Referee Gestures and Verbal Commands

Give competitors permission to enter the match area

Arms raised as high as shoulders and bent 90 degrees with palms facing in.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Start of Match

Arm extended forward and lowered to point toward the ground.
Verbal Command: Combate (com-ba-tchee)

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Pause the fight, stop time and time out

Arms extended to Left and Right at shoulder level
Verbal Command: Parou (pa-row)

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Penalty for stalling or a serious foul

Arm corresponding to the penalized athlete pointed to their chest followed by raising fist to shoulder height.
Verbal Command: Lute! (lu-tchee) – Stalling
Verbal Command: Falta! (fal-tah) – Serious Foul

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Disqualification

Arms overhead with forearms crossed and both hands in fists. Followed by pointing at disqualified athlete’s belt with corresponding hand.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Advantage

Arm corresponding to the athlete awarded advantage is extended parallel over mat with open palm facing downward.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Two (2) Points
(takedown, sweep, knee on belly)

Arm corresponding to the scoring athlete is raised overhead with two fingers pointed up.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Three (3) Points
(guard pass)

Arm corresponding to the scoring athlete is raised overhead with three fingers pointed up.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Four (4) Points
(mount or back control)

Arm corresponding to the scoring athlete is raised overhead with four fingers pointed up.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Point Deduction

Arm corresponding to the penalized at shoulder height with elbow bent and palm pointed down towards referee’s head.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Direct Athlete to Adjust His/Her Gi

Arms crossed downwards at waist height.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Direct athlete to re-tie belt

Hands at waist level simulating the tightening of an imaginary belt knot.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Remind athlete to stay within match area

After pointing towards the corresponding athlete, point one finger towards the sky while making a circular motion.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Tell athlete to stand up

Extended arm indicates who must stand up followed by raising arm to shoulder height.
Verbal Command: N/A

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Instruct athlete to return to the ground in appointed position

Arm corresponding with athlete extended to shoulder height followed by pointing down towards the ground.
Verbal Command: N/A

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