An absolute is a bonus division within the tournament that are open to varying weight and/or skill levels, depending on the particular event.  In some cases, “Open Absolutes” are held, which are open to all weight classes and skill levels.  Please see your event details for a list of absolutes.  Depending on the tournament, these absolutes may be Gi, No-Gi, or have opportunities to participate in both.  Absolutes may or may not be separated by gender.  It is important to note that in open absolutes a higher level of sportsmanship is expected. Open absolute divisions provide a valuable opportunity for grapplers of any experience to challenge themselves.