IBJJF Weight Classes

Many people are confused when it comes to IBJJ classes because there are some things you need to remember when weighing. But don’t be afraid, we’re here to help get that solve out for you!

Weighing in

There are a few differences when you come to weigh in if you are competing for gi, or no-gi, generally your gi is also added to your total weight, so that’s an important thing to consider when you weigh in.

Gi Tournament

According to the IBJJF website, contestants must check their weight before their first fight, and there will be time to do this. If not, the fighter will automatically be disqualified, so please before competing make sure you are the right weight.

No-Gi Tournament

The rule with No-Gi is similar to the Gi when weigh in. All contestant will weigh in with their no-gi uniform and there will be no re-classifications, no refunds,  and immediate disqualification if weight is not made on the day.

IBJJF Weight Classes

The IBJJF has classified a number of weight classes, which varies from Adult, Master, and Juvenile. Between female and male for the Adults, Master and Juvenile are differ.

Adults and Masters IBJJF Weight Classes

Male Weight Classes

The following are the official IBJJF weight classes for Masters  and Adult Male contestant

  • Rooster – 5 lbs (57.5 kg)
  • Light Feather – 141 lbs (64 kg)
  • Feather – 154 lbs (70 kg)
  • Light – 167.5 lbs (76 kg)
  • Middle – 181 lbs (82.3 kg)
  • Medium Heavy – 194.5 lbs (88.3 kg)
  • Heavy – 207.5 lbs (94.3 kg)
  • Super-Heavy – 221.0 lbs (100.5 kg)
  • Ultra Heavy – No Maximum Weight

Female Weight Classes

The following are the official IBJJF weight classes for Masters  and Adult Female contestant

  • Light Feather – 118 lbs (53.5 kg)
  • Feather – 129 lbs (58.5 kg)
  • Light – 141 lbs (64 kg)
  • Middle – 152 lbs (69 kg)
  • Medium Heavy – 163 lbs (74 kg)
  • Heavy – No Maximum Weight

Juvenile IBJJF Weight Classes

Male Weight Classes

The following are the official IBJJF weight classes for Juvenile Male contestant

  • Rooster – 118 lbs (53.5 kg)
  • Light Feather – 129 lbs (58.5 kg)
  • Feather – 141 lbs (64 kg)
  • Light – 152 lbs (69 kg)
  • Middle – 163 lbs (74 kg)
  • Medium Heavy – 174.5 lbs (79.3 kg)
  • Heavy – 185.5 lbs (84.3 kg)
  • Super-Heavy – 196.5 lbs (89.3 kg)
  • Ultra Heavy – No Maximum Weight

Female Weight Classes

The following are the official IBJJF weight classes for Juvenile Female contestant

  • Light Feather – 106.5 lbs (48.3 kg)
  • Feather – 116 lbs (52.5 kg)
  • Light – 125 lbs (56.5 kg)
  • Middle – 133.5 lbs (60.5 kg)
  • Medium Heavy – 144 lbs (65 kg)
  • Heavy – No Maximum Weight

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition Checklist

Your adrenaline pumps quickly; it is the moment before the competition. Maybe this is the first time you have to compete; maybe this is your first big tournament. However those mixed feelings of emotions that every contestant goes through at some point in their journey.

The worst thing that can happen is you turn up to the competition and you’ve forgotten your IBJJF card or you’ve forgotten your belt. You’re emotionally off-kilter, make sure that doesn’t happen with our essential Competition Day Checklist.

Maybe you think you don’t need all the items on the list for your competition. But remember that many tournaments last all day and you may have little to no notice before your bracket is called.

Food and Drink

It’s very important for your body to be prepared for the day ahead. Keep food clean during competition and pig out once you’re done, You have earned it.

Water and Sports Drinks

This one is essential. along the day, you need to be hydrated. You should take a sip your water all day, sports drinks can also help with energy levels. Stay away from something that is too sweet and contains a lot of caffeine, like Red Bull, I had a bad experience with almost vomiting in a match because I downed one minute before a match.

Simple Carbohydrates

Simple Carbohydrates absorbed quickly and can give you a temporary energy boost. I think it was Ryan Hall who used to eat skittles before compete. Sugar gave him a quick energy boost, and also the sweet flavours helped with the cottonmouth you get when you get an adrenaline dump.

Complex Carbohydrates

Complex Carbohydrates absorb slower and give you a good resource of long-lasting energy. Nibbling this food all day is a good idea, but don’t eat too much. Bananas, oats, wholegrain nuts, and cereals are good to eat and easy to pack in your bag.

Protein and fats

An important source for long-lasting energy is fats include protein, especially if you’re at the competition all day. Some good examples of protein for a tournament are seeds, Nuts, peanut butter, and small amounts of lean meat.

Supplements

If you want to use supplements, stick with what your body likes. This is not a good time to experiment with pre-workouts. You don’t know exactly when you will be on the mat. If you use a supplement and plan to be on the mat for 20 min you will likely be waiting an hour or more, and your energy will be used up by a supplement that will make you more agitated and fidgety than you would be on competition day.

Equipment

The most important items on your list are equipment. You can’t compete without equipment, check again you have what you need before you leave.

Gi

It’s important, don’t forget your Gi. Make sure that your Gi suits the requirements for the tournament, that means recommended Gi for competition.

Belt

The belt that you can wear for the match. Make sure the one tied around your waist is recommended belts for competition.

Shorts

You’ll need your NoGi shorts for recommended BJJ Shorts

Ranked Rash Guard

Rash guards are banned under IBJJF rulesets in the GI for a while, they are a requirement in NoGi. Make sure you have Recommended rash guards to compete in, that represents your belt grade.

Team Shirt

Don’t forget to bring your team shirt if plan to wear the same shirt.

Mouth Guard

The hard of competition means that bangs and knocks are more likely. Remember for recommended Mouthguards on the big day.

Backup Gi

I suggest bringing additional Gi, your Gi might get ripped or a teammate may forget. Cheap BJJ Gis, perfect for a backup.

Backup Shorts

just like the backup G. bring it in case you have a wardrobe malfunction.

Sports bra

if you are ladies

Hairband

Mostly for the ladies, and some for the guys with the long hair.

IBJJF Membership Card

You will need your registration card If you’re competing for IBJJF competition.

Comfort

If you bring any guests you should do what you can to make them comfortable, you won’t get too stressed out at the tournament all day.

Pillow

Yes, it sounds weird but the pillow has a place in the tournament. Many contestants cannot sleep well before the tournament. Sleeping for a while is a great way to spend time and calm down. a pillow will offer you a little extra padding if you may  get tired of sitting on hard bleachers all day.

Blanket

If you plan to take a nap take a small blanket, this can also be used to make the bench more comfortable.

Hoodie

Put on a hoodie after warming up to keep you from cooling down, especially for nogi. If the temperature is too cold, you would be glad you brought your hoodie.

Book/Magazine

Maybe some of you are nervous while watching a match,  book or magazine is a great way to take your mind off the action.

Flip flops

Flip-flops or anything like that will help you go up and down the mat without slowing you down, especially if you need a toilet before the match.

Music & Headphones

Need some hype music to make you excited or some chill music to keep your energy levels low? “Music Soothes the Savage Beast”.

Towel

Don’t forget to bring a towel you should take a shower after you are done, it makes you fresh. It also can be used as a blanket or add padding to uncomfortable seats during the tournament

Folding chair

Stay ahead of the competition by bringing your own folding chair, at some tournaments finding a place to sit is just as hard as getting a medal.

Spare Underwear

Bring a spare pair and get comfortable, there’s nothing worse than traveling home wearing moist and sweaty underwear.

Medical

Medical supplies are very important to anticipate you or your teammates who might be hurt but I hope all is well.

Athletic Tape

Athletic Tape is a quick fix for a busted toe or finger and it can be used to make a larger bandage. I suggest always carry tape in your gym bag.

Pain Killers

Bring your preferred painkillers, If you need when part of your body is injured for relieving pain

Bandaids

Keep your open wound clean and help prevents getting your blood on people. so, bring some 4×4 gauze pads too.

Contact Lenses / Glasses

If you wear contact lenses or glasses be ready for any troubles they may give to you.

Antiseptic Gel

Before you bandage them up, Put a little Neosporin on any abrasions or cuts

Hand Sanitiser

Washing your hands if better for you, some people do that

Prescription Medication

Just don’t leave it at home, you know what you need.

Icepack

In case you or your teammates need to ice any pains or sprains, keep a couple of icepacks handy.

Other

I think it would be useful for you. Here are some extra items

Camera

it is a good idea to have someone record your matches, win or lose for evaluation. Or you can get a team picture before people start leaving for documentation.

Tripod

It’s hard to cheer someone and hold a video camera at the same time. Set your camera and record before the match starts.

Phone

Make sure you have all your teammates numbers on your phone, you don’t want to miss your buddies match because you went to the toilet. Set up a group message on WhatsApp or other, and keep each other informed. Your family and friends that are not at the tournament will also be trying to get in contact with you to see how you did. Your phone can also function as a camera to record your matches or your friends

Charging Brick & Cable

If you’re using your phone all day, listening to music, recording matches, talking to teammates, I suggest bring a portable charging brick and your charging cable.

Cash & Credit Card

You might want to buy some clothing, gear, or food. there may be some good offers in some vendors.

Rule Book

You might need to find out what is legal for a teammate of a different skill level, you should know the rules.

Teguh Luthfi Ananto

BJJ Blue Belt & Fitness Enthusiast. I ran this site in my spare time

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