The answer to that question, in my opinion, is "No", but the rules sure make it seem that way.
I am off now to teach judo to sixth, seventh and eighth-graders. For many, this will be their second judo class. For others, they may have had a whole 20-30 classes. Not even credible yellow belt level, most of them.
Today, I'm teaching defending from the bottom, including a cross choke and an arm bar.
In judo, no one is allowed to do arm bars until brown belt, in some tournaments not until black belt. They aren't allowed to do arm bars until they are 17, in the U.S.
They aren't allowed to choke until 13.
Supposedly, the reason is that the US is such a litigious society (that means we like to sue people). For some reason, jiu jitsu, grappling and mixed martial arts in the same society manage to allow arm bars and chokes and no one gets sued, terribly injured or dies. This is the same society where kids play football for hours in hundred degree heat and occasionally one of them DOES die.
I have even taught as a guest instructor at clubs where they were perturbed that I taught their novice ADULTS to choke.
I just don't understand it. I really don't.
Why are judo players supposedly so much more delicate than people in other jiu jitsu, grappling and MMA?