Rules & Rewards

Grappling rules

Level of registration
No sandbagging allowed (If you participate in a lower experience bracket then you are supposed to, you and your team will be disqualified)
Novice: BJJ white belt with up to 9 months of experience (No JUDO/Wrestling background).
Beginner: BJJ White belt
Advanced: BJJ Blue belt
Elite: BJJ Purple belt and higher

MMA/grappling pants or gi pants. Shirts and rashguards are allowed.

Mouth guard, ear guard and/or knee protection are allowed. No cups/groin guards.

Allowed techniques
All chokes, cranks, armlocks and leglocks are allowed. All throws are allowed, except slamming.

Novice: No leglocks, no cranks/spine attacks, no scissor takedown allowed.
Beginner: No heelhooks and scissor takedown allowed.
Advanced: No heelhooks allowed.
Elite: Go for it!

Illegal techniques
No unsportsmanlike conduct is allowed (warning or DQ, depending of severity). No headbutting, striking or kicking (DQ). No eye gauging, fish-hooking, scratching, biting or hair pulling (DQ). No small joint manipulation (less then three fingers)(DQ). No fingers in the eye area. Cross facing and pushing away is allowed. All throws except slams are allowed, but do not throw your opponent on his head on purpose (DQ).
WARNING: use sun lotion with care, wipe away with towel before fighting.

Novice and beginners – 4 minutes
Advanced – 5 minutes
Elite – 6 minutes

By submission by points, by DQ of opponent, by referee decision. In case of draw, most offensive fighting player wins.

Take Down with top control 3 secs – 2P*
Guard pull – 1P for opponent
Sidemount / Knee on Belly / Mount / Backmount (both hooks) – 1P (hold for 3 seconds) **
All Sweeps and reversals – 1P (control top for 3 seconds)
Catch – 2P (a catch is a submission attempt that has to be seriously defended) ***
Stalling – 1P to your opponent ****

 * If you shoot in, get sprawled on, and then go to (half)guard, 0 points for either
** A positional point is only awarded progressively, from side to mount for example. So in case of a transition from mount to side, no points. When the bottom opponent reclaims (half) guard, all points can be scored again.
*** Example, an armbar attempt is made. The arm is caught and the opponent has to stack or explode out. This is a catch. Offensive players will be able to accumulate points. So go out and (try) to submit!
**** First you get a “Warning for stalling”, then you have 10 seconds to start attacking. e.g. you have a guy in closed guard, and are passive. Or you are on top in guard, and hanging forward, just defending, not posturing, not trying to actively open the guard.

BJJ rules

For the BJJ tournament, we follow the IBJJF general competion rules and guidelines.

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The total money prize is €2.500. On Saturday the winner of the men Elite open class will become King of the Beach and earns a €1.000 money prize. On Sunday the winner of the men Brown/Black belt open class will also earn €1.000.
Our Queen of the Beach will earn €250 on both Saturday and Sunday (depending on number of participants using the same ‘number of competitors vs prize money’ ratio as men).

BIG medals will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all classes. There is also a HUGE trophy for the best performing team