Copa Maryland - 2023 is an all-ages Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament that also offers a cash-prize for its Advanced No Gi Absolute Division [Sat. 22 April 2023; 9:00am - 4pm].
Are you looking for a tournament that runs on time and offers cash prizes?
Copa Maryland - 2023 is the tournament for you!
Copa Maryland - 2023 is an all-ages tournament (6 years old and over).
There will be Gi and No Gi (Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced) divisions for men, women, kids, and juveniles.
Cash Prize for 1st Place:
$500 for Men's Adult Advanced No Gi Absolute
All Black Belts compete for FREE in the Gi divisions ONLY. All Black Belts competing in Gi divisions need to initiate their registration online (without paying) and then contact us to finalize their registration.
Spectator Fees: $15 at the door. Coaches (brown and black belts only) of registered athletes enter for FREE. Academies can have one coach per 5 students registered for the event (2 coaches per 10 students, 3 for 15 etc.) Please email us no-later than 2 days before the event, with the coaches' names, so we can enter them on our guest list in time.
All Gi matches will be under IBJJF rules and weight divisions. To view them click here. We will have both Gi Adult and Gi Master (30+) age divisions. In order to sign up for any Gi absolute division you will need to be registered in a Gi weight division first.
Please make sure your Gi uniform adheres to IBJJF rules and regulations (i.e. no rashguard underneath the gi for males, same color top and pants is required, etc.).
Time limits for matches in the Gi (Men & Women 18 years old and over):
Adult - White Belt - 5min; Master - White Belt - 5min
Adult - Blue Belt - 6min; Master - Blue Belt - 5min
Adult - Purple Belt - 7min; Master - Purple Belt - 6min
Adult - Brown Belt - 8min; Master - Brown Belt - 6min
Adult - Black Belt - 10min; Master - Black Belt - 6min
IBJJF Gi Weight Divisions (18 years old and over):
Rooster: Men - up to 127 lbs; Women - up to 107 lbs
Light Feather: Men - up to 141.5 lbs; Women - up to 118 lbs
Feather: Men - up to 154.5 lbs; Women – up to 129 lbs
Light: Men - up to 168 lbs; Women - up to 141.5 lbs
Middle: Men - up to 181.5 lbs; Women - up to 152.5 lbs
Medium Heavy: Men - up to 195 lbs; Women - up to 163.5 lbs
Heavy: Men - up to 208 lbs; Women - up to 175 lbs
Super Heavy: Men - up to 222 lbs; Women - No maximum weight
Ultra Heavy: Men - No maximum weight
No GI Divisions:
Beginner No Gi rules will be under IBJJF No Gi rules for white belts
belts (i.e. no jumping guard, straight ankle lock - the
only leg lock allowed). This division is intended for white belts in BJJ as well as athletes with very little grappling experience.
The Intermediate No Gi rules
will be under IBJJF No Gi rules for blue belts (i.e. straight ankle
lock - the only leg lock allowed). The division is intended for blue belts in BJJ as well as athletes with a
few years of grappling experience.
All (Adult and Master) Advanced No Gi divisions will be under the NEW IBJJF No Gi rules for blackbelts (i.e. all leglocks allowed, including heel hooks).
Due to the rule set for Advanced No Gi, we recommend participants with
multi-year experience in submission grappling (senior blue belts and
above). However, no official IBJJF ranking (i.e. having been awarded a
colored belt) is required to participate, as long as the athlete has the
necessary experience stated above.
In order to sign up for the Absolute Divisions for No Gi Beginner, Intermediate, and Female Advanced, you will need to be registered in a No Gi weight division first. That is NOT applicable for the Male Advanced No Gi Male Division (with a cash-prize).
Please make sure your No Gi uniform adheres to IBJJF rules and regulations (rashguards are required - no sleeveless ones, no t-shirts) with one major exception. There will be no color requirement on the rashguard and grappling shorts. That means athletes can wear whatever color/design rashguard and shorts they desire.
Time limits for all Beginner No Gi Matches will be 5 minutes.
Time limits for Adult Intermediate No Gi Matches will be 6 minutes; 5 minutes for Masters
Time limits for Adult Advanced No Gi matches will be 7 minutes; 6 Minutes for Masters
Depending on athlete turnout, Copa Virginia reserves the right to combine weight and age (Adult and Master) divisions.
For all participants 18 years old and over:
Early registration (last day 10 December): $70 per Gi/No Gi division (to include Male No Gi Advanced Absolute); $20 to enter an absolute division.
Regular registration (last day 31 December): $80 per Gi/No Gi weight division (to include Male No Gi Advanced Absolute); additional $30 to enter an absolute division.
Late registration (last day 21 January): $90 per Gi/No Gi weight division (to include Male No Gi Advanced Absolute); additional $40 to enter an absolute division.
In order to ensure a smooth running tournament all competitors must pre-register. There will be no same-day or past deadline registrations. Last day/time to register (and/or edit your registration) is Saturday 21 January, 11:59pm.
Please note that all athletes registered for Gi divisions will be weighed with their Gi on before their first match or at the beginning of the tournament (per IBJJF rules and regulations). Athletes registered for No Gi divisions will be weighed with their No Gi uniform. In the interest of time, if you feel comfortable about making weight, you can weigh-in with your Gi once for both your Gi and No Gi divisions. You will have 2 tries to make weight, if you do not make weight, you will be disqualified (you will only be allowed to compete in any Absolute divisions you have already registered). There will be no refunds.
You can change your weight division (or do any edits to your registration) via Smoothcomp up'til Saturday 21 January, 11:59pm. Please check out: https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/89-how-to-change-weightclass-or-cancel
Please make sure you make the weight for the division you registered.
You do not need to sign up for a Gi division if you only wish to compete in No Gi and vice versa.
Match times and brackets will be published 3-5 days before the day of the competition (an email will be sent to all the competitors notifying them when they get published).
During the day of the event, all competitors can monitor their match times and the tournament's progress on their cell phones/mobile devices via their Smoothcomp account.
a) "Copa Maryland - 2023" is an event run by DCJJ LLC.
b) Upon registration your electronic receipt will state DCJJ LLC as the merchant.
c) We reserve the right to close registration early when we reach full capacity.
d) There will be no refunds upon cancellation of one's registration.