Member Since: 1/1/01
Firstly, something has to be done about the knee reaping nonsense. People are getting DQ'd on unintentional ticky-tack infractions that pose absolutely no danger to the opponent. I had an teammate DQ'd while up 8-0 with under 1 minute remaining on a phantom knee reap that nobody but the ref seemed to see. Another competitor (not a teammate) got somehow DQ'd for a knee reap from behind his opponent while trying to take the back. This is insanity. The rule needs to be better defined and there needs to be a reasonable warning system in place rather than the "instant DQ on a whim" system that is in place right now. What is it going to take for something to be done about this? Was the absurd Mike Fowler DQ not high profile enough? Does Marcelo Garcia have to get DQ'd at the Worlds because his foot slips momentarily while working his anaconda guard for a change to be considered? The most hysterical part of all this, of course, is that knee reaping is mentioned NOWHERE on the IBJJF website. It's quite literally an unwritten rule that you just have to know by word of mouth.
Secondly, the distinctions between sweeps, takedowns, and non-point scoring reversals need to be clarified and reworked. On Saturday a teammate of mine was playing guard. He was briefly passed but not held in place for long enough to have points scored against him. He rolled to his stomach and successfully hit a double leg. He was awarded no points. I spoke with a referee afterwards and this was how it was explained to me:
It was not a sweep because a sweep requires having guard.
It was not a takedown because the opponent had both knees on the ground.
This is a truly bizarre and nonsensical loophole. Effectively it creates a situation where a fighter is encouraged to accept a reversal rather than fight it. As it was explained to me, an opponent needs at least one knee off the ground for a takedown to be scored. So in effect, it was more beneficial for my teammate's opponent to simply stay on his knees and fall over and accept the reversal, rather than attempt to sprawl or get to his feet and try to fight it. How does this make any sense at all?
I have other issues with the rules as well, but these 2 just stuck out like a sore thumb on Saturday.