2009 NORTH AMERICAN GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIP
On Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15, 2009 NAGA returns to Newark, New Jersey for the largest grappling tournament in the United States, the North American Grappling Championship (NAGC). This tournament is open to all grappling styles and competitors, you do not need to be on a team or be a member of any organization to compete. NAGA welcomes both individuals and teams to compete. This event is nationally RANKED.
DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER/REGISTRATION FORM
Pre-registration is now closed. You can still register from 6:30-9:30PM on Friday, on Saturday beginning at 8AM, or on Sunday beginning at 8AM. All adult divisions are on Saturday, all kids and teens are on Sunday.
100 NEW AND IMPROVED CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS
NAGA introduces the best championship belts awarded in the sport of competitive fighting. These belts are; bigger, thicker and heavier than any other belt awarded. 100 CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS in all will be awarded to all Children, Teen, Adult, Masters, Directors and Executive Expert Division Winners. All other 1st, 2nd & 3rd place finishers win custom octagon medals.
WEIGH-IN ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY
NAGA will be offering all competitors the option of registering and weighing-in the night BEFORE the tournament weekend! If you cannot make it on Friday, ADULT competitors can register/weigh-in all day on Saturday, KIDS & TEENS on Sunday.
ADULT GI & NO-GI SATURDAY, KIDS/TEENS SUNDAY
Due to the large amount of competitors this tournament attracts each year, we have expanded the tournament into two days. All adults (both gi and no-gi) will compete on Saturday, all children and teens (gi & no-gi) will compete on Sunday.
We have acquired one of the best venues in the Northeast; the Essex County College Gymnasium. The venue is awesome, with seating for 5,000. The gym is located in Newark, NJ, just southwest of New York City. Mass transit can easily take competitors from NYC to the venue without having to step in or out of a car. For those driving, we have acquired an indoor parking lot directly next to the venue with over 1000 spaces. This is a new facility with large bathrooms and changing areas.
NATIONALLY RANKED EVENT
All NAGA events are part of the nationwide ranking system entitled RANKED. Our goal is to determine who the best grapplers in the country are for various age, gender, and skill levels. NAGA Hawaii will be nationally ranked so do not miss your opportunity to gain points towards a true national title. More details can be found at www.nationallyranked.com.
NAGA works diligently to prevent "sandbagging", or the practice of fighting down skill levels to ensure one takes home an award. 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. 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).