AGC Rules & expectations

All Australian Grappling Championships events will follow IBJJF points scoring structure for kids and teens divisions/ tie breakers, which includes refereeing, rendering decisions, points scoring, advantages & penalties (IBJJF Rulebook, articles 1 to 7).

Please see IBJJF rules:

 Australian Grappling Champions will not follow the obligations of the IBJJF, bans and demands (article 10) the general competition guidelines and the competition format. In addition to articles 1 to 11, please ensure you are aware of Australian Grappling Championships expectations. By completing your registration you are agreeing to all articles.

Australian Grappling Champions Teams Cup
The Teams Cup will be awarded to the team that scores the most amount of points on the day of the competition. Points are accumulated by competitors that medal in each of their divisions (points below). At the end of the day the point's will be added up and the Cup will be awarded to the winning team.

1st Place = 5 points
2nd Place = 3 points
3rd place = 1 point

State Championship Series events will result in division winning competitors scoring double points for the teams cup competition. The winning team nationally with the most points will be awarded a further prize including a prize money and other items.

ARTICLE #1 – Nogi uniform and Nogi Divisions

1.1) For NoGi Men divisions, competitors board shorts excluding zippers and pockets.

1.2 Male competitors will have the opportunity to either wear a rash guard or go shirtless.

1.3) For NoGi Women divisions, Competitors have the opportunity to wear board shorts (subject to Australian Grappling Championships approval) or lycra elastic pants (leggings) without pockets or with pockets entirely stitched shut and reaching at least halfway down the thigh and at most to the knee.

1.4) Female competitors will have to wear a rashguard.

1.5) Nogi divisions will run under submission only format.

Kimono/Gi and Gi Divisions

1.6) If Australian Grappling Championships suspects that a Kimono/Gi is too small we reserve the right to measure it; of which if it fails to comply with the IBJJF standards AGC will ask that wear a new Kimono/Gi that complies within the standards.
1.7) Your Kimono/Gi must not contain holes.

1.8) Australian Grappling Championships reserves the right to ask competitors to seek a new Kimono/Gi should it be considered offensive or pose a disadvantage to other competitors.

1.9) Australian Grappling Championships will operate Gi Divisions under the IBJJF points structure; excluding advantages.

For more information regarding uniform please see:

For More information regarding IBJJF points structure see section 2.6.2:


2.1) Competitors finger/toe nails must be trimmed and short. This will be inspected at weigh in.

2.2) Long hair must be tied up.

2.3) Competitors must not wear hair dye that will stain another competitors skin or clothing.

2.4) Competitors presenting skin lesions or any other skin condition shall be directed to the competition medical staff. Medical staff will determine whether the competitor can continue or will result in disqualification. 


3.1) Weigh in will be conducted as competitors enter the event on the day, no later than 45 minutes prior to their scheduled match.

3.2) Competitors will only need to meet weight requirements once on the day of competition.

3.3) If a competitor does not make weight on his first attempt, he/she has until their division to make weight.

3.4) Competitors will be allowed a 250-gram weight allowance to account for the difference in scales.



4.1) Australian Grappling Championships do not permit the use of hair clips, hair pins, jewellery or shoes during matches.

4.2) Use of joint protectors (knee, elbow braces, etc.) will be subject to approval from Australian Grappling Championship staff.
4.3) Please reference the submission chart which permits which divisions allow certain submissions.


5.1 All table staff receive training prior to AGC events via video training manual on the use of AGC tournament systems smoothcomp.

5.2 All AGC referee’s must hold a standard of purple belt or higher.

5.3 All referee staff undergo training prior to AGC events by rules seminar’s, referee meetings and receive all rules updates prior to the commencement of events.

5.4 Referee competence is assessed by verbal question and answer to determine whether the referee is competent and up to standard to referee safely and in professional manner.

5.5 All AGC referee staff are given cheat sheets on the day of competition to assist in decision making and fatigue to minimise human error.

5.6 Whilst AGC referee’s come from all different clubs and affiliations in order to remove the subjective nature of some event situations  or suspected bias referee’s are required to provide a full justification on decisions that could be deemed political or scrupulous in order to dismiss all allegations.


6.1) Adult and masters division matches will run for the duration of 5 minutes for both weight/absolute and super absolute divisions.

6.2) Teen matches will run for the duration of 4 minutes for both weight/absolute and super absolute divisions.

6.3) Kids matches will run for the duration of 3 minutes for both weight/absolute divisions.

6.4) All standardised weight and open weight across all age brackets and division class will be scored utilising the IBJJF points system, excluding advantages.

6.5) In order to keep continuity for AGC Invitational, all Super Absolute Divisions both female and male will maintain the use of the EBI Overtime Rule to determine the winner of each match. As an amendment to the EBI overtime rule, overtime matches will run 3 minutes instead of 5 minutes out of a maximum of 1 round.

6.6) In the event where there is no clear winner, the match result will be determined by the referee who will base his decision on; technicality, aggression, submission attempts and control over the match.

See EBI overtime rules:


7.1) The three top-placed competitors in each division shall receive medals. The champion shall receive a gold medal and the runner-up shall receive a silver medal. 

7.2) The prizes shall be awarded according to the results proclaimed by the referees. Exchanging placement at the moment prizes are awarded is expressly forbidden.

7.3) Australian Grappling Championships will award money prizes at specific competitions, and advertised prior to the event date.

7.4) Bi-annual Invitational events will provide an opportunity to win an Australian Grappling Championships title belt, further prize money and other sponsorship opportunities with Australian Grappling Championship supporting partners.

7.5) Teams Cup will be awarded to the academy that accumulates the most amount of points throughout the day of competition. If at the time the Teams cup is not awarded on the day of the event, it will be delivered to the Academy in person from the Tournament Organiser.


8.1) All Australian Grappling Championships events are pre-registration only via the Platform Registrations made post cut-off dates will not be accepted.

8.3) Competitors list will be released prior to registration closing.

8.4) Completing the form will not get you registered for the event if you do not complete the payment with Paypal. There will be no payment accepted on the day of the event, except from spectators.

8.5) Competitors DO NOT required to be a member of the Australian Grappling Championships Federation or Australian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation to compete at AGC events.

8.6) For more registration information, please head to



9.1) All kids divisions will be subject to the IBJJF rule set for legal and illegal submissions.

9.2) All Kids, Teens and Youth division are mixed with female and male competitors.

9.3) Kids, Teens and Youth Division match times are referenced in ARTICLE #5.

9.4) Kids/teens divisions that only have 1 competitor registered at the time of registration cut of will have the choice of either being placed up a weight or age class in where it is safe to do so. In the event of this happening AGC will make contact with the competitor’s parents/ guardian to discuss a resolution taking into both competitor experience and safety.

9.5) In the event that we are unable to place a competitor in another division class we will issue a full refund to the competitor prior the commencement of the event.


10.1) Competitors from every division will be pooled where it is safe to do so, with opponents within their own division for an opportunity of getting up to 4 matches per division.

10.2) Following the round robin format each competitor will compete against each registered competitor in a division up to a maximum of 4 competitors.

10.3) If a competitor is to forfeit the division due to injury, opponents will be given the win.
10.4) For divisions that result in a draw please see article #5.


11.1) Competitors must pre-register for absolute/super absolute divisions. 

11.2) Absolute/Super Absolute Divisions are to be held in a single-elimination format.

11.3) In the case of a grand prize (money or title belt) on the line in an absolute/ super absolute division, there must be at least 4 pre-registered entrants for the grand prize to be awarded.

11.4) Absolute division will include all competitors of the level of experience that the division is set in.

11.5) Male Super Absolute divisions will include all competitors regardless of experience level and be broken into under 80kg and over 80kg format.

11.6) Female Super Absolute Divisions will include all female competitors registered for the division in an open weight format.

11.7) Male competitors that win a Super Absolute Division will be given invitation to the next following AGC Invitational held at its advertised location.


Below are diagrams of illegal techniques for all division categorisation's:

illegal techniques 4 - 12 yrs

illegal techniques 13 - 15 yrs

Illegal Techniques - 16/17 yrs and adults white belts

Adult blue belt and intermediate Illegal Techniques

Adult Purple, Brown, Black and Advanced Divisions Illegal techniques