Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and World Champion Stephen “Pesadelo” Hall has teamed up with Gameness to produce a series of free Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique and tournament preparation videos! This video concentrates on the basic Portuguese Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament commands that you may encounter when participating in a grappling tournament. Stephen has extensive experience in BJJ instruction, competition, and refereeing, and he has agreed to work with us to make some video tutorial to help pass along his experience to Gameness fans.
The three Portuguese commands that Stephen Hall will cover in this video are the commands to start the match, stop the match, and a warning for stalling during a match. Knowing these commands are crucial and can help protect you from confusion or frustration if you hear the term when not familiar with the definition.
The first term, “Combate”, is the command given to begin the BJJ match. It is given after the two athletes shake hands. Once they have shaken hands and have backed into their ready stance, the referee will call out, “Combate” and lower his arm. This signifies that the clock for the match will begin and the two athletes will begin grappling.
The second term is given when the tournament referee wants the match to end or stop. This term is “Parou”. If the grapplers go out-of-bounds or if another action deemed worthy by the referee to stop the action occurs, he/she will call out “Parou” and uncross their arms until they are reaching out to either side.
The final term is given as a warning when one or both of the athletes competing are accused of stalling. This command is given entirely at the discretion of the referee working the match, and can sometimes be confusing. The referee will cross their arms and grab their elbows, and say, “Lute”. After giving the command, the athlete receiving the warning has 20 seconds to make an active movement until he/she is given a penalty.