2009 MIDWEST GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, May 30, 2009 NAGA returns to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for one of the largest grappling tournaments in the country, the NAGA Midwest Grappling Championship. This tournament is open to all grappling styles and competitors, 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. This event is nationally RANKED!
DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER/REGISTRATION FORM
Pre-registration is now closed. You can still register/weigh-in Friday (5/29/09) from 5-8PM at the event venue, or on Saturday beginning at 8AM at the event venue. For those who already pre-registered and would like to weigh-in at our Chicago location please read the paragraph below.
NAGA will be offering an opportunity for ALL competitors to weigh-in in Chicago. We realize many of our competitors come from this area and we hope this is a convenience for you. Our friends at New Breed Academy have provided their academy to host the weigh-ins on Friday (5/29/09) from 5-8PM. They are located at: 7876 Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL. Directions can be found by clicking the ’Travel Info’ link above. This opportunity was initally for only those who pre-registered but we have now opened it up to ALL competitors.
Those who are pre-registered need to go to the pre-registration desk and pick up their registration cards and tournament t-shirt when they get to the tournament on Saturday. Those who are not pre-registered need to fill out a registration form when they get to the venue, pay the fee, then proceed to getting their competitor cards filled out. All competitors will then proceed to weigh-in so we can fill out your card with your weight.
SAMURAI SWORDS TO ALL 1ST PLACE WINNERS
NAGA will be handing out custom engraved SAMURAI SWORDS to ALL children, teen, adult, master, director & executive Gi & No-Gi 1st place winners! All 2nd and 3rd place winners will take home beautiful octagon medals. All children regardless if they place (1st through 3rd) will receive a medal just for having the courage to compete!
HUGE VENUE – 16 COMPETITION RINGS AT ONCE
Due to the large amount of competitors this tournament attracts each year, we have expanded the tournament into 16 Rings of competition. Combining the children and adults into a single day tournament makes it very convenient for teams traveling from great distances. The Milwaukee County Sports Complex Fieldhouse is one of the largest venues in the state with four basketball courts side by side. The venue is conveniently located minutes off the highway and is easy to get to.
NEW NOVICE DIVISIONS FOR ALL GENDER/AGE GROUPS
With the large amount of Men, Women, Masters (30 years +), Directors (40 years +), Executives (50 years +) and Teenagers (15 yrs. to 17 yrs.) competing in our last NAGA Midwest event, we have decided to add Novice (6 months experience and under) for all these groups. Adding another skill level will make the competition much fairer for those new to grappling.
WEIGH-IN ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY
NAGA will be offering all competitors the option of registering and weighing in the night BEFORE the tournament. If you cannot make it on Friday, all competitors can register/weigh-in all day on Saturday beginning at 8 AM.
FREE NO-GI SEMINAR WITH BJJ BLACK BELT STEVE HALL
Royce Gracie black belt, Steve Hall, will be conducting a FREE one hour no-gi seminar Friday night (3/29) from 6:30 to 7:30PM. All schools and style are welcome. Individuals of all skill levels can participate.
NATIONALLY RANKED EVENT
This is a nationally Ranked tournament! Ranked is a submission grappling rating system where points are earned and accumulated towards a national grappling title. More details can be found at www.nationallyranked.com.
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).