Competition Format / Time limit

•1 round
•The Referee will stop the clock if:◦A groin shot occurs
◦An Athlete is poked in the eye
◦An Athlete is bleeding or a match Doctor’s examination of an Athlete is required

•The clock will begin again when both Athletes can continue. If more than 5 minutes is required to stop an Athlete’s bleeding, or for an Athlete to recover from a groin shot or an eye poke, the match will be cancelled and no decision will be awarded to either Athlete (unless the Referee determines that an Illegal Action was intentional, which could result in the disqualification of an Athlete, and a decision victory being awarded to the Athlete not so disqualified)


◦An athlete is forced to give up due to the inherent pain, danger or complete lack of mobility of their position.

◦Loud yelling to signify giving up.
◦Tapping out on the mat or anywhere else with any body part.
◦Verbal submission at any point during the match.
◦The title can only be won by submission, thus in the event of a draw, no title is awarded to any competitor.

◦Obtaining a title shot:
◦To earn a title an athlete will need to show a high submission rate within matches.
◦Defending a title will be necessary for any title holder, if after one year no title defense was established the organization has the right to make the title available to new competitors.

No “saved by the bell” Possibility

The clock will continue if an athlete is in “danger” of being submitted. The submission needs to be in application and have a growing level of danger to the athlete being held in the submission. Once the athlete defends or escapes the danger of the position the match will end immediately. The level of danger is analyzed and decided in the moment by the referee.

Illegal Actions
•Striking of any kind (including groin shots)
•Slamming (from the top guard position)
•Heel hooks (excluding No-Gi matches, in which hooks are permitted)( if both competitors agree on )
•Eye gouging
•Clawing, twisting, scratching or pinching the skin
•Finger bending or toe bending
•Using the belt to strangle
•Spitting at an opponent
•Fish hooking
•Putting a finger into any orifice or any cut or laceration of an opponent
•Trachea pinching (excluding full hand to throat squeeze).
•Grabbing the ear(s)
•Pulling the hair
•Slippery foreign substances applied to an Athlete’s body or clothing
•Takedown directly on the head anything close to a 180-degree angle (a.k.a. spiking)


In the event one or more of the Athletes get close to the “out of bounds” line, the Referee will verbally ask them to “STOP” and direct the Athletes to move into the same position they were in prior to the stoppage, at the center of the mat, provided that in the event one Athlete has the other Athlete in a submission hold, and the Athlete in the submission hold causes one or both Athletes to approach the “out of bounds” line in order to attempt to escape an impending submission, the Referee may use Referee’s discretion in determining whether to reposition the Athletes in the center of the mat, or to grant a submission win. The “re-play” footage will be used as a legend if either athlete disputes the position.

The Mat

•The mat will be canvas

Athletes’ Uniform/Equipment

Depending on the specifics of the grappling Event and the particular Bout in which an Athlete competes, Athletes shall adhere to either the Gi uniform or No-Gi uniform requirements, as follows:
•A Gi uniform should be form-fitted to the Athlete’s size, be of customary “competition fit,” and have no objects or patches that are made of anything other than a soft fabric
•A Grappling uniform (in “No-Gi” matches) should consist of board shorts or sport shorts that fit tightly around the Athletes waist, with no pockets or pockets that are sewn shut, and a rash-guard or dry-fit/athletic shirt that is also fit to the Athlete’s upper body
•Mouthpiece and cup are optional
•Female Athletes cannot wear cups

Hawaii All Star shall have the right at all times to approve all aspects of an Athlete and his team members clothing and appearance.

Hawaii All Star Weight Classes (Same day weigh in)

Up to 145 lbs LIGHTWEIGHT

146-165 lbs WELTERWEIGT

166-185 lbs MIDDLE WEIGHT




A professional Athlete should always conduct himself with the highest level of self-respect and respect for others, especially his / her opponents.

As an ambassador to the art of Grappling and Hawaii All Star, there should be a certain level of cleanliness and “style” to an Athlete’s personal appearance.

The following will be expected at and around the event date:
•Clean clothing
•Impeccable personal hygiene
•No piercing or jewelry including wrist bands or bracelets
•Sportsmanship with all other competitors
•Cooperation with Hawaii All Star staff
•Arriving at the time specified for your arrival to any official Hawaii All Star functions
•Having 2 clean uniforms for the event
•Prior clearance by Hawaii All Star of all branded clothing, uniforms, bags, equipment and/or other materials brought by Athlete (and/or any member of Athlete’s team) onto the mat or into the subject Event or related events, and their environs

The following will not be tolerated of Athlete or any member of Athlete’s Team, and could lead to a disqualification or dismissal of Athlete with or without a warning:
•Foul language
•Excessive “Trash Talking”
•Sexual harassment
•Racial or other unlawful discrimination
•Tardiness to official Hawaii All Star functions
•Unsportsmanlike conduct in any form
•Use of illegal drugs
•Dirty clothing
•Dirty uniforms
•Disparaging statements in any form about any of: Hawaii All Star, its principals, officers, directors, employees, contractors, managers, agents and other representatives, any Event’s Referees, Judges, sponsors, vendors, venues, other Athletes or members of another Athlete’s team