Event Rules

Our matches follow the IBJJF competition rule-set, both for adults and kids.

CLICK HERE to access  the Rule Book and familiarise yourself with the rule set.

CLICK HERE to access the 'Technical Fouls and Illegal Moves' details.


4 to 15 year old (Mighty Mite / Pee Wee / Juniors / Teen) Compete in a ROUND ROBIN format.

16 year old and up - Compete in a a SINGLE ELIMINATION format.

4 to 15 year old (Mighty Mite / Pee Wee / Juniors / Teen) Have a Novice (White belt Only) Division. All other belts will be mixed.

4 to 9 year old (Mighty Mite / Pee Wee) Might have mixed-gender brackets, depends on number of competitors.


- Each team has 5 competitors. Team leader can source fighters from other clubs or academies.

- IBJJF rules. Matches can only be won by submissions or disqualification.

- Winner stays. Winner of the match stays on to face the next opponent. Please see video CLICK HERE.

- Draw: if there's no submission, match will end in a draw and will be considered as a loss for both competitors.

- Maximum total weight of the 5 competitors in each team is 430kg.

- Standard matches duration is 6 minutes.

- If the weight difference between the competitors is 20kg or greater, match duration is 3 minutes.

- 1 minute rest between matches.


Each event we have absolute weight brackets with cash prizes for the winners.

*We need a minimum of 6 registered competitors to run the Absolute brackets. If we don't have the minimum numbers, we will refund the competitors who have already up, and cancel the bracket. 

Uniform Requirements

Our uniform requirements are also the same requirements as for the IBJJF events, with the exception of colours. We accept any uniform colour both for Gi and No-Gi.

Please follow THIS LINK to learn and understand Uniform Requirements for our events.



All competitors are required to be exactly on, or under, the weight limit of the division they are registered in.

Weights in: The drop-down box are represented as a net with the appropriate Gi or No Gi allowance included. e.g. the 69kg Gi weight category means a combined net weight (including Gi) of under 69kg.

WARNING: Competitors have to weigh-in with their uniform on; for gi divisions weighing in with Gi and Belt on. Competitors weighing-in over their bracket weight limit will be disqualified and won't be able to compete. There are no division changes on competition day.

Missing weight affects our brackets and risks delaying our scheduled divisions. It is the responsibility of the parent to check the competitor list prior to registrations deadline and ensure their child is in the correct division. 

Registration details including weight category, can be edited until the last day of registrations by clicking the 'Edit' option on your the event link, on your Smoothcomp profile page.

Please make sure you are registered in the correct weight division prior to registrations deadline.


Age Divisions & Match Duration

CLICK HERE to find your age group and match duration for each age group.

Mixed Genders (Kids)

We allow mixed gender brackets for kids aged 4yo to 9yo (Mighty Mite and Pee Wee).

Male and Female of all other age groups will be in separate brackets.


Competitors shall display excellent hygiene standards. Nails should be trimmed and kept short. Long hair should be tied up. Competitors with skin disorders will be referred to the event medical staff to have the final say whether they compete or not. Protectors - there will be no allowances for head/ear protectors, ankle/feet protectors, knee/elbow braces/protectors and no groin guards. Tapes are allowed. No jewellery to be worn and no hair pins.

Brackets & Divisions (merging)

BJJAO holds the right to move competitors from the original bracket / division they have registered in, to another bracket / division.


Competitors are initially grouped strictly by age. If there are not enough competitors of the same age, the competitor will be placed in a age division no greater than 1 year above their own. Divisions can vary based on attendance. For example, Age divisions can be grouped by 1 year: 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, etc.

Round Robin: kids brackets of 3 and 4 competitors will be set as a true Round Robin format. Brackets of 5 competitors or more will be split into 2 pools of round robin brackets and winners of each pool will verse each other for 1st and 2nd place.

Kids brackets of 2 competitors are of Best Of Three format, where the two competitors will fight each other 2 or 3 times to decide the winner.

If there are not enough competitors of the same division, the competitor could be placed in a belt division no greater than 1 rank difference of their own. This is most common with orange and yellow belts being combined when there are not enough competitors in their divisions.

We allow mixed gender brackets for kids aged 4yo to 9yo (Mighty Mite and Pee Wee).

Genders will be separated in older kids brackets.


The fighter and/or their guardian (if under 18yrs) acknowledges and agrees that the fighter shall be responsible to obtain all or any insurance for loss and/or medical, hospital, life, income protection, personal, property, or any other risk or damage that the fighter may cause or suffer, (whether directly or indirectly) and the fighter covenants that he acknowledges that any failure by the fighter to fully insure himself against any accident, damage, injury, loss, whatsoever, howsoever arising shall be solely at the risk of the fighter.

And the fighter and/or their guardian (if under 18yrs) hereby indemnifies the BJJAO against all and any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the fighter’s involvement in the event or contest. Furthermore, the fighter shall make themselves available at BJJAO's discretion to undergo pre and post-fight medical examinations, including drug testing, by duly qualified personnel on the day of the event, at the BJJAO’s discretion and shall participate in the event solely at the BJJAO’s discretion, dependent upon the interpretation of the results of those tests at the sole discretion of the BJJAO.


Competitors may only receive their medals whilst standing on the podium with the other competitors who placed in their division. If a competitor does not do this they will not receive their medal at a later date and this action may also cause a disciplinary result, potentially banning a competitor from competing in other divisions at the same tournament - due to bad sportsmanship. Competitors that are eligible for a gift, prize, T-shirt or other awards must collect them on the day of the competition. If they are not collected on the day of the tournament, the competitor is forfeiting their right to all gifts, prizes, T-shirts or other awards.


Any competitor that decides to withdraw from the competition prior to the Last Registration deadline, may receive 50% of their fee refunded. Competitors seeking the 50% fee re-compensation must alert the event organisers by email addressed to No entries will be transferred or credited. There are no refunds or credits for this event, no exceptions. You will not be entitled to a refund or credit, regardless of whether or not you participate. By paying for your registration you will be put into a bracket and be called to compete on the day of competition. You will lose your first match by disqualification if you do not show up for your match, do not make the minimum qualification for that bracket, or have an injury or other medical condition that will not allow you to compete. This also includes single fighter categories when you are unable to be merged into another division, or your opponent/s have withdrawn from your division. This also includes divisions where all other opponents withdraw, are disqualified or absent and only one competitor remains. In this instance, the single competitor will gain points to be recognised, as well as team points, and be awarded the Gold Medal on the podium, and declared the winner.


Registrants and competitors can change their division manually through their Smoothcomp profile. This can and must be done before registrations close. Competitors who are from the same team that may be matched or merged, once registration has closed will not be eligible for a refund and will be unable to have their division changed. If competitors in this situation do not compete they will be disqualified and will not receive medals, ranking & team points as well as any gifts or awards associated with that division.