This is a Submission Only event. Its important to note that more submission options are available to competitors than traditional events. It is critical competitors educate themselves on all submission possibilities to give themselves the edge!

There are no points or advantage points calculated for any positions or moves. In the event that a submission is not obtained during the allotted time period the match will go to overtime. Please see the Overtime page for further explanation of this mechanic which is unique to our Tournament.

This is Gi and No-Gi Tournament. Competitors can register for either division or both.

Competitors are expected to make the weight they register for. Weigh ins are on Saturday from 8-9am on event day. If you miss weight you will be moved to the appropriate weight class. If you realize you are not going to make the weight class, please email us at info@submissionchallenge.com to ensure the change is made quickly. All competitors will have 2 opportunities to make weight. The 2nd opportunity is their final weight. You may weigh in using any attire you need to in order to make weight. You will weigh once regardless of how many divisions you have signed up for that tournament.

Competitors who arrive after 9am to weigh in will be disqualified.

All rules for all age groups apply to Gi and No-Gi divisions. Awards are available for all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place competitors. For weigh ins we allow all competitors a 1 pound allowance weighing in wearing whatever they choose gi or no-gi attire. Please see the Uniform and Clothing requirements page for more information.

Any communicable skin ailments (ring worm, impetigo, etc) will result in disqualification. Please do not bring infections to the mats for the health and safety of other competitors. For questions and concerns, please email us at info@submissionchallenge.com.

With most infractions of illegal moves, competitors will be reset and the perpetrator of the infraction will be reminded again of the rules. If the movement occurs again, the competitor will be disqualified. There are some illegal moves that are grounds for immediate disqualification and these will be covered in the rules meeting.

The safety of our competitors and their guests are our top priority. With this in mind, any fighting  is grounds for immediate ejection from the event and disqualification of any associated competitors.

Keeping in line with the safety of our competitors, verbal and physical tapping together provide the referee and your opponent with your desire to stop the match. If you are in a submission, in pain, or need to stop the match, tap your opponent or the mat and verbally call out “tap.”

Illegal actions in all skill levels and all ages.

Finger locks, Covering opponents mouth with an open hand, and Slamming of any kind.

Age Groups

Kids and Teens Gi and No-Gi Skill Levels

Adult Gi and No-Gi Skill Levels

  • Kids 4-8 years old
  • Kids 9-12 years old
  • Teens 13-15 years old
  • Tens 16-17 Years old
  • Adult (men/women) 18+
  • Masters (men/women) 30+
  • Directors (men/women) 40+
  • Beginner (less than 1 year of grappling experience combined. I.E. BJJ, Wrestling, Judo, unranked Jiu Jitsu)
  • Intermediate (from 1 year to 2 years of grappling experience combined.  I.E. BJJ, Wrestling, Judo, unranked Jiu Jitsu)
  • Advanced (more than 2 years of of grappling experience combined. I.E. BJJ, Wrestling, Judo, unranked Jiu Jitsu)
  • White Belt (white belt , 0-2 years of BJJ, Wrestling, Judo, unranked Jiu Jitsu combined)
  • Blue Belt  (blue belt, 2-4 years of BJJ, Wrestling, Judo, unranked Jiu Jitsu combined)
  • Purple Belt (purple belt, 5-7 years of BJJ, Wrestling, Judo, unranked Jiu Jitsu combined)
  • Brown Belt (brown belt, 8-10 years of BJJ, Wrestling, Judo, unranked Jiu Jitsu combined)
  • Black Belt (black belt, 11+ years of BJJ, Wrestling, Judo, unranked Jiu Jitsu combined)

Weight Classes Youth

Weight Class Teens Boys and Girls

Weight Classes Adult Men and Women

  • under 49lbs
  • 50-59.9lbs
  • 60-69.9lbs
  • 70-79.9lbs
  • 80-89.9lbs
  • 90-99.9lbs
  • 100-114.9lbs
  • 115+
 Teen Girls

  • Girls 115lbs and Below
  • Girls 116lbs – 135lbs
  • Girls 135-150lbs
  • Girls 150lbs +

Teen Boys

  • Boys 119.9 lbs and under
  • Boys 120 – 134.9 lbs
  • Boys 135 to 149.9 lbs
  • Boys 150-174lbs
  • Boys 175lbs +
Women

  • Women 115lbs and Below
  • Women 116lbs – 135lbs
  • Women 135-150lbs
  • Women 150lbs + 

Men

  • 125lbs
  • 135lbs
  • 145lbs
  • 155lbs
  • 170lbs
  • 185lbs
  • 205lbs
  • 206lbs +


Youth Match Information

We offer two age groups for our youth competitors. Youth 4-8 years old and 9-12 years old. Matches in the Youth category are 4 minute rounds.

Note: Electric Chair submission is illegal for all skill levels for youth competitors, a Electric Chair sweep, however, is allowed. The Guillotine Choke is illegal when performed from a standing only position due to height differences of opponents. If you wish to perform this maneuver, you must sit down to guard while holding the choke.

Teen Match Information

We offer two age groups for our teen competitors. Teens 13-15 years old and 16-17 years old. Matches in the Teen categories will be 8 minute rounds.

Note: The Guillotine Choke is illegal when performed from a standing only position due to height differences of opponents. If you wish to perform this maneuver, you must sit down to guard while holding the choke.

Adult Match Information

Adult age groups are Adult 18+, Masters 30+, Directors 40+, an Women Divisions. All age divisions and skill divisions for Adults will consist of 15 minute rounds.

Note: Unorthodox submissions such as Twisters and stretching locks like the Electric Chair, are legal in all adult skill levels.

Information on how team results are calculated

In our tournaments, we track medals given by school, how many participants by school, and even individual bracket results. As such, we provide a team banner to the Overall tournament winner. The way this is calculated is simple. The Gold medals are counted for each school and the school with the most overall gold medals between the kids matches, No Gi, and Gi is the overall winner. This is not a medal count by how many individuals can you bring to the tournament to place in first, second, or third. This method allows for any size school to come out with the best game possible, show their talent, and win overall. Obviously the more individuals competing from a given school will allow that many more chances of bringing home the title, however, it gives schools of all sizes the equal chance to shine.

Closing Registration Early

In the days leading up to each tournament, we will constantly monitor the number of competitors registered for the event. If the number comes near or at capacity then registration will be halted. To announce we are close to capacity, there will be a post placed on our Facebook page and a mass email will be sent to all past and current registrants. We will still allow limited registrations day of the tournament which will be subject to bracket availability.