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Gearing up to take on the competitive side of jiu-jitsu? You know we have you covered. You need to understand the rulesets and regulations in place for every competition you sign up for so you can have an advantage going in. In this article, we broke down the IBJJF Weight Classes (Gi) so you know which division to sign up for.
All weight classes are updated! Good luck with your competition!
How much does a Gi weigh?
A Gi can weigh as much as 0.9 kg or 5 lbs and as low as 2.26 kg or 2 lbs. This is why Gi competitions have slightly higher weight limits as compared to No Gi contests – to compensate for the added weight.
IBJJF Weight Classes Gi (Men, Women, and Kids)
Males Adults and Masters Gi Weight Classes (IBJJF)
Out of all the IBJJF weight classes for adult males, the lightest weight class is the Rooster which has a limit of 57.5 kilograms or 126.5 pounds. The weight divisions are the following:
- Rooster – (anyone under 57.5 kg or 127 lbs)
- Light Feather – (between 127.5lbs and 64 kg or 141.6 lbs)
- Feather – (between 142lbs and 70 kg or 154 lbs)
- Light – (between 155 lbs and 76 kg or 167 lbs)
- Middle – (between 168.1 lbs and 82.3 kg or 181 lbs)
- Medium Heavy – (between 181.7 lbs and 88.3 kg or 195 lbs)
- Heavy – (between 195.1 lbs and 94.3 kg or 208 lbs)
- Super Heavy – (between 208.1 lbs and 97.5 kg or 222 lbs)
- Ultra Heavy – (anything over 222 lbs)
Juvenile Male IBJJF Weight classes Gi
Someone who competes in the juvenile weight classes is considered to be under the age of 16 and has a belt going with the kid’s system in place. The Juvenile Gi weight classes for boys are the following:
- Rooster – (anything below the weight of 118 lbs or 53.5 kg)
- Light Feather – (between 118.1 lbs and 129 lbs or 58.5 kg)
- Feather – (between 129.1 lbs and 141.6 lbs or 64 kg)
- Light – (between 141.7 lbs and 152.6 lbs or 69.2 kg)
- Middle – (between 152.7 lbs and 163.6 lbs or 74 kg)
- Medium Heavy – (between 163.7 lbs and 175 lbs or 79.3 kg)
- Heavy – (between 175.1 lbs and 186 lbs or 84.3 kg)
- Super Heavy – (between 186.1 lbs and 197 lbs or 89.3 kg)
- Ultra Heavy – ( anything above 197lbs with no maximum limit)
Female Adults Gi Weight Classes (IBJJF Weight Classes Gi)
The lightest weight division for female Gi competitors is the Rooster with an upwards weight limit of 47.5 kilograms or 107 pounds. You also have an open weight class where anything goes.
- Rooster – (anything up to 107 lbs or 47.5 kg)
- Light Feather – (between 107.1 lbs and 118 lbs or 53.5 kg)
- Feather – (between 118.1 lbs and 129.0 lbs or 58.5 kg)
- Light – (between 129.1 and 141.6 lbs or 64.2 kg)
- Middle – (between 141.7 lbs and 152.6 lbs or 69.2 kg)
- Medium Heavy – (between 152.7 lbs and 163.6 lbs or 74.2 kg)
- Heavy – (between 163.7 lbs and 175 lbs or 79.3)
- Super Heavy – (anything over 175 lbs with no maximum limit)
Juvenile Female IBJJF Weight classes Gi
Someone who competes in the juvenile weight classes is considered to be under the age of 16 and has a belt going with the kid’s system in place. The juvenile females’ Gi weight classes are shown below; there’s an open weight class as well:
- Rooster – (anyone below 98 lbs)
- Light Feather – (between 98.1 lbs and 106.6 lbs)
- Feather – (between 106.7 and 116 lbs)
- Light – (between 116.1lbs and 125 lbs)
- Middle – (between 125.1 lbs and 133.6 lbs)
- Medium Heavy – (between 133.7 lbs and 143.6 lbs)
- Heavy – (between 143.7 lbs and 152 lbs)
- Super Heavy – (anyone above 152.1 lbs with no maximum limit)
What is IBJJF?
The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting and regulating the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). It was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The IBJJF organizes major BJJ competitions worldwide, including the World Championship, Pan-American Championship, European Championship, and many others. The organization sets the rules and regulations for these competitions, including weight classes, uniform requirements, and scoring systems.
In addition to organizing competitions, the IBJJF also promotes and regulates the grading system in BJJ, awarding belts and degrees based on a student’s skill level and time spent training. The organization also works to preserve the traditions and values of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, such as respect, discipline, and sportsmanship.