BJJ weight classes: IBJJF, ADCC and beyond

Your guide to weight classes in different BJJ competitions around the world.

Weight classes are used in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions to make matches fairer and more exciting. There are many different organisations running BJJ and grappling tournaments including the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) and Grappling Industries to name a few. Each organisation can have slightly different rules and weight divisions, so you should read up to see where you will compete in a given competition.

Use the information below as a guide only. Always double check weight divisions with the organisation directly before signing up for a competition.

Here are the different weight divisions for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments in each ruleset:

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IBJJF weight classes

The IBJJF has one of the largest tournament calendars with numberous . Below are the regular weight brackets for adults and juveniles in both gi and no-gi. Scroll down below to find out how you can see the specific weight classes for your competition.

Male – Gi

Weight classAdult (18+)Juvenile
Rooster127 lbs (57.5 kg)118 lbs (53.5 kg)
Light Feather141.5 lbs (64 kg)129 lbs (58.5 kg)
Feather154.5 lbs (70 kg)141.5 lbs (64 kg)
Light168 lbs (76 kg)152.5 lbs (69 kg)
Middle181.5 lbs (82.3 kg)163.5 lbs (74 kg)
Middle Heavy195 lbs (88.3 kg)175 lbs (79.3 kg)
Heavy208 lbs (94.3 kg)186 lbs (84.3 kg)
Super Heavy222 lbs (100.5 kg)197 lbs (89.3 kg)
Ultra HeavyNo maximumNo maximum

Male – No Gi

Weight ClassAdult (18+)Juvenile
Rooster122.5lbs (55.5kg)114lbs (51.5kg)
Light Feather136lbs (61.5kg)125lbs (56.5kg)
Feather149lbs (67.5kg)136lbs (61.5kg)
Light162.5lbs (73.5kg)147lbs (66.5kg)
Middle175.5lbs (79.5kg)158lbs (71.5kg)
Middle Heavy188.5lbs (85.5kg)169lbs (76.5kg)
Heavy202lbs (91.5kg)180lbs (81.5kg)
Super Heavy215lbs (97.5kg)191lbs (86.5kg)
Ultra HeavyNo maximumNo maximum

Female – Gi

Weight classAdult (18+)Juvenile
Rooster107lbs (48.5kg)98lbs (44.3kg)
Light Feather118lbs (53.5kg)106.5lbs (48.3kg)
Feather129lbs (58.5kg)116lbs (52.5kg)
Light141.5lbs (64kg)125lbs (56.5kg)
Middle152.5lbs (69kg)133.5lbs (60.5kg)
Middle Heavy163.5lbs (74kg)143.5lbs (65kg)
Heavy175lbs (79.3kg)152lbs (69kg)
Super HeavyNo maximumNo maximum

Female – No Gi

Weight classAdult (18+)Juvenile
Rooster103lbs (46.5kg)94lbs (42.5kg)
Light Feather114lbs (51.5kg)103lbs (46.5kg)
Feather125lbs (56.5kg)111.5lbs (50.5kg)
Light136lbs (61.5kg)120.5lbs (54.5kg)
Middle147lbs (66.5kg)129lbs (58.5kg)
Middle Heavy158lbs (71.5kg)138lbs (62.5kg)
Heavy169lbs (76.5kg)147lbs (66.5kg)
Super HeavyNo maximumNo maximum

IBJJF weight class tables

Are IBJJF weight classes the same for all the different IBJJF tournaments?

Yes, IBJJF weight classes are generally the same regardless of location or competition. 

How can I see the weight classes for my specific competition?

You can see the weight class sheet for your IBJJF event by clicking on the event on the IBJJF website and then clicking the yellow “weight chart” button on the right. 

How to find the IBJJF weight classes for your competition

Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) weight classes

ADCC is a series of annual no gi submission grappling tournaments which was started by Sheik Tahnoon in 1998. Each year ADCC has qualifiers and open tournaments in many countries around the world, culminating in a prestigious world championship event.

ADCC World Championships weight classes

MaleFemale
-65.9kg (145.2lbs)-60kg (132.2lbs)
-76.9kg (169.5lbs)+60kg (132.2lbs)
-87.9kg (193.7lbs)
-98.9kg (218lbs)
+99kg (220.5lbs)
Absolute 

Source: ADCC

ADCC Teams weight classes

MalesFemales
– 83kg– 60kg
+ 83kg+ 60kg

Source: ADCC

ADCC National, open and other ADCC Championships weight classes

Males (18+, incl. Masters 35+)Males – (15-18)Females (18+)Females (15-18)
– 60kg– 50kg– 50kg– 40kg
– 65kg– 55kg– 55kg– 45kg
– 70kg– 60kg– 60kg– 50kg
– 76kg– 65kg– 65kg– 55kg
– 83kg– 70kg– 70kg– 60kg
– 91kg– 75kg+ 70kg+ 60kg
– 100kg– 80kg

+ 100kg+ 80kg

Source: ADCC

International Submission Only Federation (ISOF) weight classes

ISOF is a global submission only organisation which runs events in the USA.

Adults (18+)Teens (13-17)Youth (4 -12)
115lbs and under115lbs and under39lbs and under
 
116 – 125lbs116 – 125lbs
40 – 49lbs
126 – 135lbs126 – 135lbs50 – 59lbs

136 – 145lbs136 – 145lbs60 – 69lbs
146 – 155lbs146 – 155lbs70 – 79lbs

156 – 170lbs156 – 170lbs80 – 89lbs

171 – 185lbs171 – 185lbs90 – 99lbs

186 – 195lbs186 – 195lbs100 – 115lbs

196 – 205lbs196 – 205lbs115lbs+
206 – 235lbs 206 – 265lbs 
236lbs+265.1 lbs+

Source: ISOF

Grappling Industries weight classes

Grappling Industries is an international gi and no gi BJJ competition with events around the world. It’s differs from IBJJF and other single or double elimination tournament-style competitions because it uses a round robin system where all competitors in a division compete against each other. This means competitors get more matches even if they lose.

Men (18+)Women (18+)Kids
-135 lbs (- 61kg)-105 lbs (-48 kg)-45 lbs (-20 kg)
-145 lbs (-66 kg)-120 lbs (-54 kg)-55 lbs (-25 kg)
-155 lbs (-70 kg)-135 lbs (-61 kg)-65 lbs (-29 kg)
-170 lbs (-77 kg)-150 lbs (-68 kg)-75 lbs (-34 kg)
-185 lbs (-84 kg)-165 lbs (-75 kg)-85 lbs (-39 kg)
-210 lbs (-95 kg)Over 165 lbs (over 75 kg)-95 lbs (-43 kg)
-230 lbs (-104 kg)
-105 lbs (-48 kg)
Over 230 lbs (over 104 kg)
-115 lbs (-52 kg)


-125 lbs (-57 kg)


-135 lbs (-61 kg)


-145 lbs (-66 kg)


-155 lbs (-70 kg)


-170 lbs (-77 kg)


-185 lbs (-84 kg)


-210 lbs (-95 kg)


+210 lbs (+95 kg)

Source: Grappling Industries

The United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) weight classes

The UAEJJF is the official jiu jitsu authority for the United Arab Emirates. It also runs a calendar of competitions each year, and is partnered with the Abu Dhabi Jiu Jitsu Pro (AJP) organisation which runs the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and World Pro events.

Males (18+)Females (18+)Boys (16-17)Girls (16-17)
-56kg-49kg-46kg-40kg
-62kg-55kg-50kg-44kg
-69kg-62kg-55kg-48kg
-77kg-70kg-60kg-52kg
-85kg-90kg-66kg-57kg
-94kg
-73kg-63kg
-110kg
-81kg-70kg


-94kg-82kg

Source: UAEJJF

Sport Jiu Jitsu International Federation (SJJIF) weight classes

The SJJIF was started in 2012 with the goal of getting jiu jitsu into the Olympics. The SJJIF has events around the world, particularly in the USA, Asia and Brazil, and a prestigious annual world championship event too.

Male

Weight classAdult Gi (18+)Adult No Gi (18+)Juvenile Gi (16-17)Juvenile No Gi (16-17)
Rooster127.5lbs (57.6kg)123.5lbs (56kg)

Super Feather141lbs (64kg)137lbs (62.1kg)120lbs (54.4kg)116lbs (52.6kg)
Feather154lbs (70kg)150lbs (68kg)135lbs (61.2kg)131lbs (59.4kg)
Light167.5lbs (76kg)163.5lbs (74.2kg)150lbs (68kg)146lbs (66.2kg)
Middle181lbs (82.1kg)177lbs (80.3kg)165lbs (74.8kg)161lbs (73kg)
Middle Heavy194.5lbs (88.2kg)190.5lbs (86.2kg)180lbs (81.6kg)176lbs (79.8kg)
Heavy207.5lbs (94.1kg)203.5lbs (92.3kg)195lbs (88.5kg)191lbs (86.6kg)
Super Heavy221lbs (100.2kg)217lbs (98.4kg)Over 195lbs (88.5kg)Over 191lbs (86.6kg)
Ultra HeavyOver 221lbs (100.2kg)Over 217lbs (98.4kg)

Source: SJJIF

Female

Weight classAdult Gi (18+)Adult No Gi (18+)Juvenile Gi (16-17)Juvenile No Gi (16-17)
Rooster107lbs (48.5kg)103lbs (46.7kg)105lbs (47.6kg)101lbs (45.8kg)
Super Feather120lbs (54.4kg)116lbs (52.6kg)115lbs (52.2kg)111lbs (50.3kg)
Feather135lbs (61.2kg)131lbs (59.4kg)130lbs (59kg)126lbs (57.2kg)
Light150lbs (68kg)146lbs (66.2kg)145lbs (65.8kg)141lbs (64kg)
Middle165lbs (74.8kg)161lbs (73kg)160lbs (72.6kg)156lbs (70.8kg)
Medium Heavy180lbs (81.6kg)177lbs (80.3kg)Over 160lbs (72.6kg)Over 156lbs (70.8kg)
HeavyOver 180lbs (81.6kg)Over 177lbs (80.3kg)

Source: SJJIF

Jiu Jitsu World League (JJWL) weight classes

JJWL was co-founded by Rigan Machado to be a professional BJJ tournament with cash prizes for some black belt open winners. There are also other differences including no advantages and ‘double eliminations’, where competitors in brackets of 4 or more have an extra match to compete for third place if they lose their first match.

Weight classMale – Adult & MastersFemale – Adult & Masters
Rooster130lbs and under
Light Feather141lbs and under118lbs and under
Feather154lbs and under130lbs and under
Light168lbs and under141lbs and under
Middle182lbs and under156lbs and under
Medium Heavy195lbs and under157lbs and over
Heavy208lbs and under
Super Heavy Plus209lbs and over

Source: JJWL

North American Grappling Association (NAGA) weight classes

NAGA started in 1995 and runs regular gi and no gi competitions in the USA and Europe. 

Men – AdultsFemale – Adults & TeensChildren (13 and under)
129.9lbs and under99.9lbs and under39.9lbs and under
130lbs to 139.9 lbs100lbs to 109.9lbs40 to 49.9 lbs
140lbs to 149.9lbs110lbs to 119.9lbs50 to 59.9 lbs
150lbs to 159.9lbs120lbs to 129.9lbs60 to 69.9 lbs

160lbs to 169.9lbs130lbs to 139.9lbs70 to 79.9 lbs
170lbs to 179.9lbs140lbs to 149.9lbs80 to 89.9 lbs
180lbs to 189.9lbs150lbs to 159.9lbs90 to 99.9 lbs
190lbs to 199.9lbs160lbs to 169.9lbs100 to 109.9 lbs
200lbs to 224.9lbs170lbs to 179.9lbs110 to 119.9 lbs
225lbs to 249.9lbs180lbs to 189.9lbs120 to 129.9 lbs
250lbs and over190 to 199.9lbs130 to 139.9 lbs

200lbs and above140 to 149.9 lbs


150 to 159.9 lbs


160 to 169.9 lbs



170lbs and above

Source: NAGA

Five grappling weight classes

Five Grappling is a Northern American competition with some key rules differences including no advantages and 6 minute matches for adults.

Weight classMales – Adult and mastersFemales – Adult and masters
FlyweightUp to 124.9 lbs
Bantamweight125 – 139.9 lbsUp to 119.9 lbs
Lightweight140 – 154.9 lbs120 – 134.9 lbs
Welterweight155 – 169.9 lbs135 – 149.9 lbs
Middleweight170 – 189.9lbs150 – 169.9 lbs
Light heavyweight190 – 209.9lbs
HeavyweightOver 210 lbsOver 170 lbs

Source: Five Grappling

Aus Sub Only weight classes

Aus Sub Only is a growing submission only gi and no gi competition running across Australia.

MalesFemales
61kg55Kgs
69kg
65Kgs
77Kg75Kgs
85KgsOver 75Kgs
95Kgs
Over 95Kgs

Note there is a 2kg gi allowance in Aus Sub Only.

Source: Aus Sub Only

How do jiu jitsu weigh ins work and when do they happen?

In most tournaments you’ll select your weight class when you sign up for an event and pay your entry fee. 

You’ll generally weigh in on the day of the competition shortly before your event. Your age, weight and belt category will be called up to the marshalling area. You’ll then be weighed on the official scales in front of an official. Some competitions require you to wear your gi while weighing in and others do not. Your uniform will also be checked around this time to make sure it satisfies length and hygiene rules.

Exactly how long before your event you’ll weigh in will depend on the organisation of the competition and other factors such as how many competitors are in your bracket. In the few competitions I’ve participated in, the wait was between 15 – 30 minutes from weigh in to my first match.

Even if you’re the only person in your weight class and will win by default you might still need to weigh in. In IBJJF rules for example you’ll not only need to weigh in but also pass the normal uniform test to be eligible for your medal.

What if I don’t make my weight?

In IBJJF rules you’ll be disqualified immediately if you don’t make weight, but each organisation has its own rules. Most competitions also don’t allow you to move weight classes on the day if you don’t make your target weight.

Some competition rules are more lenient than others. Grappling Industries will give you a 1 pound (0.45kg) allowance, and will also give you a certain amount of extra time to successfully make weight after failing the first test. 

NAGA competitions are even more lenient. NAGA competitors receive a 1 pound (0.45kg) allowance, and are also able to weigh in multiple times before “accepting” their final weight. Even if you miss your target weight, you can still compete at the weight class you end up falling into.

Be sure to check the rulebook of the organisation overseeing the competition to see what the policies around weigh-ins are. You can see the links to these at the bottom of this page.

Will I get a refund if I don’t make weight?

Most competitions including IBJJF and Grappling Industries don’t offer refunds if you miss your weight. As mentioned above though, some competitions like NAGA will just move you to the correct weight class rather than disqualifying you. 

How much does a gi weigh?

Our basic estimations show that an average BJJ gi weighs approximately 4lbs 11oz (2.1kg) and a competition gi weighs approximately 3lbs 3.5oz (1.46kg).

This is based on rough calculations of the gis below in A2/A2L sizes. As shown below, the weight of a gi also depends on the size, with larger sizes being heavier because there’s more fabric.

Below are the weights for some popular regular and light/competition gis:

GiTypeWeight
Flow Kimono AirLight2lbs 14oz (1.3kg) (A2 size)  (source)  
Flow Kimono ProRegular3lbs 2oz (1.42kg) (source)
Tatami Zero G V4Light3.3lbs (1.5kg) (A2 size) (source)
Hayabusa Pearl Weave Ultra LightLight3.5lbs (1.58kg) (A2 size) (source)
Vulkan SupremeRegular4lbs (1.8kg) (A2 size) (source)
Tatami NovaRegular4lbs 4oz (1.92kg) (A2L size)
Tatami Estilo 6.0Regular4lbs 5oz (1.96kg) (A2L size)
Hayabusa Goorudo 3Regular4.5 lbs (2kg)(A2 size) (source)
Flow Kimono HempRegular5lbs 6oz (2.44kg) (source)

Regular vs competition gis

As mentioned above, there are generally two types of BJJ gis you can buy: regular and competition. 

Regular BJJ gis are made with an overall balance of weight and toughness in mind. They’re comfortable but will last throughout long term regular training. 

Competition gis are lighter, and this generally means they’re thinner and won’t last as long in regular training compared to a regular heavier gi.

The weight of a gi also depends on the size you buy. For example, the Hayabusa Goorudo 3 gi ranges from 3.9lbs (1.77kg) in an A0 size to 5.8lbs (2.63kg) in an A5 size. See the full range of sizes and weights below:

Gi sizePoundsKilograms
A03.9lbs1.77kg
A14.2lbs1.91kg
A24.5lbs2.04kg
A34.6lbs2.09kg
A44.7lbs2.13kg
A55.8lbs2.63kg

Source: Hayabusa

Cutting weight for BJJ competitions

“Weight cutting” is intentional weight loss with the goal of competing at a specific lower weight class. While it’s more prevalent in boxing and MMA, some BJJ competitors also cut weight. 

In boxing and MMA, short term weight cutting is used by athletes to enter in a lower weight class than their normal weight, giving them a size advantage. After successfully weighing in at the lower weight they then rehydrate and go back up to their regular weight before the fight.

Weight cutting can involve short or longer term strategies, some of which can be unhealthy, unsafe and damage performance. Black belt and sports dietician Reid Reale does a great job of explaining the difference between the two strategies and how to use safer long term weight cutting strategies in his article on Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood.

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