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OTM Midwest BJJ Championships - Grand Rapids, MI

Sun, 2009-11-01 9:00 - 17:00 America/Detroit

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The Midwest Regional
OTM Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center
2500 Turner Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

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Fees Adults: $60
Kids 5-14: $50 for prior World Grappling Games competitors or $60 for 1st time WGG competitors
Spectator ticket: $10

Weigh-Ins Weigh-Ins will be at the tournament location.
Note: There will be no weight allowance. If an athlete is within 3 pounds of their weigh class they will have until an hour and a half before their scheduled division to make weight.

Day Before Weigh-ins will be Saturday, October 31st between 10am-6pm at the DeltaPlex Arena.
2500 Turner Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544

Day Of Weigh-ins You can also weigh-in the day you compete (November 1st, between 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.). Complete information is available at

Schedule Weigh-ins will close and you will be disqualified if you are not present 30 minutes before your division’s scheduled start time. Schedules will be posted on on Thursday, October 22nd.
Note: This is the earliest a division will be called. (Must be weighed in and ready to compete by listed weigh-in times which will be posted on Thursday, October 22nd.)

Accommodations and Local Attractions

Hotel accommodations are as follows:

Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront
270 Ann Street Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 802-1202

Visit for more detail. Call (616) 363-9001 for the competitor discount of $82.00 plus tax a night. Tell them you're with OTM!

Local attractions are as follows:

Celebration Cinema
(616) 530-7469
2121 Celebration Dr. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
4.6 miles from hotel

Gerald R. Ford Museum
(616) 254-0400
101 Monroe Center
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
2.9 miles from hotel

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Divisions & Rules – Single Elimination
BJJ Skill Levels:
Men & Women: White Belt, Blue Belt, Purple Belt, Brown Belt, and Black Belt
Kids (5-14) & Juniors (15-17 years): White Belt, Yellow Belt, Orange Belt, and Green Belt
Length of BJJ Matches:
White: 5 minutes
Blue: 6 minutes
Purple: 7 minutes
Brown: 8 minutes
Black: 10 Minutes
Kids 3 minutes
Juniors: 4 minutes
Executive (30-39) / Masters (40+): White/Blue Belts 4 minutes • Purple/Brown Belts 6 minutes • Black Belts 7 minutes

Male Adult BJJ Weight Classes: (Note: Weigh-in WITHOUT uniform)
Rooster: 121lbs. and below
Super Feather: 122-134 lbs.
Feather: 135-147 lbs.
Light: 148-160 lbs.
Middle: 161-174 lbs.
Light-Heavy: 174-187 lbs.
Heavy: 188-202 lbs.
Super-Heavy: 203-221 lbs.
Unlimited: 221 lbs. and over

Kids matched within 10 pounds

Juniors (15-17) BJJ Weight Classes:
Lightweight: 114.9 lbs. and below
Welterweight: 115-129.9 lbs.
Middleweight: 130-149.9 lbs.
Cruiserweight: 150-169.9 lbs.
Heavyweight: 170 lbs. and over

Women's BJJ Weight Classes:
Class A: 119.9 lbs and below
Class B: 120-134.9 lbs.
Class C: 135-149.9 lbs.
Class D: 150 lbs. and over
Women's Absolute: Open Weight, Open Skill

Executive & Masters BJJ Weight Classes:
Lightweight: 159.9 lbs and below
Middleweight: 160-179.9 lbs.
Cruiserweight: 180-199.9 lbs.
Heavyweight: 200 lbs. and over

BJJ Point System:
Takedown: 2 points
Knee on Belly: 2 points
Sweep or Reversal w/ legs: 2 points
Passing Opponent's Guard: 3 points
Mounted Position: 4 points
Back Control w/ Hooks: 4 points
(All positions must be held for 3 full seconds)

BJJ Illegal Techniques:
White Belt, Blue belt, Executives and Masters: No Leg Locks EXCEPT Straight Ankle Lock. No Neck or Cervical Cranks, Wrist Locks, Slamming or Slicers.
Purple - Black: No Twisting Leg locks EXCEPT Inside Toe Hold, No Neck or Cervical Cranks or Slamming.

Detailed Rules The object of the competition is to control and submit your opponent.
Ways to win: (1) Causing your opponent to physically or verbally tap out or quit by using a technique within the guidelines of the rules in each set division *All competitors must be aware of dangerous techniques and know how to tap out*. (2) Highest score at end of regulation time period or overtime. (3) Referee Stoppage.

1. Hygiene: At weigh-ins all competitors will be checked for communicable diseases, not limited to but including ringworm, staph, herpes and impetigo.

2. Tie Breakers: There will be a 1-minute overtime in the event of a draw. At the end of the 1-minute overtime if the were no points scored it will immediately turn to sudden death in which the first point scored gets the victory. The stalling rule will be enforced with ZERO tolerance in overtime. The referee will give 2 warnings and you will be deducted -1 point and given the loss if you do not go after the victory.

3. No Stalling: The referee will issue warning for the 1st offense of stalling (i.e. backing out of the guard without engaging, butt scooting, fleeing the ring to avoid takedown/submission attempts). The 2nd offense will result in a 2-point deduction. A 3rd offense will result in a 3-point deduction. A 4th offense will result in a DQ.

4. Leg Locks: Leg Locks are ILLEGAL in all kids, masters, executive, and novice divisions. Straight ankle locks are legal for Beginner. Straight ankle, inside figure four toe holds, straight knee bars and calf slicers are legal for Intermediate. All leg locks are legal in the Advanced Men's division. Note: Reaping (crossing you leg across your opponents body while attacking a foot) is illegal in all divisions except Intermediate and advanced adult.

5. Illegal Techniques in all divisions: No strikes, biting, eye gouging (includes chin to eye), head butting, small joint manipulation (finger and toe locks), hair pulling, or ear pulling.

6. Slamming: ZERO tolerance on slamming. This is to avoid slamming to escape the guard and various submissions from the guard. A competitor will be immediately disqualified NOTE - Takedowns are not considered slamming, unless intent to injure is determined by the referee.

7. Neck Cranks and Twister: Neck cranks and Twister (wrestling guillotine) are only legal in the advanced division. Intermediate division may use the Twister setup to execute the banana split or calf slicer.

8. Takedowns and control: Any position must be held for a MINUMUM of 3 full seconds before points will be awarded. If you take your opponent down and Mount him you would receive 3 points for the take down AFTER 3 seconds AND then 3 more seconds for the 4-point mount. Therefore you must maintain the position for 3 seconds per set of points. Guard pass points are established when the opponent’s shoulders are flat on the ground and your legs are completely clear of their legs. If you go from standing to a guys back with BOTH his knees on the ground for 3 full seconds you receive 2 points for reversal.

9. Sweeps/Reversals: Reversal of position points are given when one opponent reverses from the bottom to the top position and maintained for a full three seconds. The reversal has to be used from your guard or in the immediate transition of someone passing your guard. For example if you’re passing my guard and I IMMEDIATELY put you on your back I receive reversal points. Note: Rolling someone over when you are mounted or in side control is an escape not a reversal.

10. Code of Conduct: We will be enforcing a zero tolerance rule on disrespecting, threatening with physical violence, or verbally abusing referees or staff at any time before, during or after the event. If any spectator, coach or competitor threatens or abuses the referee in any shape or form, they will be escorted out of the building.

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