All-Star Invitational Rules


Points: There are none.


Advantages: There are none.


Referee Decisions: There won't be any.


Saved by the bell: There is no bell!


Time Limit: There is no time limit!




How to Win: By submission only!


How to Tap Out:

(a) yell, scream or shout signifying defeat.
(b) tap out on the mat, on yourself or on your opponent.
(c) verbally say: "TAP", "MERCY", "UNCLE" or a similar phrase communicating defeat.




Here is what you CAN'T do:


  • no slamming from the guard
  • no neck cranks, cervical locks or spine locks.
  • no striking of any kind
  • no fish hooks, no biting, no hair pulling
  • no eye gouging or groin striking
  • no putting fingers into the eyes or nose of one’s opponent
  • no cursing, foul language or other immoral acts of disrespect towards the referee,
     any of the assisting staff or the spectating public.
  • no purposely fleeing or running off the mat to avoid a submission
  • **no jumping guard (guard pulling is OK)


The difference between Jumping Guard and Pulling Guard: Self-Defense Aspect


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. To keep the self-defense aspect of jiu-jitsu in the sport this technique is not 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 without holding on to your opponent is not permitted. Butt scooting is not permitted. You must attempt to take your opponent to the ground or pull them to the ground.


Also, if you take your opponent back and they stand up; you must have one hook on the outside. Both hooks are NOT permitted to stay on the inside IF your opponent stands up when you have their back. This keeps the self-defense aspect of the sport in our rules.




Here's what you CAN do:


  • all takedowns (yes, you can do the scissor leg takedown)
  • all leg locks (yes, you can heel hook...yes, you can reap the knee)
  • all armbars, shoulder locks and wrist locks
  • all compression locks and muscle presses
  • **electric chair and twister


**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. For this reason the twister IS legal.


Gi: Dress Code (Male & Female)


Constructed of cotton or similar material and in good condition. The material may not be excessively thick or hard to the point where it will obstruct the opponent.


The jacket is to be of sufficient length down to the thighs, sleeves must reach the wrist with arms extended in front of the body.


Belt, with color corresponding to rank tied around the waist with a double knot, tight enough to secure the gi closed.


Athletes are not permitted to compete with torn kimonos, sleeves or pants that are not of proper length. Tight fitting rashguards ARE allowed to be worn under the gi; but it is not required for men. Women may wear whatever they are comfortable wearing underneath their gi top as long as it is not a loose fitting garment.




No-Gi: Dress Code (Male & Female)


A tight/snug fitting Rash guard, t-shirt or dry-fit 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.


If you choose to wear gi pants, your opponent CAN grab your gi pants.

If you choose to wear grappling shorts, your opponent CANNOT grab your shorts.


Tight-fitting vale tudo shorts are NOT permitted to be worn. Underarmour style or spandex style shorts and/or spats are NOT permitted to be worn as outerwear. These items may be worn UNDERNEATH board-short style grappling shorts or gi pants.




A few more things that will NOT be tolerated:


  • Excessive “Trash Talking”
  • Sexual harassment
  • Racial or other unlawful discrimination
  • Tardiness
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct in any form
  • Drunkenness
  • Use of illegal drugs
  • Dirty clothing
  • Dirty uniforms
  • Disparaging statements in any form about: The Good Fight Tournament LLC, All-Star Invitational, its principals, directors, employees, staff, managers, agents and other representatives, any Event’s Referees, sponsors, announcers, vendors, venues, other Athletes or members of another Athlete’s team