KASAI Elite Grappling Championships is New York City’s premier jiu-jitsu and grappling competition for men and women.

New York City — Get Ready For KASAI!

KASAI’s day-long event ‘The Elite Grappling Championships’ is New York City’s premier jiu-jitsu and grappling competition for men and women.

Our goal is to provide a great experience for our competitors including high-quality matches and tournaments, smooth and efficient logistics, and a memorable competitor experience.

Early-bird registration is $85 per competitor. Individuals who sign up for gi and no-gi tournaments in the same weight class will receive $40 off their registration fee for a discounted rate of $130. Participants in ‘The Elite Grappling Championships’ will receive a complimentary t-shirt.

All competitors who medal in their respective brackets will also be eligible for The Elite Grappling Championships’ male and female absolute tournaments at no extra cost.

Ample parking will be provided at York College. The venue is also near mass transit stops on the LIRR (Jamaica) and the Subway (Jamaica Center – Parsons/Archer).


  • Early-bird Registration Deadline: 06/02/2018
  • Registration Deadline: 06/11/2018
  • Competitor Corrections Deadline: 06/12/2018
  • Schedule Release: 06/15/2018
  • Brackets Release: 06/15/2018


  • Competitors will weigh-in on the day of the event, right before their first match wearing their competition outfit (Gi or No-Gi according to their division)*.
  • Competitors will have one attempt to make weight.
  • If a competitor fails to make weight, he/she will be automatically disqualified. There is absolutely no weight class change or refund.

*No-Gi ‘KASAI Pro 3’ Qualifier competitors can weigh in on 06/15/2018 between 6pm and 8pm, or on the day of the event, 06/16/2018,  at York College (160-20 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11433)


Female: Adult Gi

  • Rooster Bantamweight: 107lbs
  • Light-Feather Bantamweight: 118lbs
  • Feather Bantamweight: 129lbs
  • Light Bantamweight: 141.5lbs
  • Middle Bantamweight: 152.5lbs
  • Medium-Heavy Bantamweight: 163.5lbs
  • Heavy Bantamweight: 175lbs
  • Super-Heavy Bantamweight: 175lbs +

Female: Adult No-Gi

  • Strawweight: 115lbs
  • Flyweight: 125lbs
  • Bantamweight: 135lbs
  • Featherweight: 145lbs
  • Lightweight: 160lbs
  • Welterweight: 160lbs +

Male: Adult, Master 1 and 2 Gi

  • Roosterweight: 127lbs
  • Light Featherweight: 141.5lbs
  • Featherweight: 154.5lbs
  • Lightweight: 168lbs
  • Middleweight: 181.5lbs
  • Medium Heavyweight: 195lbs
  • Heavyweight: 208lbs
  • Super Heavyweight: 222lbs
  • Ultra Heavyweight: 222lbs +

Male: No-Gi

  • Featherweight: 145lbs
  • Lightweight: 155lbs
  • Welterweight: 170lbs
  • Middleweight: 185lbs
  • Light Heavyweight: 200lbs
  • Heavyweight: 200lbs +


The winner clinches a spot in the organization’s upcoming eight-man professional Jiu-Jitsu world championship tournament at ‘KASAI Pro 3’. Qualifiers will be contested as six-minute matches, with all submissions legal and the IBJJF points system in place.

*’KASAI Pro 3′ qualifier competitors can weigh in on 06/15/2018 from 6pm to 8pm, or on the day of the event at York College.

KASAI Pro 3 will feature an eight-man, no-gi tournament to decide the organization’s inaugural world welterweight champion (170lbs). Top performers from the world of Jiu-Jitsu will compete in multiple six-minute bouts across two round-robin brackets. Victories by submission will receive more credit and the winners of each bracket will meet in the championship finals.


Time limit:

  • 5 minutes – Beginners and Intermediate
  • 6 minutes – Advanced
  • Final: 6 minutes + 2 minutes overtime – Advanced only (golden score or submission and then judges decision).

Legal Techniques:

  • Any kind of choke (except for using the hand to close the windpipe).
  • Any armbar, shoulder lock, or wrist lock
  • Any leg lock or ankle lock (beginner-level straight foot lock only)
  • Slamming can be used only to prevent a submission. It is otherwise considered as illegal (except for beginners)

Illegal Techniques*:

  • Cervical and Neck Cranks
  • Striking of any kind
  • Eye gouging or fish hooking
  • Grabbing the ears
  • Hair pulling
  • Small joint manipulation
  • Scratching and pinching
  • Biting
  • Touching groin area
  • Hands, knees or elbows on face
  • Greasing

Match decisions shall be issued in the following forms:

  • Submission
  • Stoppage
  • Disqualification
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Score
  • Referee decision

Submission: When an athlete taps twice with his/her hand on the opponent, ground, or his/herself in a clear and apparent manner. When the athlete taps the ground twice with his/her foot (when arms are trapped by an opponent). When the athlete verbally withdraws, requesting the match be stopped. When the athlete screams or emits noise expressing pain while trapped in a submission hold.

Stoppage: When one of the athletes alleges to be suffering from cramps, the opponent shall be declared the winner of the match. When the referee perceives that a hold in place may expose the athlete to serious physical injury. When the doctor deems one of the athletes to be unable to continue a match due to injury rendered by the opponent using a legal hold. When an athlete presents bleeding that cannot be contained after being treated by the doctor on 2 (two) occasions, to which each athlete has the right for each injury and should be provided upon the referee’s request. When an athlete vomits or loses control of basic bodily functions, with involuntary urination or bowel incontinence.

Disqualification: When one or both athletes commit fouls.

Loss of Consciousness: The athlete shall be declared to have lost the match upon losing consciousness due to a legal hold applied by the opponent or due to an accident not stemming from an illegal maneuver by the opponent. Note: Athletes who lose consciousness because of head trauma should not be allowed to compete again in the same tournament and should be directed to undergo treatment from medical staff.

Scoring: The athlete with the most points shall be declared the winner when the match has reached regulation time or in the event of the match being stopped due to both athletes suffering injuries.

Point System:

  • 1 point – submission attempt (near tap), takedown (no control), going from bottom guard to top after a poor submission attempt by the opponent.
  • 2 points – takedown (three-second control), sweep and knee on belly
  • 3 points – guard pass
  • 4 points – mount and back control
  • No advantages

Attire: Shorts or pants made of elastic fabric (should hug the body) should contain no pockets (or have them completely sewn shut), no buttons, no snaps nor any plastic or metal piece that presents a risk of injury to the opponent. The length should be longer than mid-thigh but no lower than the knee. Shirts must be elastic (should hug the body) and long enough to cover the waistline of the shorts.

*For fouls and code of conduct, please refer to IBJJF guidelines and rules book.


York College, 160-20 Liberty Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11433