Referee Training

 

The UKBJJA's head referee Dave Coles has designed a comprehensive course which allows individuals to gain qualifications and work at BJJ competitions. 

We are also committed to ensuring that high standards of refereeing are maintained at competitions

If you are interested in the course you can read about the requirements and process for qualification you can read the outline below, or download the refereeing guide here.  You can check whether there is a course near you on our events page or express your interest in hosting one on our course page. 

If you are a competition organiser and want to use UKBJJA qualified referees, our list of qualified referees can be found at the bottom of this page.

Name: Dave Coles Title: Secretrary Dave has a Master Degree in Sports Science and worked as a lecturer of physical education and outdoor activities for 15-years. In 2011 he quit his teaching job in order to teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu full time. He first attended a BJJ seminar with Carley Gracie in the late 1990's and entered his first BJJ competition in 2002. In the same year, Dave took off his British Judo Association 5th Dan black belt, put on a white belt, and started making a 2-3 times a week round trip of 120 miles to train BJJ under Braulio Estima. In 2010 Braulio awarded him his black belt and he remains a student of Braulio to this day. In 2003 Dave fought in the IBJJF Pan-Ams held in America, and in the same year in the IBJJF World Championships held in Rio de Janeiro. He has subsequently travelled to train and compete in Brazil on eight occasions. Additionally he has competed on many occasions throughout the UK. Dave has been involved in providing competitions for the UK BJJ community for over 12 years. He runs the highly successful Hereford BJJ Open, British Open (Juniors and Juveniles) and has acted as an advisor to some of the biggest BJJ events in the UK. As a qualified IBJJF referee Dave has officiated at several IBJJF championships and continues to mentor new referees through the UKBJJA referee programme.

The UKBJJA Refereeing Programme

There are three levels of qualification

Level 3

The level 3 programme is intended to be an opportunity for potential referees to gain experience before undertaking the UKBJJA practical assessment.

The position of Level 3 referee is valid for one year from the date of the last UKBJJA referee course undertaken.

Eligibility:

1. Individual member of the UKBJJA

2. Age and grade requirements;

i) Minimum age of 18

ii) Minimum grade of Blue Belt

3. Attend UKBJJA referee course.

4. Pass UKBJJA referee exam.

Authority:

Able to referee (at their own belt level) whilst supervised by a minimum Level 2 referee, with two years experience.

 

Level 2

Eligibility:

1. Individual member of the UKBJJA

2. Age and grade requirements;

i) Minimum age of 18

ii) Minimum grade of Blue Belt

3. Attend UKBJJA referee course.

4. Pass UKBJJA referee exam (within the previous 12 months)

  1. Pass UKBJJA practical assessment.Authority:

Able to referee (at their own belt level) un-supervised.

Level 1 (brown belts and above) – Able to act as head referee at a tournament.

Eligibility
1. Must have held the UKBJJA Level 2 award for 2 years and refereed at a minimum of 8 events prior to application for this award.
2. Apply to UKBJJA for consideration.

 

THEORY AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

The full 6-hour referee course must be completed before taking the theory exam. Candidates are permitted three attempts to pass the theory exam after which they must retake the referee course.
The Pass mark for the theory exam is 90%
A maximum of
1 hour is allowed to complete theory exam.
The full referee course must be undertaken and the theory exam must be passed before undertaking the practical assessment

For the practical assessment the candidate will undertake refereeing duties at a BJJ competition and will be observed by an assessor.

The practical assessment must be taken within 12-months of passing the theory exam.

The candidate will be graded as follows:

  1. Pass with distinction
  2. Pass
  3. Requires Guidance
  4. Advised to retake referee course

Candidates who achieve grade 1 or 2 will have achieved the Level 2 qualification.

Having achieved a Grade 3, the candidate will be advised on areas for improvement and can retake the practical assessment at a later date (within a period of 12 months).
A grade 4 will require the candidate to retake the full 6-hour referee course.

 

RE-VALIDATION CRITERIA

Within the 2 year period:
1. Must have officiated at a minimum of 8 events including attendance at the referee briefings.

  1. If revalidation requirements are not met within the 2 year period, the referee will be re-assessed

The Level 2 referee is expected to maintain a competent level of officiating, having continued to keep up to date with current rule changes and interpretations.

Jack Burrell
Level 2 Referee

Jack is a blue belt under Nick Brooks at RGA Mill Hill. He passed his practical referee training in July 2015.

Jack BurrellLevel 2 Referee

Jack is a blue belt under Nick Brooks at RGA Mill Hill. He passed his practical referee training in July 2015.

Hugues Rouge
Level 2 Referee

Hugues passed his practical exam in July 2015.

Hugues RougeLevel 2 Referee

Hugues passed his practical exam in July 2015.

Athanasios Apostolidis
Level 2 Referee

Thanos is a blue belt under Dickie Martin at Carlson Gracie London. He passed his referee exam in July 2015.

Athanasios ApostolidisLevel 2 Referee

Thanos is a blue belt under Dickie Martin at Carlson Gracie London. He passed his referee exam in July 2015.

James McIntyre

James passed his practical exam in November 2015 after reffing at the English Open.

James McIntyre

James passed his practical exam in November 2015 after reffing at the English Open.

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