Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Illinois passes law slamming Jiu-Jitsu
Bad news for Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. The Illinois general assembly has passed a law that may put an end to Jiu-Jitsu tournaments in the state once and for all, as reported by two-time world absolute-winning black belt Rodrigo Comprido.
“The Illinois state senators approved a law that equates Jiu-Jitsu competitions to MMA events. That, ultimately, makes it impossible to hold competitions in the state, besides the fact that the rules will be set out by the Boxing Commission,” he explains.
“For example, all the athletes will have to undergo a pre-competition blood test. And the law is already having its effect. The IBJJF postponed the Chicago Open, which was the only championship around here with 100% Jiu-Jitsu rules,” he adds.
And there’s already a movement to try and overturn the resolution in Illinois.
“There’s a petition on Facebook where to put pressure on the senators to negotiate,” added Comprido, who calls on one and all to participate.