Guide to BJJ Weight Classes

Guide to BJJ Weight Classes

BJJ weight classes are used in competitions to make the matches more fair. It also makes the matches more exciting for both the competitors and the audience. However, because there are a lot of different organizations holding BJJ and grappling tournaments, there can be some confusion on their weight classes. In this article, we will feature a BJJ weight classes guide including IBJJF weight classes and ADCC weight classes.

Keep in mind that this information should only be used as a guide. It’s important to always double check the weight divisions directly from the organizations. Do this before you sign up for any competition. 

Check out the different BJJ weight classes for each tournament.  

IBJJF Weight Classes

To this day, the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation is one of the most well-known organizations in the world of BJJ. They host some of the largest tournaments. We have listed the regular weight brackets for adults and juveniles below. These are for both gi and no gi competitions. 

Gi Competition - Male

Weight Class

Adult (18+)

Juvenile

Rooster

127lbs or 57.5kg

118lbs or 53.5kg

Light Feather

141.5lbs or 64kg

129lbs or 58.5kg

Feather

154.5lbs or 70kg

141.5lbs or 64kg

Light

168lbs or 76kg

152.5lbs or 69kg

Middle

181.5lbs or 82.3kg

163.5lbs or 74kg

Middle Heavy

195lbs or 88.3kg

175lbs or 79.3kg

Heavy

208lbs or 94.3kg

186lbs or 84.3kg

Super Heavy

222lbs or 100.5kg

197lbs or 89.3kg

Ultra Heavy

No maximum

No maximum

 

No Gi Competition - Male

Weight Class
Adult (18+)
Juvenile
Rooster
122.5lbs or 55.5kg
114lbs or 51.5kg
Light Feather
136lbs or 61.5kg
125lbs 56.5kg
Feather
149lbs or 67.5kg
136lbs or 61.5kg
Light
162.5lbs or 73.5kg
147lbs or 66.5kg
Middle
175.5lbs or 79.5kg
158lbs or 71.5kg
Middle Heavy
188.5lbs or 85.5kg
169lbs or 76.5kg
Heavy
202lbs or 91.5kg
180lbs or 81.5kg
Super Heavy
215lbs or 97.5kg
191lbs or 86.5kg
Ultra Heavy
No Maximum
No Maximum

 

Gi Competition - Female

Weight Class

Adult (18+)

Juvenile

Rooster

107lbs or 48.5kg

98bs or 44.3kg

Light Feather

118lbs or 53.5kg

106.5lbs or 48.3kg

Feather

129lbs or 58.5kg

116lbs or 52.5kg

Light

141.5lbs or 64kg

125lbs or 56.5kg

Middle

152.5lbs or 69kg

133.5lbs or 60.5kg

Middle Heavy

163.5 or 74kg

143.5lbs or 65kg

Heavy

175lbs or 79.3kg

152lbs or 69kg

Super Heavy

No Maximum

No Maximum

 

No Gi - Female

Weight Class

Adult (18+)

Juvenile

Rooster

103lbs or 46.5kg

94lbs or 42.5kg

Light Feather

114lbs or 51.5kg

103lbs or 46.5kg

Feather

125lbs or 56.5kg

111.5lbs or 50.5kg

Light

136lbs or 61.5kg

120.5lbs or 54.5kg

Middle

147lbs or 66.5kg

129lbs or 58.5kg

Middle Heavy

158lbs or 71.5kg

138lbs or 62.5kg

Heavy

169lbs or 76.6kg

147lbs or 66.5kg

Super Heavy

No Maximum

No Maximum


Generally, the IBJJF weight classes are the same no matter the location or competition. To find out more about IBJJF weight classes, rules and guides,
check it out here

Abu Dhabi Combat Club Weight Classes (ADCC Weight Classes)

Moving on to the Abu Dhabi Combat Club, they host a number of annual no gi submission grappling tournaments. These tournaments all started in 1998 by Sheik Tahnoon. Year after year, the ADCC hosts qualifiers and open tournaments all over the world. All these tournaments culminate in a prestigious world championship event. 

ADCC BJJ Weight Classes for World Championships

Male

Female

-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


ADCC Teams Weight Classes

Male

Female

-83kg

-60kg

+83kg

+60kg


ADCC National (Open & Other ADCC Championship Weight Classes)

Male Weight Classes

Boys

7 yrs - 10 yrs

Boys 

11 yrs - 14 yrs

Boys

15 yrs - 18 yrs

Adults 

+18yrs

Masters

+35yrs

Beginners*

-24.0 kg

-28.0 kg

-32.0 kg

-36.0 kg

-40.0 kg

+40.0 kg

-36.0 kg

-40.0 kg

-45.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

+55.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

-75.0 kg

-80.0 kg

+80.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

-76.0 kg

-83.0 kg

-91.0 kg

-100.0 kg

+100.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

-76.0 kg

-83.0 kg

-91.0 kg

-100.0 kg

+100.0 kg

Intermediate*

NOT ALLOWED FOR BOYS 7 - 10 YEARS

-36.0 kg

-40.0 kg

-45.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

+55.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

-75.0 kg

-80.0 kg

+80.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

-76.0 kg

-83.0 kg

-91.0 kg

-100.0 kg

+100.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

-76.0 kg

-83.0 kg

-91.0 kg

-100.0 kg

+100.0 kg

Professional*

NOT ALLOWED FOR BOYS 7 - 10 YEARS

NOT ALLOWED FOR BOYS 11 - 14 YEARS

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

-75.0 kg

-80.0 kg

+80.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

-76.0 kg

-83.0 kg

-91.0 kg

-100.0 kg

+100.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

-76.0 kg

-83.0 kg

-91.0 kg

-100.0 kg

+100.0 kg

 

Female Weight Classes

Girls

7 yrs - 10 yrs

Girls

11 yrs - 14 yrs

Girls

15 yrs - 18 yrs

Girls Advanced

+18 yrs

Beginner

-24.0 kg

-28.0 kg

-32.0 kg

-36.0 kg

-40.0 kg

+40.0 kg

-36.0 kg

-40.0 kg

-45.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

+55.0 kg

-40.0 kg

-45.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

-60.0 kg

+60.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

+70.0 kg

Intermediate

NOT ALLOWED FOR GIRLS 7 TO 10 YEARS

-36.0 kg

-40.0 kg

-45.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

+55.0 kg

-40.0 kg

-45.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

-60.0 kg

+60.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

+70.0 kg

Professional

NOT ALLOWED FOR GIRLS 7 TO 10 YEARS

NOT ALLOWED FOR GIRLS 11 TO 14 YEARS

-40.0 kg

-45.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

-60.0 kg

+60.0 kg

-50.0 kg

-55.0 kg

-60.0 kg

-65.0 kg

-70.0 kg

+70.0 kg

Guide

  • Beginners - Less than 2 years experience and no medals in BJJ, Judo, Sambo, Wrestling (etc.)
  • Intermediate - From 2 to 4 years experience.
  • Professional - More than 5 years of experience.

For more information on ADCC weight classes, check out their website here

Grappling Industries Weight Classes (BJJ Weight Classes)

Another one of the most well-known competitions all over the globe is the Grappling Industries. They are an international gi and no gi BJJ Competition. They host events all over the world. 

So, how does the Grappling Industries differ from the IBJJF? Grappling Industries uses a round robin system where all competitors in a division compete against each other. Even if a competitor loses, they still have the chance to get more matches.

Gi & No Gi - Kids

Age Division

Weight Division

4 – 5 year olds

-45 lbs (-20 kg)

6 – 7 years olds

-55 lbs (-25 kg)

8 – 9 year olds

-65 lbs (-29 kg)

10 – 11 year olds

-75 lbs (-34 kg)

12 – 13 year olds

-85 lbs (-39 kg)

14 – 15 year olds (Boys & Girls split)

-95 lbs (-43 kg)

16 – 17 year olds (Boys & Girls split)

-105 lbs (-48 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)

 

  • Gi - Novice (No subs) – White – Grey – Yellow/Green – Green/Blue
  • No Gi - Novice (White, no subs) – Beginner (White) – Intermediate (Grey) – Advanced (Yellow/Orange) – Expert (Green/Blue) *

Gi & NoGi Women Division

Age Division

Weight Division

Adults 18 +

-105 lbs (-48 kg)

Master 30 +

-120 lbs (-54 kg)

-135 lbs (-61 kg)

-150 lbs (-68 kg)

-165 lbs (-75 kg)

Over 165 lbs (over 75 kg)

 

  • GI  -  White – Blue – Purple – Brown – Black
  • NOGI  - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced *

Gi & NoGi Men Division

Age Division

Weight Division

Adults 18 +

-135 lbs (-61 kg)

Master 30 +

-145 lbs (-66 kg)

Senior 40 +

-155 lbs (-70 kg)

-170 lbs (-77 kg)

-185 lbs (-84 kg)

-210 lbs (-95 kg)

-230 lbs (-104 kg)

Over 230 lbs (over 104 kg)

 

  • GI   - White – Blue – Purple – Brown – Black
  • NOGI  - Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced *

Gi Absolutes 

Male

Female

Weight

Combined

Combined

Age

Adult (18+), Masters (30+)

Adult (18+), Masters (30+)

Belt

White, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black

White, Blue, Purple, Brown, Black


NoGi Absolutes

Male

Female

Weight

Combined

Combined

Age

Adult (18+), Masters (30+)

Adult (18+), Masters (30+)

Rank

Combined

Combined


NoGi

  • Beginner - Less than 1 year of BJJ or Grappling experience
  • Intermediate - 1 to 3 years of BJJ or Grappling experience
  • Advanced - More than 3 years of BJJ or Grappling experiece

For more information about the Grappling Industries’ weight classes, check their website out here.

International Submission Only Federation Weight Classes (ISOF Weight Classes)

Another BJJ weight classes you need to know is for the ISOF. It’s a global submission only organization. Their events are held within the United States of America. 

Youth (4-12 yrs old)

Teens (13-17 yrs old)

Adults (18+)

39lbs and under

115lbs and under

115lbs and under

40-49lbs

116-125lbs

116-125lbs

50-59lbs

126-135lbs

126-135lbs

60-69lbs

136-145lbs

136-145lbs

70-79lbs

146-155lbs

146-155lbs

80-89lbs

156-170lbs

150-170lbs

90-99lbs

171-185lbs

171-185lbs

100-115lbs

186-195lbs

186-195lbs

115lbs+

196-205lbs

196-205lbs

206-235lbs

206-265lbs

265.1lbs +

236lbs+

 

United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation Weight Classes (UAEJJF Weight Classes)

Aside from the IBJJF, the UAEJJF is one of the most well-known organizations all over the world. The UAEJJF is the official jiu-jitsu authority for the United Arab Emirates. They partnered with the Abu Dhabi Jiu Jitsu Pro organization. 

Males 18+

Females 18+

Boys 16-17 yrs old

Girls 16-17 yrs old

-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


For more information about the UAEJJF weight classes, check their website
here.

There you have it! The BJJ weight classes for the most famous tournaments all over the world! If you have any other suggestions and questions, feel free to share them with us below!


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