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Rulebook - ILLCS


ILLCS- Rulebook

International Luta Livre Championships is open to all athletes who practice grappling arts. The ILLCS Rulebook was created to motivate grapplers of all styles to compete in our tournaments, the goal is to create active and attractive fights with only little limitations of the sport.

Download the Rulebook here >

Download the Forbidden Techniques Overview here >

1 Systematic Information

We fight in a  Round Robin / MULTI-STAGE system:

The First Round of the tournaments is a round robin (pool) system.

The minimum number of competitors in a pool should be 3; the maximum number of competitors should be 5. So you will have two or 4 fights in the first round of the tournament.

Match duration: 5 minutes+ One EBI Overtime

After that the elimination rounds beginn.

Match duration: 5 Minutes + One EBI Overtime

Finals: 10 Minutes+ One EBI Overtime

Open Classes and the ILLCS Absolute Champions Division are fought in the elimination (KO) System


300 gr. overweight is tollerated.

Above 300 gr. overweight athletes will be disqualified, there won’t be the chance to enter another weightclass, athletes have to be professional concerning their weight. They will get the chance to weigh in again until the end of the official weigh-in-time.

There won’t be any refunds if you miss weight.


No registrations at the event, you have to register online at www.smoothcomp.com

1.1 Weight Classes and divisions

The weightclasses and divisions will be developed with the growth of the event.

Especially Girls, Boys and Women Classes will be focussed on in the future.

Girls, Boys and Women Divisions

Men divisions

1.2  Ranking 

Every athlete will be ranked in his/her division. As we are still developing our ranking it is not limited in seasons yet. So it is the best of all-time ranking so far.

We will develop ranking seasons and an easier system that keeps you up to date, as soon as our tournament has really settled down in Europe and the world.

The Ranking and Pointing System for the athletes positioning in the Best of all time ranking is kept as simple as possible.

1st Place =    3 Points

2nd Place =  2 Points

3rd Place =   1 Point


Open Class Points are slightly higher.

1st Place =    4 Points

2nd Place =  3 Points

3rd Place =   2 Points


ILLCS Absolute Champion points are higher again.

1st Place =    5 Points

2nd Place =  4 Points

3rd Place =   3 Points


Value of Championships:

Championships are weighed differently, so the points for the rankings are multiplied with the value of the Championships.

ILLCS Cities                         Points            x 1

ILLCS Nationals                  Points            x 2

ILLCS Europeans                Points            x 3

ILLCS Continentals             Points            x 3

ILLCS Worlds                      Points            x 5


2. Expectations of Referees, Competitors, Teams and Spectators

2.1 Referees 

  • The Referee is the highest authority on the mat.
  • Referees have to be blue belts in Luta Livre or in BJJ.
  • ILLCS referees are trained in ILLCS seminars to be up to date with the ILLCS rulebook and all kinds of situations that can take place in a tournament.
  • The ILLCS referee’s highest duty is to keep all competitors safe, therefore they can stop a match if there is the possibility of an injury.
  • Referee decisions are final and not arguable, however, the referee can counsel with his co-referee or chief-referee if present and change a decision.

2.2 Competitors, coaches, teams and spectators

  • Competitors, coaches, teams and spectators have to respect each other.
  • Any disrespectful behaviour, verbal assaults or failure to follow the commands of the Referee will result in disqualification, event ejection and bans from future ILLCS events.
  • Competitors have to wait until they are invited to step on the mats by the referee.
  • Coaches have to sit/stay on the areas they are advised to. They are only allowed on the mats if they are invited by the referee i.e. to help an injured competitor.

2.3 Hygiene & Fight Gear

  • Competitors and coaches must wear shoes or flip-flops at all times except when stepping on the mats. Violations of this rule can lead to disqualification.
  • Competitors‘ gear has to be clean! If they are too wet, they need to have extra rashguards and shorts to get changed, if the referee demands it.
  • If rashguards and shorts smell the referee can demand a change of the competitors clothing.
  • Competitors can fight with shorts and/or tights/spats, the rashguards can be sleeveless, short-sleeved or longsleeved.
  • You can’t fight without a rashguard! 
  • No obscenities on fight gear.
  • Finger- and toenails have to be clipped and clean
  • Ear protection (Headgear) has to be soft.
  • No groin protection.


3. ILLCS Match Rules

3.1 Winning matches

 An ILLCS match can be won in three ways:

  1. by submission
  2. by injury of the opponent
  3. by opponent disqualification

3.2 Match duration

Finals:                       10 minutes + EBI Overtime

All other matches:    5 Minutes + EBI Overtime

3.3 Tapping out

  • to tap out, you have to tap the mat or the opponent with an open hand more than once
  • if the hands are locked, you can tap with the feet or verbally
  • to tap out verbally you call: TAP or STOP
  • it is also a verbal tapout if you yell out in pain or surprise when caught in a submission
  • or if you yell out because of an injury
  • the referee can stop the fight and declare a winner if a fighter is stuck in a dangerous submission and does not tap, this is to prevent the athlete from harm, it happens in the best interest of the competitor

If one competitor is stuck in a submission, the match is not ended when the time is over. Time does not save the competitor! The referee ends the match!!! Not the time keeper! The competitor has to get out of the submission attempt or will lose the match.

3.4 SUB Only modified EBI rule set 

  • There are no points given in our matches.
  • You can win by any submission that is legal. If a submission is not permitted in our rule set it is legal.
  • If you are stuck in a submission attempt, time will not save you, you have to get out of it or tap.
  • If there is no tap in the first 5 minutes of the match, there will be over time, starting in the seated back mount seatbelt position or in the armbar spiderweb position. The referee will ask the more dominant competitor wether he/she wants to be first or second.
  • A single submission wins the match.
  • If there are two submissions the faster one wins.
  • If there are only two escapes from the position the faster one wins.
  • In the unlikely event that both submission times or escape times are identical, the position will be restarted.

4. Penalty System

Competitors and coaches can be warned, can receive penalties or can be disqualified. This can be a consequence of a violation of rules or unfair, or inappropriate behaviour.

4.1 Reasons for immediate Disqualification are 

  • Slamming: Lifting a competitor off the ground and dropping or even accelerating the opponent to the ground is considered as slamming and won’t be tolerated.
  • Striking & Slapping: Hitting another competitor intentionally, no strikes of any kind are allowed to any part of the opponent.
  • The late release of a submission hold, or overcommitment in enforcing a submission, without giving the opponent the chance of tapping.
  • Disrespectful behaviour towards referee, opponent, judges, timekeeper, staff member or audience (i.e. swearing, exaggerated celebrating, disrespectful gestures, etc.)
  • Severe violations can lead to bans for a couple of tournaments, a whole season or for good from ILLCS tournaments worldwide.

4.2 Warnings and penalties for minor violations


1st Warning Competitor is warned for unfair behaviour (minor violations like grabbing shorts etc.)
2nd Warning If behavior is repeated or another violation appears.
3rd Warning Last warning, the competitor is warned that he/she will be DISQUALIFIED
After 3rd Warning: Disqualification


4.3 Major violations 

Major violations like disrespectful behaviour etc. the competitor can be disqualified directly!!! There is no need for three warnings. 

Further explanations concerning warnings and penalties


  • It is considered as Stalling if a competitor is trying to keep a position static so that none of the two competitors can advance. The competitor who keeps it static will be warned.
  • If a competitor doesn’t improve his/her situation (attacking or defending) he/she can be warned for stalling every twenty seconds.
  • Most likely stalling will happen standing, in guard positions, side control, etc. but less likely in the mount, back mount, truck or other fully established attacking positions. Here the competitors will most likely attack or defend all the time.


If a competitor competes in a skill-bracket lower than he/ she is capable of, it is considered as sandbagging. If this is detected by a referee, it can lead to disqualification.

If a competitor starts in a lower skill-bracket than he/she has to, due to his/her ranking and if this is identified by a staff member, the competitor will be disqualified.