WSOJJ rules


No sandbaggers

The WSOJJ strictly prohibits "sandbagging", which means competing below one's belt or experience level. If a competitor is caught and proven to be sandbagging, he/she will be disqualified and banned from all future WSOJJ events. Winners of every division with more than 32 competitors, or with more than two 1ST PLACE wins in a row, are not allowed to compete at that belt level again. For example, if a Blue Belt wins 2 consecutive tournaments at Blue Belt level, he/she must compete in Purple Belt or higher levels from then on. If a competitor loses 3 consecutive events at a particular belt level, he/she may move back to the belt below.
If you have information that a particular competitor may be sandbagging, please email us HERE. Thank you.

Youth Rules

  • Submission Only with EBI overtime. All youths division overtimes start on the back with seatbelt control, no spiderweb (armbar).
  • Early Rounds are 5 min submission only with 1 possible overtime round based on fastest submission or fastest excape.
  • Semifinals and finals are 5 minutes with 2 possible overtime rounds.
  • No leg locks. No submissions below the waist
  • No small joint manipulation.
  • No Neck Cranks or cervical/spinal manipulations, No twister
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging or fish hooking
  • No grabbing the ears
  • No hair pulling
  • No finger or toe holds
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching and pinching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No touching groin area
  • No hands, knees or elbows on face
  • No slippery substances allowed on body or clothing
  • No grabbing the clothing (No-GI Only).

Adults White Belt Rules

  • EBI format
  • Early rounds are 6 minutes submission only with 1 possible overtime round based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • Semifinals are 10 minutes submission only with 2 possible overtime rounds based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • Final matches are 10 minutes in Satellite tournaments and 20 minutes in Main Events and Regional Tournaments. Finals matches are submission only with 3 possible overtime rounds based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • No leg locks. No submissions below the waist.
  • No small joint manipulation.
  • No Neck Cranks or cervical/spinal manipulations, No twister.
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging or fish hooking
  • No grabbing the ears
  • No hair pulling
  • No finger or toe holds
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching and pinching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No touching groin area
  • No hands, knees or elbows on face
  • No slippery substances allowed on body or clothing
  • No grabbing the clothing (No-GI Only).
  • Overtime starting positions include the following options.
    • Spiderweb (Armbar)
    • Back Control with Seat Belt Grip.

Adult Blue Belt Rules

  • EBI format
  • Early rounds are 6 minutes with 1 possible overtime round based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • Semifinals are 10 minutes with 2 possible overtime rounds based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • Final matches are 10 minutes in Satellite tournaments and 20 minutes in Main Events and Regional Tournaments. Finals matches are submission only with 3 possible overtime rounds based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • No Heel Hooks. Straight Foot locks, toe holds and kneebars are legal. No twisting leg locks.
  • No small joint manipulation.
  • No Neck Cranks or cervical/spinal manipulations (twister OK)
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging or fish hooking
  • No grabbing the ears
  • No hair pulling
  • No finger or toe holds
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching and pinching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No touching groin area
  • No hands, knees or elbows on face
  • No slippery substances allowed on body or clothing
  • No grabbing the clothing (No-GI Only).
  • Overtime starting positions include the following options.
    • Back Control with Seat Belt Grip.
    • Spiderweb (Armbar)

Adults Purple Belt (& above) Rules

  • EBI format
  • Early rounds are 6 minutes submission only with 1 possible overtime round based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • Semifinals are 10 minutes submission only with 2 possible overtime rounds based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • Final matches are 10 minutes in Satellite tournaments and 20 minutes in Main Events and Regional Tournaments. Finals matches are submission only with 3 possible overtime rounds based on fastest submission or fastest escape.
  • All leg locks are legal
  • No heel hooks or twisting leg locks for GI (knee bar, toe hold, straight ankle are legal)
  • No small joint manipulation.
  • No Neck Cranks or cervical/spinal manipulations (twister OK)
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging or fish hooking
  • No grabbing the ears
  • No hair pulling
  • No finger or toe holds
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching and pinching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No touching groin area
  • No hands, knees or elbows on face
  • No slippery substances allowed on body or clothing
  • No grabbing the clothing (No-GI Only).
  • Overtime starting positions include the following options.
    • Back Control with Seat Belt Grip.
    • Spiderweb (Armbar)