The Hereford Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships (Gi)

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Adult & Master 2 All Belts

Black Belts Please Contact 
Dave Coles via e-mail





The Combat Academy have for several years hosted some of the most well organised competitions in the UK. This is not our opinion, but that of our many 'customers' who return again and again to our events (see comments at the foot of the page).

Following feedback received from competitors and spectators at our previous events, and taking into account feedback regarding other events, we aim to provide a service that is second to none. 

Our Guarantee

Weigh-in times and the competitors list will be posted online at least 5 days before the event

The event will run to the scheduled times

All competitors will get a minimum of two fights

75% of competitors will get a minimum of three fights

All categories will be completed and the medals presented by 5.30 pm

We will provide bleacher seating for 280 spectators

A warm-up area will be provided for the competitors

The absolutes will be open to all competitors

Results will be posted online within 24 hours of the event.


The Point 4
Venns Lane

Nearest Accommodation

The Point 4 offer onsite accommodation. Please e-mail  for details.


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Men All Belts Adult (18 - 35 years)

Men All Belts Master 2 (36+ years). If you are currently age 35, but turn 36 this year, you are eligible to compete at Master 2.

Ladies All Belts

Male competitors aged 36 or over can fight in the Master 2 or the Adult category, or both (two separate entries required).

Please note there will be no junior or juvenile categories at this event.

Weight Divisions

-57.5 kg Rooster  
-64 kg Super Feather  
-70 kg Feather  
-76 kg Light  
-82.3 kg Middle  
-88.3 kg Medium Heavy  
-94.3 kg Heavy  
-100.5 kg Super Heavy  
+100.5 kg Super Super Heavy  

-53.5 kg Super Feather  
-58.5 kg Feather  
-64 kg Light Weight  
-69 kg Middle Weight  
-74 kg Medium Heavy 
+74 kg Heavy  

Weigh-in Times

Weigh-in times will be confirmed at least 5 days before the event, details will be posted online and e-mailed to all competitors. 

Entry Fee: 

Standard Entry: £35

Reserve List / Late Entry: £40 

Adult Spectators £5 pay on the door

Accompanied -16 Free


Coach Passes for The Hereford BJJ Open are issued as follows:

If you are a legit BJJ Brown or Black Belt.

You have 5 or more students competing in the event.

If you would like a pass please email with the following details:


Belt Rank:

Team Name:

For further information please e-mail

Fighter and Coach Comments from the previous Hereford BJJ Opens

Alex Cohen GB Swindon "VERY well organised event at the weekend, thanks to all the Hereford crew for doing a top job."

Bri Reid (Gracie Barra Plymoouth) "Crazy how quick they sell out, really well run though one of the best comps I have been to."

Steve Harvey (Combat and Exercise) "It was my first competition and it was an excellent experience, it's got an excellent reputation and deservedly so! Well done."

Jimmy Johnstone (Phoenix MMA) "Such a well organised comp. one of the best I've ever seen. Such a lovely atmosphere. Great standard throughout. Phoenix brought back some nice medals. Really looking forward to competing next time."

Check out the BJJ Blog of Seymour Yang (RGA Mill Hill) and read about his experience at The Hereford Open

Esputahlo (posted on Cagewarriors BJJ forum) "By far the best run comp in the uk, great atmosphere and always guaranteed a good few fights for a lower price than most big comps. awesome day"

Sloth Jitsu (posted on the EFN forum) "Hereford open and this comp [English Open] are the best comps i have ever been to, if you are a competitor then dont miss the oportunity to experience how a competition should be run, with the competitors being the priority not profits"

Andy Costello (Project Mayhem - Raphael Dos Santos) "If Carlesberg did BJJ comps they would be like the Hereford Open. My guys all got three fights, it ran like a swiss clock, Dave Coles is great to work with. As professional as a Judo comp but without the 'attitude'. No wonder this comp has such a great rep."

Johnboy1973 (posted on the EFN forum) "Brilliant day, very well run event made even better by my boy picking up silver. I look forward to returning in December."

Chris Rees (Chris Rees Academy) 'The competition was superbly run as always and really set the benchmark once again. Organisation, communication and overall professionalism were excellent as I've come to expect from the Hereford comps.'

Lee B (Alliance UK) 'This was our first event and we all had a great time, was good to meet some of the other uk bjj guys and me and the team will certainly be back.
Thanks Dave for a great day and congratulations to all the competitors.'

Mark P (Gracie Barra Mansfield) 'it was the first BJJ comp for our guys and  they all really enjoyed it. A nice friendly atmosphere from everybody there, and was also nice to see the coaches from the opponents coming over and congratulating each others fighters no matter what the outcome of the fight and passing on compliments.'

Rob T (Gracie Barra Swansea) 'This was a great event, run to the same high standards as all previous Combat Academy events... I am still to experience one running late (and I've been to a lot).'

Nick Brookes (RGA Mill Hill) 'Once again Dave Coles And the Hereford team have shown how its done, One of the best events I have been to. Efficient in every way.' 

Gareth (Straight Blast Gym) 'Awesome day! another well organized comp! well worth the trip up from Plymouth.

Ade (Gracie Barra Swansea) 'great day I really enjoyed myself, coming back in Feb.'

Richard Shore (Tillery Combat) 'Excellent comp. . . . . all my lads had between 3 and 6 fights . . . . . cant wait for the next one'

Mark (Renegades Jiu Jitsu) 'Thankyou for running a great comp, although i didnt win a medal i had a great day. The atmosphere was relaxed and well organized. This was my first comp and i will be returning in febuary!'

Simon (Carlson Gracie Revolution Team) 'It is no surprise that THE HEREFORD OPEN has been so superbly organised by them with results posted as the organisers are still sitting on tables at the event. If this is the future for customers at UKBJJ competitions then the future is bright. The Combat Academy are setting standards of excellence.'

Scuba (Gracie Barra Swansea) 'The guys from the Combat Acadamy put on yet another excellent competition. This was their first full BJJ comp with 3 mats runnning and not only did it all look professional, as per usual it all ran to time.'

Pete O'Shea (Carlson Gracie Revolution Team) 'It was a fantastic competition so well organised and really friendly. I made lots of new friends on the day and the atmosphere was superb. A great expierience and I look forward to coming back in February. Thanks again for a superb day out.'

Matt (Gracie Barra Preston) "I just want to pass on mine and the lads from Preston Gracie Barras thanks for the superb experience you and the team gave us at the Hereford open yesterday. The organisation was superb.  Roll on the next one."

Stefan (parent of a junior competitor) "I would like to thank you and all your team for providing a great well run tournament.
All the kids from Teamforce Cia Paulista Int UK had a great time and we had a few first timers that enjoyed the friendly relaxed atmosphere."

Martin Gosport Budokan and Tigers Lair Submissions "Many thanks for yesterday my lot from Gosport Budokan and Tigers Lair Submissions had a great day enjoyed it As always, sorry didn’t see you before we left, but you were busy again many thanks and thanks for having us there
Kind Regards Martin"

Danielle Parkinson GB Preston "Had a brilliant time at my first competition yesterday. Thank you for hosting!"

Katy Ashcroft GB Preston "Really enjoyed my first competition. Brill day, well organised. Thanks guys"

Christopher Davis Gracie Barra Gloucester "Thanks for the awesome event yesterday. Great comp and thoroughly enjoyed it. Managed to squeeze a silver in the -76kgs. cheers to all my opponents ... what a bunch of warriors!" 

James Ray Messenger Chris Rees Academy "Loved my first competition and deffo coming back again in search of them medals haha brilliantly organised too"

Doug Steele Chris Rees Academy "So well organised, huge amount of respect and camaraderie from fellow competitors. Thanks to the refs and organisers."

Sam Schilder Checkmat "Great day well organised Thanks guys!!"

Steve Lewis Checkmat "Just wanted to say thank you for a superbly organised comp yesterday, it was my first and I'm already looking forward to the next."


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