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The Gracie US Nationals 2014

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The Gracie US Nationals 2014

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2014 EVENT SCHEDULE

 

GI Tournament

January 25th Sat 10am - 12pm - Kids

January 25th Sat 12pm - 6pm - Teens & Adults

 

NO-GI Tournament

January 26th Sun 10am - 12pm - Kids

January 26th Sun 12pm - 5pm - Teens & Adults

  

LOCATION

This event is being held in conjunction with The FitExpo - Los Angeles

Please check out their website for more info on this amazing weekend

www.TheFitExpo.com

Los Angeles Convention Center

South Hall G H J

1201 South Figueroa Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015

 

PARKING DETAILS:

The LA Convention Center West Hall Parking Garage will be CLOSED to the PUBLIC for parking on Sunday, January 26, 2014 due to The Grammy Awards. PLEASE NOTE that TheFitExpo is in the South Hall and there are hundreds and hundreds of parking spots within walking distance of the Convention Center as well of course full use of the South Hall Parking area of the Convention Center.

http://www.lacclink.com/lacclink/pdf/maps/LA_Live_Parking_Info.pdf

Reserve a parking spot near TheFitExpo!

Come early and enjoy a full day with us!

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REGISTRATION 

PRE-REGISTRATION ENDS SATURDAY, JANUARY 11TH.

FINAL REGISTRATION ENDS THURSDAY, JANUARY 23RD.

Changes to registration can be submitted until January 23, 2014 at midnight.

Email changes to gracietournaments@gmail.com 

Subject line:  CHANGES NATIONALS 2014 

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GI & NO-GI Uniform

GI competitors must wear an ALL WHITE gi.

No other colors will be accepted.

This is abiding to Grandmaster Helio Gracie's view that only white gi's are worn for Jiu-Jitsu.

Patches on the gi are OK.

NO-GI competitors will wear a rash guard the color of their belt rank or all black with fight shorts or lycra shorts. No zippers, metal tabs, pockets or strings.

This is to facilitate organization on tournament day. Competitors will easily recognize which mat areas their skill level division will be.

No cups allowed any day. 

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COMPETITOR WEIGH-INS

KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO WEIGH-IN.

No gi necessary for weigh-in.

Weigh-ins are for teens and adults ONLY. 

Weigh-ins will ONLY be held on Saturday and Sunday morning at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

If you are competing Gi only or Gi + No-Gi, you must weigh in Saturday morning.

If you are competing No-Gi ONLY, you must weigh in Sunday morning.  

 

Weigh-ins at Los Angeles Convention Center 

January 25th Sat 8:00am - 11:00am - Teens & Adults for Gi and Gi + No-Gi

January 26th Sun 8:00am - 11:00am - Teens & Adults for No-Gi Only

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ADULTS WEIGHT DIVISIONS

(No gi necessary for weigh in. No pound allowance!!)
135 lbs (61.2 kg) and below
145 lbs (65.8 kg) and below 
155 lbs (70.3 kg) and below
170 lbs (77.1 kg) and below
185 lbs (83.9 kg) and below
205 lbs (93.0 kg) and below
206 lbs (93.6 kg) and above 

 

ADULTS BELT DIVISION GI 

WHITE 
BLUE
PURPLE 
BROWN 
BLACK 

 

ADULTS BELT DIVISION NO-GI  

WHITE / NOVICE / less then 1 year of training 
BLUE / BEGINNER / 1-2 years of training
PURPLE / INTERMEDIATE / 3-4 years of training
BROWN / ADVANCE / 5-7 years of training 
BLACK / PRO / 8 plus years of training 


TEENS AGE RANGE

13 - 15 years old


TEENS WEIGHT DIVISION

(No gi necessary for weigh in. No pound allowance!!)
145 lbs (65.8 kg) and below 
146 lbs (66.2 kg) and above


TEENS BELT DIVISION

WHITE, WHITE/YELLOW
YELLOW, WHITE/ORANGE, ORANGE/YELLOW
GREEN/WHITE, GREEN/YELLOW, GREEN/ORANGE, ORANGE 
GREEN

 

LADIES WEIGHT DIVISION 

(No gi necessary for weigh in. No pound allowance!!)
135 lbs (61.2 kg) and below
136 lbs (65.8 kg) and above

 

LADIES BELT DIVISION GI + NO-GI

WHITE/BLUE 
PURPLE/BROWN/BLACK 
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KIDS TOURNAMENT (Ages 4-12)

KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO WEIGH-IN.

KIDS UNIFORM

A standard WHITE jiu-jitsu gi uniform is required. Patches on the gi are OK.
It is OK to wear rash-guards under the gi uniform.

 

KIDS SKILL LEVEL

All kids must sign up consistently when signing up for gi and no-gi. For example, if a child is a yellow belt with the gi he must also sign up as a yellow belt in the no-gi competition. You cannot sign up a child for one belt (Yellow) with the gi and another belt (Orange) on the no-gi day.

 

KIDS POINTS/SUBMISSION

There are no points or advantage points calculated for any positions/moves.

For our kids safety, referees are instructed to stop a match before a full submission is in place. In case of a tap or referee stoppage the match will stop, reset to standing position, restart and continue until the 4 minutes are up.

 

KIDS MATCH LENGTH

All matches will be 4 minutes.

 

KIDS MATCH OUTCOME

- The kids division has been carefully designed based on Grandmaster Helio Gracie's philosophy that a parent/coach should never put a child in a bad situation. The goal is to provide a multi-cultural learning experience and to allow kids the opportunity to exhibit their skills in an atmosphere of cooperation and respect for fellow participants. It provides kids the opportunity to build confidence that will last a lifetime and to perform under pressure in a safe and positive setting.

- All kid competitors will be awarded.

 

KIDS ROUND ROBIN

- All brackets will run under a round robin system. 

- All kids within a bracket will compete against each other. If there is only one kid competitor in a bracket, they will be tested in some of their skills.

 

KIDS ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS (ALL KID BELTS AND AGES 4 - 12)

- ALL GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS APPLY AND ALSO: 

- The referee will stop the match before a kid competitor’s limbs are extended or if the referee feels that the kid competitor might be in danger of tapping or being hurt.  Remember, the goal is to build each competitor’s confidence and provide a positive atmosphere for them to perform without the pressure of winning or losing.

- Coaching individual competitors will not be allowed for the kids division. Cheering and praising both competitors equally is welcome. 

 

GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS

These submission attempts will result in IMMEDIATE disqualification.

(Although these techniques are not allowed for the safety of our competitors it is still highly recommended that competitors learn how to defend them at their school.)

- No Slamming from the Guard or Triangle Choke. When a competitor is lifted up from the ground and their head is raised above the standing competitor's waist the referee will advise the holding competitor to uncross their feet. This includes a closed triangle.  

- No Wrist Lock of any kind. 

- No Foot Locks or Straight Ankle Locks or Leg Locks of any kind. 

- No Knee Locks or Knee Bars of any kind. 

- No Twisting Leg Locks of any kind (Heel Hooks, Toe Holds, Inverted Heel Hooks and Inverted Toe Holds).

- No Reaping the Knee.

- No Twisting the Knee in an Unnatural Direction.

- No Cervical Lock of any kind.

- No Chin Whips.

- No Knuckles to the Front of the Throat (Knuckles to the side of the neck are OK).

- No Neck Cranks or Frontal Neck Cranks of any kind. 

- No Neck Locks of any kind.

- No Calf Lock of any kind. 

- No Bicep Slicer, No Calf Slicer and No Compression Locks of any kind.

- No Scissors Takedown of any kind.

- No Electric Chair Submissions. Banana Splits are OK.

- No Twister Submissions.

- No Butt Scooting. Competitors must either take the opponent down or pull them into the guard.

- Do encourage kids to fight from bad position! Especially if one kid is much better than the other.

- Grabbing with 4 fingers inside the sleeve of the jacket top and inside the pants are OK.

- Guard pulling is OK. Guard Jumping will NOT BE ALLOWED IN ANY DIVISION!!  

The difference between Jumping Guard and Pulling Guard:

Jumping Guard (Illegal Technique) - When a competitor jumps into the guard with both feet off of the ground and is expecting their opponent to "catch" them.  Sometimes this is done without the competitor even holding or touching the other competitor. This technique is not allowed in any division under any circumstances!!! This is an extremely dangerous technique that will not be allowed.

Pulling Guard (Legal Technique) - Pulling guard is exactly like it sounds.  You are pulling your opponent down to the ground into your guard with at least one foot on the ground. Pulling guard requires one opponent to make contact with the other. A grip must be established on either a sleeve, collar, head, gi top or any part of the competitor prior to pulling their opponent down to the ground into their guard.  Sitting to the guard is not permitted. Butt scooting is not permitted. You must attempt to take your opponent to the ground or pull them to the ground. This simulates a real fight. Would you sit to your butt in a real fight?

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TEEN & ADULT TOURNAMENT (Ages 13 and Up)


TEEN & ADULT GI UNIFORM

A standard WHITE jiu-jitsu gi uniform is required.

Patches on the gi are OK.

No groin protection (protective cups metal or plastic) are allowed.

It is Ok to wear rash guards or t-shirts under the gi uniform

 

TEEN & ADULTS NO-GI UNIFORM

Rash guard the color of your belt rank OR all black 

Fight shorts or lycra shorts. No zippers, metal tabs, pockets or strings.

 

POINTS

There are no points or advantage points calculated for any positions/moves.

 

ADULT MATCH LENGTH

All Teen & White Belt Matches - 8 min

Blue, Purple, Brown, & Black Matches - 15 min

Finals - no time limit

 

TEEN & ADULT MATCH OUTCOME

**Women**

Some year’s we do not have enough ladies to form brackets so we do a round robin with all the ladies together and each match is 8 minutes long. Winner was decided by the most amount of submissions at the end. This system has proven successful and very exciting in past years and is really cool because each lady gets to compete several times. Just want all the ladies to keep in mind that we might have to do it again this year if we don’t have enough brackets.

Rules will abide by the lowest belt level in the match. For example Womens White/Blue Belt Matches will abide by White Belt Rules. Purple/Brown/Black Belt Matches will abide by Purple Belt Rules. 


SUBMISSION

An athlete must submit their opponent within the 8 or 15 minute time limit to win the match and advance in the bracket.


ROLLING OR PULLING A COMPETITOR OFF OF THE MAT

*If an athlete is caught in a submission and PURPOSELY pulls their opponent or rolls off of the mat in an attempt to free themselves from the submission, they will be considered submitted and will lose the match. 

**If an opponent is countering a submission and they happen to roll off of the mat but are caught in a deep and completely sunk submission (i.e. a heel hook or an armlock and the competitor being caught rolls to counter the submission and happens to end up off of the mat) the referee will reset the position in the center of the ring with the submission INTACT to the submitters liking.  The referee will give the person caught in the submission the option to tap out before the match is restarted to give a verbal submission. If the competitor refuses and tap out the match will be restarted with the submission in place.


TIE

In case of a tie neither athlete will advance in the bracket.  

*Remember that the essence of Jiu-Jitsu is self defense. If one competitor attacks the entire time they are amazing for doing so. If the opponent defends the entire time and was never submitted, that makes them a great student for surviving and defending themselves well in the name of Jiu-Jitsu. Therefore, in the case of a tie both competitors will be out of the event. They will both survive to fight another day =) 

 

WILD CARD RULE

Brackets that either start with 3 competitors or end up with 3 competitors will have a wild card competitor added to the bracket.

1. If a bracket starts with 3 competitors, a 4th competitor will be brought in from a lower weight division within the same belt division. 

2. If a bracket ends up with 3 competitors from within the same bracket that did not advance as a result of a tie will participate in a wild card lottery. Competitors who lost by submission will not be eligible for the wild card lottery. 

 

ALL TEEN BELTS AND WHITE BELT ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS (AGES 13 AND UP)

- ALL GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS WILL APPLY

These submission attempts will result in IMMEDIATE disqualification.

(Although these techniques are not allowed for the safety of our competitors it is still highly recommended that competitors learn how to defend them at their school.)

- No Slamming from the Guard or Triangle Choke. When a competitor is lifted up from the ground and their head is raised above the standing competitor's waist the referee will advise the holding competitor to uncross their feet. This includes a closed triangle.  

- No Wrist Lock of any kind. 

- No Foot Locks or Straight Ankle Locks or Leg Locks of any kind. 

- No Knee Locks or Knee Bars of any kind. 

- No Twisting Leg Locks of any kind (Heel Hooks, Toe Holds, Inverted Heel Hooks and Inverted Toe Holds).

- No Reaping the Knee.

- No Twisting the Knee in an Unnatural Direction.

- No Cervical Lock of any kind.

- No Chin Whips.

- No Knuckles to the Front of the Throat (Knuckles to the side of the neck are OK).

- No Neck Cranks or Frontal Neck Cranks of any kind. 

- No Neck Locks of any kind.

- No Calf Lock of any kind. 

- No Bicep Slicer, No Calf Slicer and No Compression Locks of any kind.

- No Scissors Takedown of any kind.

- No Electric Chair Submissions. Banana Splits are OK.

- No Twister Submissions.

- No Butt Scooting. Competitors must either take the opponent down or pull them into the guard.

- Do encourage kids to fight from bad position! Especially if one kid is much better than the other.

- Grabbing with 4 fingers inside the sleeve of the jacket top and inside the pants are OK.

- Guard pulling is OK. **Guard Jumping will NOT BE ALLOWED IN ANY DIVISION!! 

**The difference between Jumping Guard and Pulling Guard:

Jumping Guard (Illegal Technique) - When a competitor jumps into the guard with both feet off of the ground and is expecting their opponent to "catch" them.  Sometimes this is done without the competitor even holding or touching the other competitor. This technique is not allowed in any division under any circumstances!!! This is an extremely dangerous technique that will not be allowed.

Pulling Guard (Legal Technique) - Pulling guard is exactly like it sounds.  You are pulling your opponent down to the ground into your guard with at least one foot on the ground. Pulling guard requires one opponent to make contact with the other. A grip must be established on either a sleeve, collar, head, gi top or any part of the competitor prior to pulling their opponent down to the ground into their guard.  Sitting to the guard is not permitted. Butt scooting is not permitted. You must attempt to take your opponent to the ground or pull them to the ground. This simulates a real fight. Would you sit to your butt in a real fight?

 

BLUE AND PURPLE BELT ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS (AGES 16 AND UP)

- ALL GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS WILL APPLY EXCEPT:

- Wrist Locks of any kind are OK.

- Any Foot Lock, Straight Ankle Lock or Leg Lock are OK.

- Knee Locks and Knee Bars are OK.

- Bicep Slicers are OK. 

- Calf Slicers and Compression Locks are OK.

- Electric Chair Submissions are OK.

- Twister Submissions are OK.

 


BROWN AND BLACK BELT ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS (AGES 18 AND UP)

- ALL GENERAL ILLEGAL SUBMISSIONS WILL APPLY EXCEPT:

- Wrist Locks of any kind are OK.

- Any Foot Lock, Straight Ankle Lock or Leg Lock are OK.

- Knee Locks and Knee Bars are OK.

- Bicep Slicers are OK. 

- Calf Slicers and Compression Locks are OK.

- Electric Chair Submissions are OK.

- Twister Submissions are OK.

- Twisting Leg Locks of any kind are OK.

- Reaping the Knee is OK.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Your support is greatly appreciated! We want you to have fun and enjoy this event.

Athletes may be randomly tested for any performance enhancing drugs.

No T-shirts will be given at this tournament.

Food will be available from vendors. We highly recommend bringing your own food and plenty of drinks.

Competitors will have free access to the LA Fitness Expo. Please check out www.TheFitExpo.com for spectator tickets and event info.

Everyone must have an ID at the time of weigh-ins.

All competitors must have the medical release form filled out at check-in.

Competitors may NOT fight in multiple age and weight groups.

Parents/coaches are not to cheer and scream during kids match. Only if you say general things such as "good job kids, way to go, you guys are doing great!" Comments must always be generic and for both competitors and not just one child. 

All competitors must wear gear that is both clean and in good condition. Nails must be trimmed and clean.

Any competitors or coaches that show any kind of unsportsmanship like conduct will be disqualified.

All disqualified competitors forfeit their match and registration fee.

Any competitor that tries to intentionally hurt their opponent including, but not limited to, slamming, will be disqualified.

Registration fees are non-refundable if a future paypal dispute arises competitor wont be able to compete in any of our events until the dispute is cleared up. 

The Gracie Nationals, its staff, and associates are not responsible for any accident, injury or death as a result of the tournament.
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SPECTATOR TICKETS

Competitors do not have to purchase spectator tickets for themselves. We encourage you to buy spectator tickets for your family and friends in advance so they won’t be in line missing the show.  =) 

http://www.thefitexpo.com/TFELA_tickets.asp

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HOTEL INFO  

We will all be staying at Millenium Bitmore Hotel.  

 

LUXE CITY CENTER HOTEL 
1020 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

TheFitExpo Special Room Rate:
Standard, King or Double $199.00
Onsite Parking: $30 per night

Special Code the Guest must say to receive TheFitExpo Rate: FXX

Reservation Phone Number: (213) 743-7601 – In House Reservation OR
(877) 330-1260 – Central Reservations (off site)

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