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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 by birth year.

In order to form a division, keep teammates separate, or avoid 2 person divisions - groups may include competitors within one birth year (younger or older) of each other.

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

Belt divisions are grouped as follows:

White: White belts only.

Grey: All variations.

Yellow: All variations.

Orange: All variations.

Green: All variations.


Match Length 

2019: 2 minutes

2018: 2 minutes

2017: 2 minutes

2016: 2 minutes

2015: 3 minutes

2014: 3 minutes

2013: 3 minutes

2012: 3 minutes

2011: 4 minutes

2010: 4 minutes

2009: 4 minutes

2008: 4 minutes

*In mixed age divisions (2015 & 2016, for example), the match length will be determined by whatever the bracket is labeled. Typically, the bracket will either be labeled with the oldest competitor or the most common age in that division.


Weigh Ins

All weigh ins are 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.

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