IBJJF introduces background checks as a requirement for black belt certificates and academy registration

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The IBJJF introduced a few months ago the requirement of background checks for the issuing of black belt certificates in the USA.

The requirement aims to give more safety to the Jiu-Jitsu community when joining an academy or competing  in a tournament.

Here’s what the measure includes.


Who needs to provide their background check?

Black Belt Certificate applicants that reside in the US.

Professors and instructors who apply for an academy registration with USBJJF.

Why is IBJJF/USBJJF requiring a background check?

The background check is one more action taken by USBJJF / IBJJF in an effort to increase the safety of BJJ practitioners inside academies and tournaments.

How to request your background check?

You can apply for your background check online through the SSCI website. You will need to provide your full name, date of birth, address, SSN or other form of identification. 

Background check fee:

The fee for the background check is $18.50 and it is paid directly to SSCI.  SSCI is responsible for running the tests and informing IBJJF the results. Background check process may take up to 5 business days.

Disqualifications based on the background check:

A person should be disqualified and prohibited from serving as a volunteer/professor/certified Black Belt if the person has been found guilty of the following crimes:

For purposes of this policy; Guilty shall mean that a person was found guilty following a trial, entered a guilty plea, entered a no contest plea accompanied by a court finding of guilt (regardless of adjudication), or received court directed programs in lieu of conviction.

SEX OFFENSES• All Sex Offenses – Regardless of the amount of time since offense.

Examples include: child molestation, rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sodomy, prostitution, solicitation, indecent exposure, etc.FELONIES• All Felony Violence – Regardless of the amount of time since offense.

Examples include: murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated burglary, etc.

• All Felony offenses other than violence or sex within the past 10 years.

Examples include: drug offenses, theft, embezzlement, fraud, child endangerment, etc.PENDING CASES• Individuals found to have pending court cases for any of the disqualifying offenses will be disqualified. If the disposition of the pending case does not meet the criteria for the disqualification as listed above, the individual would then be cleared and reinstated.

For more info, go to ibjjf. com

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