EGO Rules

Point System

  • Takedown – 2 Points
  • Sweep – 2 Points
  • Knee-On-Stomach – 2 Points
  • Passing the Guard – 3 Points
  • Mount - 4 Points
  • Rear Mount – 4 Points

To gain points, the position must be held for the count of 3 seconds.

Points will be accumulated throughout the match. Matches will be won by the competitor with the most points at the end of the match, if there is no submission. In the event of a tie (no points, no advantages) the referee will make a decision based on overall aggressiveness, technique and submission attempts.


In the event of an even score, Advantage points will be calculated to determine the winner. Advantage points will be awarded for:

  • A near submission
  • Obtaining a dominant position, but not controlling it for 3 seconds
  • (Example: Gaining the mounted position for only 2 seconds or forcing an opponent to roll to his knees to prevent the guard pass.) A near takedown or sweep

Illegal techniques include:

  • Striking
  • Biting
  • Fish hooking
  • Gouging
  • Hair pulling
  • Slamming from guard
  • Small Joint (Fingers & Toes) Manipulation
  • Foul Language
  • Obscene gestures
  • Heel-Hooks, Knee-Bars and Inside Toe Holds

Grabbing the big toe’s side are permitted only in the Invite Only Divisions.

Purple, Brown & Black Belts and Advanced & Expert No-Gi are allowed Straight Knee-Bars.

Unsportsmanlike conduct and/or disregard for the rules can result in penalties or disqualification at the referee’s discretion.

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From personal experience, I can say the EGO tournaments are top-of-the-line events, well managed by James Clingerman, who uses his knowledge as a Black Belt and business man to provide an overall satisfying experience to every competitor. The tournaments are on-time, have great atmosphere, and offer opportunities for competition ranging from kids to seniors, beginners to Black Belts, including pro divisions. These assets make the EGO events some of the best tournaments in the U.S., a must for any mid-west (and beyond) practitioner looking for some serious competition.

Thanks James, A.J. and the rest of the crew for this great work in the dissemination and development of our sport.

Tulio Perrone
Alliance Black Belt
CBJ Judo Black Belt