ADCC head organizer Mo Jassim has just announced a series of improvements that he’s going to make to the current ADCC referee training program. The promotion already puts a lot of work into ensuring that their referees and judges are well-trained by comparison to most other organizations, but this is still a great move regardless. One particular aspect of the recent changes that should have a pretty big impact is that the judge’s and referee’s seminars will now be separated and focused on their specific roles in the match, rather than attempting to cover both at once.
Jassim also announced that he personally will be coming to teach a referee seminar in Southern California in January, which is no doubt welcome news for everyone attending it. After all, there can’t really be any better source on how to oversee an ADCC match than the promotion’s head organizer himself. He also revealed that he would be flying more experienced referees out to work at ADCC Open events as well, something that will probably be greatly appreciated by the athletes competing.
These are all welcome changes that will almost certainly improve the standards of both refereeing and judging at ADCC events, although in fairness this was already at a pretty consistently high level. There is always an element of human error involved with an officiating role in any sport, but ADCC are clearly making a concerted effort to keep this at a minimum. Other promotions have become notorious for referee errors and questionable decisions over the years and now that ADCC is staging more smaller events than ever before, it’s good to see that they’re working to maintain the quality they’re known for.
ADCC announced the news that they were going to make improvements to the referee and judge training program in a recent story posted to their official Instagram account: