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2009 ARNOLD GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) has again been asked to help The Shingitai Jujitsu Association (SJA) coordinate the 2009 Arnold World Grappling Championship, a submission grappling tournament in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 7th, and Sunday, March 8th, 2009. The Arnold Sports Festival is a 4 day event that features multiple fitness and athletic events including grappling, other martial arts, bodybuilding, arm wrestling, cheerleading, weightlifting and more. The submission grappling will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The event welcomes both individuals and teams to compete and is nationally RANKED.
Pre-registration for The Arnold Grappling Championship is now closed. You can still register/weigh-in on Friday (3/6) from 5-9PM, on Saturday (3/7) beginning at 8AM, and on Sunday (3/8) beginning at 8AM. Please remember that all Adult divisions are on Saturday, and all Kids/Teen divisions are on Sunday. Spectator passes can be purchased at the door.
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$ 1,000 ABSOLUTE DIVISION
The No-Gi Absolute winner takes home a $1,000 CASH PRIZE along with a NAGA Championship Belt!
ADULT NO-GI & GI ON SATURDAY
KIDS & TEENS NO-GI & GI ON SUNDAY
In the past, competitors had to weigh-in on Friday then compete over a two day span. We realize that this is not only inconvenience but also expensive. To make things easier and more affordable, all adult divisions (Gi & No-Gi) will take place on Saturday, and all kids/teens divisions (Gi & No-Gi) will take place on Sunday. This schedule will allow competitors to enjoy more time at the Arnold Sports Festival, UFC and other attractions that weekend.
WEIGH-INS and REGISTRATION OPTIONS
In the past, Friday was the only day competitors could register and weigh-in. This made registering and weighing-in difficult for children and adults who attend school, work late, and those traveling from great distances. While the option to weigh-in on Friday is still available, we are also adding the option to weigh-in and register the morning you compete. This means you can weigh-in and compete in both gi & no-gi competition all in one day (Adults on Saturday, Kids & Teens on Sunday). You are not required to weigh-in on Friday. Adults please have an ID on hand when weighing in.
SUNDAY SEMINAR WITH JORGE GURGEL
On Sunday, March 8th at 4 PM, UFC Veteran Jorge Gurgel will be conducting a Children’s No-Gi Submission Grappling Seminar. The cost is only $20 and the seminar will last a full hour. The seminar will be open to all grappling styles and will be specifically geared towards children and teenagers. It will cover basic through advance submissions, guard passing, escapes and sweeps. More details can be found at the NAGA website: nagafighter.com.
ARNOLDS ARE NATIONALLY RANKED
This year’s Arnold World Grappling Championship will be nationally Ranked! Ranked is a submission grappling rating system where points are earned and accumulated towards a national grappling title. More details can be found at www.nationallyranked.com.
We work diligently to prevent "sandbagging", or the practice of fighting down skill levels to ensure one takes home an award. The 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. At the Arnold Grappling Championships, 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 for that skill level). We feel very confident that sandbaggers will be forced to fight in their appropriate divisions.