ARTICLE 1 – DIVISIONS AND REGULATION MATCH DURATIONS

  1. The age or weight division to which an athlete belongs is determined by the age or weight class the athlete is or will be on the year of a given event.
  2. There is no maximum age for the adult divisions, but there is a minimum age.
  3. The divisions shall abide by the age limits and regulation match durations described in the table below.

Ages                                                   Match Time

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 7                                                                        04 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 8                                                                        04 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 9                                                                        04 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 10                                                                      04 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 11                                                                       04 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 12                                                                       04 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 13                                                                       04 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 14                                                                       04 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 15                                                                       05 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 16                                                                       05 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) = 17                                                                        05 minutes

(Current Year) - (Birth Year) ≥ 18

White Belt 06 minutes

Blue Belt 06 minutes

Purple Belt 07 minutes

Brown Belt 09 minutes  

Black Belt 10 minutes  

 

ARTICLE 2 – BRACKETS

  1. The athletes in each division shall be sorted into brackets by age or weight class.
  2. The brackets will serve as a open bracket system, where only the losing athlete in quarter final is deem a worthy competitor and will be placed in the repechage bracket with the other quarter final and semi final losing athletes to determine who will place 3rd in that division. 
  3. The brackets will be broken up into pools as according to age or weight class or both (in the cases involving kids divisions).
  4. The heaviest athletes will be placed in pool A followed by the next heaviest group and so on and so forth until the brackets are filled. 
  5. Weight classes are describe in Article 13.1. 

ARTICLE 2.1 - Disqualification in semifinals and final

Semifinals

  1.  When both athletes in a semifinal match are disqualified via technical penalty, the referees will choose which of the semifinalists will go through to the finals and which one will go to the repechage. 
  2.  When both athletes in a semifinal match are disqualified via disciplinary penalty shall be disqualified from the event and forfeit rights to scholarship or prize money. 
  3. When all four athletes in both division semifinals are disqualified via technical penalty,  the referees will choose which of the semifinalists will go through to the finals and which ones will go to the repechage. 
  4.  When all four athletes in both division semifinals are disqualified via disciplinary penalty, the four athletes shall be disqualified from the event and forfeit rights to scholarship or prize money. In this case the repechage will act like the finals.
  5.  When an athlete in a semi-final is disqualified before participating in a match, the semifinalist on the same side of the bracket will automatically advance to the finals.

Finals

  1.  When both athletes in a final match are disqualified via technical penalty, the referees will choose which athlete is the winner and second place finisher of the final.
  2.  When just one of the athletes in a final match is disqualified by disciplinary penalty, that athlete will forfeit scholarship or prize money and no second place winner will be announced.  
  3. When both athletes in a final match are disqualified via disciplinary penalty, the athletes will forfeit scholarship or prize money and no winner and no second place finisher will be announced. 

ARTICLE 2.2 - General Cases

  1. Any cases not spell out in the rules set, must be brought to the event director for review and final decision. 

ARTICLE 3 – Scholarship and Prize Money

  1. The three top-placed athletes in each division shall receive medals and scholarship/prize money on the event’s official winners’ podium.
  2. For all events, the awards shall adhere to the following norms:
  3. The champion shall receive a gold medal and 1st place scholarship/prize money.
  4.  The runner-up shall receive a silver medal and 2nd place scholarship/prize money.  
  5. The third-place athletes shall receive one bronze medal scholarship/prize money.
  6. The prizes shall be awarded according to the results proclaimed by the referees. Exchanging placement at the moment prizes are awarded is expressly forbidden.
  7. To participate in the awards ceremony, the athlete should be wearing exclusively a gi permitted for use in the gi event or the official  no-gi uniform event.
  8. Accessories foreign to the practice of the sport are prohibited.

ARTICLE 4 – REGISTRATION

  1. The teacher responsible for each academy or association of academies has sovereign power over the registration of the athletes representing his/her academy or association of academies – and is authorized to make changes to the lineup and add or exclude athletes in all divisions.
  2. Registration for each championship shall adhere to a timetable widely publicized by The Eternal Cup Series, and all deadlines must be enforced.
  3. The athlete who is a black belt in judo, or has proven experience* in wrestling, Olympic wrestling or Greco-Roman wrestling at the collegiate level, or has fought MMA both professionally or at the amateur level, can not participate in any league as a white belt. Anyone who does not declare that he/she have or have participated in the above mention and fight in the white division will be given a life time ban in participating in any Eternal Cup Series event. If the athlete is not sure about eligibility, please declare the athlete's activities and the event committee will decide which division the athlete will be placed and the athlete will be notified of placement. 
  4. Athletes who do not meet the requirements put forth in tour guidelines may be disqualified at any moment prior to, during or following the competition.
  5. The athlete may only compete as the belt they are registered under with The Eternal Cup Series. If the athlete is promoted by his/her teacher before the event he/she cannot compete in the current belt nor the previous one. Failure to disclose promotions before event beginning will result in disqualification from the event and a life time ban in participating in any Eternal Cup Series events. 
  6. If the athlete has registered for Eternal Cup Series event and is promoted before that event, it is the responsibility of the athlete to notify Eternal Cup Series of that promotion so that the athlete can be moved to the proper division.   
  7. Once an athlete’s gradation occurs, he/she can not compete in his or her previous belt anymore.

ARTICLE 5 – RULES OF CONDUCT ATHLETE AND ADMINISTRATIVE PUNISHMENTS

  1. Athlete are not to removes any part of the uniform or kimono when inside the competition area. If the athlete does, then that athlete will forfeit the match and/or scholarship/prize money.
  2.  Athlete are not to jump over the barriers that separate the competition area and the public area before the winner is announced. If the athlete does, then that athlete will forfeit the match and/or scholarship/prize money.
  3.  Athlete must wear shoes and cannot walks barefoot within the competition area or in other areas where it is required to wear shoes. If the athlete does, then that athlete will forfeit the match and/or scholarship/prize money.

ARTICLE 6 – FURTHER PROVISIONS

  1. It is strictly forbidden for anyone from the organizing committee, performing any official function at a championship, to issue instructions to an athlete in the competition area.
  2. It is strictly forbidden for anyone not part of the event’s organizing committee to speak with the table officials.

ARTICLE 7 – COMPETITION AREA

  1. The competition area shall be composed of one or more match areas, score tables, a warm-up area, a weigh-in area, a center table, and an awards area.
  2. Match areas are composed of a combat area and an outlying safety area distinguished from each other by different colors.
  3. The minimum size of a match area is 64m squared , with 36m squared comprising the combat area and 28m squared comprising the safety area surrounding the combat area.
  4. The maximum size of a match area is 100m squared , with 64m squared comprising the combat area and 36m squared comprising the safety area surrounding the combat area.

ARTICLE 7.1 - Score-keeping tables

  1. Shall be composed of one table and one or two chairs, placed in front of each match area.
  2. Each table should clearly display the number of the corresponding match area and contain two scoreboards and one clock. In special cases, an electronic scoreboard may be used in place of the manual scoreboards and clock.
  3. The scoreboard is to be configured as follows: 4 points will be awarded for mount and back mount position, 3 points will be awarded for guard pass and take down, 2 points will be awarded for sweeps and knee on belly, -1 will be awarded for penalties.

ARTICLE 7.2 - Warm up Area

  1. A cordoned-off area adjacent to the competition area, exclusively for athlete and coaches use only.
  2. The championship organizing committee shall summon the athletes of each division to the warm-up area as pre-determined by the event timetable.
  3. It is at this location and only at this location that Ring Coordinators will direct athletes to the match areas.
  4. It is up to the event organizing committee whether a scale will be provided in the warm-up area for athletes to check their weight prior to the official weigh-in.

ARTICLE 7.3 - Weigh in and Gi Inspection Area

  1. Athletes’ gis shall undergo an inspection for size, patch placement, hygiene, belt, and overall condition.
  2. The weigh-in area should include at least one scale with which to determine athlete weight.

ARTICLE 7.3.1 - Gis and uniforms

  1. Gis should be tailored using cotton or cotton-like fabric. The fabric should not be so thick or hard as to impede an opponent from gripping it. For juvenile and adult a gi fashioned from woven fabric is mandatory.
  2. It is permitted to wear kimono with EVA or similar material inside the collar, if the measures of size and rigidity regulations provided in this Rules Book are followed.
  3. The GI should be completely white, royal blue or black. No gi will be accepted with different colored jackets or pants nor will we allow the use of GI’s with different colored collars. It is not allowed for athlete’s to wear shirts beneath their gi except for females.
  4. In the female divisions, it is mandatory for the use of a stretchy or elastic shirt that hugs the body beneath the gi; It can be short or long sleeved, without the necessity to follow the color requirements. It is also permitted for athlete’s to use a one piece swim garment or gymnastics top.
  5. In any divisions (men,women, and kids), the event’s organizers demand that athletes have two gis of different colors (one royal blue or black and the other white), in order to distinguish between the two athletes in a match.
  6. Gis may not exhibit mending or tears, be wet or dirty or emanate unpleasant odors.
  7. The gi top should reach the athlete’s thigh and the sleeves should come to no more than 5 cm from the athlete’s wrist when the arm is extended straight parallel to the ground.
  8. Gi pants should reach no more than 5 cm above the tibial malleolus (ankle bone). For male divisions, wearing pants of any kind under the GI pants is prohibited. For female divisions, it is permitted for the use of elastic fabric pants (that clings to the body) under the gi pants, as long as they are shorter than the gi pants.
  9. Athletes should use a durable, 4- to 5-cm-wide belt colored according to the athlete’s rank, with a black tip – except for black belts, where the tip should be white or red. The belt should be worn over the top, wrap around the waist twice, and be tied using a double knot tight enough to hold the gi top closed. Once tied in a double knot, each end of the belt should hang 20 to 30 cm in length.
  10. Painted gis are forbidden, unless the paint is designed in the form of an academy or sponsor logo – and only on regions of the gi where patches are permitted. Even in cases where they are permitted, the athlete will be obliged to change gis should the paint mark the gi of the opponent.
  11. Prior to weighing in, an official gi inspector will check to make sure gi measurements comply with the official measurements stipulated by The Eternal Cup Series.
  12. The inspection will verify whether the following official measurements are met: maximum gi collar thickness (1.3 cm), maximum width of gi collar (5 cm), minimum opening of sleeve at full extension (7 cm).
  13.  Athletes have the right to 2 (two) follow-up gi-measurement inspections, should they fail to pass the first inspection.
  14. •The gi-measurement inspector will also verify the overall state of the athlete’s belt.
  15. The measuring stick used will be of the regulation measurements below: 
  16. Total length of measuring stick: 15.0 cm
  17. Measuring stick width: 3.5 cm
  18. Gi lapel width: 5.0 cm
  19. Gi lapel thickness: 1.3 cm  
  20. Gi sleeve opening at full extension: 7.0 cm
  21. After weighing in, athletes may not change their gis for their first match, under penalty of disqualification.
  22.  Following the first match, athletes may request of the Ring Coordinator permission to change gis. The new gi will undergo a new measurement inspection.
  23. Athletes will be subject to disqualification should they not undergo a measurement inspection of their new gi prior to the first match wearing the new gi.

ARTICLE 7.3.2 - For Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi, athletes

Men

  1. Shorts must be white or black and containing up to 50% of the athlete’s rank color according to the corresponding belt division. The shorts should contain no pockets (or have them completely sewn shut), no buttons, no snaps nor any plastic or metal piece that presents risk of injury to the opponent. The length of the shorts should be longer than mid thigh but no lower than the knee.
  2. Shirts must be elastic should hug the body and long enough to cover the waistline of the shorts. It should be white or black  contain at least 10% of the athlete’s rank color according to the corresponding belt division. Shirts that are 100% of the athlete’s rank color are also acceptable.

Women

  1. Shorts or pants made of elastic fabric (should hug the body) that are white or black and contain up to 50% of the athlete’s rank color according to the corresponding belt division. Shorts should contain no pockets (or have them completely sewn shut), no buttons, no snaps nor any plastic or metal piece that presents risk of injury to the opponent. The length of the shorts should be longer than mid thigh but no lower than the knee.
  2. Shirts must be elastic (should hug the body) and long enough to cover the waistline of the shorts. It should white or black and contain at least 10% of the athlete’s rank color according to the corresponding belt division. Shirts that are 100% of the athlete’s rank color are also acceptable.

ARTICLE 7.4 - Hygiene

  1. Athletes’ finger and toe nails should be trimmed and short.
  2. Long hair should be tied up so as not to cause opponents any discomfort.
  3. Athletes will be disqualified if they are wearing hair dye that stains their opponents’ gi during a match.
  4. Athletes should use footwear up to the match area and wherever their use is permitted.
  5. Following weigh in, the gi Inspector should check athletes for any skin conditions.
  6. Athletes presenting skin lesions noticed by the inspector shall be directed to the event’s medical area.
  7. Athletes should present a statement from a doctor declaring the lesion not contagious and not harmful to other competitors. If the athlete does not self identify him or her self as having such condition and does not have statement from a doctor declaring the lesion not to be contagious and not harmful to other competitors, then the athlete will be disqualified from the event.
  8. For the organizers of the event, the event medic has the final say on whether to allow an athlete to compete or not.

ARTICLE 7.5 - Advance  Requirements

  1. Each athlete shall only mount the official scale of the event to have his/her weight taken once.
  2. Athletes are allowed to weigh in without knee or elbow braces, but they will have to be wearing them at the time of the gi inspection.
  3. The athlete cannot step on the scale with shoes or any item besides his/her regular uniform and equipment permitted for use during matches.
  4. Patches and embroiders can only be affixed in authorized regions of the gi.  They should be of cotton fabric and properly seamed. All patches unseamed or in unauthorized regions of the gi will be removed by the gi inspectors.
  5. Prohibitions regarding patches and text present on uniform:
  6. No patches or text (embroidered or handwritten) will be allowed that contain phrases, symbols or slogans found offensive to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, religion and/or political ideologies.
  7. No patches or text (embroidered or handwritten) will be allowed that contain phrases, symbols or slogans that promote violence, vandalism, sexual acts, drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco.
  8. Permitted: a gi brand tag in the front lower part of the pants (according to illustration). The tag must be made of a thin fabric (not embroided) and be at most 36 cm squared.
  9. Use of any foot gear, head gear, hair pins, jewelry, cups (genital protectors), or any other protector fashioned of hard material that may cause harm to an opponent or the athlete him/herself is forbidden. Also forbidden is the use of eyes protectors, even if they are made for sports practices.
  10. In the female divisions, the athlete will be permitted to cover their heads.
  11. The Head Cover must follow these requirements:
  12. Must be fixed and made with elastic fabric(or have elastics at the borders).
  13. Be made without any kind of plastic or hard materials.
  14. Be made with no strings of any kind.
  15. Be clear of any inscription or logo.
  16. Must be completely in Black color.
  17.  It is also allowed for the use of a head covering in addition to a shirt, as described in the female uniform section. The head covering must be made of elastic material, must be fully black in color and cover the neck, ears and hair. Only the face must remain fully visible.
  18. The use of joint protectors (knee, elbow braces, etc.) that increase body volume to the point of making it harder for an opponent to grip the gi are also forbidden.
  19. It is mandatory that athletes wear undergarments for all competitions, regardless if it is a gi or no-gi event. The undergarment should be “brief-type” only. If it is discovered that this rule has been violated the athlete will be disqualified from the event.

 

ARTICLE 7.6 - Center Table

  1. To be placed at a location central to all match areas. From there the brackets will be distributed to Ring Coordinators and results diagrams will be drawn up in order to award athletes their medals and scholarship/prize money.

ARTICLE 7.7 - Podium

  1. To be composed of three levels: the highest level for first-place athletes; the second highest (on the right of first-place) for second-place athletes; and the lowest (on the left of the first-place) for third-place athletes.

ARTICLE 8 -  STAFF AND THEIR DUTIES

  1. General Director of Competition: oversees the overall competition and makes final decisions regarding any issues pertaining to event organization and progress.
  2. Ring Coordinator Supervisor: oversees all the work performed by Ring Coordinators, making sure they are properly keeping up with bracket progression. They help the center table to distribute, collect and match brackets.
  3. General Director of Refereeing: selects referees and rotates them throughout the event. He/she guides and issues a technical evaluation of the referees at the end of each competition day.
  4. Center Table Coordinator: distributes the brackets, conveys results to the center table, and is responsible for registration control and bracket planning for the absolute division.
  5. Referee: judges each match.
  6. Ring Coordinator: receives the brackets from the center table, summons the athletes to the warm-up area, checks their IDs, ushers them to the gi measurer, weighs them before first match, directs them to the match area, and following the match records the result in the bracket. After a bracket has come to a close, he/she returns the bracket to the center table.
  7. Table Official: records the points, advantages and penalties signaled by the referee on the scoreboard, keeps match time, and announces the end of the match using a whistle.
  8. Gi Inspector: inspects each athlete’s gi to be sure they meet the specifications in size, hygiene, appearance, patch positioning and overall condition.
  9. Awards Team: calls the medalists to the podium and delivers medals and scholarship/prize money to the medalists from each division.
  10. Announcer: announces the divisions over the loudspeaker and makes miscellaneous announcements throughout the competition.

ARTICLE 9 - POINT SCORING

  1. Points shall be awarded by the central referee of a match whenever an athlete stabilizes a position for 3 seconds.
  2. When the proper defensive counter for a submission hold results in exiting the match area, the referee shall signal 2 points be awarded to the athlete applying the submission hold.
  3. Matches should unfold as a progression of positions of technical control that ultimately result in a submission hold. Therefore athletes who voluntarily relinquish a position, in order to again score points using the same position for which points have already been awarded, shall not be awarded points upon achieving the position anew.
  4. Athletes who arrive at a point-scoring position while caught in a submission hold shall only be awarded points once they have freed themselves from the attack and stabilized the position for 3 seconds.
  5. When one athlete comes to point-scoring positions but only gets out of the submission in hold without staying in these positions, he/she will not receive any advantage for that positions.
  6. Athletes who, in defending a sweep, return their opponent back-down or sideways on the ground shall not be awarded the take down-related three points or advantage point.
  7. Athletes defending standing back-control, where the opponent has one or two hooks in place and doesn’t have one foot on the mat, shall not be awarded the take down-related three points or advantage point, even after he/she stabilizes the position for 3 seconds.
  8. Athletes who begin a take down movement before the opponent pulls guard shall be awarded two points or an advantage point for the move, respecting the Take down rules.
  9. Athletes who begin a take down movement before the opponent pulls guard shall be awarded three points or an advantage point for the move, respecting the take down rules.
  10. If the opponent pulls closed guard and remains suspended in the air, the athlete will have to put the opponent’s back on the ground within 3 seconds and stabilize the top position for 3 seconds to be awarded with take down points.
  11. Athletes shall be awarded cumulative points when they progress through a number of point-scoring positions, as long as the three-second positional control from the final point-scoring position is a continuation of the positional control from the point-scoring positions from earlier in the sequence. In this case, the referee shall count only 3 seconds of control at the end of the sequence before signaling the points be scored.
  12. In the case of the mount, when there is a transition straight from back mount to mount or Vice-versa—for being distinct positions—athletes shall be awarded four points for the first mount and another four points for the subsequent mount, so long as the three-second stabilization period was achieved in each position.

ARTICLE 9.1 - POINT-SCORING POSITIONS

  1. Take down 3 points
  2. When an athlete forces his/her opponent back-down, sideways or into a seated position on the ground after standing on two feet at some point during the movement, and keeps the fight on the ground and himself/herself in the top position for 3 seconds.
  3. When an athlete forces his/her opponent to the ground on all fours or belly-down, points shall only be awarded once the athlete performing the take down has established a back clinch on his/her opponent—hooks need not be in place but at least one of the opponent’s knees must be maintained on the ground for 3 seconds.
  4. If an athlete forces his or her opponent to the ground in the outlying safety area, the athlete performing the take down should have both feet within the match area when the movement begins. In this case, if the athletes land in a stabilized position, the referee will only stop the match after 3 seconds of stabilization in the position. Then the referee will score the points and restart the match at the center of the match area. The athletes will be placed in the same position they were in when the match was stopped.
  5. When the opponent has one or two knees on the ground, the athlete performing the take down will only be awarded points if he/she is standing at the moment the take down is carried out. 
  6. When the athlete forces his/her opponent to the ground using a single or double-leg take down and the opponent lands seated and successfully applies a counter-take down (another take down), only the athlete performing the counter-take down shall be awarded the three points when he/she can stabilize this position for 3 seconds.
  7. • For any take down technique where the athlete, delivering his/her opponent back-down or sideways on the ground, lands in guard or half-guard and immediately suffers a successful sweep by the opponent, he/she shall be awarded an advantage relating to the take down and his/her opponent shall be awarded the three points from the sweep.
  8. Athletes who initiate a take down movement after the opponent has pulled guard shall not be awarded the three points or advantage point relating to the move.

ARTICLE 9.2 - Guard Pass

  1. Guard Pass 3 points.
  2. When the athlete in top position manages to surmount the legs of the opponent in bottom position (pass guard or halfguard) and maintain side-control or north-south position over him/her for 3 seconds.
  3. Guard is defined by the use of one or more legs to block the opponent from reaching side-control or north-south position over the athlete on bottom.
  4. Half-guard is the guard where the athlete on bottom is lying on his/her back or side and has one of the top-positioned athlete’s legs trapped, blocking him/her from achieving side- or north-south control over the bottom-positioned athlete for 3 seconds.

ARTICLE 9.3 - Knee on Belly

  1. Knee on Belly 2 points.
  2. When the athlete on top maintaining side-control places a knee on the belly, chest or ribs of his/her opponent – who is on bottom with their back or side on the ground –, maintaining his/her other leg extended diagonally away from the opponent and his/her foot (not knee) on the ground, body facing the opponent’s head (not legs), and thus remains for 3 (three) seconds.

ARTICLE 9.4 - Mount and Back Mount

  1. Mount and Back Mount 4 points.
  2. When the athlete is on top, clear of the half-guard, sitting on the opponent’s torso and with two knees or one foot and one knee on the ground, facing the opponent’s head and with up to one arm trapped under his/her leg – and thus remains for 3 three seconds.
  3. Should the athlete have one of the opponent’s arms trapped under his/her leg, he/she shall only be awarded points for the mount if the leg trapping the arm does not extend beyond the opponent’s shoulder.
  4. When the athlete lands on top with a triangle fastened around the opponent on bottom, no points shall be awarded for the mount.
  5. When the athlete takes control of the opponent’s back, placing his/her heels between the opponent’s thighs without crossing his/her legs and in a position to trap up to one of the opponent’s arms without trapping the arm above the shoulder line – and thus remains for 3 seconds.

ARTICLE 9.5- Sweep

  1. Sweep 2 points
  2. When the athlete on bottom with the opponent in his/her guard or half-guard inverts the position, forcing the opponent who was on top to be on bottom – and maintains him/her in this position for 3 seconds.
  3. When the athlete on bottom with the opponent in his/her guard or half-guard inverts the position and the opponent turns his/her back on all fours and the athlete who initiated the reversal establishes a back clinch over opponent’s back – without needing to place hooks but maintaining the opponent with at least one knee on the ground for 3 seconds.
  4. When the athlete on bottom with the opponent in his/her guard or half-guard gets to his/her feet , puts the opponent down and maintains the grips necessary to hold the opponent in bottom position for 3 seconds.

ARTICLE 10 – ADVANTAGES

  1. An advantage-point is counted when an athlete achieves a point-scoring pass position requiring 3 seconds of control but is unable to maintain control for the entire duration.
  2. An advantage is counted when the move to a point-scoring pass position is incomplete. The referee should assess whether the opponent was in any real danger and if the athlete clearly came close to reaching the point-scoring pass position.
  3. he athlete shall be awarded an advantage-point when he/she attempts a submission hold where the opponent is in real danger of submitting. Again, it is the referee’s duty to assess how close the submission hold came to fruition.
  4. An advantage point may be awarded by the referee even after a match has run its course but before announcing the result.
  5. The referee may only award an advantage point once there is no longer a chance of the athlete reaching a point-scoring position.
  6. An athlete who reaches one or multiple point-scoring positions, but is under attack from a submission hold by his/her opponent, shall be awarded with a single advantage point if he/she does not escape the attack by the end of the match.
  7. Advantage from take down:
  8. When an athlete achieves a take down and his/her opponent lands back-down, sideways or in sitting position on the ground without stabilizing the position for 3 seconds.
  9. When an athlete, in attempting a single-leg take down, traps one of the opponent’s legs and causes the opponent to exit the match area to avoid being taken down and oblige the referee to interrupt the match.
  10. Advantage from Guard Pass:
  11. When the athlete attempts to guard pass and makes his or her opponent turn their back upwards and get on all fours to prevent the guard pass.
  12. When the athlete achieves half-guard position, with exception to reverse half-guard.
  13. Advantage from knee on belly:
  14. When an athlete places a knee on his/her opponent’s belly but only places the knee and not foot of his/her other leg on the ground.
  15. Advantage from the Mount:
  16. When the athlete on top and free of guard or half-guard tries to sit on the opponent’s torso and keeps two knees or one foot and one knee on the ground while facing the opponent’s head but with both the opponent’s arms trapped under his/her legs.
  17. Advantage from Back Control:
  18. When an athlete mounts his/her opponent’s back and places his/her heels between the opponent’s thighs but traps both the opponent’s arms.
  19. When an athlete mounts his/her opponent’s back but crosses his/her legs, fastens a figure-four around the waist or only places one heel between the opponent’s thighs.
  20. Advantage from Sweep:
  21. When, upon clearly causing the opponent to lose his/her balance, an athlete attempts to complete the sweep movement and forces the opponent out of the match area.
  22. When an athlete attempts a sweep from closed guard, takes down the opponent, and opens guard in an attempt to achieve top position but is unable to complete the sweep movement.
  23. When both athletes pull guard at the same time, the athlete who achieves top position first is awarded an advantage point.
  24. In cases that the athlete achieves the top position by going straight to the side-mount, he will not receive points nor an advantage for the guard pass.

ARTICLE 10.1- Specific Cases where Advantage Points are not awarded anymore

  1. Achieving half-guard does not warrant an advantage point for an athlete who was in mounted or side-control position.
  2. Athletes who suffer a take down from the opponent and manage to roll to top position shall no longer be awarded an advantage point by the referee.
  3. Athletes who begin a sweep movement but deliberately do not seek to complete the movement, in order to retain their defensive position, shall not be awarded an advantage point for the sweep.
  4. No advantages will be awarded for sweeps that start and end in a 50/50 guard situation.

ARTICLE 11 – FOULS

  1. Fouls are technical or disciplinary infractions addressed in the rules that are committed by athletes before, during or after a match.

ARTICLE 11.1 -Foul Classification

  1. Severe Foul
  2. Serious Foul
  3. non-combativeness Foul (Stalling)

ARTICLE 11.2 - Technical Fouls

  1. Subdivided into technical fouls and disciplinary fouls.
  2. When an athlete’s gi is rendered unusable and he/she is unable to exchange it for a new one within a period of time stipulated by the referee.
  3. When an athlete deliberately flees the match area to avoid submitting to a submission hold applied by his/her opponent.
  4. When an athlete intentionally attempts to get his or her opponent disqualified by reacting in a way that places his or her opponent in an illegal position.
  5. When it comes to a referee’s attention that an athlete is not wearing an undergarment under his or her uniform.
  6. When an athlete applies creams, oils, gels or any slippery substance to any part of the body.
  7. When the athlete utilizes any substance that increase the adherence in any part of his/her body.
  8. When the athlete utilizes any substance that makes the kimono slippery for the grips.
  9. When an athlete strangles his or her opponent ,without using the gi, with one or both hands around the opponent’s neck or applies pressure to the opponent’s windpipe using the thumb.
  10. When an athlete blocks the passage of air to his/her opponent’s nose or mouth using his/her hands.
  11. When the athlete who is defending a single leg take down, while the athlete attacking has his head outside his opponents body, intentionally projects his attacker to the ground, by grabbing his opponents belt, to make him hit the floor with the head.
  12. The suplex movements that will project or force the opponent’s head or neck into the ground.
  13. When an athlete applies a hold prohibited for his/her respective division, as indicated in the rules book.

ARTICLE 11.3 - Illegal Moves

Click on the button below to get a list of Illegal moves for the Tour.

 

ARTICLE 11.4 - Disciplinary Fouls

  1. When an athlete directs profane language or obscene gestures at his/her opponent, the center table, table officials, referee or public.
  2. When an athlete exhibits hostile behavior towards an opponent, referee or any other member of the organizing committee or public.
  3. When an athlete bites, pulls hair, strikes or applies pressure to the genitals or eyes, or intentionally uses a traumatic blow of any kind (such as punches, elbows, knees, head butts, kicks, etc).
  4. When an athlete exhibits offensive or disrespectful behavior towards an opponent or the public through words or gestures during a match or in celebrating victory.
  5. When one or both of the athlete’s disregard the seriousness of the competition by performing actions simulating or faking combat.
  6. Disciplinary foul will result in disqualification and will pend further review from the event committee to see if the athlete will be given a life time ban for his/her actions.

ARTICLE 11.5 - Serious Fouls

  1. When an athlete kneels or sits without having a grip of any kind on the opponent.
  2. When a standing athlete flees the bounds of the match area, avoiding combat with the opponent.
  3. When a standing athlete pushes his/her opponent to outside the match area without clear intent of attempting a submission or scoring.
  4. When an athlete on the ground evades combat by sliding his/herself outside the match area.
  5. When an athlete on the ground stands to escape combat and does not return to combat on the ground.
  6. When an athlete breaks the grip of the opponent pulling guard and does not return to combat on the ground.
  7. When an athlete intentionally removes his/her own gi or belt, causing the match to be stopped.
  8. When an athlete grabs the opening of the opponent’s sleeve or pant leg with the fingers placed inside the garment, even if performing a sweep or any other maneuver.
  9. When an athlete grabs the inside of the opponent’s gi top or pants, when he steps inside the gi jacket and and when an athlete passes a hand through the inside of the opponent’s gi to grip the external part of the gi.
  10. When an athlete communicates with the referee by speaking or with gestures, except when he/she is reporting a medical issue or a problem with his uniform.
  11. When an athlete disobeys a referee order.
  12. When an athlete exits the match area following a match prior to the referee announcing the result.
  13. When an athlete deliberately exits the match area to prevent the opponent from completing a sweep or a take down.
  14. For jiu-jitsu no-gi, when an athlete grabs hold of his/her uniform or that of his/her opponent in any way.
  15. When an athlete places a hand or foot on his/her opponent’s face.
  16. When an athlete intentionally places his/her foot in his/her opponent’s belt.
  17. When the athlete purposely places his/her foot on the lapel of his/her opponent’s gi without having a hand grip to provide traction for his/her foot.
  18. When an athlete places a foot in the lapel behind the opponent’s neck, with or without gripping it.
  19. When an athlete uses his/her own belt or the opponent’s belt to assist in a choke or any other circumstance in a match while the belt is untied.
  20. When an athlete takes more than 20 seconds to tie his/her belts during a match stoppage (when the athlete is also using the identification belt).
  21. When an athlete runs around the match area and does not engage in the combat.
  22. When an athlete unintentionally reacts in a way that places his/her opponent in an illegal position.
  23. In the white belt division, it is forbidden for an athlete to jump into closed guard while their opponent is standing. When this movement occurs, the referee will stop the match and restart with both athlete’s standing at the center of the mat.
  24. Any violation of these rules will result in a penalties. 3 penalties collected in one match will result in disqualification of the athlete in that match. 

ARTICLE 12  – PENALTIES

  1. Penalties are awarded by referees with the aim of assuring the match flows properly and that the rules of the sport and the competition are being respected.
  2. Referees shall abide by the following series of penalties for each category of penalty.

ARTICLE 12.1 - Severe Penalties

  1. Technical Penalties: Summary disqualification from the match at the moment of the infraction.
  2. Disciplinary Penalties: Summary disqualification from the match and competition at the moment of the infraction.

ARTICLE 12.2 - Serious Penalties

  1. Referees shall abide by the following series of penalties.
  2.  1st penalty – The referee will mark the first penalty for the athlete.
  3. 2nd penalty – Advantage point concession to opponent of penalized athlete and second penalty marked on scoreboard for perpetrating athlete.
  4. 3rd penalty –Two points concession to opponent of penalized athlete and third penalty marked on scoreboard for perpetrating athlete.
  5. 4th penalty – Disqualification of perpetrating athlete.
  6. Serious penalties are cumulative between them and different fouls will bring into effect the escalating penalty sequence.
  7. If the athlete has already received penalties for lack of combativeness on the scoreboard, these penalties will be added to the penalties for serious fouls.

ARTICLE 12.3 - Penalties for Non-Combativeness

  1. The penalties for lack of combativeness will follow the sequence below after the referee considers one or both athletes.
  2. The referee shall count out 20 consecutive seconds and will perform the gesture for a lack of combativeness followed by the verbal command “Shido!” and the gesture for the awarded penalty.
  3. If the athlete has already received penalties for serious fouls on the scoreboard, these penalties will be added to the penalties for lack of combativeness.

 

ARTICLE 13.1 - Weight Classes

 

ARTICLE 14.1 - Team Competition

  1. The team of athletes will be made up of five athletes from five weight division with a white belt, blue belt, purple belt, or brown belt division (141.5Ibs, 154.5Ibs, 168Ibs, 181.5Ibs, 195Ibs, 208Ibs and up). In the case of the kids and teens division the team will be made up of three members (kids: one 7-8 yo, one 9-10 yo, and one 11-12 yo teens: one 13-14 yo, 14-15 yo, and one 17 yo)
  2. The brackets will serve as a open bracket system, where only the losing team of athlete in quarter final is deem a worthy competitor and will be placed in the repechage bracket with the other quarter final and semi final losing team of athletes to determine who will place 3rd in that division. 
  3. The weights for each athlete on a team must be at or below the weight limits given for each member of the team.
  4. The lightest athlete will compete first follow by the next lightest until all team members have competed. 
  5. The team that win the best 3 out of 5 matches will advance to the next round. 
  6. No submission for kids division (under 13yo).

ARTICLE 14.2 - General Cases

  1. Any cases not spell out in the rules set, must be brought to the event director for review and final decision. 

ARTICLE 14.3 – Scholarship and Prize Money

  1. The three top-placed athletes in each division shall receive medals and scholarship/prize money on the event’s official winners’ podium.
  2. For all events, the awards shall adhere to the following norms:
  3. The champion shall receive a gold medal and 1st place scholarship/prize money.
  4.  The runner-up shall receive a silver medal and 2nd place scholarship/prize money.  
  5. The third-place athletes shall receive one bronze medal scholarship/prize money.
  6. The scholarship/prizes shall be awarded according to the results proclaimed by the referees. Exchanging placement at the moment prizes are awarded is expressly forbidden.
  7. To participate in the awards ceremony, the athlete should be wearing exclusively a gi permitted for use in the gi event or the official  no-gi uniform event.
  8. Accessories foreign to the practice of the sport are prohibited.