General Rules

1) No unsportsmanlike conduct will be allowed. You may be disqualified or ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. The referees will be shown maximum respect at all times. Their decisions are final and will not be overturned.

2) No striking, biting, eye gouging (includes chin to eye), head butting, small joint manipulation (finger or toe locks), hair pulling, grabbing the windpipe, or ear pulling will be permitted.

3) No slamming allowed. Illegal slamming will be defined as slamming your opponent to escape submissions and/or to pass the guard; or standing from the guard and/or jumping from a standing position to slam your opponent. Slamming will result in an automatic DQ. There are no exceptions to this rule. Takedowns are NOT considered slams, but you must deliver your opponent safely to the mat.

4) No infectious skin diseases (such as ringworm, staph, and MRSA) or open wounds will be permitted. No lubricants, oils, or lotions of any kind will be permitted on any part of the body or clothing.

5) Competitors will be allowed to continue grappling anywhere on the matted area, provided they don’t interfere with another match. If the competitors near the edge of the mat, they will be restarted from the same position, unless the referee is unable to duplicate the position for any reason. In case the referee is unable to duplicate the position, the competitors will restart from a standing position.

6) If a competitor flees the ring when a submission is locked in and the competitor is obviously fleeing to avoid submission, he or she will be automatically disqualified.

7) Women will not be permitted to compete in Men’s divisions. Men will not be permitted to compete in Women’s divisions. Teens (13+) may compete in Men’s or Women’s divisions with permission from their parent or coach. Men over age 30 are eligible to compete in the 30+ divisions, but may also compete in the Men’s divisions.

Jiu Jitsu (Gi) Rules

1) The only submission below the waist that is legal for white, blue, and purple belts are straight ankle locks (AKA straight footlock).

2) Kneebars, figure-four toeholds, and compression locks (AKA “slicers”, “crushers”) are legal in brown and black belt divisions only.

3) Heel hooks, reaping the knee, twisting knee locks, “flying scissor” takedowns, and neck cranks are never legal in gi matches.

4) All adult competitors must compete using the rank awarded to them by their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor. Competitors will not be permitted to compete at a higher belt level than their current belt.

5) Gi grappling divisions require a clean, properly fitted Jiu Jitsu or Judo Gi. Mouthpiece and groin protection are optional, but recommended.

Submission Grappling (No Gi) Rules

1) The only submissions below the waist legal for beginner, intermediate, and 30+ divisions are straight ankle locks (AKA straight footlock) and straight kneebars.

2) Illegal techniques include. Heel Hooks, Reaping the Knee, twisting knee locks, “flying scissor” takedowns, Neck Cranks, and Standing Guillotines are not allowed. Advanced divisions are allowed to use bicep/calf slicers (crushers)

3) No grabbing of any clothing, including your own, will be permitted.

4) Anyone who is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu MUST compete in intermediate or higher, and anyone who is a purple belt or higher in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu MUST compete in the advanced division. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

5) Gis are optional for submission grappling divisions. Mouthpiece and groin protection are optional, but recommended. Shirts must be tight fitting; rashguards are recommended.

Submission Only Grappling

Submission only grappling will follow the No-Gi grappling rules, however there is no points awarded during the match. There are 3 ways a match can be won,

  1. By legal submission, competitor either taps out by physically tapping opponent, physically tapping the mat, stating the word tap or displaying pain while locked in a compromised position. The referee can stop the match based on their discretion in the interest of avoiding injury and keeping competition safe.
  2. The referee can stop any match for an illegal move, competitors who are warned more than 2 times will be disqualified and their opponent will advance. This means you are allowed 2 warnings on the third occurrence you will be disqualified. Please note if the referee feels the foul was flagrant and or intentional he/she may disqualify the competitor with no warning.
  3. In the event of a tie, the referee will decide which competitor will be awarded the win and will advance. At this time we know there are differences of opinion with an approach like this however it should be every competitors goal to win their match. Our referees are also practitioners themselves and are expected to make their best informed decision in the event of a tie.

NON-Submission Grappling (BEGINNERS ONLY)

NON-Submission Grappling also known as positional grappling will be strictly based on points scored within a match. NO SUBMISSIONS ARE ALLOWED. Opponents will compete against each other to gain advantage or dominant position. All illegal moves listed in the general rules apply. No-Gi rules and parameters will apply to all NON-Submission grappling divisions.


Skill levels are determined by time spent training in any comparable grappling art. Any wrestler with extensive experience (3 or more years in high school, or any collegiate experience) must enter at least intermediate division for No-gi grappling. If belted in Judo, Sambo, or MMA experience will apply accordingly to the belted skill levels. Skills levels that compete against each other may have some variance based on the event type, and registrants. in effort to provide all competitors with some level of competitions we may combine weight classes, and or skill levels to create an exhibition division. If there is an event where the IBJJF belt ranking is not defined at the time of registration and only defined by Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced, they belt ranking will fall into these categories as follows. 

Junior Divisions (15 & under boys and girls)

Beginner: Up to 1.5 years (white belts only).

Intermediate: 1.5 – 3 years, or grey/yellow

Advanced: Over 3 years, or orange/green belt

16-17 yrs and Adult Divisions (Men and Women)

Beginner: Up to 1.5 years (white belts only).

Intermediate: 1.5 – 3 years, or blue belt.

Advanced: Over 3 years, or purple belt and above.

30+ Men (If divisions are available at tournament)

Beginner: Up to 1.5 years (white belts only).

Intermediate: 1.5 – 3 years, or blue belt.

Advanced: Over 3 years, or purple belt and above

WE reserves the right to expand or combine divisions to accommodate competitors.


1) To gain points for a position, the competitor must show clear control for 3 seconds (including takedowns and throws).

2) Advantages are used as a tiebreaker. The referee will score advantages in the event of a near submission or score (near takedown, near guard pass, etc).

3) No Stalling: Referee will issue warnings for the 1st offense of stalling (i.e. backing out of the guard without engaging, hugging the opponent’s hips inside the guard, backing away from the opponent out of bounds, etc). A 2nd offense will result in an advantage for the staller’s opponent. A 3rd offense will result in a 2 point deduction. A 4th offense will result in a disqualification.

4) If a competitor flees the ring to avoid a takedown and it is obvious that the competitor is going to be taken down, his or her opponent will be awarded two points.

5) There are no points for reversals. It is a person’s obligation to escape a bad position (mount, rear mount, or side control). No points are

awarded for these escapes.

2 points

3 points

4 points

• Takedown or Throw • Passing the Guard • Mounted Position
• Sweep • Back Mount Hooks In
• Knee on Stomach * Back Mount Knees on Ground

(additional 4 points for putting hooks in in this position)

More General Information

Junior (ages 4-17) Weight Classes

Brackets for competitors aged 4-17 are made using the Madison Bracketing System. There are no preset weight classes for children and teens. At the end of weigh ins, the children and teens will be sorted by weight. Brackets will then be made by grouping them into sets of even numbers whenever possible, (depending on turnout) In the event of an odd number of competitors the lightest weight competitor will be awarded a “By” . Juniors will be divided by weight, experience, and age (whenever possible). Using the Madison system means children and teens will no longer cut weight since they won’t know the weight classes in advance.

Any Junior that has been awarded a blue belt (adult level) must compete in the Juvenile Advanced skill level, regardless of time training. Junior blue belts can also compete in the adult blue belt and adult intermediate or advanced no gi divisions with parental consent.

Junior division skill levels are commonly combined. We manually creates these divisions, and sorts competitors by age and weight, and then by skill to ensure that matches are safe for all competitors.

Madison Bracket system will also be used for all ADULT divisions. Competition is Single Elimination unless others wise specified. Weight Classes will be adhered to as best we can for all ADULT Divisions. However it may be necessary to combine some divisions to accommodate competitors.

Tie Breakers

In the situation of a Tie, the referee will determine the winner. This decision will not be disputed, advantages points are awarded during the match to mitigate ties, however they can happen from time to time. Referee has the final say in regards to breaking a tie.

Weigh Ins

Weigh ins will be completed prior to the start of competition depending on the event this time may vary, generally weigh ins begin around 8am and conclude at 10am the day of the event.


For events happening alongside other competition

No martial arts divisions will be held for any competitor that is competing in a grappling division. we have done our best to ensure there will be the least amount of conflict possible for competitors who are competing in multiple divisions. If you are competing in another area when your grappling divisions begins you may send a representative to check in for you. If there are other divisions with all competitors present we will try and run those divisions first.