Gabbi Garcia won the gold in the 72kg final by points against a much lighter weight purple belts. Although her win was expected she showed a considerable amount of disrespect, immaturity, lack of humility, and poor sportmanship. Maria Malyjasiak is to be congratulated for her efforts.
Knowing the rules can be the difference between winning and loosing a match. You gotta know the rules. The 2009 the IBJJF recognized that the explosive growth in competition mandated a modernization of rules of competition. The competitive jits player should be intimately familiar with the rules. We’re gonna give you a primer right here on woman on the mat. No one wants to loose not even to a worthy opponent but it’s even more difficult to swallow when you beat yourself. You can find a copy of the new rules book by clicking on the link IBJJF Rules Book.
Let’s start with the rules and regulations for kimonos. Page 32 of the IBJJF rules book states that patches may only be affixed to the areas circled on the attached diagram. Any other patches must be removed prior to competition. The patch must be affixed 15 centimeters from the bottom of the pants.
Kimonos must be of uniform color, of which the following are permissable: white, royal blue or black. Kimonos where the tops and pants are of different colors are not permitted; nor are gis where the collar is of a different color from the rest of the top. Use of a shirt under the gi top is prohibited (except for women).
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.
Kimono pants should reach no more than 5 cm above the tibial malleolus (ankle bone). Wearing pants of any kind under gi pants is
Athletes should use a durable, 4- to 5-cm-wide belt colored 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 tiedusing 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.
Prior to weighing in, an official gi inspector will check to make sure gi measurements comply with the official measurements stipulated by the IBJJF.
The inspection will verify whether the following official maximum measurements are met: gi top thickness (1.5 cm), width of kimono collar (5 cm), opening of sleeve at full extension (7 cm).
Athletes have the right to 2 (two) follow-up gi-measurement inspections, should they fail to pass the first inspection. The kimono measurement inspector will also verify the overall state of the athlete’s belt.
The measuring stick used will be of the regulation measurements below:
Total length of measuring stick: 15.0 cm
• Measuring stick width: 3.5 cm
• Gi lapel width: 5.0 cm
• Gi lapel thickness: 1.5 cm
• Gi sleeve opening at full extension: 7.0 cm