FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

No. The CBJJF does not have a membership requirement at this time.

Do I need any experience to compete? . . .

No. However, we encourage you to speak with your professor/coach before registering to compete so they can help you prepare for a competition.

What do I wear when I compete?. . .

Please visit https://cbjjf.org/rules for more information regarding Uniform Requirements for both Gi and No Gi athletes.

What should I bring to compete?. . .

Please come prepared with your GI and/or No Gi Uniform and a pair of flip flops or shoes to wear until you compete on the mat.

You may bring food and water, however, some of our venues do not allow outside food and drinks due to union/venue contracts. There may also not be anywhere on-site to purchase food.

What are divisions and brackets?. . .

Each registered athlete is allocated to a weight class and age category based on registration information. This information makes up a Division and a Bracket is created at random. Matches are shown with a potential order of athletes.

When are divisions, brackets and tournament schedule released?. . .

Divisions, brackets and a tournament schedule is released at least 1 week prior to the event date. Please visit the appropriate Event Page at https://smoothcomp.com/en/events/upcoming.

How do I find my division/bracket and a tournament schedule?. . .

Please visit the appropriate Event Page via Smoothcomp at https://smoothcomp.com/en/events/upcoming to see your division, bracket and a tournament schedule. Match times are approximate, so we encourage you to follow along the day of the tournament!

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

Yes. However, any and all changes required by the athlete must be made directly in Smoothcomp prior to Late Registration closing. To make changes, please login to your Athlete Profile, select "My Account" (top right-hand corner where your name appears) and click "Edit".

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

Prior to Late Registration closing, athletes are encouraged to change their registration directly in Smoothcomp. To make changes, please login to your Athlete Profile, select "My Account" (top right-hand corner where your name appears) and click "Edit".

Any and all changes after Late Registration closes will be made by the CBJJF according to your preferences selected at registration.

If, however, after brackets are created, the CBJJF is unable to find you a match based on the movement preferences you selected during registration, you are entitled to a refund or credit for any future CBJJF event (coupon valid 3 years).

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

According to our Refund and Credit Policy:

  1. Athletes who drop registration prior to Normal Registration closing are entitled to a full refund.
  2. Athletes who drop registration prior to Late Registration closing are entitled to a credit for any future CBJJF event (coupon valid 3 years).

When should I arrive at the venue?. . .

Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to your matches. It is important that you check-in and weigh-in as soon as possible so that you are in the waiting area/bull pen at least 30 minutes before your scheduled matches.

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

Each division is called to the bull pen at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled matches. Athletes must report to the specified Ring Coordinator immediately.

If you do not show at the bull pen at least 30 minutes prior to your matches, you are at risk of disqualification. Athletes may be called up to 3 times over the sound system before being disqualified as a "no show". Athletes CAN NOT join a different after been disqualified and no refunds will be provided.

When do I weigh in?. . .

All athletes are permitted to weigh-in 3 hours prior to their scheduled matches.

Is there an overweight allowance?. . .

Only Youth Athletes are provided a 2 lbs weight allowance. No exceptions will be made if a Youth Athlete is over the 2lbs allowance.

What if I don’t make weight?. . .

Failure to make weight will result in disqualification. Athletes CAN NOT change weight classes after brackets are made and no refunds will be provided.

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

If you decide not to compete the day of the tournament, please email info@cbjjf.org. Or, please notify your assigned Ring Coordinator or a Ring Coordinator Supervisor when you are called to the bull pen.

Notifying us prior to you competing is greatly appreciate and helps us stay on schedule.

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

Please wait for direction from your assigned Ring Coordinator before leaving the mat area. You will likely be asked to remain mat-side.

If you leave the mat area without direction from your assigned Ring Coordinator and are not readily available when your next match begins, you WILL be disqualified.

I’ve checked in at the bull pen and had my uniform inspected but forgot my water – can I leave to go get it?. . .

Preferrably, no. Once you have been checked through the bull pen, you should NOT leave the bull pen are. Please have someone retrieve your water for you.

If, however, you do leave the bull pen area after being checked through, you MUST have your Gi re-checked upon you return. If you are not available when your match is ready to go, you WILL be disqualified.

Is the CBJJF insured?. . .

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

Is there First Aid on site?. . .

Yes. All CBJJF tournaments are staffed with independent, professional First Aid Attendants. They are dedicated to treating injured athletes. They may also treat a spectator, if necessary.

What qualifications do the referees possess?. . .

CBJJF Referees are predominantly brown or black belts and have been certified through the IBJJF Referee course. Also, most CBJJF Referees have experience at multiple CBJJF tournaments.

Purple belts may become a CBJJF Referee provided they have taken the IBJJF course, have worked closely with our Head Referee, or when a highly experienced Referee is not available.