IBJJF No Gi Weight Classes

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Introduction

The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) is the largest and most respected martial arts federations in the world. Every year, the IBJJF hosts a wide variety of No Gi tournaments including the Brazilian National Championship, Pan American Championship, and World Championship. It was created in 2002 with the mission to promote the development and fair competition in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. To ensure a fair competition, the IBJJF has established weight classes for all events. In this article, we will take a closer look at the IBJJF weight classes for No Gi tournaments.

Breakdown: Men's and Women's No Gi Weight Classes (Ages 17+)

The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) defines several different weight classes for Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, both male and female, competing in no-gi matches. In this section, we will take a look at the IBJJF’s no-gi weight classes for men and women.

Men's Weight Classes

Rooster weight (124.5 lbs/56.7 kg or under) 

Light-Featherweight (134.6 lbs/61 kg or under

Featherweight (145.5 lbs/66 kg or under)

Lightweight (156.5 lbs/71 kg or under)

Middleweight (167.6 lbs/76 kg or under

Medium-Heavyweight (178.5 lbs/81 kg or under

Heavyweight (189.5 lbs/86 kg or under

Super-Heavyweight (200.5 lbs/91 kg or under

Ultra-Heavyweight (200.5 +)

Women's Weight Classes

• Light Feather (48kg/106lbs or under

• Feather (53kg/117lbs or under

• Light (58kg/128lbs or under)

• Middle (64kg/141lbs or under

• Medium Heavy (70kg/154lbs or under)

• Heavy (76kg/167lbs or under

• Super Heavy (82.3kg/181lbs or under

• Ultra Heavy (88.3kg/194lbs or under)

Kid's No Gi Weight Classes, No More

Unfortunately, the IBJJF no longer sanctions No Gi competitions for athletes younger than 16. Therefor, there are no available weight classes for No Gi Kid’s competitions.

Weigh In Rules

In no gi matches, athletes must weigh in before their match. This ensures that athletes are competing within the correct weight category. The weigh in should be conducted before the match, usually at least 30 minutes before, and the athlete must be wearing a legally permissible no-gi uniform.

Attire Clarification

It is important to note that during no-gi matches, athletes must wear a rashguard, spats, and / or shorts. No other uniforms or clothing are allowed and can be grounds for disqualification. You can find more information on no gi uniform requirements here via the IBJJF official website.

Conclusion

In conclusion, no gi weight classes are an important part of the IBJJF’s rules and regulations. Weigh-ins must be conducted at least 30 minutes before a match and athletes must wear a rashguard, spats, and either a gi or shorts. If you wish to compete in an IBJJF tournament, making weight is an important part of the competition. Drastic weight cutting is not a requirement, but if you are on the edge (1-5 lbs), a quick cut before the tournament can make a big difference in your opponents. Come prepared, follow the rules and have a great tournament.

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