Competitions are available to men, women, and children. As a team we often attend tournaments and have a long history of success. Competing is not required as a condition of membership and many Brazilian Jiu-Jitu practitioners only train at academies. However, if you decide to test your abilities in tournaments it is wise to know the rules.
The three most relevant competition circuits for Central Florida BJJ competitors are International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), Newbreed, and North American Grappling Association (NAGA). NAGA and Newbreed are "minor" circuits and come to Central Florida roughly every 3 or 4 months. IBJJF is a "major" circuit and rarely is held in Orlando. IBJJF tournaments are more often located in South Florida. The IBJJF Miami and Boca Raton Opens are the most popular. Tournaments are segmented by belt rank, weight, gender and age. There are plenty of opportunities for any student to compete if they desire.