AZBJJL PRO DIVISION OFFERING PRIZE MONEY FOR OPEN WEIGHT DIVISIONS AT THREE 2024 EVENTS

In the 2024 Season, the AZBJJL will offer five events for Kids up to the Master 5 division. The first event is the traditional AZ International Open on February 10. In the past, the event brought competitors such as Leandro Lo, Augusto Tanquinho, Robson Moura, and Kron Gracie, among many others. Now, the AZBJJL is stepping up the Pro division. 

 

At three of the 2024 events AZBJJL will offer Adult Open Black Black Male and Female Brackets, paying up to $6000 per division.  These events will be the AZ International Open, The Arizona State Championchips, and the Southwest Classic.  A Championship belt will be offered along with the prize money for the winner of these events.

 

Due to the lack of interest in the female Black Belt division in 2023, the RANKING FINAL MONEY PRIZE is only available to male competitors. However, we will still offer the female adult Black belt open class, offering up to $6000 as the male division. We will re-evaluate at the end of the 2024 season and decide whether to add a female division in 2025.


Please read the following Pro Division stipulations BEFORE registering
. Regular tournament registration fees apply. SIGN UP TODAY if you agree with the format!

 

REGULAR WEIGHT CLASSES

During the first TWO tournaments of the year (AZ Open & Grand Canyon Spring), the brackets will be generated utilizing seeding ranking points from the 2023 season. The seeding will be based on the 2024 Ranking starting at the AZ State Championship.  In the regular weight classes, athletes involved in “walk-overs” or “closed-outs” in the previous rounds or final matches WILL NOT score ranking points or will be eligible for the Open Class. 

If an athlete has already won a match and decides to “open” for a teammate/friend or cannot continue, the athlete will be disqualified from the competition.  The competitor who lost the match can compete again to replace the athlete who chose not to compete. 

 

Please remember that the AZBJJL follows the same IBJJF disciplinary penalty regarding immediate double DQ. Here is article 6.1.5 in Disciplinary PenaltiesWhen one or both of the athletes disregard the seriousness of the competition or perform actions simulating a fake combat.

 

OPEN CLASSES

Apart from regular weight classes, there will be open classes in both male and female categories – with prizes up to $6000 and a championship belt! End of the year, we’ll review the project’s success and decide its future for 2025.  Athletes MUST REGISTER for the open weight division after competing in their weight class.  You will not autmomatically be entered into the open weight.  If you are alone in your weight class you must make weight (at the open weight registration table) for that weight class and then you can register for open weight.  The open weight registration table is next to the podium.

 

 The prize money amount is based on how many athletes register for the open weight bracket as follows:

 

Possible financial compensation:

 

$1000 * 2 to 4 Competitors/1st place $750 & 2nd place $250

 

$2000 * 5 to 8 Competitors/1st place $1500 & 2nd place $500

 

$3000 * 9 & up Competitors/1st place $2250 & 2nd place $750

 

During the first TWO tournaments of the year (AZ Open & Grand Canyon Spring), the brackets will be generated utilizing seeding ranking points from the 2023 season. The seeding will be based on the 2024 Ranking starting at the AZ State Championship.

No cash prizes will be allocated to any athlete who closes out in their final Open Class bracket match. 

 

Athletes involved in “walk-overs” in the previous rounds or final matches WILL NOT score ranking points.

 

If an athlete has already won a match and decides to “open” for a teammate/friend or cannot continue, 

 

The competitor who lost the match can compete again to replace the athlete who chose not to compete.

 

In a two-person bracket, competitor A will only be financially compensated if competitor B shows up. You must have a match. If a competitor doesn’t show up or chooses not to compete in a five-person bracket, the paying scale is reduced back to the previous one. On this specific example: From $2000 (5-8) to $1000 (2-4)

 

In a nine-person bracket and up, if a competitor doesn’t show up, or open the spot to a teammate/ friend, the paying scale is reduced back to the previous one. On this specific example: From $3000 (9 & up) to $2000 (5-8)

 

It may sound redundant; however, we want to clarify as clearly as possible to prevent misunderstandings during the event.


 

* Organizer has the right to make all appropriate deductions and withhold applicable taxes from the athlete’s compensation as required by law; regardless, the athlete shall be responsible for paying all athlete’s state and federal taxes.

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