Early bird registrations
26 Oct - 26 Nov 22:00
Normal registration
26 Nov - 29 Feb 22:00
Late registrations
29 Feb - 10 Mar 22:00
Event starts 16 Mar

Leicester Open

Filling the gap in the Leicester grappling competition scene - the Leicester Open is a Gi and No-Gi competition for all levels - IBJJF rules with NO ADVANTAGES.

IBJJF Rules...but no advantages!

The Leicester Open will be competed under IBJJF rules, but without advantages. We believe that you should not be penalised for preventing a takedown or pass, and escaping a submission attempt - no matter how close it gets. These can also be subjective, awarded by the referees discretion.

By removing advantages, you are merited for completing your passes, takedowns and submissions, and that's it!

That being said, if a match ends in a draw, the referee will make a decision on who wins based on the entire match.

Official ruleset can be found here.

Rules Meeting - 9:30am

Oliver Geddes - Head Referee

No one wants to lose a match on a controversial decison, that’s why at the Leicester Open we are taking the refereeing of our competition very seriously.

We are excited to announce Oliver Geddes as our head ref in March and welcome him to the LO team. Oliver is a 3rd degree black belt under Roger Gracie and has extensive experience refereeing on Polaris and coordinating for the AJP. He will oversee on the day of the competition to ensure high level officiating.

Discount for 2 division entry

Compete in both Gi and No-Gi and get your second division at a discounted rate. 

Early bird: 2nd Division = £15

Normal Reg: 2nd Division = £20

Late Reg: Second Division = £25

50% off for Brown and Black Belts

If you're entering the elite division (brown and black belt) in GI or No-Gi, email us or message us on socials to get a discount code for 50%.

Note: not available for absolute divisions.

Cash Prize Absolute Divisions Now Added

Absolute divisions have been added for both Gi and No-Gi.

£20 to enter – half of entry fee will be added to prize pot. The bigger the division, the bigger the prize!

These will run as Adults (over 18 and under 30) and Masters (Over 30s, combining Masters 30+ and 40+)

Absolute division is an additional division for those already signed up for Gi and/or No-Gi divisions already. Absolute divsions cannot be signed up to on their own.

Coach Passes

All teams will be allowed 2 coach passes. These can be collected upon arrival to the venue. Extra passes will be granted for bigger teams:

10+ Athletes = 3 passes

20+ Athletes = 4 passes

Key Times for the Day

Doors open for weigh-ins - 8:30am

Doors Open for Spectators - 9:00am

Rules meeting for athletes and coaches - 9:30am

Matches to start - 10am

Weigh-Ins

The venue will open at 08:30 to start weigh ins.

You must weigh in at least 1 hour before your division start time.

Weigh-ins will be without the Gi. This is for less complications for those competing in both Gi and No-Gi.

There are no allowances. If you miss weight, you cannot be moved up a weight class.

Division Merges

Where there are less than 3 athletes in a division, we will look to merge. This will be by weight or by age. We will inform you if we merge your division.

If you are not happy with your merged division, or if we cannot find a suitable match, you will be fully refunded.

Divisions of 3 athletes will be run round robin style.

Spectators

Spectator entry will be £5 payable on the door by cash or card.

Doors will open to spectators at 9:00am.

Parking

There will be ample parking a short 2 minute walk from the venue in the car park for:

Bede House

11 Western Blvd,

Leicester

LE2 7EJ

Access to the car park is by Bede Island Road off Western Boulevard.

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Entries

  • Female Juvenile (16-17) - Gi 40 GBP
  • Female Juvenile (16-17) - No-Gi 40 GBP
  • Female - Gi (18+) 45 GBP
  • Female - Cash Absolute - Gi (18+) 20 GBP
    Half of entry fee will be added to the cash prize.
  • Female - No-Gi (18+) 45 GBP
  • Female - Cash Absolute - No-Gi (18+) 20 GBP
    Half of entry fee will be added to the cash prize.
  • Female Masters 1 (30+) - Gi 45 GBP
  • Female Masters 1 - Cash Absolute - Gi (30+) 20 GBP
    Half of entry fee will be added to the cash prize.
  • Female Masters 1 (30+) - No-Gi 45 GBP
  • Female Masters - Cash Absolute - No-Gi (30+) 20 GBP
    Half of entry fee will be added to the cash prize.
  • Female Masters 2 (40+) - Gi 45 GBP
  • Female Masters 2 (40+) - No-Gi 45 GBP
  • Male Juvenile (16-17) - Gi 40 GBP
  • Male Juvenile (16-17) - No-Gi 40 GBP
  • Male - Gi (18+) 45 GBP
  • Male - Cash Absolute - Gi (18+) 20 GBP
    Half of entry fee will be added to the cash prize.
  • Male - No-Gi (18+) 45 GBP
  • Male - Cash Absolute - No-Gi (18+) 20 GBP
    Half of entry fee will be added to the cash prize.
  • Male Masters 1 (30+) - Gi 45 GBP
  • Male Masters - Cash Absolute - Gi (30+) 20 GBP
    Half of entry fee will be added to the cash prize.
  • Male Masters 1 (30+) - No-Gi 45 GBP
  • Male Masters - Cash Absolute - No-Gi (30+) 20 GBP
    Half of entry fee will be added to the cash prize.
  • Male Masters 2 (40+) - Gi 45 GBP
  • Male Masters 2 (40+) - No-Gi 45 GBP

Cancel/Refund policy