|The berimbau is a Capoeira single-string percussion instrument and these are real t-shirts you can buy, grappler. Go figure.|
I asked Daniel what he thought about the very recent IBJJF rule affecting the berimbolo/DLR hook. Here's what he had to say:
Lately, there has been quite the controversy on the latest rule to affect tournaments - an underhook to the shin while performing the De La Riva/berimbolo. In sports, rules are constantly being modified and changed for different reasons. It wasn't too long along that a rule was instituted that if you looked at a ref wrong in the NBA, you got a technical foul. It's a sport, these things happen and, in IBJJF's case, their reasoning is that the underhook creates pressure on the knee that can potentially injure competitors. Personally, I don't get it because Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a sport in which the submission is the ultimate goal. ALL SUBMISSIONS CAN POTENTIALLY INJURE COMPETITORS. I can see the interest in protecting the athlete at brown belt and below, but at black belt adult, I believe anything should be game. On the flip side, though, when the heel hook was eliminated --> the 50/50 was born so maybe this restriction with give birth to a new guards and techniques. Who knows.
But while we're on the list of adding rules here's a few that should be added to the list:
- No more gentleman's agreements. This is a tournament not rock, paper, scissors. I don't care if you're from the same team --> there can only be one gold medalist and you don't train to be second. If you don't wanna fight someone you should be DQ'd.
- No more team trophies. Jiu Jitsu is not a team sport. Yes, you train with teammates, but if this is going to the Olympics, realize that it's broken up into countries and not Gracie Barra, Humaita, Atos. If the IBJJF's goals is to get this to the Olympics, then it needs to start being organized accordingly.