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US CAPITAL CLASSICS GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (Represented by the International House of Warriors; IHOW) is a grappling event conducted in conjunction with the US Capitol Classics during the month of August in the Washington DC area each year. International competition is the main goal and it is open to grapplers from all disciplines and allows competitors at all levels to compete in a professional and safe environment.
1. Select a ticket type quantity (Should be 1) and click on REGISTER to begin fighter registration process. Spectator tickets can only be purchased through the US Capital Classics Website: www.uscapitolclassics.com or at the door on the day of the event.
2. This page outlines all of the divisions available at the US CAPITAL CLASSICS GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIPS event. The event will be conducted in “D HALL” at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor.
3. Compare the rules. This will help you distinguish the differences between common
infractions and differences between GI and NOGI as well as experience levels.
4. Read the rules & Regulations. If you have any questions make sure you address
them at the competitor’s/referee’s meeting the day of the tournament.
5. Read the Release and Waiver. Print a copy, sign it and return it to us at the day of
your weigh-in (CANNOT COMPETE WITHOUT IT).
6. View event Location address, Contact Information, Weigh-in information & our preferred Hotel Information. Otherwise, you can register at the weigh-ins the night before or even the day of the tournament.
Avoiding competing against team members for the first match: REGISTERING YOUR TEAM NAME:
If you are competing with fellow teammates: Please make sure you provide the exact same team name as each other during registration. This will help to ensure that we do not match up fighters with same team members of the same team for their first match if possible (NOT ALWAYS POSSIBLE).
Example: TEAM PATTERSON, RYAN PATTERSON GRAPPLING, & RYANS TEAM ARE 3 DIFFERENT TEAMS AS FAR AS THE COMPUTER SYSTEM IS CONCERNED.
These errors, caused by the registrant will affect who they will be matched up with for their first match. MAFIA staff is not responsible for adjusting these errors caused by registrants.
** General Information**
In order to help with tournament progression we are requiring the following registration and weigh in timeframes:
a. Children & Teens: Must PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT. There will be late registrations accepted (Pending a waiver from the IHOW Director) at the door (day of competition), however, an additional FEE of $20.00 will be assessed if a waiver for late registration is granted. These are the first divisions to compete, so in order to stay on track, we require online pre-registration. This can be done directly through this web site.
b. Adults: Can register online or the same day of the event without any additional late fee assessed. If you register the same day of the event you must be weighed in by 10:30am.
a. Children & Teens: Weigh-ins can be the night before or the day of the competition. Remember, you must pre-register online for the tournament or you will be assessed an additional fee of $20.00. *WEIGH-INS MUST BE DONE BEFORE 10:30 AM FOR THE CHILDREN’S/TEENS DIVISIONS.
b. Adults: Weigh-in for Same Day Registration must be weighed in by 10:30 am the day of the tournament. If you are Pre-Registered you Must weigh-in by 11:30 AM for all Divisions.
Note: If you are competing in both NO-GI and GI; the weigh-in deadlines are the same as Pre-Registered (11:30 AM) and Same Day Registration (10:30 AM). You also must make your weight class. There is a $15 fee per division change on the day of the tournament.
Note: Bring your registration sheet to the bracketing table (Located near Mats in “D Hall”)whether you are a pre-registered or same day registered competitor to validate your divisions.
INFORMATION ABOUT IHOW RULES & REGULATIONS
Here at US CAPITAL CLASSICS GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIPS, we take safety serious and consider it priority one. Referees are responsible with the task of officiating in a dynamic and complex set of circumstances. All this while keeping track of points and following the IHOWrule set. With this in mind, referees have the final word and there is no exception to this policy. Please be respectful to our Officials/Staff as it directly affects the quality of our tournament.
Many takedowns, sweeps, positions and submissions are legal in certain divisions, however, it is important to realize what you can and cannot do. Please read the Rules & Regulations carefully and pay attention to the obvious infractions where certain techniques become legal based on experience.
IHOW reserves the right to combine weight classes in any division. Also, Whenever possible, your child will be matched up with someone their same age or children within a year old (plus or minus). Please understand that under some circumstances they may have to compete with others slightly older. A coach or parent will be contacted to get approval. All children 13 and under that weigh over 180 lbs. will need to compete with the teens.
Each tournament has unique rules so it is important that you please read, study, and understand the IHOW rules prior to competing. This will help you to create a strategic plan before you get on the mat. Good luck!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
We strive to maintain an accurate and tight schedule of events. To help us out, please register early so we can add you to the appropriate divisions and setup the brackets with minimal problems. Typically, we have weigh-ins; then start divisions as soon as possible. The Schedule of events are as follows:
Friday August 1, 2014 (Weigh-In Between 6-8 PM at Gaylord Hotel “D HALL LOBBY”)
Saturday August 2, 2014
8:00AM – Begin On-Site Registration/ Begin Weigh-ins
10:30AM – Deadline for Registration & Weigh-ins (Complete)
12:00 PM – Tournament Begins (Children’s Divisions & Teen)
TBD: Teen’s NO-GI, followed by Kids/Teen’s GI.
TBD: Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced Men and Women NO-GI & GI.
Note: ALL CHILDREN MUST BE WEIGHED IN BEFORE 10:30AM (SAME DAY WEIGH- INS).
All Kids GI / NO-GI (up to 13 years old):
All Teen (14&15) (16&17) GI/NO-GI:
Adult Men/Women/ Masters (over 30)/ Executive (Over 40)/ Directors (Over 50) GI/ NO-GI:
Novice/ Beginner/ Intermediate/ White/ Blue Belt – 3 MIN
Advance/ Purple/ Brown/ Black Belt – 4 MIN
Rules & Regulations
1) Advantages are submission attempts that posed a real threat to the other fighter, near takedowns, near sweep, near passes etc. Advantages will only be used in the case of a tie with points.
2) No Stalling: Referee will issue verbal warning for the 1st offense of stalling (i.e. backing out of the guard without engaging, no activity, fleeing the ring to avoid takedown or submission attempts). A 2nd offense will result in an advantage deduction. A 3rd offense will result in a two point deduction. Fourth offense is disqualification. If a competitor flees the ring when a submission is locked in and the competitor is obviously fleeing to avoid submission, he or she will be automatically disqualified.
3) Referee has the discretion to call a match for use of excessive force (i.e. competitor refuses to release pressure after opponent submits or opponent refuses to submit and the referee believes that the submission will cause immediate damage or injury). The referees will be shown maximum respect at all times. Their decisions are final and will not be disputed.
4) There are no points for escapes. It is a person's obligation to escape a bad position (mount, rear mount, or side control). No points are awarded for these escapes.
5) If the competitors get near the edge of the ring, they will be restarted from the same position, unless the referee is unable to duplicate the position for any reason, in which case the competitors will restart from a standing position.
6) No strikes, biting, eye gouging (includes chin to eye), head butting, small joint manipulation (finger or toe locks), hair pulling, or ear pulling.
7) No unsportsmanlike conduct allowed as observed by referee or tournament official (includes spitting, use of foul language, obscene gestures, etc.). Warnings will be given for unsportsmanlike conduct. Repeat offenders will be disqualified.
8) No lubricants, oils, or lotions of any kind permitted of any part of the body or clothing.
9) No slamming allowed. Illegal slamming will be defined as slamming your opponent to escape submissions and/or to pass the guard; or standing from the guard and/or jumping from a standing position to slam your opponent. Slamming will result in an automatic DQ. There are no exceptions to this rule. Takedowns are NOT considered slams, but you must deliver your opponent safely to the mat.
10) Competitors are to arrive clean and with trimmed toe and finger nails. Competitors with offensive odors before the event starts will be refunded and kindly asked to leave the tournament.
11) Competitors with any of the following outbreaks or infections will not be allowed to compete: Herpes (cold sores), Fungal Infections (ringworm, warts, etc.), and any form of Staph or other Viral or Bacterial Infection. Please try to avoid an embarrassing situation, as we are committed to competitor safety and will not tolerate the further spreading of disease. Our mats are sanitized before and after each event.
Additional Rules & Regulations
Additional NO-GI Rules
1) No grabbing or use of any clothing, shorts, rash guards, t-shirts, etc.
2) "Can Opener" Neck Cranks, and "flying scissor" take downs and slamming are ILLEGAL in ALL NO-GI divisions.
3) Heel Hooks, calf/bicep slicer, figure four ankle locks/ toeholds are legal in NO-GI Advanced divisions only.
4) Straight Knee bars are legal in adults/masters Intermediate and Advance divisions for NO-GI (Not Children/Teens or Adults Beginners).
5) Wrist Locks are legal in all NO-GI Adult Divisions. (Not Children/Teens).
6) Any blue belt MUST compete in intermediate or higher, and any purple belt MUST compete in advanced or higher. There are no exceptions to this rule.
7) NO-GI Grapplers: 1 Year or Less Experience = Beginner. 1-3 Years Experience = Intermediate, 3 Years + = Advanced. You may compete in a higher division than your experience/belt ranking, however, if you compete up, you may not compete in the lower division you may fall into.
8) Mouthpiece, headgear, and groin protection are optional, but recommended. Wrestling shoes are not allowed.
Additional GI Rules
1) Heel Hooks, Twisting Knee Locks, "flying scissor" takedowns, "Can Opener" Neck Cranks and slamming are NOT legal in GI matches.
2) Straight ankle locks are legal in all GI divisions. (Not Children/Teens)
3) Straight knee-bars, calf/bicep slicer and figure-four ankle locks/toeholds are only legal in Brown & Black Belt divisions. They are NOT legal in White, Blue, and Purple belt divisions.
4) Wristlocks are legal in all GI adults divisions from White to Black Belt. (Not Children/Teens)
5) GI divisions require the Kimono. Mouthpiece, groin protection, and headgear are recommended but optional. Wrestling shoes are not allowed.
Scoring & GI / No-GI Experience/Division Breakdown
Takedown or Throw- 2 points
Takedown into side control- 2 points
Sweep- 2 points
Pass opponent's guard- 3 points (All submissions must be cleared)
Mounted position- 4 points
Back Mount with Hooks in- 4 points
Back Mount knees on ground, opponent flat on stomach- 4 points
Knee on belly- 3 points
Experience Level Division
Under 6 Months Novice
6 Month to 1 Year Beginner
1 Years to 3 Years Intermediate
3 Years + Advanced
Belt Level Division
Purple or higher Advanced
When & Where
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF WARRIORS
We are dedicated to promoting harmony within the Martial Arts and creating a Brotherhood/Sisterhood that crosses the color-line of ignorance without prejudice or discrimination in any shape or form. We recognize True Warriors and invite them share in our dream of harmony within the Martial Arts.
"MARTIAL ARTIST ARE COLORLESS"