The IBJJF is the sport’s largest competition organisation and is the only one with restrictive rules on who can compete at the highest levels with only recognized black belts being able to compete, a class that Enson Inoue is apparently not a part of. Inoue revealed the news in a post on his official instagram account, in which he explained that he was awarded with his BJJ black belt courtesy of John Lewis, a little over two whole decades ago. His journey in Jiu-Jitsu began at the age of 21, all the way back in 1988 when he began the sport alongside his brother and fellow MMA fighter, Egan Inoue.
Despite his phenomenal time spent in the sport and his appearance in the very first ADCC Superfight, where he took on the organisation’s first ever double champion Mario Sperry for the title. That’s entirely separate from his lengthy MMA career of course, as Inoue is one of a small group of legends of Japanese MMA and was competing as early as 1995. Despite being born in Hawaii, Inoue only had one fight for the UFC where he won via Armbar and spent the majority of the rest of his career fighting under PRIDE or Shooto’s banner.
Enson Inoue explained in later posts that his main motivation behind seeking recognition from the IBJJF as a black belt, was purely so that his students could compete under his own banner and represent Purebred BJJ at any competition. The good news is that they can still compete thanks to an affiliation that his team have with BJJ United, although every coach would be unhappy to find that his students aren’t able to represent him personally of course.
Inoue isn’t the only person to suffer from the IBJJF’s overly restrictive rules either as the organisation has refused to recognize Dean Lister’s black belt and has completely banned the BJJ Globetrotters organization from being represented at any tournaments.
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I got my black belt from John Lewis in 1999 and I was never concerned about putting on my degrees but it was brought to my attention that I need to be certified by the IBJJF in order to be able to have my school, Purebred registered as an official team. So I contacted the Japanese IBJJF and after waiting for over a year they told me that the main office will not acknowledge it. I got my black belt in 1999 so I am suppose to be a 5th degree. I don’t understand why they won’t acknowledge it. It’s just a bummer that I can’t register Purebred as an official gym of the IBJJF. Thank you Nakai Yuki and Naoya Uematsu for trying to help me. What’s up IBJJF? With that said, I’m not worried. I never actually cared about putting on stripes or framing a certificate. I have an awesome affiliate in @bjj_united that Purebred can compete under. Just unfortunate the Purebred banner can’t be flown respectfully . Sorry @purebredbjjguam, @purebredfukuoka @purebredfightfitness @fisticuffs_lg I tried. #ibjjf 1999年にジョーンルイスからBJJ黒帯貰いました。私は学位を取得することを心配していませんでしたが私の学校である純血種を公式チームとして登録するには、IBJJFの認定を受ける必要があることに気づきました。 それで私は日本のIBJJFに連絡し、1年以上待った後彼らは、本社は私の黒帯を認めないと私に言った。 私は1999年に黒帯を手に入れたので、5だんになると思います。彼らが私の黒帯を認めない理由がわかりません。純血種をIBJJFの公式ジムとして登録できないのは残念です。中井祐樹と植松直哉に助けてくれてありがとう。IBJJFどうしたの？ そうは言っても、私は心配していません。 私は実際に縞模様を付けたり、証明書を組み立てたりすることを気にしませんでした。私は@bjj_unitedに、純血種が競争できる素晴らしいアフィリエイトを持っています。残念ながら、ピュアブレードのバナーは丁重に飛ばすことができません。 申し訳ありませんが@ purebredbjjguam、@ purebredfukuoka @ purebredfightfitness @ fisticuffs_lg試してみました。 #ibjjf