People get very emotional about Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It is natural when you care about something so much. Anyone who has been to a Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament can attest to how passionate the crowd is. Everyone has someone they are rooting for out there on the mats. Even if you don’t know one of the competitors, maybe you want one or the other to win because it affects your team’s chances for success that day.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu referees are just like the rest of us: they have friends on multiple BJJ teams, and they likely have trained with someone who knows someone in the match they are watching over. But by definition a referee is supposed to be absolutely neutral in their work. They can show no preference to one BJJ competitor over the other.
What do you think? In your experience is the average BJJ referee biased or neutral? Don’t base your response on one bad experience!
Thanks to RG, one of the Mighty 600,000 for suggesting this week’s poll!