Coaches' Conduct

Coaches' Conduct

“I understand that in my position as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach I should always lead by example and that all of my actions are to be held accountable to influence the generations to come. I shall promote fair-play among my peers. I shall be courteous and respect other coaches, athletes and supporters. I shall respect and follow the rules and regulations, and understand that they are there to protect myself and others. I will do my best to promote the good name of our art. I shall be honest, fair and just. I will lead my team members to conduct themselves in the same way as above”

The AZ BJJ League will be implementing the AZBJJL BLACK BELT ID card for coaches. Our initial plan was to implement this system in 2020; however, the plans have changed with the pandemic. Since then, AZBJJL has signed a deal to host tournaments at Legacy Sports USA in Mesa for the next five years, starting in February 2022.

In this meantime, for the upcoming events: 2021 Southwest BJJ Classic (10/16 & 17) and 2021 Kids Cup, No-Gi AZ State Championship, and Novice Cup on December 4th & 5th, we are going to test the coaches (Black Belts only) area.

With the AZBJJL Black Belt Card, you will be able to attend the events for the rest of the 2021 events free of charge, and you will be able to coach from the coaches' area in 2022. IDs from any other organization will NOT grant a free pass to black belts to attend the event or the coaches' area.

The coaches area has been the biggest request and feedback from the coaches. As a result, we will be experimenting with new procedures to find the most effective system, which will vary based on the setup of the new venue and the cooperation of the coaches following the rules. You will need an AZBJJL issued coaches' ID to enter this area.

From now until December 31st of 2021, you can register for your BLACK BELT Card free of charge, and it will be valid until December 31st, 2022. After 12/31/21, there will be an annual fee of $25. 

There will be a strict code of conduct for the coaches while inside the coaches' area.

Coaches conduct code applicable to AZBJJL sanctioned events

  • The coach's action inside the competition area is limited to communicating with the athlete. Tactics and strategies advise, motivating, instructions to unpredictable situations, injuries.
  • The coach must remain in the designated coaching area during the whole match.
  • No comments are to be made towards the referee at any time during the match.
  • At any time, there will be no inappropriate language or gestures allowed towards the referee, opponents, event officials, or spectators.
  • Hitting, tapping, kicking the publicity panels or other equipment inside the competition area is prohibited.


Any coach who does not follow this code's article, in or outside of the premises, will be prevented from joining their athlete(s) inside the competition area during the event. 

Additionally, the coach, athlete, or the academy are subject to penalties, such as suspension of membership, participation in other events, or can be banned from AZBJJL sanctioned event sites.

Regarding the annual fee of $25, 80% of this amount, $20, will be DONATED to the 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, Tucson-based, Higher Ground, and 20% of the amount, $5 be used for processing fees and extra expenses. 

Higher Ground works with youth and their families experiencing poverty or trauma by empowering them with character skills, stabilizing their communities, and supporting their social, mental, emotional, physical, and other dimensions of health. Higher Ground does this two ways: 1) by implementing different programs such as martial arts, dance, and arts 2) implementing community schools models across Tucson.

Transparency is a keyword when you're donating or working with a nonprofit; that is why we will give you quarterly updates of how many people are registering with the League and how much is being donated. If you would like to know more about visit and 

Any time any organization wants to implement new procedures, most likely, it will not satisfy everyone, and it's no different with the AZBJJL. For those who are not aware, we are one of the longest-running tournaments, not only in the United States but in the World.

It has been twenty CONSISTENT years of promoting jiu-jitsu in Arizona, inspiring people to challenge themselves in competitions so they can grow technically, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Within these twenty years, we have made decisions that didn't make everyone happy; however, we always with the best intentions of providing an even better service every year. If we didn't make some difficult decisions along the way, we would not have grown the tournament from a forty-competitor in-house tournament to what we currently have.

AZBJJL does NOT focus on promoting anywhere but in Arizona, so if you believe in our work and intention to take the BJJ scene to another level, this tournament is for YOU!

To apply for the ID card please visit: