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World Series of Jiu-Jitsu Rules

  • World Series of Jiu-Jitsu Rules
  • No Sandbaggers
  • Youth Rules (17 and under)
  • White Belt Adult Rules
  • Blue Belt Adult Rules
  • Purple, Brown, Black and Open Belt Adult Rules

The WSOJJ strictly prohibits "sandbagging", which means competing below one's belt or experience level. If a competitor is caught and proven to be sandbagging, he/she will be disqualified and banned from all future WSOJJ events. Winners of every division with more than 32 competitors, or with more than two 1ST PLACE wins in a row, are not allowed to compete at that belt level again. For example, if a Blue Belt wins 2 consecutive tournaments at Blue Belt level, he/she must compete in Purple Belt or higher levels from then on. If a competitor loses 3 consecutive events at a particular belt level, he/she may move back to the belt below. If you have information that a particular competitor may be sandbagging, please email us HERE. Thank you.

  • All matches are Sub-Only with EBI Overtime. All youths division overtimes start on the back with seatbelt control, no spiderweb (armbar)
  • Early rounds are 6 minutes submission only with 1 possible overtime round based on fastest submission or fastest escape. Overtime rounds are maximum of 2 minutes each.
  • Semi-Final and Final matches are 6 minutes with 2 possible overtime rounds based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • No leg locks. No submissions below the waist.
  • Reaping is legal at all belt levels, but cannot be used in conjunction with or intention to attack a submission at the same time in white belt divisions.
  • No small joint manipulation. (Grabbing or twisting toes or fingers)
    • You must grab at least 3 fingers at a time.
  • No Neck Cranks or cervical/spinal manipulations. No twister
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging or fish hooking
  • No grabbing the ears
  • No hair pulling
  • No scratching or pinching
  • No biting
  • No touching groin area
  • No hands, knees or elbows on face.
  • No slippery substances on the body.
  • No grabbing the clothing (applies to NoGi only)
  • No slamming out of submissions. If you pick an opponent up off the ground, you must put them down gently and with control.
  • Slams are allowed on takedowns, but no spiking on the head or neck. Give your opponent a chance to tap.
  • Screaming or yelling when in the threat of submission is considered a verbal tap.
    • No rolling out of bounds to escape a submission. Penalties for rolling out of bounds to escape:
      1. First offense is 30 seconds added to the clock in overtime
      2. Second offense is disqualification
    • If a referee has to stop the match to bring you back to the middle, you will be started in as close to the same position you were in as possible.
  • Breaking any of the above rules or any unsportsmanlike conduct can result in immediate disqualification or 30 second penalties in overtime based on referees discretion.
  • Overtime rules and starting position:
    • Defend yourself at all times. It’s up to the referee's interpretation to decide if the position is escaped or not.
    • Starting positions:
      1. Back Control
      2. Armbar (Spiderweb)
  • The referee has the right to stop the match at all times if he is concerned for a competitor's safety.
  • All matches are Sub-Only with EBI Overtime
  • Early rounds are 6 minutes submission only with 1 possible overtime round based on fastest submission or fastest escape. Overtime rounds are maximum of 2 minutes each.
  • Semi-Final and Final matches are 10 minutes with 3 possible overtime rounds based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • No leg locks. No submissions below the waist.
  • Reaping is legal at all belt levels, but cannot be used in conjunction with or intention to attack a submission at the same time in white belt divisions.
  • No small joint manipulation. (Grabbing or twisting toes or fingers)
    • You must grab at least 3 fingers at a time.
  • No Neck Cranks or cervical/spinal manipulations. No twister
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging or fish hooking
  • No grabbing the ears
  • No hair pulling
  • No scratching or pinching
  • No biting
  • No touching groin area
  • No hands, knees or elbows on face.
  • No slippery substances on the body.
  • No grabbing the clothing (applies to NoGi only)
  • No slamming out of submissions. If you pick an opponent up off the ground, you must put them down gently and with control.
  • Slams are allowed on takedowns, but no spiking on the head or neck. Give your opponent a chance to tap.
  • Screaming or yelling when in the threat of submission is considered a verbal tap.
  • No rolling out of bounds to escape a submission.
  • Penalties for rolling out of bounds to escape:
    1. First offense is 30 seconds added to the clock in overtime
    2. Second offense is disqualification
  • If a referee has to stop the match to bring you back to the middle, you will be started in as close to the same position you were in as possible.
  • Breaking any of the above rules or any unsportsmanlike conduct can result in immediate disqualification or 30 second penalties in overtime based on referees discretion.
    • Overtime rules and starting position:
      • Defend yourself at all times. It’s up to the referee's interpretation to decide if the position is escaped or not.
      • Starting positions:
        1. Back Control
        2. Armbar (Spiderweb)
  • All matches are Sub-Only with EBI Overtime
  • Early rounds are 6 minutes submission only with 1 possible overtime round based on fastest submission or fastest escape. Overtime rounds are maximum of 2 minutes each
  • .
  • Semi-Final and Final matches are 10 minutes with 3 possible overtime rounds based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • No Heel Hooks. Straight Foot locks, toe-holds and knee-bars are legal. No twisting leg locks.
  • Reaping is legal at all belt levels.
  • No small joint manipulation. (Grabbing or twisting toes or fingers)
    • You must grab at least 3 fingers at a time.
  • No Neck-Cranks or cervical/spinal manipulations. No twister
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging or fish hooking
  • No grabbing the ears
  • No hair pulling
  • No scratching or pinching
  • No biting
  • No touching groin area
  • No hands, knees or elbows on face.
  • No slippery substances on the body.
  • No grabbing the clothing (applies to NoGi only)
  • No slamming out of submissions. If you pick an opponent up off the ground, you must put them down gently and with control.
  • Slams are allowed on takedowns, but no spiking on the head or neck.
  • Give your opponent a chance to tap.
  • Screaming or yelling when in the threat of submission is considered a verbal tap.
    • No rolling out of bounds to escape a submission. Penalties for rolling out of bounds to escape:
      1. First offense is 30 seconds added to the clock in overtime
      2. Second offense is disqualification
    • If a referee has to stop the match to bring you back to the middle, you will be started in as close to the same position you were in as possible.
  • Breaking any of the above rules or any unsportsmanlike conduct can result in immediate disqualification or 30 second penalties in overtime based on referees discretion.
  • Overtime rules and starting position:
    • Defend yourself at all times. It’s up to the referee's interpretation to decide if the position is escaped or not.
    • Starting positions:
      1. Back Control
      2. Armbar (Spiderweb)
  • All matches are Sub-Only with EBI Overtime
  • Early rounds are 6 minutes submission only with 1 possible overtime round based on fastest submission or fastest escape. Overtime rounds are maximum of 2 minutes each.
  • Semi-Final and Final matches are 10 minutes with 3 possible overtime rounds based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • All leg locks are legal in NoGi
  • Heel hooks are illegal in the Gi. Toe hold, knee-bar and straight-ankle lock are legal in the Gi.
  • Reaping is legal at all belt levels.
  • No small joint manipulation. (Grabbing or twisting toes or fingers)
    • You must grab at least 3 fingers at a time.
  • No Neck Cranks or cervical/spinal manipulations. TWISTER IS ALLOWED.
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging or fish hooking
  • No grabbing the ears
  • No hair pulling
  • No scratching or pinching
  • No biting
  • No touching groin area
  • No hands, knees or elbows on face.
  • No slippery substances on the body.
  • No grabbing the clothing (applies to NoGi only)
  • No slamming out of submissions. If you pick an opponent up off the ground, you must put them down gently and with control.
  • Slams are allowed on takedowns, but no spiking on the head or neck.
  • Give your opponent a chance to tap. Especially with heel-hooks.
  • Screaming or yelling when in the threat of submission is considered a verbal tap.
  • No rolling out of bounds to escape a submission.
    • Penalties for rolling out of bounds to escape:
      1. First offense is 30 seconds added to the clock in overtime
      2. Second offense is disqualification
    • If a referee has to stop the match to bring you back to the middle, you will be started in as close to the same position you were in as possible.
  • Breaking any of the above rules or any unsportsmanlike conduct can result in immediate disqualification or 30 second penalties in overtime based on referees discretion.
  • Overtime rules and starting position:
    • Defend yourself at all times. It’s up to the referee's interpretation to decide if the position is escaped or not.
    • Starting positions:
      1. Back Control
      2. Armbar (Spiderweb)