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IBJJF Uniform Rules: Gi

IBJJF Uniform Rules: Gi

In the official IBJJF Rules Book, there are over 40 pages of rules, competition guidelines, and competition formats.  Within these pages are the official IBJJF uniform regulations, which explains the mandatory guidelines that an athlete and their gi must follow.

Linked below are Sanabul gis that are IBJJF approved (white, black, and royal blue ONLY): 

So what exactly makes a gi IBJJF approved?

8.1.1 – Materials and Weaving

Gis must be tailored using cotton or a similar fabric.  The fabric used cannot be too thick or too hard that it prevents an opponent from gripping it.  Juvenile, adult, and master division competitions require a gi with a pearl weave.

8.1.2 – Kimonos

Kimonos are allowed to be worn, as long as the materials inside the collar follow the size and rigidity regulations.

8.1.3 – Color and Undershirt

The color of the gi must be completely white, black, or royal blue – any other colored jackets, pants, or collars are not allowed.  Competitors are not allowed to wear shirts under their gi, except for women (see 8.1.4).

8.1.4 – Undershirt Exception for Women

Female competitors must wear either a stretchy or elastic shirt under their gi.  Both short sleeved and long sleeved shirts are allowed, as well as any color.  A one piece bathing suit or gymnastics top is also permitted.

8.1.5 – Different Color Gis

In adult black belt divisions, athletes may be required to have different colored gis to visually differentiate themself from their opponent.  One will wear white and the other will wear royal blue.

This rule varies depending on the event organizer - remember to check your event’s rules before competing and bring multiple gis of different color if necessary.

8.1.6 – Prohibited Gis

Gis are prohibited from being worn if they show signs of tearing or mending repairs (from previous tearing by sewing).  In addition, any gi that is wet, dirty, or unpleasantly smelling will also be prohibited.

8.1.7 – Gi Top Regulations

The gi top can extend to the competitor’s thigh.  The sleeves are allowed to be, at maximum, 5cm from the competitor’s wrist when their arm is parallel to the ground and extended straight out.

8.1.8 – Gi Pant Regulations

The gi pants are allowed to be, at maximum, 5cm above the ankle bone (tibial malleolus).  Male competitors are prohibited from wearing any kind of pants under their gi pants.  Female competitors can only wear elastic fabric pants under their gi pants.  These elastic pants must be shorter than the competitor’s gi pants.

8.1.9 – Belt Regulations

Competitors must wear a belt with a black tip that corresponds with their rank and is 4-5cm wide.  Black belts must wear a 4-5cm wide belt with either a white or red tip.  The belt must be worn over the top of the gi, wrapped around the competitor’s waist twice, and be double knotted tight enough to keep the top of the gi closed.  The ends of the belt can be anywhere from 20-30cm in length.

8.1.10 – Paint and Patch Regulations

Gis containing paint are prohibited, unless the paint displays an academy or sponsor logo in the section of the gi where patches are allowed.  If the paint spreads and marks the opponent’s gi, the competitor must change gis.  Any patches on the gi must be in approved regions, made of cotton fabric, and properly seamed on to the gi.

8.1.11 – Weigh-In Procedures and Inspection Regulations

Before weighing in, an inspector will verify that a competitor’s gi meets the competition’s uniform requirements.  Every competitor is allowed three uniform inspections.  Belts are also inspected.

Final inspection covers: length of sleeves, length of pant legs, thickness of gi collar (maximum allowed is 1.3cm), width of gi collar (maximum allowed is 5cm), and slack in Gi sleeves through full extension (maximum is 7cm).

8.1.12 – Measurement Regulations

Uniform measuring tool requirements:

Total length: 15cm

Total width: 3.5cm

Athlete gi requirements:

Lapel width: 5cm

Lapel thickness: 1.3cm

Sleeve opening at full extension: 7cm

8.1.13 – First Match Gi

After weighing in, competitors are prohibited from changing out of the gi they weighed in with before for their first match.  Violating this rule may result in a disqualification penalty.

8.1.14 –  Changing Gis (after first match)

After their first match, competitors can request permission to change gis with the Ring Coordinator.  The new gi will be inspected to ensure that it meets all measurement regulations.

8.1.15 – Inspection Procedure for New Gi

If a competitor fails to follow inspection procedure for their new gi after requesting a change from their gi in their first match, they may be disqualified.

The official IBJJF uniform rules can be found here: 

Thank you for reading - we hope this article clarifies the official IBJJF Gi uniform rules and requirements!


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