Dream Jiu Jitsu follows the standards of bigger organizations with a few exceptions and changes of our own. While we want our competitors to play by the same rules as everyone else, ultimately competition should be designed for you to become a better grappler. We believe our rules and format reflect that idea. All questions should be sent by email.


To familiarize yourself with the rules of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, click here to read the rulebook of the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. 



Dream tournaments do not use an "advantage" system. To score points, competitors must complete the technique, demonstrate control, and be free from any submission holds.



In the case of a tie and no submission, competitors enter a 2 minute overtime round. The rules of the overtime rounds can be found here.


Point System

2 - Takedown

2 - Sweep

2 - Knee on Belly

3 - Pass Guard

4 - Mount

4 - Back Mount with hooks

Age Divisions

Competitors are initially grouped strictly by age. If there are not enough competitors of the same age, the competitor will be placed in a age division no greater than 1 birth year above their own. Divisions can vary based on attendance. For example, Age divisions can be grouped by 1 year: 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, etc.

Belt Divisions

Click here to see the IBJJF Graduation System and all belts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Belt Divisions in Dream competitions are simplified in order to provide more match opportunities. 

White Belt - White belts only.

Grey: Grey-White, Solid Grey, Grey-Black

Yellow: Yellow-White, Solid Yellow, Yellow-Black

Orange: Orange-White, Solid Orange, Orange-Black

Green: Green-White, Solid Green, Green-Black

If there are not enough competitors of the same division, the competitor could be placed in a belt division no greater than 1 rank difference of their own. This is most common with orange and yellow belts being combined when there are not enough competitors in their divisions.


Match Length 


*In mixed age divisions (8-9 year olds, for example), the oldest competitor in the bracket determines the match time.

Weight Classes

All weigh ins can be done without the gi. Please read the details about what children can and cannot wear to weigh in on our FAQ Page. THERE IS NO WEIGHT ALLOWANCE. For example, if the division is Up to 80.9lbs, then a competitor weighing in at 81.0lbs would be missing weight.















Penalties for Missing Weight

Missing weight affects our brackets and risks delaying our scheduled divisions. It is the responsibility of the parent to check the competitor list and ensure their child is in the correct division. Children are not DQ'd for missing weight and our staff will help in anyway they can, but missing weight has 3 consequences:


1.) Competitors who miss weight will forfeit any possible team points should they earn a medal in their division.


2.) Matches are no longer guaranteed for your child. We will attempt to find a new bracket for them, but a match cannot be guaranteed.


3.) Because it is the responsibility of the parent to check the competitor list and ensure they signed their child up for the correct division, we will not grant registration credit if your child misses weight and our staff is unable to find a match for them.