PRess release:

New judging system announced

Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu Invitational is pleased to announce a new judging system, to be put in place starting from the next Polaris event, scheduled for November 2016. 

The professional jiu jitsu movement began as a response to what was seen as a deficiency in the traditional points system of jiu jitsu and grappling, and as a way to help jiu jitsu to become an exciting spectator sport and showcase for the skill and passion that the world's best grapplers possess. However, like any good martial art, Polaris must evolve over time. 

Under the previous ruleset, all matches at Polaris 3 (April 2, 2016) were declared draws. It was felt that this was an unsatisfactory ending to what had been a very exciting and dynamic night of fights, and the eight draws did not adequately reflect the skill and heart displayed at the event. 

As a result, a ruleset and judging system has been developed that will allow the most aggressive, exciting, dynamic and skilled fighter to be declared the winner. Passivity and stalling will be penalised. 

The full rules are available here (

Briefly, the format is as follows

  • Winner is determined by submission or judges' decision
  • Three judges score the bout
  • There are a limited number of points (three per catagory, with three categories in total) that must be distributed between the fighters.
  • Example: Aggression: Fighter A receives 1 point, Fighter B receives 2 points. The total amount must not exceed 3, and the judge must allocate more to one fighter than to another. In this case Fighter B displayed more aggression and heart during the bout than fighter A, so received the larger share of points.
  • Negative points can be given (one every five minutes)

For more information on the rule system or the event, please contact Polaris at


What is Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu Invitational? 

'Polaris' is the name of one of the most exciting professional jiu jitsu organisations in the world. Based in the UK, Polaris streams live professional jiu jitsu events around the world. The format is 15 minutes of gi or no gi action, and Polaris specialises in matches that pit superstars of jiu jitsu, grappling and MMA against each other. From UFC veterans to the stars of the once-great Pride FC, to ADCC legends and BJJ world champions, Polaris has already played host to some of the most exciting fights the pro jiu jitsu world has seen since its inception in 2015. For more information visit 




Illegal Methods / Movements

  • Eye gouging or fish hooking
  • Grabbing fingers, ears, hair, toes, or other extremity 
  • No posting on faces / one-handed windpipe grip
  • Slamming above 50cm (high amplitude throws / takedowns will not be penalised) 

Legal Techniques

  • Chokes (except using fingers to crush windpipe)
  • Joint locks involving shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle. Neck cranks are legal in no-gi bouts.
  • Illegal in gi bouts: Spine / neck locks, heel hooks 

General Rules

  • Winner is signified via tapout, verbal submission (voluntary or involuntary), or being unable to continue the bout due to injury
  • 15 minutes time limit
  • If there is no submission the bout will be decided by judges' decision. See  "The For and Against system:
    Judging System for Exhibition Bouts and Superfights"
  • In no-gi bouts the athletes must not grip any clothing
  • Referee will be on stage to officiate the bout, ensure rules are followed and advise fighters when they get too near the edge of the mat, in which case they will be paused and returned to the centre of the mat in the same position. If no agreement on positioning can be made the athletes will be stood up at the centre of the ring
  • Overall a high standard of sportsmanship is required before, during and after the fights.