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March 16, 2024

Filling the gap in the Leicester grappling competition scene – the Leicester Open is a Gi and No-Gi competition for all levels – IBJJF rules with NO ADVANTAGES.

IBJJF Rules…but no advantages!

The Leicester Open will be competed under IBJJF rules, but without advantages. We believe that you should not be penalised for preventing a takedown or pass, and escaping a submission attempt – no matter how close it gets. These can also be subjective, awarded by the referees discretion.

By removing advantages, you are merited for completing your passes, takedowns and submissions, and that’s it!

That being said, if a match ends in a draw, the referee will make a decision on who wins based on the entire match.

Official ruleset can be found here.

Oliver Geddes – Head Referee

No one wants to lose a match on a controversial decison, that’s why at the Leicester Open we are taking the refereeing of our competition very seriously.

We are excited to announce Oliver Geddes as our head ref in March and welcome him to the LO team. Oliver is a 3rd degree black belt under Roger Gracie and has extensive experience refereeing on Polaris and coordinating for the AJP. He will oversee on the day of the competition to ensure high level officiating.

Discount for 2 division entry

Compete in both Gi and No-Gi and get your second division at a discounted rate.

Early bird: 2nd Division = £15

Normal Reg: 2nd Division = £20

Late Reg: Second Division = £25


There will be ample parking a short 2 minute walk from the venue in the car park for:

Bede House

11 Western Blvd,



Access to the car park is by Bede Island Road off Western Boulevard.

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The Venue@DMU
20 Western Blvd
Leicester, United Kingdom
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