF Referee’s clinic

The Arizona State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (AZSBJJF) utilizes the rules set forth by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). The IBJJF, the largest governing body in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is responsible for the two largest and prestigous BJJ tournaments in the world: the Pan-American Jiu-Jitsu Championship and the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship. The IBJJF requires all Referees (Brown and Black Belts only) to receive certification by attending an 8-hour Referees Clinic. All AZSBJJF Referees are certified by the IBJJF. The Referees Clinic is organized by the IBJJF Director of Rules and Referees, Alvaro Mansur. Every two years, the tournament/competition rules of the IBJJF are reviewed and updated. The Clinics are necessary to ensure that all Referees are knowledgeable of all changes to the rules. The AZSBJJF offers an annual Referees Clinic in order to keep Referees updated. The Clinics are also open to any BJJ student who wants a thorough description and run-through of the rules, but only brown and black belts are allowed to referee. All AZSBJJF Referees have experience in State, National, and/or International tournaments.