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Points/Penalties for The Revolution Gi and No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments


The Revolution tournaments use the rules from the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation as the guideline for points, advantages, and penalties.

Gi and No Gi are scored the same for all takedowns and positional points.

For points to be awarded on all positions, including takedowns, 3 consecutive seconds of control must be established. No points can be earned while DEFENDING a submission. 3 seconds of control starts after the submission is defended.

Points are earned only through escalating positions. Choosing to go from mount to knee on belly will not earn the knee on belly points, going from knee on belly to mount will earn both positional points if each was held for 3 consecutive seconds.


Point scoring positions:

2 Points: Takedown, Knee on Belly, Sweep

3 Points: Guard pass

4 Points: Front Mount, Back Mount, Side/Technical Mount, and Back Grab (Back with hooks).



An advantage point is counted when an athlete achieves a point scoring position but does not maintain the position for the entire 3 second duration, when an athlete attempts a submission hold where the opponent is in real danger of being submitted, or when the opponent has committed multiple penalties.


Some examples of advantage scoring actions are:



Putting the opponent down onto their back, side, or seated but not maintaining control for 3 seconds.

Attempting a single leg takedown and the opponent exiting the match area to defend the takedown.

Guard Pass:

Trying to pass the guard and the opponent turns to all fours and the passer achieves a top position.

Athlete achieves a controlling half guard position (reverse half guard, and descending positions (mount to half guard for example) does NOT apply


Both athletes pull guard the first athlete to achieve top position receives an advantage.

Clearly causing the opponent to lose their balance and while attempting to complete the movement the opponent goes out of bounds.

Knee on Belly: When the athlete places the knee on the belly but does not have the other knee off the ground.

Mount: When the top athlete is sitting on top of the bottom athlete but has both arms trapped under their legs.

Back Grab:

When the athlete has control of the opponent’s back and has their feet crossed instead of properly placed inside the opponents thighs.

When the athlete has control of the opponent’s back but has both arms trapped under their legs.

Fouls and Penalties:

Penalties awarded by the referee are to assure that the match flows properly, and that the rules of the sport are being respected.

Fouls are separated into 3 categories: Severe, Serious, and Lack of Combativeness.

Severe fouls are subdivided into Technical and Disciplinary. Both are immediate Disqualifications but Technical fouls will allow the opponent to compete again at the event if there are more matches for the athlete. Disciplinary fouls will NOT allow the athlete to compete at that event regardless of available matches.

Technical Examples: 

Fleeing the match area while the opponent is applying a submission hold.

Not wearing a proper undergarment while competing in the gi portion of the event.

When the athlete’s gi becomes unusable and the athlete cannot replace the gi in the allowed time.

When an athlete applies an illegal hold for their respective division.

Disciplinary Examples: Athlete bites, pulls hair, strikes or applies pressure to the genitals or eyes, or intentionally uses a traumatic blow of any kind.

Athlete directs profane language or obscene gestures to the opponent, center table, referee, or the public


Severe Fouls:


Immediate disqualification will occur when an athlete:

  • Has their uniform become unusable and the athlete cannot exchange it within the time set by the referee or tournament director.

  • Deliberately flees the match area to avoid submitting to a submission hold applied by their opponent.

  • Intentionally attempts to get their opponent disqualified by reacting in a way that places their opponent in an illegal  position

  • Is not wearing a proper undergarment under their uniform and it comes to the attention of the referee.

  • Applies cream, gel, oil, lotion, or any slippery substance to any part of the body.

  • Applies any substance to increase adherence to any part of the body.

  • Utilizes any substance to make the kimono slippery to their opponents’ grips.

  • Without using the gi strangles their opponent using both hands, or applies pressure to the windpipe using the thumb.

  • Uses profane language or obscene gestures.

  • Exhibits hostile behavior.

  • Blocks the passage of air to the opponent’s nose or mouth using their hand.

  • Blow of any kind (such as punch, elbow, kick, knee, head butt, etc)

  • When the athlete defending the single leg takedown, with the attacking athlete's head on the outside, intentionally projects the the attacker's head to the ground, by grabbing the opponent's belt

  • The suplex movement that will project or force the opponent's head or neck into the ground

  • Applies a hold prohibited for their respective division.


Lack of Combativeness (Stalling):


Defined as:

One athlete is clearly not pursuing positional progression in a match and also impeding their opponent from carrying out said progression. 20 consecutive seconds are required for each stalling penalty. The penalties for Lack of Combativeness will follow the same escalation sequence as Serious Fouls, and be added to any Serious Fouls already marked.

  • When both athletes simultaneously demonstrate a lack of combativeness in any position in a match.

  • Lack of combativeness will NOT be declared when an athlete is defending themselves from the opponent’s attacks from mount, back control, side control or north-south positions.


Some examples of stalling are:


When an athlete:

  • Upon reaching side control or north-south positions over their opponent does not seek positional progression.

  • In an opponent’s closed guard does not seek to pass the guard and at the same time prevents the opponent from seeking positional progression from the guard.

  • Playing closed guard wraps their arms around the opponent’s back, or performs any other controlling movement clutching the opponent to them without attempting to achieve a submission or a scoring position.

  • On foot grabs and maintains their hand on the opponent’s belt, preventing the opponent from completing a takedown movement, and without attempting an attack of any kind.



Serious Fouls:


Serious fouls are cumulative. They will follow the progression of:

1st Serious foul = Penalty on the offender’s scoreboard

2nd Serious foul = Penalty on the offender’s scoreboard and an Advantage awarded to the opponent

3rd Serious foul = Penalty on the offender’s scoreboard and 2 Points awarded to the opponent

4th Serious foul = (for athletes 15 and older) = Disqualification.

For athletes 14 and younger Serious fouls 4 and 5 each result in a penalty on the offender’s scoreboard and 2 points awarded to the opponent, the 6th Serious foul will result in Disqualification.

Any Lack of Combativeness penalties will be added to the escalation of penalties for Serious Fouls.


List of Serious Fouls:


When an athlete:

  • Kneels or sits without having a grip on the opponent

  • Standing flees the bounds of the match area, avoiding combat.

  • Pushes their opponent to outside the match area without the clear intent of progressing the match.

  • On the ground evades combat by sliding themselves out of the match area.

  • On the ground stands to escape combat and does not return to combat on the ground.

  • Intentionally removes their own gi or belt, causing the match to be stopped.

  • Grabs the opening of the opponent’s gi top or pants, and when an athlete passes a hand through the inside of the opponent’s gi to grip the external part of the gi.

  • Communicates with the referee by speaking or gestures, except for medical reasons.

  • Disobeys a referee order.

  • When an athlete exits the match area following a match prior to the referee announcing the result.

  • Deliberately exits the match to prevent the opponent from completing a sweep. *In this case, and only this case, the referee will signal 2 points awarded to the athlete attempting the sweep and 1 penalty be marked for the athlete who exited the match area.

  • In No-Gi grabs their uniform or the uniform of their opponent in any way.

  • Places their hand or foot on the opponent’s face.

  • Intentionally places their foot in the opponent’s belt.

  • Intentionally places their foot in the opponent’s lapel without having a grip on the same lapel.

  • Places their foot in the lapel behind the opponent’s neck with or without a grip of the lapel.

  • Uses their belt or the opponent’s belt to assist in a choke or any other circumstance while the belt is untied.

  • Holds the neck using both hands, one in front and one behind.

  • Takes more than 20 seconds to tie their belt during the stoppage of a match. (20 seconds per belt)

  • Runs around the match area and does not engage in combat.

  • Unintentionally reacts in a way the places their opponent in an illegal position

  • For white belts and beginners it is forbidden for an athlete to jump into closed guard while their opponent is standing.  When this occurs, the referee will stop the match and restart with the athlete’s standing at the center of the mat.


*CASH PRIZE* Black belts pay $50 when registering That money is put into a pot that is separated per bracket.

1st place will get 50%, 2nd place will get 30%, and 3rd place will take 20%.

EXAMPLE: For a bracket of 8 it would be $200 to 1st, $120 to 2nd and $80 to 3rd.

100% of the money from Black belt registrations goes to the black belt placers.

Weight classes are IBJJF weight classes.

Weight classes are subject to adjustment depending on Black Belt registrations.



17 Years old & younger


Athletes 18 years old and older

*Teen athletes may sign up in the adult brackets with Parent/Coach approval


Athletes 30 years old and older



Athletes 40 years old and older

BEGINNER = up to 1 year (NO Pro MMA experience or collegiate wrestlers)
INTERMEDIATE  =  1 - 3 years - no brown or black belts
ADVANCED =  over 3 years

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GI WEIGHT  *Weights are with full Gi & belt for Adults. *



At The Revolution we do not have predefined weight classes or age groupings for the youth and junior competitors. Our past events have shown us that predefined weight classes and age groupings are a limiting factor in getting athletes the best competition scenarios. We have found it also keeps parents from having their young athletes cut weight. We ask parents to register their competitors at their actual weight. We assemble brackets around the actual age and weight of the competitors registered for each event using a 2 year/10lb maximum rule of thumb.

We assemble brackets with care, separating teammates with the goal of having each athlete have a positive competition experience. If there are any questions you are welcome to contact us by email to or check the FAQs for helpful tips on registering your youth competitor.


**Youth Competitors Weigh WITHOUT Gi Top for Gi**


Uniform Requirements/Competition Area Requirements


For hygienic reasons all athletes are required to wear footwear at all times when not on the mat.

All competitors are required to keep their kimono top on while inside the competition area.

Fingernails and toenails must be trimmed and short.

Long hair must be secured with ONLY elastic restraints in a manner that will prevent it from interfering with the opponent.

Any braces or medical support wraps must NOT contain hard/rigid plastic (small plastic D-Ring OK) or ANY metal.

All athletes are required to be free from infectious skin conditions. The events medical staff will have final say in regards to allowing or not allowing an athlete to compete.



Adult kimono tops must exhibit a visible weave.

All gi competitors need a kimono of sufficient size (with arms extended sleeves must come within approximately 5 cm/2 in of the wrist bone, pants must come with 5 cm/2 in of the ankle bone. Sleeve and pants may not be so tightly fitting that it will impede the opponents’ ability to grab.) that is clean and free of odor, holes, and rips.

Kimono top and bottom must be same color.

A belt that is in good condition and the appropriate color for the division you are entering.

NO shirt or rashguard under the kimono top for male competitors.

NO undergarment that extends past the knee may be worn under the kimono pants,

NO wrestling shoes

NO headgear

NO Protective Cups

NO Jewelry and/or Exposed Piercings



All no gi competitors are required to wear a rashguard.

No gi all male competitors must wear board shorts when competing.  A Lycra/Spandex pant or short may be worn under board shorts. Females may wear a tight fitting Lycra/Spandex pant or shorts.

Gi pants ARE NOT allowed for competing in no gi.

NO singlets

NO exposed pockets, buttons, or zippers.

NO wrestling shoes

NO headgear

NO Protective Cups

NO Jewelry and/or Exposed Piercings


This is the outline for awarding team points at The Revolution BJJ/Submission Wrestling Tournaments.

In an effort to encourage and reward participation of more experienced competitors, 1st place poitns will be awarded on a scale depending on the skill level of the divisions. 2nd place points and 3rd place points will remain constant, regardless of the skill level.

Only adult brackets will be counted toward the academy points. If an athlete is representing more than one academy the points will be split between the two academies. If a blue belt is representing BJJ123/ToughGuysABC and wins his division, BJJ123 will receive 5 points and ToughGuysABC will receive 5 point.

There will be an award for Gi, an award for NoGi, and an award for Overall Team Total. The awards will be per tournament and be for the academy to keep.

Tips for Having a Good Tournament Experience. 

Liberty Events and Promotions, LLC strives to provide the best experience for each competitor. We take seriously the opportunity to serve you and help you grow on your journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In an effort to help each competitor have a great competition here are some general tips.

  • Check the brackets when you get to the venue. Make sure you see your name on a bracket and note the division so you know what you are listening for over the intercom.

  • Check your weight when you get to the venue. Don’t “think your weight is good” if you can check and KNOW your weight is good.

  • Pack lightly. Don’t bring everything you own down matside with you. At most bring picture ID, a small bottle of something to drink, a light snack (energy bar or piece of fruit) and maybe a sweatshirt to stay warm between matches at most.    

  • Wear footwear at all times, especially in the restroom. You will be REQUIRED to have footwear to step past the scale. 

  • Have a uniform that is clean, of proper fit, and in good condition. For gi the top and pants must match color. For No-Gi you must wear rashguard or tight fitting t-shirt. Shorts may not have pockets, buttons, zippers, or snaps.

  • Know the rules for your sport. It is not the referee’s duty to educate you on the rules. It is the obligation of each competitor to know the rules. “Allowed Holds” are posted by the brackets. Check the posted document if you have any questions of what is allowed and what isn’t allowed for your belt or skill level.

  • Be ready for your estimated call time.

  •  Be patient if your bracket is not called first for the estimated call time.

  • Don’t talk with the score table while a match is active.

  • If you win, verify your name is recorded as the winner of the match.

  •  If you lose verify that there are no other matches for you on the bracket. We provide a consolation match in an effort to give a great value. If you don’t want your consolation match please notify the table so your consolation opponent isn’t negatively affected, and we can still get them their second match.

  • Once you get weighed in, make sure to communicate with the ring coordinator, or score table once you are matside. It would be a shame to get disqualified as a “No Show” after making weight because you couldn’t be found when your match was ready.


Have fun and compete hard. Thanks for your support