When competing in BJJ past the age of 30, you have the option to enter some tournaments in the master divisions. For IBJJF tournaments, they have set up age divisions for the 30+ and over. Master 1 is for athletes aged 30 (or turning 30 on the same year as the competition) to 35 , Master 2 is for athletes aged 36 (including) to 40, Master 3 is from 41 to 44 and so on every 5 years. A question we hear often is “How is a masters division different from regular, adult Division (18 to 29 yers of age)?”
Many things have to be taken into consideration when looking at answering this question. One thing for sure is that the top competitors compete in adult, just look at today’s stars like Buchecha etc.. Some top BJJ athletes can technically qualify for masters (Braulio, Xande for example) but still choose to fight the young guns in adult.
Lovato Jr made this hilarious video comparing the type of matches and attitudes that you see between adult and master matches:
“My impression of adult worlds vs master worlds 😂😂😂. This is obviously an exaggeration & all in fun guys, please don’t take it too seriously. This is not true across the board, but there is a definite difference between the two events. I think you can tell which event has the Jiu-Jitsu that I prefer…”