GI Uniform Requirements

  1. Gis must be tailored using cotton or cotton-like fabric and fashioned from woven fabric. The fabric cannot be so thick or hard as to impede an opponent from gripping it.

  2. Gis must be in good repair and may not exhibit tears, be wet or dirty, or emanate an unpleasant odour.

  3. Gis must be completely white, royal blue, navy blue or black. Gis with different coloured jackets, pants or collars are not permitted.

  4. Gi tops must reach the athlete’s thigh and sleeves must come to no more than 5 cm from the athlete’s wrist (arms extended straight and parallel to the ground).

  5. Gi pants must reach no more than 5 cm above the ankle bone.

  6. A kimono with EVA or similar material inside the collar is permitted, only if the measurement regulations provided IBJJF Rules are followed.

  7. Painted Gis are not permitted, unless the paint is designed in the form of an Academy or Sponsor Logo and only on regions of the Gi where patches are permitted. In cases where painted Gis are permitted, the athlete may be obliged to change Gis should the paint mark the Gi of an opponent.

  8. Adult/Masters Male athletes are not permitted to wear t-shirts or rash guards beneath a Gi.

  9. Adult/Masters Male athletes are not permitted to wear pants of any kind under a Gi pant.

  10. Female athletes must wear a stretchy or elastic short- or long-sleeved shirt that hugs the body beneath a Gi. This includes a one piece swim garment, bathing suit or gymnastics top.

  11. Female athletes are permitted to use compression tights (that cling to the body) under a Gi pant, as long as they are shorter than the Gi pant.

  12. Athletes must use a durable, 4cm to 5cm wide below (coloured according to the athlete’s rank), with a black tip. Exception: Black belts, where the tip should be white or red.

  13. Belts must be worn over the Gi top, wrapped around the waist twice and be tied using a double knot – tight enough to hold the Gi top closed. Once tied in a double knot, each end must hang 20cm to 30 cm in length.

  14. Patches and embroidery may only be affixed in authorized regions of a Gi, as depicted in the IBJJF Rule Book (page 36).

  15. Patches and embroidery must be of cotton fabric and properly seamed. All patches unseamed or in unauthorized regions of a Gi will be removed by a Gi inspector.

  16. A Gi brand tag in the front lower part of a Gi pant must be made of thin fabric (not embroidered) and at most 36cm.

  17. NO patches or text (embroidered or handwritten) are permitted that contain phrases, symbols or slogans found offensive to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, religion and/or political ideologies.

  18. NO patches or text (embroidered or handwritten) are permitted that contain phrases, symbols or slogans that promote violence, vandalism, sexual acts, drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco.


Female athletes may use a head cover (even in addition to a shirt, provided it meets the following requirements:

  1. Keep the face fully visible.

  2. Be clear of any inscriptions or logos.

  3. Made with no strings of any kind.

  4. Made without any kind of plastic or hard materials.

  5. Fixed and made with elastic fabric (or have elastics at the borders)

  6. Be fully black in colour and cover the neck, ears and hair, like a wet-suit headpiece.


  1. The use of eye protectors, even if made for sport practices.

  2. The use of joint protectors (knee, elbow braces, etc.) that increaes body volume to the point of making it harder for an opponent to grip the opponent’s Gi.

  3. The use of any foot gear, head gear, hair pins, jewellery, cups (genital protectors) or any other body protectors fashioned of hard material which may cause harm to an opponent or the athlete him/herself.

YOUTH NO GI Uniform Requirements

  1. Shorts must not contain pockets, buttons, snaps or any plastic or metal piece that presents risk of injury to the opponent.

  2. Shorts should be longer than mid-thigh but no lower than the knee.

  3. Athletes may wear compression tights (spats) instead of board shorts; however, the length must be to mid-thigh at least.

  4. Compression tights may also be worn underneath board shorts.

  5. Shirts must be elastic (should hug the body) and long enough to cover the waistline of the shorts.

  6. Shirts can be long or short sleeve but must have some type of sleeve that covers the armpits.

  7. Along as a Youth Athlete’s uniform does not affect the safety of either competitor or potentially the outcome of a match, alternative uniforms may be permitted.

Although Youth Athletes are encouraged to abide by the No-Gi Attire guidelines, both female and male Youth Athletes are permitted to compete in t-shirts and Gi pants if no other uniform is available.


  1. Beginner Divisions should include Athletes with less than 1 year of experience.

  2. Intermediate Divisions should include Athletes with more than 1 year, but less than 3 years of experience.

  3. Advanced Divisions should include Athletes with 3 or more years of experience.Referee Commands


All Referee commands will be in English.  Fight, Stop, and Penalty replace Portuguese terms.

Jumping Guard and Flying Attacks

These moves are illegal and subject to penalty for all White belts and athletes under 16 years old.