Your Ultimate Guide to Winning at Fuji BJJ Tournaments!

Are you looking for a way to elevate your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills and challenge yourself against some of the best in the sport? Fuji BJJ Tournaments are highly acclaimed in the BJJ community and present a unique opportunity for amateur and professional grapplers.

These tournaments are structured to accommodate a broad spectrum of participants, allowing them to demonstrate their prowess and refine their techniques under the authentic pressures of competitive combat.

Whether stepping onto the mat for the first time or looking to assert your dominance, Fuji BJJ Tournaments provide the perfect stage to test your skills and push your limits. Continue reading for more!

2024 Fuji Tournament Events

Understanding Fuji BJJ Tournaments is crucial if you’re interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

These events are organized into divisions by weight, skill level, age, gender, and rank to ensure fairness.

Below is an overview of the 2024 Fuji Tournaments, designed to provide a platform for competitors to showcase their skills.

DateEvent NameLocation
July 12Judo for BJJ SeminarCharlotte
July 13Charlotte OpenCharlotte, NC
July 14NY/NJ Summer OpenMahwah, NJ
July 14Wilmington Summer ChampionshipWilmington, NC
July 20Kansas City Summer OpenKansas City, Missouri
July 20Pittsburgh Summer ChampionshipMonroeville, PA
July 20Knoxville Summer ChampionshipDandridge, TN
July 27Madison Summer OpenVerona, WI
August 3Philadelphia Summer ChampionshipDowningtown, PA
August 3Northern Ohio ChampionshipSandusky, OH
August 10Grand Rapids Summer ChampionshipGrand Rapids, MI
August 11Albany State ChampionshipDelmar, NY
August 17Fort Wayne Summer ChampionshipFort Wayne, IN
August 17Port Lucie Summer ChampionshipVero Beach, FL
August 24Terre Haute Summer ChampionshipTerre Haute, IN, USA
August 24Fayetteville Fall ChampionshipFayetteville, NC
September 7Springfield, IL Fall OpenSpringfield, IL
September 7Cincinnati Fall ChampionshipHamilton, OH
September 14Kentucky State ChampionshipBowling Green, KY
September 21Chicago Fall OpenBarrington, IL
September 21Ft Myers Summer ChampionshipFort Myers
September 22Massachusetts Fall OpenFitchburg, MA
October 5Quad Cities OpenBettendorf, IA
October 5Indianapolis Fall ChampionshipNoblesville, IN
October 5Virginia Beach Fall ChampionshipVirginia Beach, VA
October 12Allentown Fall ChampionshipAllentown, PA
October 12St. Louis Fall ClassicSt Louis, MO
October 19Wisconsin State ChampionshipsMilwaukee, Wisconsin
October 19Auburn Fall ChampionshipOpelika, AL
October 19Charleston Fall ChampionshipHurricane, WV
October 26Raleigh Fall ChampionshipRaleigh, NC
November 16Cincinnati Winter ChampionshipHamilton, OH
November 23Springfield, MO Fall OpenSpringfield, MO
December 7Allentown Winter ChampionshipAllentown, PA
December 14Pittsburgh Winter ChampionshipMonroeville, PA

FUJI Tournaments Divisions

FUJI divides its competitors into several categories by competitor’s weight, skill level, age, gender, and rank.

They are committed to putting each contender in the most appropriate bracket.

Men Adult/Masters/Executive

Adult male contestants in the various FUJI BJJ Tournaments are grouped into seven weight divisions ranging from 0 to over 216 pounds (0 to over 98 kg), as described below:

Men Competitor’s Weight ClassWeight Limit in PoundsWeight Limit in Kilograms
Strawweight0 to 140 lbs0 to 63.9 kg
Flyweight141 to 155 lbs64 to 70.9 kg
Lightweight156 to 170 lbs71 to 76.9 kg
Welterweight171 to 185 lbs77 to 83.9 kg
Middleweight186 to 200 lbs84 to 90.9 kg
Heavyweight201 to 215 lbs91 to 97.9 kg
UnlimitedOver 216 lbsOver 98 kg

Women Adult/Masters/Executive

Adult women contestants in the various FUJI Tournaments are separated into four weight classes ranging from 0 to over 150 pounds (0 to over 68 kg), as described below:

Men Competitor’s Weight ClassWeight Limit in PoundsWeight Limit in Kilograms
Flyweight0 to 115 lbs0 to 52.4 kg
Lightweight116 to 130 lbs52.5 to 58.9 kg
Welterweight131 to 150 lbs59 to 67.9 kg
HeavyweightOver 150 lbsOver 68 kg

Adult GI Skill Divisions

In Gi BJJ FUJI events, competitors are classified into five skill groups, as shown in the table below.

Gi Competitor’s Skill DivisionDivison’s Criteria
Novice White BeltBJJ white belt practitioners under six months on the mat.
Advanced White BeltBJJ practitioners over six months on the mat.
Blue BeltBJJ practitioners who achieved the blue belt rank.
Purple BeltBJJ practitioners who achieved the purple belt rank.
Brown/Black BeltBJJ practitioners who have the brown or black rank.

Adult No-Gi Skill Divisions

In No-Gi BJJ FUJI competitions, competitors are classified into three skill groups, as shown in the table below.

No-Gi Competitor’s Skill DivisionDivison’s Criteria
BeginnerCompetitors under one year of jiu-jitsu training have no prior wrestling experience.
IntermediateCompetitors with over one year and less than three years of Jiu-Jitsu training.
ExpertCompetitors have over three years of jiu-jitsu training and competition experience.

Fuji BJJ Adult Age Divisions

In addition to the skill category, FUJI events divide their contestants into many age divisions, as illustrated in the table below.

FUJI Age DivisionAge Limit
Adult (men and women)Competitors aged between 18 and 29
Masters (men and women)Competitors aged between 30 and 45
Executives (men and women)Competitors aged over 46

Children and Teen Divisions

FUJI BJJ provides fair competition for all youth competitors by carefully evaluating aspects like age, weight, and rank. They focus on children’s safety. Thus, they take the bracketing procedure very seriously.

Here are the different FUJI Jiu Jitsu tournament categories for children:

  • Beginner: Youth competitors with less than one year of training experience or have competed in less than four events. In this division, they will be partnered with opponents weighing little more than 10 pounds.
  • Intermediate: Youth competitors with 1 to 4 years of training experience. In this category, the weight differential between opponents is restricted to 10 pounds for youngsters aged 5 to 12 and 15 pounds for those aged 13 and above.
  • Expert: Youth Competitors with an exceptional level of training and competitive experience. The weight differential between opponents is limited to 15 pounds for youngsters aged 5 to 12 and 20 pounds for those aged 13 and above.

Fuji Tournament Rules and Regulations

Fuji has solid rules and regulations to ensure fair and safe competition events. The following are some standards that FUJI tournament Competitors must obey.

General Rule

Fuji BJJ Tournaments operate under strict rules to ensure fairness and safety.

Matches are designed to have definitive outcomes, with victory achievable through submissions, points, referee decisions, disqualifications, or competitor injuries.

Point System

In Fuji tournaments, points are awarded for control positions and successful techniques, such as 4 points for achieving mount or back control with hooks.

This system encourages competitors to strive for technical excellence and match control.

Technique or PositionFUJI Scoring System
Mount,4 points
Back control with hooks4 points
Passing the guard3 points
Takedown2 Points
Sweep2 Points
Knee-On-Belly2 Points
Submission attempts that go beyond the mat without apparent reason.2 Points

Submission and Conduct Rules

Victory by submission can be declared through physical tapping or verbal submission.

Moreover, competitors’ conduct is highly regulated, with disqualifications for dangerous or unsportsmanlike actions, such as striking or eye gouging.

Overtime Rules

To decide a winner in the event of a draw, Fuji tournaments employ a one-minute sudden-death overtime, in which the first to score wins.

If the match is still tied, the outcome is determined by the competitor who demonstrated greater aggression in seeking positional advancements and submission attempts.

Faults, Warnings, and Disqualifications

Faults such as illegal grips or fleeing the match area lead to warnings and potential disqualification if repeated.

This system reinforces the importance of sportsmanship and adherence to the rules.

Eye GougingProhibited use of fingers, other body parts, or objects to squeeze or tear the eye.
StrikingDelivering a strike using any body part (e.g., fist, elbow, knee) is forbidden.
Minor Joint ManipulationHandling of three or more digits simultaneously is required; single-digit manipulation is banned.
Hair YankingPulling hair or using it to control an opponent is not allowed.
Biting or SpittingThese actions are strictly prohibited.
Fish HookingInserting fingers to stretch the skin of the opponent’s face (lips, nose, ears) is banned.
Slamming and SpikingIllegal to slam or spike an opponent on their head or neck from the guard or during a takedown.
Scissor TakedownsThis maneuver is prohibited.
Disrespectful BehaviorActions showing disrespect towards referees, opponents, or spectators are not allowed.
Post-Match AttacksAttacking an opponent after the match has concluded is forbidden.
Back Arch TakedownsThis type of takedown is prohibited.
Attacking During TreatmentAttacking an opponent under the care of a referee or doctor is prohibited.
Clavicle GrabbingProhibited.
Attacking During a BreakEngaging an opponent during a break is not allowed.


Participating in Fuji BJJ Tournaments offers competitors a unique platform to test and enhance their skills, garner experience, and grow in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

These events are more than just competitions; they celebrate skill, strategy, and the enduring spirit of BJJ.

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