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Rules & Times


Please take the time to familiarize yourself with this package as the rules will not be covered before the event begins.

This year we are starting off with a kids only NO GI tournament and will have an adult one soon.  Please check back for more info


Parents of minors MUST be present or have a guardian present to register the minor and sign the waiver.

 Registration Forms:


Feel free to save some time by registering online or bring your form with you.  Registration is done day of at the school.  See the schedule below to see what time to show up at.


The schedule will be as follows: (please check back Thursday Sept 22 for updates)

Childrens Divisions will be starting with lightest going to heaviest.  No Gi will start after their Gi division is finished

8:30am children registration and weigh ins. Please register and weigh in 30 minutes before your event is scheduled.

9:00am Children’s ages 4,5 & 6/7

10:30am Children 8-10

11:30am Juniors 11/12

12:30pm Teens 13-15


$50 day on in cash.



Events will be held at the North Arashi Do Dojo located at 12730 St. Albert Trail.


This tournament is open to anyone who competes with a healthy and respectful attitude.  Divisions will be held for: children under 4/5 (game), children 6/7, 8-10, 11/12, 13-15 (gi & no gi).  Adult divisions will be split by experience (White Belts and Colored Belts).

The tournament organizers will do their best to ensure a positive tournament experience.  This may include splitting up or joining divisions based on attendance.  If you have any questions please talk to one of the organizers BEFORE your division begins.



(link to ibjjf rules)

Double Elimination for No Gi Divisions will be separated by age and weight class.

Although we strive to follow the rules as laid out by the IBJJF, we will be making exceptions to some of the rules.

4-5 years old – will compete in a grappling game. The Game will consist of two 60 second rounds. One child will start on their back, the other inside the guard. The objective is for the bottom player to stand up, get on top or take the back and for the top player to pass the guard and establish a position (side mount, mount or rear mount). 1 point is awarded for each successful attempt. After 60 seconds the roles are reversed. The child with the most points wins. This will be done in a round robin format.

6,7 years old (NO SUBMISSIONS) starting from a seated position with legs crossed (for safety). Matches are 2:00 minutes in length Points will be awarded for specific positions, refer to the Scoring section. In the case of a child getting pinned for more that 15 seconds, the referee will give a warning for movement. If the competitors are unable to move the children will get restarted in the seated position. This is to not only encourage movement but to prevent the children from being frustrated with not being able to escape a position.

8,9,10 years old (Basic Submissions – Straight Armbars, Chokes) starting from standing. If the competitor is not confident with throws or falling, we recommend that child to start on their butt. Matches are 3:00 minutes in length Points will be awarded for specific positions, refer to the Scoring section. In the case of a child getting pinned for more that 20 seconds, the referee will give a warning for movement.

11,12 years old (Basic Submissions – Straight and Bent Armlocks, Chokes) starting from standing. If the competitor is not confident with throws or falling, we recommend that youth to start on their butt. Matches are 4:00 minutes in length Points will be awarded for specific positions, refer to the Scoring section. In the case of a child getting pinned for more that 20 seconds, the referee will give a warning for movement.

13 – 15 years old (Basic submissions allowed, please refer to the ibjjf page for a list of illegal submission or fouls). Teens will start from standing. If the competitor is not confident with throws or falling, we recommend that teen to start on their butt. Matches are 4:00 minutes in length. Points are awarded for specific positions.

You can see a videos series of the rules here:


The referee will NOT give an overview of the rules, it is the competitor’s responsibility to review the rules themselves and bring up questions with their coach or email inquires to .

Competitors will begin their match on their feet and then instructed to engage. As this is a grappling tournament, competitors will not be separated once the match goes to the ground unless submission occurs, and infraction of the rules or time expires.

If you have any questions please contact Mike Yackulic at

Best of luck to everyone this year,

Mike Yackulic

Tournament Director

35 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    February 8, 2011 11:16 am

    As for the race to 16 points, is there a minimum point spread, or can you win 16-15?

  2. Matt permalink
    April 4, 2011 8:50 pm

    So no protective cups? The loss of knee bars is rather disapointing.

    • April 6, 2011 4:11 pm

      No you do not need a cup, you can wear one if you like.

      The change on rules over knee bars has been aggreed upon by several of Alberta’s BJJ Blackbelts.

      We feel this will be safer for the bulk of the competitors. Knee bars will be allowed at the Mind Body Soul for the Purple belt and up division.

      Hope to see you out, spread the word.

  3. Matt permalink
    April 19, 2011 6:14 pm

    Why are we not allowed to wear rash guards under our Gi’s?

    • April 20, 2011 1:47 pm

      Hi Matt, rashguards (or any clothing) is not allowed under the gi beacuse fingers get caught up in it and make it more difficult to apply chokes. Thanks for the question, Mike Yackulic

  4. June 2, 2011 1:19 am

    So how come there arent any Leglocks aloud ?

    • July 5, 2011 11:33 pm

      For the safety of the competitors, only Straight Ankle locks are allowed.

      For Other leg locks such as Knee bars, bent ankle locks and such you need to compete at on of the larger events around Alberta and be a Purple belt or up.

  5. Ray permalink
    July 4, 2011 5:01 pm

    Question: Is each “Part” a separate competition? This isn’t clear to me.

    If I enter into Part 2 and lose for example, can I enter into Part 3?

    As a white belt, I don’t want to enter Part 2 if I don’t feel prepared, but will I face a more skilled set of competitors if I enter later, into part 3 and 4?

    Hope my questions are clear enough.


    • July 5, 2011 11:31 pm

      You can enter all parts or just one. The better you do at each one the more “Points” you collect to take into the finals.

      The No Gi division is All Levels and the BJJ is white belts or Blue and up.

  6. Stacy Decosta permalink
    September 24, 2011 7:02 am

    If my child is 12 and wieghs over 120lbs, why does he always get put in with the 13-15 group? shouldn’t he still qualify as a child, not a teen? He is always sparring with 12 and under children. I don’t feel it is fair that he always gets put in with the next category because of his weight. I feel this way because due to hid Autism, he is mentally at the age of a 9 year old.

    • October 17, 2011 11:04 am

      Hi Stacy,

      The reason he gets put with the older youths is that there is no one his size and age to compete with.

      The only options I have is have him go against someone older but the same weight or not compete.

      If you can think of a more fair solution, please let me know.

      Thank you,

      Mike Yackulic

  7. Chi Luu permalink
    February 28, 2012 2:14 am

    Hello, just wondering where is the location of the March 3 tournament in Calgary? Thanks.

  8. Nicolás permalink
    March 1, 2012 6:27 pm

    Hi, I want to know, categorize divisions (ei: division 1) and also if I wanted to compete both Gi and No-Gi can I? And if I could, would I have to pay twice?

    • March 6, 2012 1:25 pm

      You can compete in two divisions. $30 for one, $40 for two divisions.

      Not sure about what your first question means? Division 1?

  9. Juan permalink
    March 15, 2012 11:16 pm

    Are the weigh ins exclusively the day of or are there day before weigh ins?

    • April 10, 2012 3:54 pm

      Hi Juan,

      Day of only

      • Conor Paquette permalink
        September 23, 2012 9:56 pm

        Im 6’1″ and about 207 and 14. will i be bumped up a age class?

      • February 22, 2013 5:21 pm

        Hi Connor, yes.

        I highly doubt their will be another teenager your size.

  10. Randi paquette permalink
    September 20, 2012 11:20 pm

    my son is 14 6ft 1 and 190 lbs will he be put in with the older teens? ( i have no worries about t his if it happens right now he spars with adults) was just wondering about event times for him and also is he allowed to wear a rash guard in the no gi event? thanks

    • February 22, 2013 5:22 pm

      Yes, I don’t think thee will be anyone his age that big to compete with

  11. February 22, 2013 1:37 pm

    March 1 isn’t a Saturday, are the dates wrong? Also I have 8-12 children ages 9-13 for any Calgary tournaments.

  12. Tyler Glabus permalink
    February 17, 2014 1:04 pm

    I may have miss read the form,, but I just wanted to be sure,, there will be GI AND NO GI ?

    • March 27, 2014 10:47 am

      Sorry for the late reply Tyler. Yes there is a Gi and No Gi divisions

  13. Preston Twoyoungmen permalink
    February 22, 2014 9:01 am

    I would like to enter a grappling tournament, could you please send me instructions on how to go about doing that.
    Thank you

    P Tym

    • March 27, 2014 10:47 am

      Hi Preston, Just keep an eye on the site here for an upcoming event in your area and show up day of to register. That’s all there is too it.

  14. Jon permalink
    September 5, 2014 1:21 pm

    Do you have to be from Calgary or Edmonton to compete? I am from Lethbridge and I don’t have opportunities to grapple at all.

    • September 8, 2014 2:28 pm

      You should go to the one closest to you, so Calgary.
      Good luck

  15. Nathan permalink
    September 15, 2014 9:28 pm

    Just to confirm . There is a children’s 4-6 gi and no gi event in calgary , mma university , registration 830 am ?

  16. Tawny Big Bull permalink
    November 15, 2014 10:13 am

    Will there a beginner level to compete at? I’m relatively new just started training and would like to get the feel of competition

    • November 18, 2014 10:36 am

      Yes there is. This is a great tournament for beginners. See you soon.

  17. Simmy23 permalink
    September 20, 2016 12:17 pm

    Would someone with pro MMA fights be able to compete in this tournament?


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