NAGA U.S. Open
2011 NAGA U.S. OPEN GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is America’s largest mixed grappling tournament circuit with over 120,000 competitors worldwide. On Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2011 NAGA returns to Boca Raton, FL for our annual U.S. Open Grappling Championship No-Gi & Gi tournament. Come as an individual or as a team to compete. You do not have to live in Florida or be on a team to participate in this event. This is a two day event, Adults & Teens (14-17 years old) compete on Saturday, Kids 13 years and under compete on Sunday. This event is nationally RANKED!
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Pre-registration for the NAGA U.S. Open Grappling Championship is now closed. You can still register on Friday (5-7PM), on Saturday (beginning at 8AM), or Sunday (beginning at 8AM).
2 DAY TOURNAMENT; ADULTS & TEENS ON SATURDAY, KIDS ON SUNDAY
Due to the large amount of competitors this NAGA tournament attracts, this event will be held over two days. All adults (both gi and no-gi) and teens (14-17 years old) will compete on Saturday. All children 13 yrs. & under (gi & no-gi) will compete on Sunday. The tremendous benefit of a 2-day event is that competitors do not have to wait numerous hours to compete.
TEENS AGES 14, 15, 16 & 17 YEARS OLD MOVED TO SATURDAY
One of the benefits of competing in a NAGA event is the large number of competitors it attracts. With the large number of children grapplers 13 years old and younger, we have decided to run them exclusively on Sunday and move the Teen (14-17 years old) divisions to Saturday. We hope you like this new format as it will help the Sunday tournament end earlier. We understand trying to keep a child’s attention for an entire day is tough; this change will help alleviate this.
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.
SAMURAI SWORDS TO KIDS & TEENS WINNERS
NAGA will be awarding custom engraved SAMURAI SWORDS to all non-expert Kids & Teen 1st place winners! Octagon medals will be awarded to all 2nd & 3rd place winners along with non-expert Adult division winners. Adult competitors who place 1st and win a gold medal will have the opportunity to obtain a samurai sword at the NAGA T-shirt booth for a nominal fee. All children/teens will take home a medal even if they do not place 1st through 3rd for having the courage to compete.
6 SPECTACULAR CHAMPIONSHIP CUP TEAM AWARDS
All 6 of our top teams (Adult Gi, No-Gi & Children 17 yrs. & under) will receive a custom made CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUP. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase the talent that your academy possesses.
FREE U.S. OPEN CHAMPION GI PATCH
All Children, Teens & Adults who place 1st in any of our Gi Divisions (White Belt through Black Belt) will receive a NAGA U.S. Open Champion Gi patch. These patches are not sold, only earned by the best Gi competitors in the U.S.!
NATIONALLY 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. This tournament will be nationally ranked so do not miss your opportunity to gain points towards a true national 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).