Written by Jesse from White Belt Survival.
This week we’re going to take a look into the traditional points system and the increasingly popular “sub only” settings. This little sport of ours is growing; and more and more tournaments are popping up all over the place. Heck, I’m sure some of you WBS readers from small towns have even had something along the lines of a competition not too far from your own town. The only problem with all of these competitions cropping up is that they all have different rule sets and variations on how you can win. Now the rules are one thing, but today we’re going to focus more on the difference between winning on points or submission.
There are two kinds of competitions out there today–those that you can win by submission or points, and the others where you can win by submission only. Personally, I don’t think that one is better than the other, but the purpose of today’s post is to talk about the differences; because as someone new to the sport and/or competition world, you just might not know. Winning by submission is the goal of either one of these competitions. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, by design, is intended to enable you to defeat your opponent and force them to quit by applying a submission. But in competitions that award points, you could also win your match by points.
So most competitions that will utilize a points system will–most likely–mirror the IBJJF set. The IBJJF rules are widely accepted as the standard. Some local competitions can adapt the points system to how they see fit, but in most cases you’ll see:
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