Make your own free website on

Western Canadian Martial Arts Championships - October 17, 1998
Grappling Division Rules and Scoring
These rules are posted here for information purposes only. Competitors should obtain official printed rules.
For the SKI Rules and the SKF Rules, please call the organzers at 604-596-5132 or 604-584-0627

Weigh in and Registration:

Weigh in will be conducted the morning of the competition during registration. Doors open at 8:00, registration will begin at 8:30 am. Each competitor is responsible for a completed entry form for each division competing. As team points are awarded for the overall team trophy it is imperative that team name be indicated on the form at time of registration. Should a competitor fail to indicate the team they represent, they will be given until the start of their division to make the necessary changes. Once a competitor has competed and failed to indicate the team they represent, the competitor will be considered an independent and points awarded accordingly with no exception.

Tournament Format:

Categories will begin at exactly 10:00 am, We will begin with the lightest level in the Novice division and advance to the next heaviest. This will continue until we reach the heaviest advanced level. There will be no finals, each division will compete until there is a winner a five minute break will be provided in the event that a competitor is faced with beck to beck matches.. At the conclusion of the weight divisions, the open will commence. Brazilian Style will run first followed by Freestyle, allowing for competitors to take part in both.


At the conclusion of the match where no submission has been achieved, the winner will be determined by the most points. Points will be awarded based on the following criteria.

Techniques qualifying for points

Complete Sweep ( and come over from the bottom )

When a competitor sweeps or flips his opponent, using his legs reversing his own position from the bottom to top ( when opponent is your guard and you reverse )

Reversing the position

When competitor is able to successfully reverse the position and maintain it. i.e. Escape the mount, reversing the cross mount. must be for 3 seconds

Perfect Throw or takedown

When a competitor offensively ( using a throw ) forces his/her opponent to the mat from the standing position. Offensive fighter must be in control and in stable position for points to be awarded. If a throw is attempted but thrower loses balance by either opponent pulling them down or from poor technique or throw being accidental, no point will be awarded.

Knee on the Belly

When a competitor is able to place one knee on opponents torso and maintain control for a minimum of 3 seconds. Points for this can only be achieved once. Competitor em not place knee on belly, then remove then place again to achieve 6 points.

Pass the Guard

When opponent is on his/her back with legs around competitor. Competitor is able to get around the legs and establish a cross mounted position. Competitor must have complete control in cross- side mount for 3 seconds. Should competitor be past the legs but unable to get the cross mount, no points awarded.

Achieve and maintain mounted position

When competitor is able to successfully be on top of opponent with legs straddled and both feet and knees on the mat. Legs must be unobstructed and on the ground. Mount can be either when opponent is on his/her beck or stomach. If you are mounted on your opponent that 4 points, if he/she rolls to their stomach and you are still mounted that's 4 more points. If you then achieve hooks that's an additional 4 points. Prevent the mount.

Taking the back

When competitor is able to be on opponents back with both feet securely hooked in. Feet must be hooked in for points. Attempt at choke does not achieve points unless results in submission.

Points for Brazillian Style Points for Freestyle
2 Points 2 Points

-Complete Sweep ( and come over from the bottom )

- complete Sweep ( and come over from the bottom )
-Reversing the position - Reversing the position
-Perfect Throw or takedown - Pass the guard
3 Points 3 Points
-Knee on the Belly - Knee on the belly
-Pass the guard - Perfect trow or takedown
4 Points 4 Points
-Achieve and maintain mounted position - Achieve and maintain mounted position
-Taking the back - Taking the back

Submission will win the match regardless of points. Submission is achieved when opponent visibly taps out (either by tapping opponent of mat with hands) due to inability to escape technique that results in a degree of discomfort.
In the event of a tie in points, advantage will be determined. The referee has final decision.

- any takedown with technique - any attempt at choke, arm locl, or near submission
- reversal of fight without technique . - person with more aggressive stance

Important note: Should a competitor have a dominate position for the duration of the match ( guard, top cross mourn etc. ) and fail to win by submission or points, the victory may be awarded to his/her opponent based on inability to utilize dominate position. As well in open class where weight difference is considerable and tied in points, victory may be awarded to the smaller competitor based on superior technique to neutralize bigger opponent (or failure of heavier competitors to use weight to his/her advantage).

A competitor will be disqualified from the match if heal she intentionally tries to injure his / her opponent by twisting the neck or by lifting his opponent and throwing him on his beck of his hock to the ground etc. or where there is an infraction to the tournament rules.

A competitor who demonstrates a lack of desire to fight by opening gi, trying to escape match area, trying to escape the ground, or by not taking the fight to the ground will receive a warning by the judge. A second warning will result in the deduction of 2 points. If a competitor persists and is deducted a total of 6 points, he will forfeit the match.

An example is intentionally rolling out of the ring to avoid an article lock.

Tournament Rules:
- No striking with any part of the body - No biting or eye gouging
- No fingers/hands inside the cuffs of the opponents gi - No pulling of hair
- No techniques that involve bending or attempting to break fingers or toes
- No twisting techniques. Techniques which apply pressure to the joint as a result of twisting (i.e. ankle twist, knee twist, etc.)
- No slamming of opponent (throwing to the ground as a means to pass the guard)
- No refunds or withdrawals. If you compete or register in an event no refunds or compensation will be given. It is very difficult for volunteers and     coordinators to fairly resolve this situation. Therefore competitors are pre-advised of this ruling
Technique Summary:
Striking with any part of the body is prohibited. Competitors found to be with intent to strike or cause harm to their opponent will be disqualified and asked to leave the venue. The following techniques are permitted.
Chokes: Brazilian style and Free sole
Any choke that renders the opponent into submission. Chokes can be applied with either the arms, legs or with clothing, Competitors can not apply chokes by directly squeezing opponents throat with hand or pushing against throat to cause loss of breath. Ways of submission can be from side, front, and from behind.
Joint Locks: Brazilian style
Any technique where pressure is applied against a joint forcing opponent to submit. Competitors are permitted to use standard arm locks, inverted arm locks, shoulder locks, wrist locks, foot locks, and might knee lodes. Techniques which require twisting of the joint are prohibited Not allowed to figure four the leg in an attempt at an made lock.
In addition to the above techniques, toe holds will be permitted. Figure four of the leg is permitted when going for the ankle.


Each match will be 5 minutes in length with no overtime. Competitors will begin their match on their feet and then instructed to engage. As this is a grappling tournament, competitors will not be separated once the match goes to the ground unless submission occurs or time expires. All categories must have a minimum of 4 competitors. In the event of throe in a division, competitors will be given the choice between category merging or round robin. In the event that a category is canceled, the heaviest competitors from the division will be assigned to the higher weight division and lighter being assigned to the lower weight level Semi final winner will fight for first and second place, while semi final losers will fight for third and fourth.

Attire and safety equipment:
Mouth guards, knee pads and groin protectors are recommended. No protective gear shall contain metal or hard plastic substances of any sort. No adhesive, rough, tom or loose equipment will be permitted. Competitors with long hair should tie it behind their head. The nails must be filed properly and cut short. Proper hygiene is in order. No jewelry is permitted while competing

Brazilian Style:
A freshly washed traditional martial arts gi, in full must be worn. If your clothing becomes bloodied or torn, you will be asked to replace it immediately or forfeit the match.

Freestyle: Shorts with drawstring and elastic in clean new condition. T-Shirt optional. ff T-shirt worn, must be free of profanity, and be either free of texts or support club name. Wrestling shoes permitted. No street shoes, black soled shoes or shoes that contain rough surface.

level break down:
The essence of any competition relies on the fairness of the contest. We encourage competitors to enroll at the skill level they feel will offer the highest challenge.

Novice: White Belts in
Brazilian Jiujitsu wilh or without one stripe. Judo yellow and orange belt.

Those competitors who have limited experience with grappling. Usually someone in this level has been practicing for up to 6 months. Competitors here have a limited number of techniques on the ground and really have no previous wrestling experience. Regardless to your ranking in my other Martial Art, your amount of focus on grappling is important. Should you not practice grappling regularly, this is your skill level. In addition, individuals with wrestling experience not at a competitive level qualify at this level.

White with Two or more Stripes in Brazilian Jiu-iltsu. Under Brown belt in Judo. Wrestlers with tournament experience at the high school level.
Competitors here find themselves with the ability to feel very confortable with grappling. Individuals possess a fair amount of techniques to reverse, control and submit their opponents. Individuals here generally train anywhere from 6 months to a year and a half. Competitors who have previously won a novice division should enroll in this level. Wrestlers with tournament experience and provincial ranking should enroll here. Grappling experience must be possessed but not yet refined.

Blue belt or higher in Brazilian Jiu.iitsu. Brown belt or higher in Judo.   Wrestlers with provincial and national ranking.

Competitors here have been grappling for quite some time. Knowledge of various ground techniques is substantial. Tournament experience is sufficient, and training is plentiful. Intermediate winners should consider enrolling here. Competitors do not necessary need to possess the above qualifications but must consider their opposition will be well versed in grappling and have years experience behind them.

Back to
Sambo related
News or  Events
Contact & Comments

at (604)596-5132