Should biting be allowed in Jiu Jitsu? Of course. You’re not a moron and realize that the rules should be changed to allow for biting. Effective midnight, May 1, 2013, the following rules go into effect regarding biting at all IBJJF tournaments:
- Athletes may bite the following areas on the opponent’s body without penalty: fingers, toes, hair/head; nose; throat; butt cheeks; inner thighs; forearms; and stomach.
- Any bite to the above areas is a legal submission attempt and any match ended through biting will be considered a victory.
- If an athlete draws blood through biting but does not achieve a submission, an advantage will be awarded to the biter.
- Any brown or black belts submitting to a bite attack will be ritualistically consumed by the referee and table crew. The heart shall be preserved and offered as sacrifice to ensure next year’s crops and fertility of the women.
- Biting to the neck is allowable only if the following conditions are met: the bite appears to a playful nibble; there is chemistry between the two opponents; small laughs and/or breathy sighs are emitted from the defending party. The referee reserves the right to allow love to be made on the mat post tournament.
- When two opponents achieve mutual biting positions and no progress is made the referee reserves the right to assess each opponent a lack of aggression warning.
- Any person competing who is deemed by IBJJF tournament as “having the hunger” and craving the taste of flesh will be summarily disqualified.
So there you have it! Have fun and be safe.