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2009 NAGA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
On Saturday & Sunday, April 4 & 5, 2009 NAGA returns to Newark, New Jersey for the largest grappling tournament on the planet, the NAGA World Championship.  This tournament is open to all grapplers.  You do not need to be on a team or be a member of any organization to compete.  NAGA welcomes both individuals and teams to compete.

Pre-registration is now closed. You can still register/weigh-in on Friday from 6:30PM to 9:30PM at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel (click ’Schedule’ tab for more info), on Saturday beginning at 8AM (at Essex County College), or on Sunday beginning at 8AM (at Essex County College). Please remember that adults go on Saturday, kids & teens on Sunday.

Prices: 1 Division = $80, 2 Divisions = $100, Spectators = $15. Cash and credit card are accepted (a $5 convenience fee is charged for credit cards). No checks are accepted.

Download event Flyer HERE.

Download an event waiver HERE.

100 CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS AWARDED
NAGA is the only grappling tournament in the world to award 100 CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS to all its Children, Teen, Adult, Masters, Directors and Executive Expert Division Winners.  All other 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners take home custom medals.

ADULT NO-GI & GI SATURDAY, KIDS/TEENS SUNDAY
Due to the large amount of competitors this tournament attracts each year, the tournament will be held over two days.  All adults (both gi and no-gi) will compete on Saturday, all children and teens (gi & no-gi) will compete on Sunday.

WEIGH-IN ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY OR SUNDAY
NAGA will be offering all competitors the option of registering and weighing in the night BEFORE the tournament weekend!  If you cannot make it on Friday, ADULT competitors can register/weigh-in all day on Saturday, KIDS & TEENS on Sunday.

NEW NOVICE WOMEN & NOVICE TEEN DIVISIONS
With the huge amount of women and teenagers (15 yrs. to 17 yrs.) competing in our last NAGA event, we have decided to add Novice (6 months experience and under) for both teens and women.  We want to make it as fair as possible for ALL competitors and give them numerous opportunities by creating more divisions to compete in.

SANDBAGGERS BEWARE
NAGA works diligently to prevent "sandbagging", or the practice of fighting down skill levels to ensure one takes home an award.  NAGA has been working with RANKED to track all fighters and ranked grappling events to produce true "national standings."  A by-product of these standings is our knowledge of who has competed and at which level.  Front door personnel will use RANKED data to determine whether or not individuals who have fought in past events belong in a higher skill level (i.e. placed 1st at a prior NAGA event).

RANKED EVENT                                                           
All NAGA events are part of the nationwide ranking system entitled RANKED. Our goal is to determine who the best grapplers in the country are for various age, gender, and skill levels.  The NAGA World’s will be nationally ranked so do not miss your opportunity to gain points towards a true national title.  Visit nationallyranked.com for more details.

OUR BEST VENUE EVER!
We have acquired one of the best venues in the Northeast, the Essex County College Gymnasium.  The venue is awesome, with seating for over 5,000.  The gym is located in Newark, NJ, just southwest of New York City. Mass transit can easily take competitors from NYC to the venue without having to step in or out of a car.  For those driving, we have acquired a HUGE 1000 + parking indoor parking lot directly next to the venue.  This is a new facility with huge bathrooms and changing areas.