The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) are the world’s largest mixed grappling tournaments with over 700,000 competitors worldwide. NAGA tournaments offer both no-gi and gi (BJJ) divisions. On Saturday, December 17, 2022, NAGA comes to The Michael & Son Sportsplex at Dulles in Sterling, VA for the NAGA Virginia Grappling Championship. Come as an individual or as a team to compete. The Facebook tournament page can be found HERE. Use hashtags #NAGAVIRGINIA and #NAGAFIGHTER so we can see your photos and videos.
The Michael & Son Sportsplex at Dulles
21610 Atlantic Blvd.
Sterling, VA 20166
Adult Competitor Report Time (Saturday)
On Saturday (12/17/22), adult competitors will not be allowed to enter the venue until 11:30AM to weigh-in and check-in. If you have children or teens competing and you are also competing, you will be allowed in to be with your family members.
We appreciate your cooperation, and look forward to seeing you this weekend.
We understand it can be expensive having multiple family members train and then compete. NAGA does offer some relief to families who have multiple family members compete in the same NAGA tournament. The discount only applies to competitors, not spectators. When registering a family, you will register each competitor then enter a coupon code at the payment screen. For 2 family members the discount is $20, 3 members is $40, 4 members $60, and so on.
Family Rates Are Only Valid For The Following:
Get Your Grappling Gear At The Tournament
NAGA is bringing a truckload of grappling gear (Board shorts, gi bags, rash guards, t-shirts, hats, gi hoodies, patches, skull caps, stickers, dog tags, etc.) in children and adults sizes, for males and females. Check out the huge selection of gear and apparel at the NAGA tournament.
Come Join Our Team
Each year NAGA runs over 65 tournament a year across the world. We are always looking for new staff members to join the NAGA team. If you are interested in becoming a referee, ring coordinator, security, weigh-in, awards, or photographer email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that if you are working the tournament you will not be able to compete at that tournament.
Registration/Bracketing Using Smoothcomp
NAGA uses the Smoothcomp tournament management system for registration and bracketing. Smoothcomp is a tournament management system that allows you to register and pay for a tournament online. The system will generate brackets and at the tournament keep you updated on what time and which mat you will be competing, all in real time.
If you have competed in a Smoothcomp tournament in the past you can login to Smoothcomp with those login credentials and register for a tournament. If this is the first time you are using Smoothcomp you will need to create an account with them before you can register for a NAGA tournament. Brackets are posted on Friday night. It is possible that some competitors are not placed into a bracket. The reason for this is that we need to speak with you to before placing you into a division.
Changing Weight Division Or Skill Level After Registering
Due to changes in your weight or just a simple mistake of entering the incorrect weight or skill level when registering, you may need to change them. You can do so from your Smoothcomp account. Instructions to do this can be found here https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/70-i-want-to-change-my-weightclass. Many of your questions on how to use Smoothcomp can be found answered on our FAQ page here.
Registrations On Tournament Day Are Not Accepted
All competitors need to be registered and paid by the end of Friday’s weigh-in session (see the schedule for time). Registrations are not accepted at the tournament on Saturday.
Register early and save money. The registration fees are:
We understand that you may not be able to commit to competing until the week of the tournament. The registration fees are:
For those who register Thursday or Friday (12/15 – 12/16/22) the registration fees are:
You can register online on Thursday or Friday.
Registration will be shutdown Friday after the weigh-in session. No registrations or payments will be accepted on Saturday.
The amount you are charged is based on when you actually pay not when you entered your information into the system. If you entered your information during the pre-registration timeframe and selected to pay later, then paid during the final registration period, the final registration price is what you will be charged.
Cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) are the only accepted forms of payment in person (spectators and merchandise).
Spectators are $15 each and available online on the Smoothcomp registration page or at the door. Children 8 and under are $5 and can only be purchased at the door.
Assistance With Registration
If you are having issues setting up a Smoothcomp account, registering, need to change a weight class or academy, or any Smoothcomp related questions, visit the Smoothcomp knowledge base here. Many of your questions can be answered on this page. If further assistance is needed please contact NAGA via email email@example.com or call 860.537.3686. Contact NAGA for answers to any tournament specific questions (location, times, skill levels, etc.).
Championship Belts Awarded
NAGA awards championship belts to all Youth, Teen, Adult, Masters, Director, and Executive, Expert division champions, and purple, brown, and black belt champions (Limit 1 belt per competitor per tournament for division winners). Absolute Intermediate, Absolute Expert, Absolute Blue Belt, and Absolute Purple Belt winners are awarded belts. Absolute division winners will win a belt even if they win one in their weight class division. This award is unrivaled in quality and appearance.
Samurai Swords To Youth & Teen Winners
NAGA awards samurai swords to all non-expert Youth & Teen division champions (limit 1 per competitor per tournament). Custom medals will be awarded to all 2nd & 3rd place winners.
Custom Medals Awarded
NAGA awards custom gold medals to non-expert adult division champions. Silver and bronze medals are awarded to all 2nd & 3rd place winners.
Team Championship Belts Awards
NAGA awards awesome championship belts to the Youth & Teens Overall. Please make sure your team registers under the same affiliation. For more information on setting up your team/school/academy to be with the correct affiliation and to make sure you get all the points, please read this document NAGA Coaches Handout. Individual points that are earned towards a team championship are based on the skill level of the division and what place was taken. A breakdown of points awarded can be found here.
Free Gift For Competitors
Every competitor at a NAGA tournament will receive a free gift. The item can be picked up at the tournament right next to weigh-ins.
Friday Night Weigh-In Time And Location
You can weigh-in the night before the tournament. The Friday weigh-in takes place at the venue from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM.
Mandatory Check-In Times
In order to run the tournament efficiently it is extremely important that competitors are checked-in and weighed-in by the cutoff times listed below. Competitors who arrive after the listed cutoff time will not be allowed to compete and will be given a credit to compete in a future tournament. There are no exceptions.
All competitors have the option to weigh-in on Friday but they must still be at the tournament at the check-in time listed above. Please check the tournament schedule for Friday’s weigh-in time.
What To Do When You Get To The Tournament
You will go to the NAGA front desk to collect your registration cards and any spectator passes you purchased. Next you will go to the weigh-in station. After weighing in, you will proceed to the Referee Interview table. The referee will make sure you are in the correct division and all information is correct, then will approve you (check you in) in Smoothcomp. You must speak with a referee after weighing in. If not, you will not be confirmed in the system and will be removed from any brackets you are entered. You will be able to check your estimated match start time and mat assignment by logging into your Smoothcomp account at the tournament. For instructions on how to do this, visit https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/90-find-out-your-dynamic-starting-time. Spectator tickets can be purchased at the front desk. Adding additional divisions on tournament day may be possible (example: someone decides they want to now do Gi in addition to No-Gi). Please inquire at the NAGA front desk at the tournament.
Weigh-In Friday or Saturday (you do not weigh-in wearing your Gi)
The weigh-ins will take place at the tournament venue. Adults, please bring a photo ID to weigh-in. If you have any questions contact NAGA at 860-537-3686 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that during the time when COVID mandates are in place, the Saturday information may likely change. We will post the update the week of the tournament once the latest mandates are known.
Saturday Division Schedule (Doors Open 8:00 AM)
The times listed below are the estimated division start times. Please check nagafighter.com (prior to the tournament) and the Smoothcomp website (day of the tournament) for the latest updates on division start times. Please note the new adult division order and the addition of absolute divisions. There are NO REFUNDS given to those who have to leave early.
Youths (17 years & under) No-Gi & Gi Competition
Adult No-Gi & Gi Order Of Divisions
No-Gi And Gi (BJJ) Divisions
NAGA tournaments have both no-gi and gi (BJJ) divisions for men, women, children and teens. No-gi divisions follow NAGA’s unique rules and point system. Gi divisions follow traditional BJJ rules and scoring (with some minor differences). The rules for NAGA no-gi and gi (BJJ) divisions can be found here.
Multiple Divisions For Youths & Teens
Youth and teen competitors who want to compete in an additional higher weight class or older age group division can do so for $20 per division. You can add one additional weight class or age group per division type (no-gi or gi) for a total of 4 divisions. Competitors cannot do multiple skill levels. As an example: a beginner 11 year old 85 pound competitor could add the 90-99.9 weight class OR the 12-13 year old category (not both). They cannot add the intermediate skill level. They can do this for no-gi, gi, or both. It is $20 for each division added. If they wanted to go up in weight for no-gi and up in age for gi (or vice-versa) we can accommodate that request. If you would like to add an additional division (or two), call the office at 860.537.3686 or email email@example.com. The following information is required in order to add the extra division(s): which tournament, the competitor’s name, up age or up weight, no-gi/gi/both, payment method (credit card, PayPal, Stripe), and the email address (only needed if you are calling in). NAGA will email you an invoice with a link to pay for the extra divisions. Once payment is made we will copy the competitor into the additional division(s).
Listed below are the age categories. For each age category, weight classes and skill levels are listed. If you have any questions please visit our FAQ page, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 860-537-3686.
Children (13 & Under) Weight Classes
Teen (14 – 17 Years Old) Weight Classes
Youth No-Gi and Gi Skill Levels (17 Years And Younger)
Male Adult, Master, Director, Executive Weight Classes
Female Adult, Master, Director, Executive Weight Classes
Adult No-Gi Skill Levels (18 Years And Older)
Adult Gi Skill Levels (18 Years And Older)
The Michael & Son Sportsplex at Dulles
21610 Atlantic Blvd.
Sterling, VA 20166
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