Why do I need an IBJJF membership?

An IBJJF membership is required to compete in all championships run by IBJJF. Additionally, athletes who want to ultimately certify their Black Belt will need active membership registrations to count towards their degrees.

Can I register more than one athlete under the same email address?

No, every IBJJF account must be registered under a unique email address. Each athlete must create their own account using different email addresses. 

What if I can’t find my professor or academy?

In order to compete, athletes need to apply for an IBJJF membership under a registered academy and have one of the listed instructors sign their membership application.


Unfortunately, athletes are not allowed to register under professors or academies that are not registered at IBJJF.


We advise you to talk to your private instructor to discuss what academy you may be able to register under.

How do I request membership for the first time?

If you have not created an account previously, please follow the instructions below:


To request the membership please follow the instructions below:


  • Access
  • Choose “Are you a first time membership applicant?”
  • Enter requested information (Birth Date, Belt, and Country)
  • Create your athlete login and fill out your informatio.n
  • Open a new membership request and upload all required documents.


Please note the membership request will not be submitted for review until all of the required documents have been uploaded to the online request.

How long does membership approval take?

Membership approval can take up to five business days after all documents are received. Once you are approved and completed payment, your membership is immediately active and you can register for open championships and rules seminars.

Why hasn't my request been reviewed?

If any documents are missing in your request, the request will not be forwarded for review. Please make sure your request states “Doc. Waiting Approval”. If your request shows “Doc Pending”, you have not yet uploaded all required documents.

If I pay for membership but do not end up competing, can I cancel my membership and receive a refund?

If an athlete/parent completes payment for membership, but is not able to complete registration for the championship they wish to compete in, the membership fee cannot be cancelled or refunded.


How can I change my email address associated with my account?

To change your email address, please access


Click on the link “Forgot your email?” and fill out the requested information. Once it reveals your registered email address, click “This is not my current email” to proceed with updating your account with a new email address.


Once you input the existing password and new email address, click “Update Email” to complete the process.

How can I request a new password?

If you forgot your password, you are able to request a new one at


After entering your email address, click on “Next”. Then choose “Forgot your Password” to select the method where you would like to receive the verification code.


You will receive a verification code to input. If choosing email, please check your Spam email box as well.


Once you input and confirm your new password, click “Update Password”. This will update your password and you can then subsequently login with the new one.

How do I find my login details if I can't remember them?

If you forgot your registered email address in your existing account, you can retrieve your account details at 


Click “Forgot your email?” and input the required information. Once you retrieve your login email, you can request a new password using the “Forgot your password?” link.


If you no longer have access to the old email address, please access the Account Recovery feature in the login.

How can I update my membership photo / mailing address / name in my IBJJF profile?

Please contact us using the listed email address in your profile with the desired changes and we will assist you. If you do not have access to that email address, please retrieve your account details at

Can I change my information if I made a mistake?

If your membership has not been approved yet, you may start a new request with your correct information. This will cancel the current request and start a new one in your profile.


If your membership has already been approved, please send us an email to edit any personal information such as name, date of birth, address, email or photo. Personal information can only be changed by IBJJF staff.


If you need to change your belt rank, academy, or professor, please start a new request. If you have any issues, please contact us.


How do I renew or update my membership?

To renew your membership please follow the instructions below:


  • Visit and log into your account. Click on the yellow/orange button directly below your information.
  • Open a new membership request in your profile with your current belt rank/academy.
  • Upload a new membership form with the updated information signed and dated by the listed professor.


Please be sure to use your existing account and do not create additional/duplicate accounts.

How do I change my belt rank if the system is not letting me?

It is likely that you do not have enough time in the system at your current rank to be promoted. Please fill out the attached Belt Records form and contact us with the completed form to review your account and assist you.

Why do I need to submit forms again when I am just renewing?

Yes, every time an athlete renews their membership, they must submit the membership form even if no information is changing.


This is to ensure all information is up to date and the professor is verifying its validity.


However, be advised that adult athletes can have their professor approve them online.

Do I need to renew my membership if my current membership is still active?

Yes, every time an athlete changes belt rank, academy or federation, they must renew their membership.


Can the Professor approve the request online?

No, currently professors are only able to approve adult athletes online. Minor athletes must have their listed professor sign and date the membership form.

What do I send if my kids don't have any forms of ID?

Minor athletes may submit a birth certificate as their form of ID if they do not have a state ID, passport, or military ID.

Can I use the same email address to register more than one of my kids?

No, each athlete must be registered under a new account with a unique email address.

However, you may input your personal email address under the information “Legal Parent Email” for all of your children so that you can contact us using just one email address for future correspondence.


What is a provisional membership?

Athletes receive a provisional graduation when they register their Brown or Black Belt under IBJJF without having a registration of past graduations. Provisional athletes are:


  • Brown Belts who never had a registration as a Purple Belt at IBJJF.
  • Black Belts who never had a registration as a Brown Belt at IBJJF.


As a provisional athlete, you are required to remain registered under the same professor for 2 years from the date your first provisional membership was approved.


Renewing your membership under a new professor before the two year provisional period is lifted will force you to have to restart the 2 year provisional period from the beginning.


In addition, you cannot be the head instructor of an academy, but you can be the assistant instructor. Provisional Black belts are also not eligible to apply for their Black Belt Certification until the end of their two-year provisional period.

How can I change my academy if I am “provisional”?

As a provisional athlete, you are required to remain registered under the same professor for 2 years from the date your first provisional membership was approved.


Renewing your membership under a new professor before the two year provisional period is lifted will force you to have to restart the 2 year provisional period from the beginning.


If you would still like to change academies, please contact us.


How long does it take to receive my membership card?

For USBJJF athletes, please allow up to 20 days after its print date to receive it in the mail.


For IBJJF athletes, please allow up to 45 days after its print date to receive it in the mail.


If you have not received your card and it has been longer than the allotted time we requested, please contact us.

How do I get a replacement card?

You may request another card for a $10.00 USD replacement fee per unit. If you would like to do this, please contact us.

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