Team Nogueira Tulsa
Jorge "Macaco" Patino
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March 12, 2005, Jersey City, NJ, New Jersey
128 Teams from across the Globe made the journey to Jersey City, New Jersey to compete in the World’s Largest Grappling event, the NAGA’s World Championship. Over 1,100 grapplers and 3,000 spectators packed St. Peters College for the NAGA event. The event featured 170 Gi & No-Gi Grappling Divisions and 127 Championship Swords which drew fighters from all over the world. The ages of our competitors ranged from 5 years old to 59 years young.
The event started off with the Kids No-Gi and Gi Divisions which attracted just over 340 children and teens under the age of 17.
This was the most delightful aspect of the event in that it shows how much the sport is growing every year!
THANKS TO OUR STAFF
The success of the NAGA is 100% due to the staff. 1,100 + competitors fighting in multiple divisions creates over 2,000 matches that Saturday. With all the fighters, matches and multiple divisions to compete in, it was almost unbelievable that the event started at noon and ended by 10:00 PM that evening.
Photos are available at www.nagafighter.com
WHERE THEY GAME FROM
Instructor David Armendariz brought 3 students (Jose Carcia, Karim Sabbah & Antonio Banyo) came all the way from Valencia, Spain to compete in the NAGA Worlds. Team Renzo Gracie, Spain!
Kathy Gifford from London UK fought in the women’s advanced. This was her second NAGA World Championship.
Instructor Pete Tremblay, Tanya Vlahac, Tammy Stewart, Jad Black, Valerio Biasotto, Steve Moffat & Hal Hughes made the road trip to compete. 8 hour drive.
Dave Britto drove up from Camp Lejeune, NORTH CAROLINA
Grant Richard came from Medway, MASSACHUSETTS
Mike Troxel & Caleb Klous drove up from Lynchburg, VIRGINIA. 7 ½ hours in a van.
The list goes on and on.
Check out event coverage and photos in upcoming GRAPPLING MAGAZINE