RULES

Submission Only Grappling is a term that has been thrown around for some time in the grappling community, however, many of the rule sets that submission only grappling events use do not necessarily make them “Submission Only”. The EBI rule set is arguably the closest to “Submission Only”. That said, many see the EBI rule set too heavily favoring overtime, and a few pigeonhole grappling techniques as the deciding factor of who wins and who loses if there is no submission. Submission Battlegrounds SuperFight events are “Super Fights” that have no points, no stalling, no overtime, and no nonsense with just pure, aggressive, grappling excellence. We call this Submission Hunting Grappling.
With Submission Battleground’s Submission Hunting format the favored path to victory is through submission. If there is not a submission when the time runs out, then the decision will go to two qualified judges & the Referee who will make their decision simultaneously to avoid any influencing.
In the case that a submission in a match does not materialize, the criteria the judges and Referee will use to make their decision(s) are as follows.

1. Aggression. The athlete who is more relentless in pressing forward, constantly hunting for submissions, and nearly securing them will meet the criteria for a win.

2. Dominance. The athlete who clearly displays more dominance (without stalling) over his or her opponent with positional control in the match will meet the criteria for a win. Dominance includes taking down his or her opponent, executing guard passes, and securing back control, side control, mount, or knee on belly and is ACTIVELY and AGGRESIVELY hunting for submissions.

3. Stalling. The athlete who stalls and shows no sense of urgency to press forward in a position whether it be in the standing, top, or bottom positions will not be looked upon favorably for a win. The Referee will give a stalling warning to an athlete if the athlete, for longer than 15 seconds, in any position,

a. fails to actively engage and or hunt to secure a submission.
b. fails to be aggressive in getting out of a bad position
c. holds a position without aggressively hunting for a submission.

Only TWO stalling warnings will be given to an athlete. If the athlete continues to stall after the second warning the Referee will disqualify the athlete.

If both athletes are locked in a stalemate and there is no action on the mat from both athletes, the Referee may restart the athletes from the standing position.

A match will end by submission when an Athlete taps the opponent, oneself, or the mat, with an open hand / foot, or verbally by saying “Tap” or “Stop” If an Athlete goes unconscious the Match will also end by submission.

Our Number One Goal at Submission Battleground is safety! Referees reserve the right to stop a match at any time if he/she feels that injury is imminent. Any Interference from a Coach or Spectator during a match may result in immediate disqualification of the competitor. Professional behavior is always required. Unprofessional behavior directed at a referee or Athlete may result in immediate removal from the event.

Legal and Illegal Techniques Gi & No Gi

Note: Techniques marked “X” are not allowed. Techniques marked with “✅” are allowed. Techniques marked with “✅” followed by *** must be agreed upon by both athletes during Registration / Match Making and are only allowed in No Gi Matches.

Children

Teens

White

Blue

Purple

Brown

Black

Straight Ankle Locks

X

Knee Bars/Toe Holds

X

X

X

Heel Hooks

X

X

X


***


***


***


***

Knee Reap

X

X

X


***


***


***


***

Bicep/Calf Slicers

X

X

X

Wrist Locks

X

X

Shoulder and Arm Locks

All Technical Chokes

Guillotines

X

Squeezing Windpipe w Hands

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Smothering
(Hand over mouth or nose)

X

X


***


***


***


***


***

Spinal Locks
(Such as Twisters

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Neck Cranks
(Such as Can Openers)

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Stretching Submissions
(Such as Electric Chair)

X

Jumping Guard & Flying Submissions

X

X

Slamming
(Only when stuck in a submission)

X

X

Any form of slamming
(When NOT stuck in a submission)

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Scissors Takedowns

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Intentional Striking

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Pulling Hair, eye gouging, finger / toe joint manipulation, biting, fish hooking, pinching, spitting, grabbing genitals, and unsportsman like conduct is not permitted and may result in immediate disqualification.

Engaging in any illegal techniques may result in immediate disqualification.

Moves

Kids

Teens

Wh

Bl

Pu

Br

Blk

Strght Ankle Locks

X

Knee Bar Toe Holds

X

X

X

Heel Hooks

X

X

X


***


***


***


***

Knee Reap

X

X

X


***


***


***


***

Bicep Calf Slicers

X

X

X

Wrist Locks

X

X

Shoulder and Arm Locks

All Technical Chokes

Guillotines

X

Squeezing Windpipe w Hands

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Smothering
Hand over mouth or nose

X

X


***


***


***


***


***

Spinal Locks
Such as Twisters

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Neck Cranks
Such as Can Openers

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Stretching Submissions
Such as Electric

X

Jumping Guard & Flying Submissions

X

X

Slamming
Only when stuck in a submission

X

X

Any form of slamming
When NOT stuck in submission

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Scissors Takedowns

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Intentional Striking

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Pulling Hair, eye gouging, finger / toe joint manipulation, biting, fish hooking, pinching, spitting, grabbing genitals, and unsportsman like conduct is not permitted and may result in immediate disqualification.

Engaging in any illegal techniques may result in immediate disqualification.

Weigh ins

View Weigh-In info on DIVISIONS PAGE.

Uniforms

Gi

a. Both male and Female athletes are required to wear a Gi. The Gi (Kimono) may be of any color as long as the pants and jacket are matching.
b. The Gi must be clean, free from foul odors, and may not have any additional substances applied that can make the fabric slippery.
c. The length of the sleeves should extend to the wrist bone and may not be shorter than 1.5 inches above the wrist bone.
d. The length of the pants should extend to the ankle bone and may not be shorter than 1.5inches above the ankle bone.
e. The Gi must be of a design and fabric similar to a traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi.
f. Patches and or artwork may not contain profanities and may not inhibit gripping the Gi.
g. Male Athletes can choose to wear, or not wear a skin tight rash guard underneath the Gi.
h. Female Athletes must wear a skin tight rash guard underneath the Gi.

No Gi

a. Female athletes are required to wear Compression Spats, or Compression Shorts of any color.
b. Male athletes are required to wear Compression Spats, or Compression Shorts of any color.
c. Male athletes are required to wear NO GI shorts of any color over their compression Spats / Shorts that do not have zippers, pockets, buttons, or any form of metal / plastic that may harm their opponent.  
d. Female athletes are not requiredto wear NO GI shorts over their compression spats. If a female athlete chooses to not wear No Gi Shorts, compression Spats in lieu of compression Shorts are required.  If a female athlete chooses to wear NO GI shorts, the shorts can be of any color but may not have zippers,pockets, buttons, or any form of metal / plastic that may harm their opponent.
e. Female Athletes are required to wear a long, or short sleeve skin tight rash guard.
f.Male Athletes are not required to wear a rash guard but may wear one if they choose to.