Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a discount for doing both divisions?
Yes, if you start the registration process and select both gi and no gi, it will automatically discount the final price.
£35 for 1 division, £50 for 2 divisions, £5 for each absolute (until end of January)
£45 for 1 division, £60 for 2 divisions, £10 for each absolute or £15 for both
(until 23.59 on 6th March, or until full capacity is reached)
£25 for 1 division, £40 for 2 divisions (until end of January)
£35 for 1 division, £50 for 2 divisions
(until 23.59 on 6th March, or until full capacity is reached)
Adults and Masters (gi and no-gi, in shorts and t-shirt)
-50kg. -55kg, -60kg, -65kg, -70kg, -75kg, -80kg, -85kg, -90kg, -95kg, -100kg, -110kg, 110kg+
Masters divisions are M1 (from the year you turn 30), M2 (from the year you turn 36) and M3 (from the year you turn 41).
Juvenile (gi and no-gi, in shorts and t-shirt)
-45kg, -50kg. -55kg, -60kg, -65kg, -70kg, -75kg, -80kg, 80kg+
Children (gi and no-gi, in shorts and t-shirt)
-15kg, -20kg, -25kg, -30kg, -35kg, -40kg, -45kg, -50kg. -55kg, -60kg, -65kg, -70kg, 75kg+
My Child is 16 or 17 (or turning 16 or 17 this year) - why are the only belt options white, blue or purple?
The commonly used IBJJF standard is that your child moves on to the adult belt system (for competition purposes, at least) the year of their 16th birthday. We'd suggest white belt for grey and yellow belts, and blue belt for green belts - but ultimately you'd need to check with their coach.
My child is 10 (for example) years old and the only age option for them is 11 - is this right?
Yes, this is right. We're following the IBJJF standard of going by the age your child is going to be on their 2022 birthday. it's a weird quirk of the system and one we might change next time. All children will be in the same boat.
Are there any uniform requirements?
You can wear whatever colour gi you like, but we do ask that they roughly meet the IBJJF sizing requirements (not too tight or baggy, not too short/long and that the collar isn't too thick). BJJ gis please, not judo gis.
Spats, VTs, grappling shorts, rash guards and singlets are fine for no gi. There are no ranked colour requirements. Please don't compete in t-shirts, anything with metal on it, anything with pockets and no, you can't wear wrestling boots or compete topless.
What are the rules?
Whilst we're using the IBJJF rules, we're asking our refs to use some leniency in their interpretation, especially for the lower grades. This means that we'll try and use English rather than Portuguese, and warn competitors if they're about to reap or grab someone's shorts (for example).
How do the weigh ins work?
Regardless of whether you're doing gi, no gi, or both, you only need to weigh in once - wearing shorts and a t-shirt. You do not need to wear your gi or your no gi gear to weigh in, just shorts and a t-shirt is fine. We will allow a small amount of leeway with your weight to allow for scale differences, but if you're too heavy you'll be disqualified. You can change your own weight class on Smoothcomp until 23:59 on Monday 7th March.
Please be at the venue an hour before your first match is due to start, in case your match is moved forward. First match will be from 09:00 and first weigh in from 08:30. Smoothcomp will update in real time. You must weigh in at least 30 minutes before the start of your first match (you can weigh in earlier than this, but we will prioritise people whose matches are due to start with 30-60 minutes) or you can weigh in between 19:00 and 20:00 on the Friday evening if you happen to already be in Plymouth. The venue for this is the reception at Flo Martial Arts, Plympton. The organisers won't be present, so if you have any questions, it's unlikely that the receptionist will be able to give you any answers that aren't already in the FAQs.
If you're concerned about people dehydrating and cutting noticeable amounts of weight, please be assured that it's harder and far more unpleasant than you'd think, and not worth doing for a regional jiujitsu competition. Without significant experience people are more likely to put themselves at a disadvantage by doing so. Competitors are advised to register in a realistic weight category and not make significant changes to their weight in the days running up to the event. Whilst we don't suggest it, anyone who competes regularly will be familiar with people running laps of the car park on the day of the event and it's not something we have control over. Again, you can change your own weight class on Smoothcomp until 23:59 on Monday 7th March.
What division do people that have experience in similar combat sports compete in?
If you're a competitive wrestler, a judo black belt, a professional MMA fighter, or have had more than 2 amateur MMA fights, please enter at blue belt (or higher) or you risk being disqualified. If you only do no gi, please don't sandbag - enter at the appropriate no gi division. Contact us if you need help deciding. If your child or under 18 year old student is a judo brown or black belt, and a BJJ white belt, please contact us to find the right division for them.
How do we check or change our own entry?
Smoothcomp allows you to make changes yourself. They have a support section you can search if you're stuck. If something isn't working, please can you double check whether it works on a laptop or desktop, or on your phone browser's desktop view before contacting us. For help changing your weight class click here. To search support click here.
I'm ill/injured, can I cancel my entry?
Yes, you can cancel for a full refund until 2 weeks out (23:59 on the 26th February). After that you can cancel for a 100% coupon refund until 23:59 Tuesday 8th March. If you end up being alone in your division after the brackets are released, or you're the only one present on the day then we'll refund you - you may need to message us to request this. Cancellation instructions can be found here.
Can I compete at both masters and adult?
Yes you can, as long as your year of birth is 1992 or earlier. You can also compete at two different weight divisions at either masters or adult. However if you want the discount to be applied twice, you'll have to register twice - once at adult, then once at masters (or vice versa). You can enter at both adult and masters for the absolute as well if you're crazy/enthusiastic enough to potentially get squashed x 2.
Can I coach my students?
We're going to allow coaches mat side to coach their students. We're just going to ask people to avoid taking the piss, rather than allocate passes. If you're not competing, please leave the matted area. Our runners and coordinators will ask you to clear the area.
Does the venue have parking?
There's a small car park right outside the sports centre. You can drop people off or pay to park for 2 hours. If you keep driving past the sports centre for a few hundred metres, the first turning on the right is into the university campus itself, where there's free parking available all weekend. Click here for a map of the sports centre, campus and parking.
What are the timings going to be on the day?
We're aiming to run matches from 09:00 to 18:00, but we can't give more detailed times until we release the brackets. We're aiming to do this by the end of Thursday 10th March.
Please be at the venue an hour before your first match is due to start, in case your match is moved forward. First match will be from 09:00 and first weigh in from 08:30. Smoothcomp will update in real time. You must weigh in at least 30 minutes before the start of your first match (you can weigh in earlier than this, but we will prioritise people whose matches are due to start with 30-60 minutes).
What are the deadlines on the week of the competition?
You can check and change your weight class (or age division) until 23:59 on Monday 7th March.
You have until 23:59 on Tuesday 8th March to check your division. If there are less than 3 of you in it, the likelihood is that we will merge you up one weight class or down to adult or a different masters division to create a bracket of at least 3. If you do not wish to be merged, please either cancel your own entry for a refund or add a note to your registration with more details.
Marjons Sport & Health Centre »
Derriford Rd, Plymouth PL6 8BH
Childrens Gi - shorts and t-shirt weigh in
Childrens No-Gi - shorts and t-shirt weigh in
16-17 year olds Gi - shorts and t-shirt weigh in
16-17 year olds No-Gi - shorts and t-shirt weigh in
Adult/Masters Gi - shorts and t-shirt weigh in
Adult/Masters Absolute Gi
Adult/Masters No-Gi - shorts and t-shirt weigh in
Adult/Masters Absolute No-Gi