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BJJ Weight Classes (Full Guide For All the Biggest Organizations – IBJJF, ADCC, and More)

Here is our full guide on bjj weight classes and weight divisions – I will be going over how bjj weight classes are broken down and bjj weight divisions for the biggest organizations for both gi and no gi such as the IBJJF, ADCC, and NAGA.

We’ve also added bjj age divisions including adult and masters divisions for each.

IBJJF Weight Classes

The International Brazillian Jiu Jitsu Federation or the IBJJF is the biggest and most famous BJJ competition host in the world today. It is also know as Confederacao Brasilleira de Jiu Jitsu.

It was founded in 1994 by Carlos Gracie Jr. head of Gracie Barra to create a safe and regulated environment for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes to compete in.

Male IBJJF Weight Classes

DivisionGi Weight (kg/lbs)No-Gi Weight (kg/lbs)
Rooster57.5 kg / 126.5 lbs55.5 kg / 122.5 lbs
Light Feather64 kg / 141 lbs61.5 kg / 136 lbs
Feather70 kg / 154 lbs67.5 kg / 149 lbs
Light76 kg / 167 lbs73.5 kg / 162.5 lbs
Middle82.3 kg / 181 lbs79.5 kg / 175.5 lbs
Medium Heavy88.3 kg / 195 lbs85.5 kg / 188.5 lbs
Heavy94.3 kg / 208 lbs91.5 kg / 202 lbs
Super Heavy97.5 kg / 215 lbs97.5 kg / 215 lbs
Ultra HeavyNo maximumNo maximum

Female IBJJF Weight Classes

DivisionGi Weight (kg/lbs)No-Gi Weight (kg/lbs)
Rooster47.5 kg / 107 lbs46.5 kg / 103 lbs
Light Feather52.2 kg / 115 lbs51.5 kg / 114 lbs
Feather57 kg / 125.5 lbs56.5 kg / 125 lbs
Light62.8 kg / 138.5 lbs61.5 kg / 136 lbs
Middle69.1 kg / 152 lbs66.5 kg / 147 lbs
Medium Heavy76.1 kg / 167.5 lbs71.5 kg / 158 lbs
Heavy82.3 kg / 181.5 lbs76.5 kg / 169 lbs
Super HeavyNo maximumNo maximum

IBJJF Age Divisions

There are three different age divisions in IBJJF. Namely these are Juvenile, Adult and Masters (which is broken up further in the next section).

Juvenile16 year old & up
Adult18 years old & up
Masters30 years old & up

IBJJF Masters Age Divisions

  • Adults – ≥ 18
  • Masters 1 – ≥ 30
  • Masters 2 – ≥ 36
  • Masters 3 – ≥ 41
  • Masters 4 – ≥ 46
  • Masters 5 – ≥ 51
  • Masters 6 –  ≥ 56
  • Masters 7 – ≥ 61

ADCC Weight Classes

The Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) holds one of (if not the) most prestigious grappling event in the world. It is considered the grappling Olympics and is held once every two years.

They hold qualifier tournaments each year with winners of the tournaments giving an invite to the ADCC championship.

Recently, they also started hosting frequent ADCC Opens at a variety of international locations. These events bring many tough competitors who are likely vying for their spot in the ADCC Championship.

With a distinct rule set and a focus on no gi grappling only, it is quickly becoming massively popular and for many even rivals the IBJJF.

Weight Classes for ADCC Opens and Other Tournaments

ADCC Open Tournament Male Weight Classes

Male Weight Classes (Professional, Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner)

Age Division-60.0 kg (-132 lbs)-65.0 kg (-143 lbs)-70.0 kg (-154 lbs)-76.0 kg (-167 lbs)-83.0 kg (-183 lbs)-91.0 kg (-200 lbs)-100.0 kg (-220 lbs)+100.0 kg (+220 lbs)
Adults (18+)
Masters 1 (35+)
Masters 2 (40+)
Masters 3 (45+)
Boys 15-18 yrs
Boys 13-14 yrs
Boys 11-12 yrs
Boys 9-10 yrs
Boys 7-8 yrs

ADCC Open Tournament Female Weight Classes

Female Weight Classes (Professional, Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner)

Age Division-50 kg (-110 lbs)-55 kg (-121 lbs)-60 kg (-132 lbs)-65 kg (-143 lbs)-70 kg (-154 lbs)+70 kg (+154 lbs)
Adults (18+)
Masters 1 (35+)
Girls 15-18 yrs
Girls 13-14 yrs
Girls 11-12 yrs
Girls 9-10 yrs
Girls 7-8 yrs

Experience Levels for ADCC BJJ Weight Classes (For Opens and Other ADCC Tournaments)

Experience LevelDescription
ProfessionalMore than 5 years of experience in BJJ, Judo, Sambo, etc.
AdvancedMore than 5 years of experience in BJJ, Judo, Sambo, etc.
IntermediateFrom 2 to 4 years experience in BJJ, Judo, Sambo, etc.
BeginnerLess than 2 years experience in BJJ, Judo, Sambo, etc. Also includes categories for 7-8 and 9-10 year old boys and girls, who can compete together.

Weight Classes for ADCC Qualifiers and ADCC World Championships

ADCC Qualifiers and World Championships Male Weight Classes

Weight Limit (kg)Weight Limit (lbs)
-65.9 kg-145.2 lbs
-76.9 kg-169.5 lbs
-87.9 kg-193.7 lbs
-98.9 kg-218.0 lbs
+99 kg+220.5 lbs
Absolute (Open)No Limit

ADCC Qualifiers and World Championships Female Weight Classes

Weight Limit (kg)Weight Limit (lbs)
-60.0 kg-132.2 lbs
+60.0 kg+132.2 lbs

NAGA Weight Classes

The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is another very popular a prominent organization in the grappling community that’s been holding events since 1995. They are probably the most popular in North America next to ADCC or IBJJF events.

Plus they also aware NAGA belts and swords:

  • Championship belts awarded to:
    • Adult divisions (incl. master, director, executive) no-gi expert winners
    • Adult divisions (incl. master, director, executive) purple, brown, black belt winners
    • Children & Teen no-gi & gi expert winners
    • Adult absolute intermediate, expert, purple, brown/black belt winners
  • Competitors can win one belt per tournament, except in absolutes where more can be won*
  • Non-Expert Division Awards:
    • Children winners receive a sword (one per event)

Male NAGA Weight Classes

Weight ClassWeight Limit (kg)Weight Limit (lbs)
Flyweight58.97 & under129.9 & under
Bantamweight58.97 – 63.50130 to 139.9
Featherweight63.50 – 67.81140 to 149.9
Lightweight67.81 – 72.57150 to 159.9
Welterweight72.57 – 77.11160 to 169.9
Middleweight77.11 – 81.65170 to 179.9
Light-Heavyweight81.65 – 86.18180 to 189.9
Cruiserweight86.18 – 90.72190 to 199.9
Heavyweight90.72 – 102.06200 to 224.9
Super-Heavyweight102.06 – 113.40225 to 249.9
Ultra-Heavyweight113.40 & over250 & above

Female NAGA Weight Classes

Weight ClassWeight Limit (kg)Weight Limit (lbs)
Sub-Atomic Weight45.36 & under99.9 & under
Atomweight45.36 – 49.90100 to 109.9
Strawweight49.90 – 54.43110 to 119.9
Flyweight54.43 – 58.97120 to 129.9
Bantamweight58.97 – 63.50130 to 139.9
Featherweight63.50 – 67.81140 to 149.9
Lightweight67.81 – 72.57150 to 159.9
Welterweight72.57 – 77.11160 to 169.9
Middleweight77.11 – 81.65170 to 179.9
Light-Heavyweight81.65 – 86.18180 to 189.9
Cruiserweight86.18 – 90.72190 to 199.9
Heavyweight90.72 & over200 & over
one of my NAGA silver place medals from a year or two back

Grappling Industries Weight Classes

Grappling Industries organizes worldwide tournaments that emphasize a competitor-focused experience. They are mostly known for their round-robin format to guarantee multiple matches for participants, catering to all skill levels and age groups.

I’ve competed in a couple of their events and pretty much always had atleast two matches as opposed to some other organizations where I’m stuck with only one match (after wasting time preparing and cutting weight).

Male Grappling Industries Weight Classes

Age DivisionWeight Divisions
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)
-200 lbs (-91 kg)
-215 lbs (-97.5 kg)
-230 lbs (-104 kg)
Over 230 lbs (over 104 kg)

Female Grappling Industries Weight Classes

Age DivisionWeight Divisions
Adults 18+-105 lbs (-48 kg)
Master 30+-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)
-200 lbs (-91 kg)
Over 200 lbs (over 91 kg)

Grappling X Weight Classes

Grappling X is another jiu jitsu organization that holds frequent tournaments.

If you are a BJJ practitioner from the West Coast, then you have probably heard about Grappling X. I also like their web portal currently known as “Smooth Comp” where you can see your record and profile across different competitions (like Grappling X and Submissions on the Shore”).

here’s my current smooth comp profile

Adult Male Grappling X Weight Classes (18+ Years Old)

Weight ClassWeight in lbsWeight in kg
Featherweight135 & Under61.23 & Under
Flyweight135.1 – 14561.28 – 65.77
Lightweight145.1 – 15565.82 – 70.31
Junior Welterweight155.1 – 16570.36 – 74.84
Welterweight165.1 – 17574.89 – 79.38
Middleweight175.1 – 18579.42 – 83.91
Light Heavyweight185.1 – 20083.96 – 90.72
Heavyweight200.1 – 22090.76 – 99.79
Super Heavyweight220.1 & Above99.84 & Above

Masters Male Grappling X Weight Classes (30+ Years Old)

Weight ClassWeight in lbsWeight in kg
Lightweight160 & Under72.57 & Under
Middleweight160.1 – 18072.62 – 81.65
Light Heavyweight180.1 – 20081.70 – 90.72
Heavyweight200.1+ & Above90.76 & Above

Female Grappling X Weight Classes (18+ Years Old)

Weight ClassWeight in lbsWeight in kg
Featherweight115 & Under52.16 & Under
Lightweight115.1 – 13052.21 – 58.97
Welterweight130.1 – 14559.02 – 65.77
Middleweight145.1 – 16065.82 – 72.57
Heavyweight160.1 & Above72.62 & Above

Jiu Jitsu World League


The Jiu Jitsu World League (JJWL) was co-founded by Rigan Machado and has definitely been growing in popularity over the past couple years. I competed in two of their events in the past and can’t really say anything negative about them.

JJWL Adult Gi Weight Classes

Male – Adult & Masters Gi

Weight ClassWeight Limit (lbs)Weight Limit (kg)
Rooster130 and under59.0 and under
Light Feather141 and under64.0 and under
Feather154 and under69.9 and under
Light168 and under76.2 and under
Middle182 and under82.6 and under
Medium Heavy195 and under88.5 and under
Heavy208 and under94.3 and under
Super Heavy222 and under100.7 and under
Ultra Heavy223 and over101.2 and over

Female – Adult & Masters Gi

Weight ClassWeight Limit (lbs)Weight Limit (kg)
Rooster108 and under49.0 and under
Light Feather120 and under54.4 and under
Feather130 and under59.0 and under
Light142 and under64.4 and under
Middle154 and under69.9 and under
Medium Heavy165 and under74.8 and under
Heavy177 and under80.3 and under
Super Heavy178 and over80.7 and over

JJWL Adult No Gi Weight Classes

Male – Adult & Masters No Gi

Weight ClassWeight Limit (lbs)Weight Limit (kg)
Rooster130 and under59.0 and under
Light Feather141 and under64.0 and under
Feather154 and under69.9 and under
Light168 and under76.2 and under
Middle182 and under82.6 and under
Medium Heavy195 and under88.5 and under
Heavy208 and under94.3 and under
Super Heavy222 and under100.7 and under
Ultra Heavy223 and over101.2 and over

Female – Adult & Masters No Gi

Weight ClassWeight Limit (lbs)Weight Limit (kg)
Rooster130 and under59.0 and under
Light Feather141 and under64.0 and under
Feather154 and under69.9 and under
Light168 and under76.2 and under
Middle182 and under82.6 and under
Medium HeavyN/AN/A
Heavy155 and over70.3 and over
Super HeavyN/AN/A
Ultra HeavyN/AN/A

UAEJJF

The United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) is the official governing body for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in the United Arab Emirates. The federation organizes a comprehensive calendar of competitions each year, including prestigious events like the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and the World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Jiu Jitsu Pro (AJP) organization and works to promote BJJ across the UAE.

Male UAEJJF Weight Classes (18+)

Weight ClassWeight Limit (kg)Weight Limit (lbs)
Class 1-56 kg-123.5 lbs
Class 2-62 kg-136.7 lbs
Class 3-69 kg-152.1 lbs
Class 4-77 kg-169.8 lbs
Class 5-85 kg-187.4 lbs
Class 6-94 kg-207.2 lbs
Class 7-120 kg-264.6 lbs

Female UAEJJF Weight Classes (18+)

Weight ClassWeight Limit (kg)Weight Limit (lbs)
Class 1-49 kg-108.0 lbs
Class 2-55 kg-121.3 lbs
Class 3-62 kg-136.7 lbs
Class 4-70 kg-154.3 lbs
Class 5-95 kg-209.4 lbs

Related Frequently Asked Questions

How and When Do You Weigh in for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition?

This will vary from organization to organization so its important to always check the rules before signing up.

Some organizations like Grappling X allow you to weigh in the day of or the day before. Others like the IBJJF have you weigh in the day of, usually just before your first match.

The IBJJF is also quite strict in that if you don’t make weight for the weight class you signed up for you will be immediately disqualified. Others are more flexible and may allow you to compete in the heavier weight class.


Does IBJJF Make You Weigh In with Your Gi On?

Yes, you must weigh with your gi on when competing in an IBJJF tournament. This also goes for no gi attire. You will be required to weigh in wearing your no gi apparel as well.


How Does a BJJ Competition Work?

Here is generally what to expect for your first bjj tournament:

  • you sign up for the tournament on line
  • you arrive at the event for check in (check times your division is competing at)
  • your name will called then you will weight in and shortly after have your first match

How Much Does a Gi Weigh?

A gi can weigh from 2 lbs-5 lbs depending on the size, materials and brand. 

Tip: Make sure you have a competition approved gear because if not, you can get disqualified. 


Does Weight Matter for BJJ?

Does weight matter for bjj?

If you are in a street fight, and your opponent has no background in BJJ then you are going to dominate this scenario with your skills and techniques usually regardless of a minor weight difference.

However, if you are competing against someone with BJJ training, keep in mind that they are equipped with skills just like you and if your skills are even, factors like weight and strength will have a much larger influence.

My verdict? It would depend on the situation.

The world class competitions have divisions because they want to exercise fairness.

You also have to keep in mind that the Gracies made BJJ a sport that you can dominate with your skills and techniques (albeit upon an untrained opponent).

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