Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any experience to compete? . . .

Absolutely not! But tell your professor or coach that you want to compete so they can help prepare you for competition.

Do I need to belong to the CBJJF to compete? . . .

No. Currently, the CBJJF does not have a membership requirement.

What do I wear when I compete?. . .

Uniform must adhere to our requirements. Kids can wear rash guards beneath their kimono.

How do I find the tournament schedule?. . .

It will be posted to our website and our Facebook Group and Page.

What are divisions and brackets?. . .

Each registered athlete is allocated into an age class and weight division as per their registration information and this information is shown on the Athlete’s List. Brackets are developed for each weigh division and show matched opponents and the potential order of the matches.

How do I find my division and bracket?. . .

The athlete’s list and brackets will be posted to our website and our Facebook Group and Page.

What is the schedule of events leading up to the day of the tournament?. . .

Two weeks prior to final registration date, early bird registration ends. Registration ends the Monday (at midnight) before the tournament date. The athlete’s list is posted between noon and 6pm on the Tuesday before the event. Athletes must review the athlete’s list no later than 9am the Wednesday before the event and inform the CBJJF if they are in the wrong bracket or want to move to another age or weight class (email info@cbjjf.org). Brackets will be posted by 9am the Friday before the tournament along with the division schedule.

What if there is no one in my age division or weight class?. . .

You will receive an email from the CBJJF providing you with options for moving up a weight class, and/or to another age class, or to receive a refund.

Can I change my weight or age class after I register?. . .

You can change your weight or age class (for Masters) up to 9am on the Wednesday before the event date.

Can I get a refund if I don’t compete?. . .

If, after you register, you can’t compete, you must request a refund before registration closes (the Monday prior to tournament). Refunds will not be granted after registration closes except if: a) there is no one in your division and you don’t agree to the match options provided by the CBJJF; b) You are in a division with one other person, they drop out and you don’t agree with match options provided by the CBJJF. If you are injured after registration closes, the CBJJF will grant a credit to another CBJJF event

What should I bring to compete?. . .

You should come prepared with enough food and water for the time that you are at the tournament. Some of our venues do not allow outside food into our events due to union/venue contracts, or may not have an on-site restaurant or vending machines. Personal identification, with a photo, is required for all adults in order to compete and must be shown to the ring coordinator when the athlete is called to the bull pen. For hygiene reasons, you must wear footwear within the bull pen and mat side. Therefore, you should bring shoes or flip flops to wear beyond the bull pen. You may bring your gym bag mat side.

When should I arrive?. . .

You should arrive at the gym no later than 60 minutes before you compete. If we can start a division early because all competitors are available we will do so. We will NOT start a division early if all competitors are not present. You should be prepared to be called to the bull pen 15 to 30 minutes before your schedule match time.

What happens if I’m late and miss my match?. . .

Each division is called to the bull pen to report to a specific ring coordinator over the sound system. If you do not show at the bull pen, you will specifically be called to the bull pen three times. If you do not show after the third call you will be disqualified. You can NOT join your bracket after you have been disqualified.

What if I decide I just don’t want to compete the day of the tournament?. . .

If you decide not to compete the day of the tournament you should tell your ring coordinator when you are called to the bull pen or one of the Ring Coordinator Supervisors. This will help us stay on schedule by not having to wait for someone to show at the bull pen that has decided not to compete.

When do I weigh in?. . .

You will be weighed in right before your match after you are called to the bull pen.

Is there an overweight allowance?. . .

There is no allowance for adults. Kids will be allowed a 1 lb grace.

What happens if I don’t make weight?. . .

If you don’t make weight you will be disqualified. There is no refund for not making weight and you can NOT change your weight class the day of the event.

Can I weigh myself before I’m called to the bull pen?. . .

You cannot weigh yourself on the official scale. However, there is a scale outside the bull pen that will be calibrated with the official scale and marked as such.

I’ve weighed in at the bull pen and been checked through. But I forgot my water – can I leave to go get it?. . .

Preferably, you should NOT leave the bull pen once you are checked in and should have someone else bring you what you have forgotten. If you do have to leave you MUST tell your ring coordinator and you will be required to have you Gi checked when you return. If you are not available when your match is ready you will be disqualified.

Can I leave the mats if I’m waiting for my next match?. . .

Your ring coordinator will tell you where you should wait between your matches or if you have been eliminated. Usually they will have you remain mat side or ask you to wait in the bull pen area. If you are not available when your next match is ready you will be disqualified.

Is the CBJJF insured?. . .

Yes. We are an incorporated company with full liability insurance.

Is there first aid on site?. . .

All our tournaments have independent, professional first aid attendants whose only duties that day are to provide first aid services to athletes and spectators.

What qualifications do the referees possess?. . .

In BC, our referees are predominantly brown/black belts that have certified through the IBJJF Referee course. Most referees have experience at CBJJF tournaments. Purple belts may be a referee providing that a) they have taken the IBJJF course; b) higher experienced referees are not available; c) they are working closely with the Head Referees. In Alberta, we are still working on developing our shortlist of referees and, while most are senior belts (brown/black, possibly purple) not all may have the IBJJF referee course.