Kelson Casey
Ryland Dunkleberger
Corey Franz
Isaiah Culp
Hunter Boe
Rico Tally
Isaiah Young
Coleman Meyer
Billy Nelson
Kyle Scherzinger
Kaleb Zahn
Kage Weseman
Kaise Pulson
Adam Kuhn
John Nick
Mason Sabel
Tim Shelton
Samuel Loomans
Ryan Eggert
Paris Leflore
Tanner Kluck
Dan Almario
Brady Peterson
Jacob Mueller
Nate Weseman
Efrain Rodriguez
Taylor Hartman
Steven McKenzie
Terrence Andrews
John Matusewic
Jorge Reyes
Jason Honensee
Mateusz Lim
Josh Sevigny
Justin Birschbach
Devin Lutovsky
Nick Summers
Jackie Johnson
Linghua Wang
Ron Sheldon
Dellonta Mills
Ben Braun
Israel Romero
Kelson Casey*
Ryland Dunkleberger*
Kaleb Zahn*
Kage Weseman*



Get ready for an exhilarating showcase of grappling skills at Theory Grappling Invitational 4, presented by Theory Jiu-Jitsu Studio! Join us on June 22, 2024, in Appleton, Wisconsin, as competitors of all levels come together to prove their prowess on the mat in this thrilling, exclusive event!


🫂 Competitor Registration: Registration is FREE to apply for the THEORY Grappling Invitational 4 Event. If selected for the card, competitors will be required to place a $50 Reservation Fee to hold their spot on the card (which is refundable upon successful weigh-in, or cancelling your spot before June 1st). For further details on this, see the section below.

📌 Competitor Match-Ups: Competitors will be paired with opponents of similar weight and skill levels. These weight divisions will be based on the standard Grappling Industries has been utilizing in their events. The same procedure applies with weighing in and weight allowances. If you do not weigh-in at the agreed upon weight division 60 minutes before your match time, you will be disqualified and no refund issued. 

🎟️ Spectators: Admission to the event is just $5 Cash at the Door. Due to limited seating, we kindly ask spectators to sit along the edge of the mat area to ensure a clear view for everyone. We encourage all spectators to maintain a positive and supportive environment for the participants by refraining from negative remarks. Any disruptive behavior may result in a warning or potential removal from the event. Please keep noise and conversations to a low whisper so competitors can focus and listen to their coaches.

📣 Coaching & Corner Support: Each competitor is allowed to have a coach in their corner during the match, offering guidance and encouragement. However, coaches must prioritize their participant’s safety and well-being. Any advice that might put a participant at risk, such as suggesting questionable tactics or encouraging them not to tap out during a submission, could result in disqualification for their participant. Coaches should act responsibly and ensure they prioritize the safety and well-being of their participants above all else.

⏰ Match Schedule & Arrival TimeThe first match of Theory Grappling Invitational 3 will commence at 10 AM sharp. Competitors are advised to arrive at least 60 minutes before their scheduled match.

⏱️ Match Duration: Each match will last 10 Minutes (Youth | 5 Minutes), allowing competitors ample time to showcase their skills and adapt to their opponents. This time frame also tests cardiovascular conditioning, leading to potential opportunities for both offense and defense.

🥋 Victory Method 1 – Submission: Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art where the ultimate goal is to emerge victorious by incapacitating your opponent. Points can be controversial and may lead to stalling or gaming of a system. To avoid such issues, victories are determined by successful submissions, rather than points, or the following method: judges.

👨‍⚖️ Victory Method 2 – Judges’ Decision: If no submission occurs within the 10-minute time frame, the winner will be determined by a panel of three impartial judges. They will consider factors such as positional dominance/progression, submission threats, and stalling attempts (holding an opponent for an extended amount of time without advancement toward a more dominant position or submission finish). With 10 minutes provided to secure victory, along with three judges providing unbiased decisions towards a specific competitor, disputes should be minimized.

🏅 Prizes: Match Victories earn winners a medal (Adult/Youth), Submission Victories are awarded an additional $50 (Adult), and the Best Event Submission earns a bonus of $100 (Adult) and a special Trophy (Adult/Youth)! The Best Event Submission will be announced at the end of the competition day (or for Youth, at the end of Youth matches for the event). If you are unable to stay or need to leave early, don’t worry! You will be contacted later to arrange a time to collect your award.

  • NEW – $50 (Refundable) Reservation Fee:

    The $50 Reservation Fee will be required once a match has been created for competitors (via Venmo/Paypal) to reserve your event spot (link will be provided in reservation e-mail). This Fee will be refunded after a successful weigh-in or before June 1st if cancelling. 

    At THEORY Grappling Invitational, we elevate the competition experience to mirror the professionalism and intensity of premier athletic events. Unlike traditional tournaments where multiple competitors in a division can mean flexibility in matchups, our showcase event format pairs individual athletes in a one-on-one, scheduled match, akin to professional MMA events.

    This structure emphasizes the importance of commitment, preparation, and respect for your opponent. Each competitor spends significant time training, planning, and possibly traveling specifically for this match. Not showing up or failing to make weight not only affects the event’s schedule but also disrespects the time and effort your opponent has invested. It is with this understanding of mutual respect and professionalism that we set forth our registration and refund policies.

  • Withdrawal Deadline: If you need to cancel your participation for any reason, you can do so until June 1st. Cancel before this date, and you’ll receive a full refund of your $50 reservation fee.

  • Non-Refundable After June 1st: Starting June 1st, the reservation fee becomes non-refundable. We understand that life happens, but by this point, we’re finalizing details based on the number of registered participants. Your commitment helps us create a better experience for everyone.

  • Refund at Weigh-In: If you attend the event and successfully weigh in for your match on time (60 minutes before your scheduled time), your $50 reservation fee will be refunded. It’s our way of saying thank you for following through with your commitment.


    Please read and understand this policy before registering. By submitting your registration and fee, you agree to these terms. Our aim is to ensure a fair, competitive, and enjoyable experience for all involved.


Please reference the Grappling Industries Technique Allowance as a guideline to what is allowable and not allowable.

  • Any questionable tactics will be left to the referee’s and judges’ discretion. If you have any questions about any tactics or match format, please contact us prior to the event, otherwise participants will agree to a stoppage made by the referee.
  • If chosen by the referee, the referee has the time to review the decision with fellow judges and, if needed, review potential match film to confirm before official judgment. If the judgment is overturned, the match will start in the same position, at the same time on the clock, or start neutral if it is out of position.


🦵Ankle Locks (Youth – Under 18): There will be no Leg Locks for Youth divisions (under 18) by default unless both competitors agree to allow Ankle Locks before the event. As listed below, all submissions must be applied with control, allowing opportunities for your opponent to submit.

🦵Leg Locks (Adults): Heel Hooks are allowed for Brown and Black Belts. For Lower Adult Ranks: Heel Hooks will be allowed at lower Adult ranks at the discretion of both competitors. Straight Ankle Locks, Knee Bars, Toe Holds, and Calf Slicers are allowed for Adult Ranks (Gi and NoGi). 

Competitors should tap early to joint-lock submissions if they cannot escape. On the applicant side, competitors must provide opportunities for their opponents to submit. Applying a submission without the opportunity for your opponent to recognize the danger they are in for them to submit is prohibited.

Tapping Out‘ includes the yelling of ‘Tap!’, double-tapping on the floor or opponent, or specifically, any verbal yell (indicating injury). As always, it is the discretion of the Referee to decide when a match is over, as the number one priority is safety over victory.



Have Questions or Need Clarifications?

📧 Email Levi at for all your inquiries.

We acknowledge that our approach to the grappling competition might be a bit different. We’re on a mission to innovate and offer new ways to experience and enjoy grappling, which means some elements of our event may be unique to the grappling scene.

This creative approach is designed to enhance the competition experience and may not align with everyone’s preferences. We appreciate that this distinct format might not appeal to all competitors. If you’re intrigued by the prospect of trying something new and contributing to the evolution of grappling competition, we’d love for you to join us.

However, we completely understand if our event’s unique aspects are not what some competitors are looking for. Your feedback is invaluable to us, whether it’s words of support, constructive criticism, or suggestions for improvement. Our goal is to create a dynamic, inclusive, and memorable grappling experience for everyone involved.

Thank you for considering being a part of THEORY Grappling Invitational 4. We’re excited about the possibilities and hope you are too!