Referees are essential and very important part of each sport, ju-jitsu is no exception. The International Referee Group (IRG) is the total of all JJIF-Referees. It is a technical organisation of the JJIF of which it is an integral part.
The IRG is coordinated by the International Referee Committee (IRC), which is composed of: Director, Vice-Director, Secretary and two other members. They are required to be World Referees. They are designated by majority by the Technical Representatives of the Member Countries among themselves every two years to the Board of Directors of JJIF, which has the final decision regarding their appointment.
Within each country, each nation determines their levels and respective criteria, and regulates certification through evaluations and examinations. The highest level is “National Referee”.
At the international level there are two levels of certification with each two steps (in decreasing order). Only referees supported by their respective national federations may approach to the examination procces.
Continental B License
The candidate must have a minimum of 21 years of age and 1st Dan in Ju-jitsu. He must have been a referee, in his own nation, in Fighting System and Duo System for at least 1 year and must have refereed at least 1 Fighting System and 1 Duo System Competition. The candidate must have a good knowledge of English.
To pass examination candidate must participate in the seminar with theoretical test (at least 80% of total score is requested) and practical examination. The practical test has to be on an international tournament or championship which is accepted by JJIF or JJEU.
Continental A License
The A License will be obtained after having been a referee in three international and official events of the continental union with more than three countries, states (USA, Mexico) or provinces (Canada), with positive observation reports and stamps in the license and within a maximum of two years time.
This licence cannot be achieved directly with examination but only with dedicated and professional work in two years time period (with positive observation from JJIF/JJEU Referee Committee).
World B License
The candidate must be at least 2nd Dan in Ju-jitsu. He must have been a Continental A referee for at least 2 years and have refereed as such in at least 2 Continental Competitions in Fighting System and Duo System, with positive observation reports and stamps in the license. The candidate needs also a recommendation of his continental Referee Committee.
World A License
The candidate must have been a World B referee for at least 2 years and have refereed as such in at least 2 International Competitions of each System, with positive observation reports and stamps in the license. The International Referee Committee has the right to demand more competitions if needed.
JJIF referee group has its own web site at www.jjif-referees.com, where you can find some more usufeul information and insight on referees in ju-jitsu.