Adult, Executive & Master Rules.

Awards: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place medals awarded to place-winners.

Gi Division Entry Requirements: You are required to enter your officially ranked belt-level in the Gi divisions. White belts are not permitted to enter the blue belt gi division. Blue belts are not permitted to enter the purple belt gi division. Purple belts are not permitted to enter the brown/black belt gi division.

NoGi Division Entry Requirements: You have liberty to enter the NoGi division based on your nogi skill level. White belt is equivalent to Beginner skill level. Blue belt is equivalent to Intermediate skill level. Purple belt is equivalent to Advanced skill level. Brown/Black belt is equivalent to Expert skill level. Please note: Wrestlers should enter at the blue belt level.

Transgender Athlete Policy:
The Good Fight affirms that biological gender separation creates a level playing field for all athletes participating in our submission-only jiu-jitsu tournament. We also believe this is the best way to inculcate fairness within our various divisions and brackets.
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Age Categories:

Adults: 16-29 yrs old
Executive: 30-39 yrs old
Master 40+ yrs old.

Match Lengths:

White belts: 6 minutes
Blue belts: 8 minutes
Purple, Brown & Black belts: 10 minutes

How to Win:

Competitors must submit their opponent within the match length time limit to win and advance in the bracket. There are no points or advantages calculated for any positions or moves. You win by submitting your opponent. If no submission occurs during the alloted time a winner will be determined by 'sudden death'.

Sudden-Death Overtime Rules.

In all sudden death overtime rounds the referee will always allow the fight to continue as-long-as the attacking competitor has a threat of a submission. Therefore, the attacking competitor may chain as many submission attempts together as he/she would like. As long as there is a direct submission threat, the round will continue.

Please note: If you submit your opponent before he escapes, he will have a chance to submit you. If you escape before he submits you. YOU WIN!

If you're opponent escapes before you submit him, he will have a chance to submit you.
If he submits you. HE WINS!

If both competitors escape, or if both competitors submit during a sudden death round, there is no clear winner. The ref will move you into the next round of sudden death. The sudden death rounds will repeat themselves until there is a clear winner. (except white belts...see below for white belt rule) To have a clear winner you must submit your opponent in the sudden death round AND escape HIS attempt to submit you when it is his turn.

White Belt Sudden Death Rule: White belts will NOT cycle through a 2nd round of sudden-death. If there is NO clear winner after the triangle round, a winner will be determined by take-down. The takedown criteria is as follows:

a) whoever get the first takedown wins.

b) consists of 3 second control and is awarded to whoever has TOP control

c) if you attempt a sacrifice throw and it fails, the competitor with top 3 sec. control wins

d) a snap down to a go behind or to side turtle position counts as a takedown

e) if you initiate a takedown and your opponent re-rolls and ends up on top for 3 seconds, the takedown will be awarded to the person on top for 3 second control

Back Take

Objective: Submit your opponent from the back.

The person taking the back starts with an over/under, seatbelt grip. The person who has their back taken must escape before being submitted. 

Please note: As you start to escape, if your opponent ends up mounting you, this IS considered an escape from the back.

Additionally, ANY top position your opponent end up on is also considered an escape from the back.


Objective: Submit your opponent before he escapes.

The attacking person will position their legs over their opponent's neck and chest in an armbar position. He will post his hand closest to his opponents head on the mat. His other arm will vine inside his opponents defending arm and grab his own thigh.

The defending person will grab his hand, wrist or forearm. He may not grab onto any part of the gi or bring his hands on or under the attackers leg until the ref says fight.


Objective: Submit your opponent from the triangle position.

To start the round, the bottom competitor will apply the triangle position. He will place both his hands on the mat or behind his head.

The top, defending competitor MUST be able to post his triangled-arm, palm-down on the mat.

Please note: The bottom, attacking competitor may cross their legs anyway they want, as long as they do NOT prevent the top competitor from posting palm-down on the mat.

Leg Lock Rules.

White Belts

Straight foot-lock (achilles) Allowed

Straight kneebar

Twisting foot-locks
(figure-4, estima)

Heel Hooks

Blue Belts

Straight foot-lock (achilles) Allowed

Straight kneebar

Twisting foot-locks
(figure-4, estima)

Heel Hooks

Purple, Brown & Black Belts

Straight foot-lock (achilles) Allowed

Straight kneebar - Allowed

Twisting foot-locks
(figure-4, estima)

Heel Hooks - Allowed

  • Purple belts may do heel hooks only in NoGi.

Illegal White Belt Techniques.

The following techniques are prohibited at the white belt level.

  • Wrist locks
  • Twister submission
  • Muffler (palm over mouth)
  • Compression locks (calf & bicep slicers)
  • Please note: the electric-chair submission is ALLOWED in the white belt division.

The Following Techniques are NOT Allowed in ANY Division

Attempting these techniques may result in disqualification.

  • No chin whips
  • No knuckles to front of throat (knuckles to side is ok)
  • No cervical locks, neck cranks or neck locks
  • No leg-scissor takedown
  • No jumping guard or flying submissions
  • No slamming from the guard or triangle choke

No Stalling Rules.

On the Feet

Any competitor that is standing and takes 3 steps backwards will be warned for stalling.

Circling would not be considered stalling.

On the Ground

Any competitor that takes 3 butt-scoots backwards will be warned for stalling.

Butt-scooting forward would not be considered stalling.

3-Stalling Warnings Disqualification

On the 3rd stalling warning the referee will officially disqualify the competitor.

Holding on from Bottom Guard

From the bottom guard: if your opponent stands up you can keep your closed guard as long as you keep your head at your opponents belt level or lower.

If your head goes above your opponents belt level you must either uncross your guard or get your head at or below their belt level.

Pulling Your Opponent off Mat

If an athlete is caught in a submission and PURPOSELY pulls their opponent off the mat in an attempt to free themselves, they will be considered submitted.

If an opponent is countering a submission and they happen to roll off of the mat but are caught in a deep submission the referee will reset the position in the center of the ring with the submission INTACT. The referee will give the person caught in the submission the option to tap or continue to fight from the sub they were caught in.

The Difference Between
Jumping Guard & Pulling Guard.

Jumping Guard
(NOT allowed)

When a competitor jumps into the guard with both feet off of the ground and expects their opponent to "catch" them. This is very dangerous.
For this reason: this technique is not allowed in any division, under any circumstances.

Pulling Guard (Allowed)

Pulling guard is an attempt to pull your opponent to the ground. You must establish a grip on your opponents sleeve, collar, head, wrist, ect. prior to pulling guard. Open sitting to guard without any prior grip is not permitted. Butt scooting is not permitted.

1st Priority

Our refs watch each match closely. Safety is our most paramount concern. To prevent injury: a match will be stopped if a submission becomes dangerous.

These decision are made in real time by refs discretion. All ref decisions are final.