Over 30 and competing in the adult division?

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  1. Hellboy31

    Hellboy31 Brown Belt

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    Is it possible to compete in grappling tournaments in the adult division if you are over 30?

    How strict is the IBJJF about making sure competitors stick with their appropriate age divisions?
     
  2. brandon0627

    brandon0627 White Belt

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    I've seen guys go down an age group before, I don't know if is against the rules though.
     
  3. Wrestleben

    Wrestleben Brown Belt

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    You can compete down in age in IBJJF comps. Megaton Dias is in his 40's I think and still competes at adult.
     
  4. BWC

    BWC Purple Belt

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    It's usually up to you at most tourneys. Since it would most likely be a disadvantage rather than an advantage it's not usually against the rules. In my experience anyway,,
     
  5. xMikeyX

    xMikeyX Purple Belt

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    Sean Spangler competes in the adult and is in his 40s
     
  6. Hellboy31

    Hellboy31 Brown Belt

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    Cool, thanks for the info guys
     
  7. gsxrpaul

    gsxrpaul Yellow Belt

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    First tournament I cometed in masters, the last 3 I competed in Adult due to lack of competitors in the masters division. Still deciding what I want to do for the US Open though, since we already have 4 or 5 guys in the adult division already competing.
     
  8. FollowYourBliss

    FollowYourBliss Yellow Belt

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    I think it depends on the size of the tourney. If there aren't a lot of people in the Adult division for your weight then I would assume that there would be no problem. But if the division is close to full they might want you to stick to your own age group.
     
  9. NateTx4112

    NateTx4112 Brown Belt

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    My coach is 35 and Bruno bastos told him he is dropping from masters and doing the adult division this weekend.

    You can always compete in the adult if you want no matter how old.
     
  10. johnkreese

    johnkreese Brown Belt

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    Yes, they give you the choice. I've done it before.
     
  11. Hellboy31

    Hellboy31 Brown Belt

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    Is the level of competition usually more competitive in the Adult division or is it generally about the same? I realize this is more of a matter of opinion but I'd like to hear what you guys think.
     
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    johnkreese Brown Belt

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    I'd say it's more competitive in the adult division -- i think most competitive guys over 30 will want to compete at adult, and fight more matches.
     
  13. bjjaz

    bjjaz Got the Rock...Time to Roll

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    Yup of course you can.
     
  14. hustles

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    You can drop down and enter the adult division in IBJJF tournaments. But you can't enter both Adult and Masters in the same tournament.
     
  15. Breadcutter

    Breadcutter Yellow Belt

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    All points made. I'm close to 37 and always compete in adult and occasionally also the masters in local comps, but I live a clean life and have a lot of time to train. I'm also always competitive in the adult divisions. I think masters and seniors are reserved for when you actually get older older, like 40's and also for the guys that only have a limited amount of time to train. I'd also say it's maybe good for when you get up to a higher level in the browns and blacks. Funny enough, I've had quite a few tough matches in the masters divisions in some local/regional tournaments and an easier time occasionally in the adult. Just depends.
     
  16. ZuZitsu**

    ZuZitsu** Purple Belt

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    I do adult and Executive or Masters divisions....never IBJJF though
     
  17. Hellboy31

    Hellboy31 Brown Belt

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    Have you noticed a difference in the level of comp or is it basically the same?
     
  18. Mat Nemesis**

    Mat Nemesis** Green Belt

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    i will answer your question with a question:
    why do you think they have divisions based on age?

    and do you know the effects of aging?
     
  19. Hellboy31

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    Allow me to answer your question with a question.. Does anyone like you? I mean anyone.. Parents, teachers, girlfriend etc?
     
  20. nerraw

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    I haven't noticed a difference. Level mainly depends on the size or importance of the tournament. I also have a rule that the farther the opponent has to travel, the better they are. :icon_lol:
     

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