IBJJF Weight Classes (All You Need to Know!)

ibjjf weight classes

The IBJJF is one of the most prestigious organizations in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. It holds many competitions worldwide where athletes are divided into many weight classes. So, you should be familiar with the various IBJJF weight categories if you want to compete in their Gi and No-Gi competitions.

This article will describe the various IBJJF weight divisions and classifications. Then we’ll discuss the adult men’s, women’s, and youth’s weight brackets, among other fascinating topics. Stay tuned!

What Are the Different IBJJF Weight Classes?

ibjjf weight classes

Because of its extensive weight and age categories, the IBJJF allows participants of all ranks and ages to compete. As a result, everybody who wishes to compete, from children to adults, can choose a division that meets their ability level.

Here are the main IBJJ weight divisions:

  • Male Adults/Masters Gi
  • Female Adults/Masters Gi
  • Male Juvenile Gi
  • Female Juvenile Gi
  • Male Adults/Masters No Gi
  • Female Adults/Masters No Gi
  • Male Juvenile No Gi
  • Female Juvenile No Gi

Although, many beginner athletes are perplexed by IBJJF weight divisions because Gi and no-gi events have specific differences. Otherwise, masters and adults compete in the same weight categories. But, juvenile athletes compete in distinct weight classes with different weight limitations.

Let’s dive in-depth into each IBJJF weight category!

  • Male Adults/Masters Gi IBJJF Weight Classes

The IBJJF gi BJJ weight classes are lighter than the no-gi classes by 1.9 to 3 kg. Here are male adults/masters Gi IBJJF weight classes:

IBJJF Male Adults/Master Gi Division Weight Limit
Rooster (Galo) Under 57.5 kg (127 lbs)
Light feather (Pluma) 57.5 kg to 64 kg (127 – 141.6 lbs)
Feather (Pena) 64 kg to 70 kg (141.6 – 154.6 lbs)
Light (Leve) 70 kg to 76 kg (154.6 – 168 lbs)
Middle (Medio) 76 kg to 82.3 kg (168 – 181.6 lbs)
Medium-Heavy (Meio-Pesado) 82.3 kg to 88.3 kg (181.6 – 195 lbs)
Heavy (Pesado) 88.3 kg to 94.3 kg (195 – 208 lbs)
Super-Heavy (Super-Pesado) 94.3 kg to 100.5 kg (208 – 222 lbs)
Ultra heavy (Pesadissimo) 0ver 100.5 kg (222 lbs and up)
Open class Open to all weight classes
  • Female Adults/Masters Gi IBJJF Weight Classes

IBJJF Gi Female Weight Division Weight Limit
Rooster (Galo) Under 48.5kg (107 lbs)
Light feather (Pluma) 48.5kg to 53.5 kg (107 – 118 lbs)
Feather (Pena) 53.5 kg to 58.5 kg (118 – 129 lbs)
Light (Leve) 58.5 kg to 64 kg (129 – 141.6 lbs)
Middle (Medio) 64 kg to 69 kg (141.6 – 152.6 lbs)
Medium-Heavy (Meio-Pesado) 69 to 74 kg (152.6 – 163.6 lbs)
Heavy (Pesado) 74 kg to 79.3 kg (163.6 – 175 lbs)
Super-Heavy (Super-Pesado) Over 79.3 kg (175 lbs)
Open class Open to all weight classes
  • Male Juvenile Gi IBJJF Weight Classes

Male Juvenile Gi IBJJF Classes Weight limit
Rooster (Galo) Under 53.50 kg (117.9 lbs)
Light feather (Pluma) 53.50 kg to 58.50 kg (117.9 lbs – 129.0 lbs)
Feather (Pena) 58.50 kg to 64 kg (129.0 lbs – 141.1 lbs)
Light (Leve) 64 kg to 69 kg (141.1 lbs – 152.1 lbs)
Middle (Medio) 69 kg to 74 kg (152.1 lbs – 163.1 lbs)
Medium Heavy (Meio-Pesado) 74 kg to 79.30 kg (163.1 lbs – 174.8 lbs)
Heavy (Pesado) 79.30 kg to 84.30 kg (174.8 lbs – 185.8 lbs)
Super Heavy (Super-Pesado) 84.30 kg to 89.30 kg (185.8 lbs – 196.9 lbs)
Ultra Heavy (Ultra-Pesado) Over 89.30 kg (196.9 lbs)
Open Class No weight limit
  • IBJJF Female Juvenile Gi Weight Classes

IBJJF Female Juvenile Gi Classes Weight Limit
Rooster (Galo) Under 44.30 kg (97.7 lbs)
Light Feather (Pluma) 44.30 kg to 48.30 kg (97.7 lbs – 106.5 lbs)
Feather (Pena) 48.30 kg to 52.50 kg (106.5 lbs – 115.7 lbs)
Light (Leve) 52.50 kg to 56.50 kg (115.7 lbs – 124.6 lbs)
Middle (Medio) 56.50 kg to 60.50 kg (124.6 lbs – 133.4 lbs)
Medium Heavy (Meio-Pesado) 60.50 kg to 65 kg (133.4 lbs – 143.3 lbs)
Heavy (Pesado) 65 kg to 69 kg (143.3 lbs – 152.1 lbs)
Super Heavy (Super-Pesado) Over 69 kg (152.1 lbs)
Ultra Heavy (Ultra-Pesado) Depends on the IBJJF tournament rules
Open Class Depends on the IBJJF tournament rules
  • Male Adults/Masters No Gi IBJJF Weight Classes

Male Adults/Masters No Gi IBJJF Weight Classes Weight Limit
Rooster (Galo) Under 55.6 kg (122.6 lbs)
Light feather (Pluma) 55.6 kg to 61.7 kg (122.6 – 136 lbs)
Feather (Pena) 61.7kg to 67.5 kg (136 – 149 lbs)
Light (Leve) 67.5 kg to 73.5 kg (149 – 162.6 lbs)
Middle (Medio) 73.5 kg to 79.6 kg (162.6 – 175.6 lbs)
Medium-Heavy (Meio-Pesado) 79.6 kg to 85.5 kg (175.6 – 188.6 lbs)
Heavy (Pesado) 85.5 kg to 91.6 kg (188.6 – 202 lbs)
Super-Heavy (Super-Pesado) 91.6 kg to 97.5 kg (202 – 215 lbs)
Ultra heavy (Pesadissimo) Over 97.5 kg (215 lbs)
Open class Open to all weight classes
  • Female Adults/Masters No Gi IBJJF Weight Classes

The IBJJF women’s no-gi classes are 1.8 – 2.7 kg lighter than gi weight classes.

Female Adults/Masters No Gi IBJJF Weight Classes Weight Limit
Rooster (Galo) Under 46.7kg (103 lbs)
Light feather (Pluma) 46.7kg to 51.7 kg (103 – 114 lbs)
Feather (Pena) 51.7 kg to 56.7 kg (114 – 125 lbs)
Light (Leve) 56.7 kg to 61.6 kg (125 – 136 lbs)
Middle (Medio) 61.6 kg to 66.7 kg (136 – 147 lbs)
Medium-Heavy (Meio-Pesado) 66.7 to 71.6 kg (147 – 158 lbs)
Heavy (Pesado) 71.6 kg to 76.6 kg (158 – 169 lbs)
Super-Heavy (Super-Pesado) Over 76.6 kg (169 lbs)
Open class Open to all weight classes
  • Male Juvenile No Gi IBJJF Weight Classes

Male Juvenile No Gi Classes Weight Limit
Rooster (Galo) Under 51.50 kg (113.5 lbs)
Light feather (Pluma) 51.50 kg to 56.50 kg (113.5 lbs – 124.6 lbs)
Feather (Pena) 56.50 kg to 61.50 kg (124.6 lbs – 135.6 lbs)
Light (Leve) 61.50 kg to 66.50 kg (135.6 lbs – 146.6 lbs)
Middle (Medio) 66.50 kg to 71.50 kg (146.6 lbs – 157.6 lbs)
Medium Heavy (Meio-Pesado) 71.50 kg to 76.50 kg (157.6 lbs – 168.7 lbs)
Heavy (Pesado) 76.50 kg to 81.50 kg (168.7 lbs – 179.7 lbs)
Super Heavy (Super-Pesado) 81.50 kg to 86.50 kg (179.7 lbs – 190.7 lbs)
Ultra Heavy Over 86.50 kg (190.7 lbs)
Open Class Depends on the IBJJF tournament rules
  • Female Juvenile No Gi IBJJF Weight Classes

Female Juvenile No Gi IBJJF Classes Weight Limit
Rooster (Galo) Under 42.50 kg (93.7 lbs)
Light feather (Pluma) 42.50 kg  to 46.50 kg (93.7 lbs – 102.5 lbs)
Feather (Pena) 46.50 kg to 50.50 kg (102.5 lbs – 111.3 lbs)
Light (Leve) 50.50 kg to 54.50 kg (111.3 lbs – 120.2 lbs)
Middle (Medio) 54.50 kg to 58.50 kg (120.2 lbs – 129.0 lbs)
Medium Heavy (Meio-Pesado) 58.50 kg to 62.50 kg (129.0 lbs – 137.8 lbs)
Heavy (Pesado) 62.50 kg to 66.50 kg (137.8 lbs – 146.6 lbs)
Super Heavy (Super-Pesado) Over 66.50 kg (146.6 lbs)
Ultra Heavy (Ultra-Pesado) Depends on the IBJJF tournament rules
Open Class Depends on the IBJJF tournament rules

What Are the Different IBJJF Age Divisions?

There are 22 age groups ranging from 4 to 61 years old, divided into youth and adult divisions.

  • IBJJF Adult Age Divisions

IBJJF Adult Age Division Athlete’s Age Limit
Adults 18 years old and under 30 years old
Masters 1 30 years old and under 36 years old
Masters 2 36 years old and under 41 years old
Masters 3 41 years old and under 46 years old
Masters 4 46 years old and under 51 years old
Masters 5 51 years old and under 56 years old
Masters 6 56 years old and under 61 years old
Masters 7 61 years old and older
  • IBJJF Youth Age Divisions

IBJJF Youth Age Division Athlete’s Age
Mighty Mite I 4 years old
Mighty Mite II 5 years old
Mighty Mite III 6 years old
Pee Wee I 7 years old
Pee Wee II 8 years old
Pee Wee III 9 years old
Junior I 10 years old
Junior II 11 years old
Junior III 12 years old
Teen I 13 years old
Teen II 14 years old
Teen III 15 years old
Juvenile I 16 years old
Juvenile II 17 years old

Are There Rank Divisions in IBJJF Tournaments?

In addition to age and weight classifications, the IBJJF classifies competitors based on their rank.

Athletes aged 16 and up (Juvenile 1 and up) compete in various ranks, including white, blue, purple, brown, and black.

Athletes aged 04 to 15 (Mighty-Mite 1 to Teen 3) may also be classified based on their rank, including white, grey, yellow, orange, and green, depending on the tournament rules.

Are Adults and Masters IBJJF Divisions the Same?

no gi weight classes

Adults and masters are classified in the same IBJJF weight classes for men and women. Yet, the only difference between the two divisions is the age limit.

Adult weight classes are open to participants aged 18 to under 30. The master weight classes, on the other hand, are for participants aged 30 to 61 years old.

Conclusion

The IBJJF is a well-known organization that sponsors several worldwide Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitions. The IBJJF competitors are classified into several divisions based on age, weight, and rank.

I hope this article was helpful for you in learning about the IBJJF weight divisions.


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