This video post was written by 3rd-Degree Roger Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Nicolas Gregoriades.
Exploiting the System?
Competing is a large part of most people's jiu-jitsu journeys. I've never been the kind of grappler who tried to exploit the rules to his advantage. I always fight to submit. Looking back on my competitive career, I realise that this was a mistake. On more than a few occasions I lost to savvy players who exploited the rules to beat me.
A couple of years ago I attended an IBJJF rules course as a requirement for my 2nd-degree black belt certificate. Even after over a decade of training and competing, I was astounded by how much I didn't know. From then on I made an effort to understand this aspect of jiu-jitsu.
The Rules are Complex
During the course and my studies of the rulesets of the major competitions I realised that the rules of grappling and BJJ are complex and that in order to maximise your potential as a competitor, it's vital that you know and understand them properly. In this video, I teamed up with David Aguzzi from Grappling Industries to provide a comprehensive break-down of the rules for those wishing to compete.