One of the best things about learning BJJ is that you get the ability to test your best BJJ against your team mates and others in live competitions at 100% of your skill and intensity. Other martial arts don’t give you the opportunity to do this outside of professional competitions due to inherint danger of going 100% on each other. If you are about to enter your first competition and compete for the first time you are probably wondering how long is a bjj match?
Matches are dictated by your belt color and the organisation that you will be competing under. There are 3 main BJJ competitions / organisations that this article will cover:
- Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC)
- Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI)
- International Brazilian Jiu-Jibu Federation (IBJJF)
Each of these competitions has adopted their own sets of objections and rules, and not all are open to everyday BJJ studiers. But their core the common denominator is the respect and praise for the intense sport of BJJ.
IBJJF time limits (by color, for adults)
The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) is the largest of the 3, spreading across the globe and focusing on the traditional ways of BJJ and following a set of strict rules.
White – 5 minutes
Blue – 6 minutes
Purple – 7 minutes
Brown – 8 minutes
Black – 10 minutes
Abu Dhabi Combat Club competition is a grappling tournament competed by professional fighters; it’s first matches date to 1998.
ADCC time limits (by event)
Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) is a grappling tournament competed by professional grapplers dating back to 1998. Most regard this as the “Olympics” for grappling.
Nationals– 6 minutes, final round 8 minutes
Trials– 6 minutes, final round 8 minutes
World Champions– 10 minutes, final round 20 minutes
EBI time limits
Lastly the Eddie Bravor Invitational (EBI) stands firmly on its own from the others, because it doesn’t use the points when awarding a win.
Matches are 10 minutes, but there is potentinal for it to go into overtime if one of the players does not submit. When a match goes into overtime each competitor starts in a vulnerable position (eg: defending an attacker on the back) until someone is submited.
The world of Brazilian JiuJitsu competitions is vast and highly respected, its rules and goals should be diligently followed and understood. Wherever a student of BJJ is at in their journey, whether a white or black belt, knowing the rules, standards, and expectations of these large competitions can bring you more knowledge and perspective to improve your skills.
For more information on each of these competitions, please see the following links: