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Event Rules

Northwest Open is a double elimination tournament that not only strongly encourages submission but also awards points for dominant position.


Ways to win:

The first portion of the round is submission only, in the final two minutes IBJJF points come into play. If there is no winner after the allotted time, you will go to a one minute overtime round. First person to score a point or submit their opponent during that minute wins. If there is still no awarded winner, it will go to referees decision. 

There will be no advantages, but penalties will be given for stalling/etc throughout the match.


  • Point System:

    • 4 back
    • 4 mount
    • 3 pass guard
    • 2 sweep
    • 2 takedown
    • 2 knee on belly


Match time: 5 minutes for adults, 4 minutes for kids Doors open at 10 AM, and there will be a short rules meeting at 10:15 and then juniors divisions will start promptly after. All Junior competitors must be in the tournament area ready to check in no later than 10:30AM or they may be disqualified if their division is called (so please give yourself ample time to find parking and be ready to enter when doors open) Adults divisions will start promptly after The junior competitors, so all adult competitors must be in the tournament area no later than 12PM or they may be disqualified if they are not present when their division is called.

General Rules:

No unsportsmanlike conduct will allowed. Referees, at their own discretion, may disqualify and or eject any competitor or coach for unsportsmanlike conduct. In divisions ages 5 to 17 and adult white belt, the referee has the right to call the match if he or she believes the submission or position may cause serious injury. No visible body jewelry will be allowed. The competitor and his or her uniform must be clean. No infectious skin diseases or open wounds will be permitted. Fingernails and toenails must be clipped. 


Illegal Moves
5-12
13-17
White
Blue
Purple +
Pulling head in triangle
X




Guillotine Choke
X




Straight Foot Lock
X
X



Locks Inside Closed Guard w/legs compressing kidneys or ribs
X
X



Jumping closed guard
X
X
X


Wrist lock
X
X
X


Knee Bar
X
X
X
X

Calf Slicer
X
X
X
X

Bicep Slicer
X
X
X
X

Toe Hold
X
X
X
X

Neck Crank
X
X
X
X
X
Slamming
X
X
X
X
X
Spinal Locks
X
X
X
X
X
Heel hooks
X
X
X
X
X
Sideways knee bars
X
X
X
X
X
Bending fingers
X
X
X
X
X

Adult’s weight classes

Up to-145 lbs 146-165 lbs 166-185 lbs 186-205 lbs 206- 225 lbs 226- up

Women’s weight classes

Up to 130 lbs 131-155 lbs 156-170 lbs 171- up

Kid’s weight classes

Up to 45 lbs 46-60 lbs 61-76 lbs 77-92 lbs 93-108 lbs 109-124 lbs 125-140 lbs 141 lbs and -up

Juvenile (16 to 17 years old)

93-108 lbs 109-124 lbs 125-140 lbs 141-156 lbs 157 lbs and -up

To the best of our abilities, we will be dividing adults and kids divisions by weight, age, and experience level, but we reserve the right to combine and expand divisions as we see fit.

FAQ

Q: Will there be Masters division?

A: Yes, when possible, we will be separating competitors 30 years old and up from adults. If there is only one competitor over the age of 30 we will blend them in with the adult competitors as long as there isn’t more than a five-year gap in age. ( for example: we will put a 31 year old with a 28 year old if there is no one else over the age of 30. ) IF there is no one within a five-year age difference we will contact you and let you know of other options or offer you a refund.

Q: Does the NW Open watch out for sandbaggers?

A: Yes. However, it is not possible for us to track all competitors. We strongly rely on the honesty and integrity of the competitors, coaches, and parents to register athletes in the correct divisions.

Q: Why is that child going against someone with a higher or lower colored belt rank?

A: Not all gyms have the same time frame requirements for belts and may even use a different colored belt system. So to the best of our ability, we will be bracketing divisions not just by belt color, but also by weight, age, and experience level.

Q: What time are weigh-ins?

A: Each division will be weighed in before their division begins. To the best of our ability, we will be starting kids divisions from youngest to oldest, but we ask that all junior competitors are in the tournament area ready to compete by 10:30AM or they may be disqualified if their division is called. Adult division will start promptly after juniors, so all adult competitors must be in the tournament area ready to compete no later than 12PM or they will be disqualified if they are not ready to compete when their division is called.

Q: Do I have to wear my Gi or NoGi outfit when weighing in?

A: In Gi, you will not be required to weigh in with your Gi top or belt, but you’ll need your Gi pants on. In NoGi, you will need to be weighed in the outfit you will be competing in

Q: If I don’t make weight, can I just bump up to the next division?

A: No, competitors will have only one opportunity to make weight. If you do not make weight, you’ll be disqualified. Disqualification is non-refundable. It is the athletes responsibility to make the weight they reported on their registration.

Q : What are your uniform fit or color requirements for Gi or NoGi?

A: We have no uniform/clothing color requirements, but we follow similar requirements for the uniform fit as IBJJF. If your uniform does not meet our requirements, you have up to five minutes to change into a uniform that does or you’ll be disqualified.