(To view the repercussions of committing a foul, please see Penalties)
- Severe Foul
- Technical Fouls
- If an athlete’s gi is unusable.
- If the athlete deliberately leaves the match are to escape being submitted.
- If an athlete attempt to get his or her opponent disqualified by putting his/her opponent in an illegal position.
- If an athlete is not wearing undergarments.
- If an athlete applies any slippery or oily substance to their hair, body or gi.
- If an athlete uses any substances that makes them sticky.
- If an athlete attempts to strangle his/her opponent with one or both hands or applies pressure to the windpipe with their thumb.
- When an athlete prevents the passage of air by covering his/her opponent’s nose and mouth.
- When an athlete defending a single leg take down, intentionally causes his partner to hit his/her head on the ground by holding onto the attacker’s belt and pulling him/her to the ground.
- A suplex type movement that forces an opponent’s head or neck into the ground. (A suplex takedown or lifting an opponent by the waist in order to score a take down is allowed so long as the movement does not force the opponent’s head or neck into the ground)
- When an athlete uses a hold prohibited in his/her division.
- Knee Reaping (More Info Coming Soon!)
- See: Illegal Techniques
- Disciplinary Fouls
- The use of profane language, gestures or other offensive behavior towards his/her opponent, officials or the public.
- The exhibition of hostile behavior.
- When an athlete bites, pulls hair, hits or puts pressure on genitals or eyes.
- When an athlete disrespects the seriousness of competition.
- Technical Fouls
- Serious Foul
- When an athlete kneels or sits without grip on their opponent
- When an athlete leaves the match area to avoid attack from opponent
- When an athlete pushes their opponent out of bounce without attempt to score
- When an athlete of the ground stands up to avoid combat and does not return to the ground
- When an athlete breaks the grip of his/her opponent pulling guard and does not return to combat
- When an athlete removes gi or belt to intentionally stop the match
- When an athlete grabs his/her opponent’s sleeve or pant leg with the fingers inside the garment
- When an athlete grabs inside his/her opponent’s jacket or pants, steps inside jacket or puts his/her arm through the sleeve
- If an athlete communicates with the referee for any reason other than medical or uniform issues
- If an athlete disobeys the referee
- If an athlete leaves the match area before the referee announces the results
- When an athlete exits the match area to deliberately avoid his/her opponent completing a sweep or take down (In this case, the referee will award 1 penalty point the the athlete that who exited the competition area and 2 points to their opponent)
- In No-Gi, if an athlete grabs hold his/her opponent’s clothes
- If an athlete places a hand or foot on their opponent’s face
- When an athlete places his/her foot in opponent’s belt
- When an athlete places his/her foot on opponent’s lapel without hand grips
- When an athlete places his/her foot on opponent’s label BEHIND the neck, no matter the circumstance
- If an athlete uses his/her belt to assist in a choke
- If an athlete belt is untied at any time during the match
- When an athlete takes longer than 20 seconds to re-tie their belt during a match
- When an athlete runs around the match area to avoid combat
- When an athlete places his/her opponent in an illegal position
- In White belt division, if an athlete jumps into closed guard while their opponent remains standing
- Stalling Foul
- When an athlete does not pursue positional progression in a match or when an opponent does not allow for any progression to be made.
- When both athletes exhibit stalling simultaneously
- When both athletes pull guard at the same time, they have 20 seconds for one of them to reach the top position, have a submission in hold or completing a point scoring move, the referee will pause the fight and award them both with penalties.
|MOVE/TECHNIQUE||4 to 12 Years of Age||13 to 15 Years of Age||16 & 17 Years and Adult/Masters White Belt||Adult/Masters Blue & Purple Belts||Adult/Masters Brown & Black Belts|
|Submission Techniques Stretching Legs Apart|
|Choke with Spinal Lock|
|Straight Foot Lock|
|Forearm Choke Using the Sleeve (Ezequiel Choke)|
|Frontal Guillotine Choke|
|Triangle (Pulling Head)|
|Lock Inside the Closed Guard with Legs Compressing Kidneys or Ribs|
|Single Leg Takedown While the Attacking Athlete Has His/Her Head Outside His Opponent’s Body|
|Spinal Lock without Choke|
|Locks Twisting the Knees|
|In Straight Foot Lock, Turning In the Direction of Foot Not Under Attack|
|In Toe Hold, Applying Outward Pressure On the Foot|
|Bending Fingers Backwards|
|Grabbing the Opponent’s Belt and Throws Him/Her to the Floor On His/Her Head When Defending a Single Leg Situation While His Opponent’s Head Is on the Outside of His/Her Body|
|Suplex Takedown Technique, Landing with the Opponent’s Head or Neck on the Ground|