ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Rules


ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship

The ADCC (Abu
Dhabi Combat Club) Submission Wrestling World Championship was created
by Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al
Nahyan, former president of the United Arab Emirates. Significant prize
money is awarded to winners, and athletes who have been successful at
the highest levels of competition in Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Sambo
, Shooto and mixed martial arts regularly participate.


Rules & Regulations


The Championship is tournament style i.e; only winner goes through to the next round.

Gi, Kimono & Wrestling Shoes are optional.
The mat area is 9 x 9 meters, no cage or fence.
If the fighters go out of this area the refree will restart the fight
in the center of the mat, in the same position they were when they left
the mat. If the fighters were standing , they will start again facing
each other.

1) Legal Techniques :

  • Any kind of choke (except for using the hand to close the wind pipe).
  • No use of T-Shirt and no holding the shorts allowed
  • Any armbar, shoulder lock, or wrist lock
  • Any Leg Lock or Ankle Lock

2) Illegal Techniques :

  • “Full Nelson” and “Crucifix”
  • No striking of any kind
  • No eye gouging or fish hooking
  • No grabbing the ears
  • No hair pulling
  • No finger or toe holds
  • No thumbing
  • No scratching and pinching
  • No kicking
  • No biting
  • No touching groin area
  • No hands, knees or elbows on face
  • No slippery substances allowed on body or clothing

3) Securing Points :

Mount position = 2 points
Back mount with hooks = 3 points
Passing the guard = 3 points
Knee on stomach = 2 points
Clean Sweep = 4 points

Sweep = 2 Points
Clean Take down (Ends passed the guard)= 4 points
Take down (Ends Guard or Half Guard)= 2 points

  • Each position must be established for 3 seconds or more in orderfor points to be awarded.
  • When
    changing multiple positions points will be awarded only for the
    position that has been established for 3 seconds or more.
  • Reversals are considered Sweeps as well.


  • When
    a fighter voluntarily jumps in the guard or goes from standing position
    to a non-standing position by any means and remains down for 3 seconds
    or more, he will be punished by a minus point.
  • When
    a fighter disengages from contact and starts backing up and avoids to
    engage again he will be punished by minus point.
  • A
    passive fighter will be warned twice and then will be punished by minus
    point. The refree will warn the passive player by the wards “WARNING PASSIVITY

How you can win

The winner will be decided according to :-

  • If one competitor gives up or submits by tapping the leg, arm or verbally
  • If
    Referee feels one competitor is unable to defend himself or feels his
    life is in danger, the Referee will declare the winner
  • If a fighter breaks the rules twice he will be disqualified by the Referee

Winning by

  • Submission
  • Points
  • Referee Decision

Weight Classes

  • 65 Kg and Under
  • 66Kg to 76 Kg
  • 77 Kg to 87 Kg
  • 88 Kg to 98 Kg
  • 99 Kg and over
  • Absolute Class

Time Limits :

  • Qualifying Rounds = 10 Minutes
  • Finals = 20 Minutes
  • 5 Minutes overtime if there is a draw with no advantage

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.