GI REQUIREMENTS

Measurements. . .

  • The gi top should reach the athlete’s thigh and the sleeves should come to no more than 5 cm from the athlete’s wrist when the arm is extended straight parallel to the ground.
  • Gi pants should reach no more than 5 cm above the tibial malleolus (ankle bone).
  • The inspection will verify whether the following official measurements are met: gi lapel thickness (1.3 cm), width of GI collar (5 cm), opening of sleeve at full extension (7 cm).

Gi Requirements

Material. . .

  • Gis should be tailored using cotton or cotton-like fabric only. The fabric should not be so thick or hard as to impede an opponent from gripping it. For juvenile, adult, master and senior divisions, a gi fashioned from woven fabric is mandatory.
  • It is permitted to wear kimono with EVA or similar material inside the collar, if the measures of size and rigidity regulations provided in the IBJJF Rules Book are followed.

Colour and Patches. . .

  • Gis must be of uniform colour.
  • The following colours are permissible: white, royal blue or black. Gis with tops and pants of different colours are not permitted; nor are gis with a collar that is a different colour than the rest of the top.
  • Painted gis are forbidden, 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.
  • Even in cases where they are permitted, the athlete will be obliged to change gis should the paint mark the gi of the opponent.
  • Patches may only be affixed in authorized regions of the gi, as depicted in the IBJJF Rules Book. They should be of cotton fabric and properly seamed.
  • All patches un-seamed or in unauthorized regions of the gi will be removed by the gi inspectors.

Belt. . .

  • Athletes should use a durable, 4 to 5 cm wide belt coloured according to the athlete’s rank, with a black tip – except for black belts, where the tip should be white or red. The belt should be worn over the top, wrap 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 of the belt should hang 20 to 30 cm in length.

Other Requirements. . .

  • For male athletes the use of a shirt under the gi top is prohibited.
  • For male athletes wearing pants or spats of any kind under the gi pants is prohibited.
  • In the female divisions, it is mandatory for the use of a stretchy or elastic shirt that hugs the body beneath the gi. It can be short or long sleeved, without the necessity to follow the colour requirements. It is also permitted for female athletes to use a one piece swim garment (bathing suit) or gymnastics top.
  • Female athletes are permitted to use wear spats or leggings beneath the gi pants, made of elastic fabric (clings to body), as long as these pants are shorter than the gi pants.
  • All athletes must wear undergarments. The use of thong-type undergarments is not permitted; only briefs-type undergarments.
  • Gis may not exhibit mending or tears, be wet or dirty or emanate unpleasant odours.
  • Note for children: Children are encouraged to abide by the complete dress code but will be allowed to compete with a t-shirt under their gi top. As long as a child's uniform will not affect the safety of either competitor or potentially the outcome of a match, it will be allowed.
 

NO GI REQUIREMENTS

Male Athletes. . .

  • Board shorts, with no pockets or with pockets entirely stitched shut, and must reach at least halfway down the thigh but no longer than the knee. Attached metal or plastic of any kind that may hurt the opponent is expressly forbidden on the board shorts.
  • Men are permitted the use of pants, shorts or trunks of elastic fabric (clings to body), but the length must be to mid-thigh at least. Compression tights may also be worn under board shorts.
  • Shirt of elastic fabric (clings to body) at a length that covers the shorts’ waist band. Shirts do not need to be ranked.
  • Shirts can be long or short sleeved but must have some type of sleeve that covers the armpits.
  • Athletes must wear undergarments. The use of thong-type undergarments is not permitted; only brief-type undergarments may be worn.

No Gi Requirements

Female Athletes. . .

  • Board shorts or lycra elastic shorts or pants, must reach at least halfway down the thigh but no longer than the knee. Attached metal or plastic of any kind that may hurt the opponent is expressly forbidden on the board shorts.
  • Shirt of elastic fabric (clings to body) at a length that covers the shorts’ waist band. Shirts do not need to be ranked.
  • Shirts can be long or short sleeved but must have some type of sleeve that covers the armpits.
  • Athletes must wear undergarments. The use of thong-type undergarments is not permitted; only brief-type undergarments may be worn.
  • Athletes may elect to wear compression tights (spats) instead of board shorts but the length must be to mid thigh at least.
  • In the female divisions the athlete will be permitted to cover their heads.
  • The head cover must follow these requirements:
  • Must be fixed and made with elastic fabric (or have elastics at the borders).
  • Be made without any type of plastic or hard materials.
  • Be made with no strings of any kind.
  • Be clear of any inscription or logo.
  • Only the face must remain fully visible. *The Head COver must follow these