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October 21, 2023

Open Submission Grappling Tournament from ages 16yrs old & Adult competitors. All grappling styles and experience levels are welcomed.
STEEL CITY COMBAT SPORTS EVENTS  invites you to compete in the


This is a grappling tournament with a simple concept – either win by submission or our experienced referees will choose a winner based on activity, submission attempts, and control.

The event will be held at the English Institute of Sport near Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield.

This high-spec venue is the largest multi-sports training centre in the UK and has free parking, a restaurant opening from 8am, and capacity for 250 spectators in the gallery seats where we’re located.

This is a big hall but a small area compared to the rest of the centre.

High quality Judo mats will be used for our extra large (8m x 8m) competition areas.

Our second event in July again went very well, but alongside feedback such as “Best competition I’ve ever been to and it went so smooth!”,  we also received suggestions for how we can keep getting better and better, and you can expect the following improvements:

GI + NOGI SUBMISSION only categories.
Updated guidelines for referees – remember this is a submission-focused event!
Referees can opt for overtime in a difficult match to judge the winner.
Experience categories have been given direct BJJ belt equivalents – novice is white belt, intermediate is blue belt, and advanced is purple or above.
Clear rules on acceptable clothing (see below).
More reception staff to reduce queues.
Weigh in from 8am.
Registration will remain open until 2 days before the event.
Updated timing settings for better estimation of category start times. We strongly advise early arrival in case the event runs ahead of schedule.
Staff and Referees again will wear uniforms.
We’ll keep our extra large 8m x 8m matted areas as we’ve had amazing and exceptional feedback about these from our past 2 events.  Having these sized matted areas makes it easier to retain positions and the referees found they rarely needed to reset matches.

Early bird tickets (£30) are available until 20 Aug 2023

Normal tickets (£35) are available until 29th Sept 2023.

Late entry tickets (£40) are available until 19 Oct 2023.

Want to do both GI and NOGI? Add the second category for only £20.

All tickets are refundable until 14th October 2023.

Entry for SPECTATORS COSTS £5 on the door (pay by cash or contactless).

It’s FREE entry for under 5yrs old.  Spectators will be directed to the upstairs gallery seating, which offers a clear view of our 3 or 4 mat areas and medal presentations.


Competitors must weigh in at least 1 hour before their first match. It is not required to wear a gi for weigh in. Each team is permitted up to 2 coaches as cornermen.

For NOGI divisions, acceptable clothing must be worn. This means no zips or other metal parts, no loose tops such as t-shirts or tank tops, and no pockets. Grappling shorts and a rash guard are recommended for nogi, and competing without a top is optional.

For GI divisions, gis must be in good condition, thick enough for grappling (ie no karate gis), and a reasonably good fit for the competitor. The correct colour belt must be worn. For GI, the experience categories roughly correspond to BJJ belts as follows:

Novice — white belt.

Intermediate — blue belt.

Expert — purple belt and above.


Expert: No strikes, leg scissor takedowns (kani basami), small joint manipulations, slams out of submissions from above shoulder height, biting, gouging, or fishhooking of the mouth, nose, etc.

Intermediate: As above, plus no suplexes, spinal locks, or slams out of submissions from any height.

Novice: As above, plus no twisting leglocks (such as toe holds, heelhooks, etc), jumping guard, hip joint locks, wrist locks.


This is a single elimination event but if time allows (depending on registration numbers) we may run additional matches within each category for experience only.

Weight and/or age categories may be merged if too few competitors register for any given category. Merges will begin from mid September and we will consult with affected competitors in the lower weight/upper age division being merged where possible

Brackets will be published 2 days before the event.


We are grateful to our sponsor:

Motion BJJ Leisure Wear – high quality BJJ apparel for the discerning grappler.


If you are interested in discussing our sponsorship packages or have any general questions about the event, please get in touch via email or social media (see links below).

We are again excited to have Reform Sports Therapy on site offering sports massage and injury assessments for only £10 per 20-minute session, as well as taping/strapping for £2. Sessions can be pre booked via their Instagram page HERE

On the day, the division timings will be updated live. We may run ahead or behind the current published schedule so please arrive with plenty of time before your division is estimated to start.

A RULES summary can be found HERE

Brackets will be generated on 19th October.  The last day for signups is 19th October. Divisions containing only 1 competitor will be merged with the closest possible matching division.

Videos & Photos from Northern GI + NoGi Open 2 01/07/2023 click HERE

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English Institute of Sport
Coleridge Rd
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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