Grappling Industries Rules (A Closer Look)

Grappling Industries hosts submission grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments worldwide. It’s known for its highly competitive, well-organized events and has become one of the most renowned competition organizations.

Participating in several Grappling Industries competitions each year is highly recommended.

Learn more about their rules and regulations to ensure a fair and enjoyable experience.

Grappling Industries Prohibited Techniques

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Grappling Industries may allow or prohibit specific movements and techniques depending on your beginner, intermediate, or advanced level to ensure safe tournament environments and avoid injuries.

The image below outlines the permitted or prohibited techniques in Grappling Industries tournaments according to the competitor’s level.

Grappling Industries’ Gi/No-Gi Uniform Requirements

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Your uniform should meet the following specifications and guidelines whether you are participating in the grappling Grappling Industries’ Gi or No-Gi BJJ tournaments:

  • There is no pre-measuring or examination of the competitor’s Gi before an event. Still, Grappling Industries authorities can request that a competitor adjust his Gi if it is improper. 
  • Grappling Industries may prohibit those who wear a gi that is too short or too long or a gi with patches all over it. Otherwise, wearing a gi with contrasting top and bottom colors is prohibited, or if the Gi has visible rips, is damp or unclean, or emits offensive odors.
  • Competitors can wear a rash guard beneath their gi but cannot wear a shirt below their gi.
  • Men and women who compete in no-gi must wear board BJJ shorts with no pockets that extend halfway down the leg and no higher than the knee. 
  • The No-Gi uniform shouldn’t contain metal or plastic that may harm the opponent. 
  • If desired, spats may be worn beneath the shorts. 
  • Athletes must also wear a rashguard or an elastic shirt. There are no color constraints on these rashguards or shirts. However, Athletes are not permitted to compete shirtless or in loose clothing.

Recommended: IBJJF Rules for Gi and No-Gi Competitors (A Closer Look)

Grappling Industries’ Hygiene Requirements

Respect the hygiene requirements below for a fantastic Grappling Industries competition experience and to avoid embarrassment.

  • Athletes’ fingers and toenails should be kept short and clipped.
  • Long hair should be pulled back so as not to bother opponents.
  • Athletes shall be disqualified if they apply hair color or cosmetics during a bout that stains their opponent’s Gi or the mat surface.
  • Athletes with skin lesions or other skin conditions must be sent to the tournament medical personnel. In all cases, the medical staff has the last decision on whether or not an athlete may participate.

Grappling Industries’ Weigh-Ins

Grappling Industries divides its participants into weight divisions based on their weight. During competition registration, a participant selects his weight class and must check his weight before competing in his bracket.

The Grappling Industries’ weigh-in regulations are as follows:

  • An athlete must check in and weigh in at least 60 minutes before the start of his category.
  • All contestants in Gi classes must weigh in WITHOUT their Gi on.
  • A competitor participating in the Gi and NoGi classes has to weigh in once.
  • If athletes fail to gain weight on their first try, they have until the end of the allocated time to do so.
  • A one-pound allowance is applied.
  • Athletes who do not gain weight within the specified period will be disqualified and not promoted to the next weight category.
  • Disqualified athletes will not be entitled to a reimbursement. The athlete must compete in the weight class they registered for or move to a higher class before the event’s registration deadline.

Related: Grappling Industries Weight Classes (Explained!)

Grappling Industries’ Scoring and Match Duration

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A gi or No-gi, Grappling Industries battle lasts for a certain amount of time. During this time, a contestant attempts to win by scoring more points than his opponent or by submission. But if the battle is drawn, the referee decides the winner.

As a Grappling Industries tournament competitor, you should be familiar with their scoring method, which is described in the table below.

Successfully performed Techniques Awarded Points
Mount 4 points
Back mount 4 points
Guard pass 3 points
Sweep 2 points
Takedown 2 points
Knee on Stomach, 2 points
A good submission attempt that goes out of the mat. 2 points

To get the point of achieving the above moves, you should hold and control your opponent for at least 3 seconds. Otherwise, there are no “Advantage” points.

But, penalties are awarded to passive competitors: A first penalty results in a warning, a second violation results in the opponent receiving two points, and a third penalty results in disqualification.

Indeed, If a contestant taps out, cries, or vocally surrenders during the bout, the match is declared finished immediately.

Aside from that, the Grappling Industries bout’s time is as follows.

Grappling Industries Competitor Age Bracket Grappling Industries Bout’s Time
Adult 5 minutes
Teens 4 minutes
Kids 3 minutes

Related: IBJJF Points System (All You Need to Know!)


Grappling Industries’ competition regulations are critical in creating a fair and pleasurable event for all participants.

These regulations aim to provide an appropriate playing field and encourage a warm atmosphere for BJJ competition, from the point system and penalties to the role of referees and expectations for athlete behavior.

So, if you’re planning to participate in one of the numerous Grappling Industries events, learn and remember the above rules and regulations for a fun competition experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do Weigh-Ins Work in Grappling Industries?

Weigh-ins are used in Grappling Industries events to guarantee that athletes are matched against opponents in their weight class.

Weigh-ins are usually held on the same day as the competition. Each athlete must check in and weigh in at least 60 minutes before the start of his category.

What If I Missed Weight for a Grappling Industries Tournament?

If an athlete does not attain the correct weight on their first attempt, they must do so before the end of the weigh-in time. However, Athletes who do not gain weight within the given time frame will be disqualified and will not be advanced to an upper-weight division.

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