Adult Tournament Rules

(16 yrs & up)


ADULT MATCH LENGTH


Qualifier Matches:


White belts - 8 minutes

Blue, purple, brown/black belts - 15 minutes


Finals for Blue, Purple, Brown/Black Belts: No Time Limit


Finals for White Belts: max time is 30 minutes. at the 30 minute mark it will move into the Sudden Death rule for adults.




SUBMISSION

An athlete must submit their opponent within the 15 minute time limit to win the match and advance in the bracket.




ADULT MATCH OUTCOME


**Ladies**

Sometimes we do not have enough ladies to form brackets so we do a round robin with all the ladies together and each match is 8 minutes long. Winner will be decided by the most amount of submissions at the end. This system has proven successful and very exciting in past years and is really cool because each lady gets to compete several times. Just want all the ladies to keep in mind that we might have to do this if we don’t have enough brackets.


Rules will abide by the lowest belt level in the match. For example Women's White/Blue Belt Matches will abide by White Belt Rules. Purple/Brown/Black Belt Matches will abide by Purple Belt Rules.




WHITE BELT SUBMISSIONS

- ALL GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS WILL APPLY EXCEPT:


Please note: decorated wreslers should not enter the white belt nogi division. They should enter the blue belt nogi division. If a wrestler is doing Gi, please use your best discretion on where to place them. It's generally understood that the gi game is what is new to wreslers. Therefore, if you feel the white belt gi division is best for you please feel free to enter as a white belt in the gi.


Additionally: Judo players, Sambo players and any other form of hybrid or eclectic grapplers should enter in at the blue belt level. This ensure that the white belt divisions is fair and competitve to our beginner grappling friends.

  • No Wrist lock of any kind.
  • No straight foot locks or straight ankle locks of any kind.
  • No straight knee locks, knee bars of any kind.
  • No twisting leg locks of any kind.
  • No Reaping the Knee.
  • No Twisting the Knee in an Unnatural Direction.
  • No lower extremity locks of any kind are permitted for white belts.
  • No Calf Lock of any kind.
  • No Bicep Slicer, No Calf Slicer and No Compression Locks of any kind.
  • No Electric Chair Submissions.
  • No Twister Submissions.

BLUE BELT SUBMISSIONS

- ALL GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS WILL APPLY EXCEPT:


  • Wrist locks of any kind are OK.
  • Any straight foot lock is OK.
  • Any straight ankle lock is OK.
  • Any straight leg lock or knee bar is OK.
  • NO twisting lower extremity leg locks are permitted.
  • Bicep slicers are OK.
  • Calf slicers and compression locks are OK.
  • Electric chair submissions are OK.
  • **Twister submissions are OK.

PURPLE BELT SUBMISSIONS

- ALL GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS WILL APPLY EXCEPT:


  • Purple belt rules are the same as blue belt rules EXCEPT...

  • Purple belts can do figure 4-toe hold, estima lock and other twisting foot lock variations, EXCEPT heel hooks.

  • NO heel hooks are allowed at Purple belt.




BROWN AND BLACK BELT SUBMISSIONS

- ALL GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS WILL APPLY EXCEPT:


  • Wrist locks of any kind are OK.
  • Any straight foot lock is OK.
  • Any straight ankle lock is OK
  • Any straight leg lock or knee bar is OK.
  • Twisting foot locks, leg locks, knee bars and heel hooks are OK.
  • Bicep slicers are OK.
  • Calf slicers and compression locks are OK.
  • Electric chair submissions are OK.
  • **Twister submissions are OK.


**Isn't the twister a neck crank?

It's a tricky move, so the answer is yes and no. Yes, it does crank the neck. But no, it is not a direct neck crank. Because the pressure is spread out through the entire body noone should get hurt


GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES


POINTS

There are no points or advantage points calculated for any positions or moves. There are no referee decisions! It's up to YOU to win by submitting your opponent.


UNIFORM


GI: A standard jiu-jitsu gi uniform is required. Patches on the gi are OK.
It is OK to wear rash-guards or t-shirts under the gi uniform.


NoGi: A tight/snug fitting T-shirt or Rash guard on top is required by all athletes. No bare-chested grappling is permitted. Long & loose-fitting board shorts or Gi pants on the bottom are required to be worn by all athletes. Board shorts can not have rivets, zippers or pockets where a foot, toe or finger can get caught in. Please make sure all pants have a drawstring and or another way to keep them secured at your waist during the match. Tight-fitting vale tudo shorts are NOT permitted to be worn. Underarmour style or spandex style shorts are NOT permitted to be worn.


ROLLING OR PULLING A COMPETITOR OFF OF THE MAT


*If an athlete is caught in a submission and PURPOSELY pulls their opponent or rolls off of the mat in an attempt to free themselves from the submission, they will be considered submitted and will lose the match.


**If an opponent is countering a submission and they happen to roll off of the mat but are caught in a deep and completely sunk submission (i.e. a heel hook or an armlock and the competitor being caught rolls to counter the submission and happens to end up off of the mat) the referee will reset the position in the center of the ring with the submission INTACT to the submitters liking. The referee will give the person caught in the submission the option to tap out before the match is restarted to give a verbal submission. If the competitor refuses and tap out the match will be restarted with the submission in place.


TIE (DRAW)

In case of a tie: If the qualifier match ends in a draw and no submission occurs, the match will then go into 'sudden death'. See 'sudden death rule' here!


WILD CARD RULE

At the tournament directors descretion the 'wild card' rule may be used. See 'wild card rule' here!


ALL GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS WILL APPLY

These submission attempts will result in IMMEDIATE disqualification. Please note: Although these techniques are not allowed for the safety of our competitors it is still highly recommended that competitors learn how to defend them at their school.


  • No Slamming from the Guard or Triangle Choke. When a competitor is lifted up from the ground and their head is raised above the standing competitor's waist the referee will advise the holding competitor to uncross their feet. This includes a closed triangle.

  • No Cervical Lock of any kind.
  • No Chin Whips.
  • No Knuckles to the Front of the Throat (Knuckles to the side of the neck are OK).
  • No Neck Cranks or Frontal Neck Cranks of any kind.
  • No Neck Locks of any kind.
  • No Scissors Takedown of any kind.
  • No Butt Scooting. Competitors must either take the opponent down or pull them into the guard.

***Grabbing with 4 fingers inside the sleeve of the jacket top and inside the pants are OK.


***Guard pulling is OK. Guard Jumping will NOT BE ALLOWED IN ANY DIVISION!!


The difference between Jumping Guard and Pulling Guard


Jumping Guard (Illegal Technique) - When a competitor jumps into the guard with both feet off of the ground and is expecting their opponent to "catch" them. Sometimes this is done without the competitor even holding or touching the other competitor. This technique is not allowed in any division under any circumstances!!! This is an extremely dangerous technique that will not be allowed.


Pulling Guard (Legal Technique) - Pulling guard is exactly like it sounds. You are pulling your opponent down to the ground into your guard with at least one foot on the ground. Pulling guard requires one opponent to make contact with the other. A grip must be established on either a sleeve, collar, head, gi top or any part of the competitor prior to pulling their opponent down to the ground into their guard. Sitting to the guard is not permitted. Butt scooting is not permitted. You must attempt to take your opponent to the ground or pull them to the ground. This simulates a real fight. Would you sit to your butt in a real fight?