- Do I need to be a member of NAGA to compete?
- Does NAGA have a division for me?
- Is NAGA single or double elimination?
- What is Sandbagging?
- Do I need to be a member of a team to compete?
- When I get to the tournament what do I do?
- What forms of payment does NAGA accept?
- What happens if I pre-register but are unable to compete?
- What time will my division begin?
- Absolute Divisions
- NAGA Weigh-In Policy
- Where is my division?
- What happens when my division is called?
- What color gi can I wear?
- How long is my match?
- I have wrestled, what division should I be in?
- Who can compete in the Adult Novice division?
- How do I add a video to the site?
- How do I get a photo from an event?
- What Divisions or Skill Levels are There?
- How do I Become a NAGA Referee?
- I would like to work for NAGA.
- In the results, what is that number next to my name?
- Two Division Guarantee for Children
- Where is Ranked?
- Who can win a NAGA championship belt?
- What is TourneyGuru?
1. Do I need to be a member of NAGA to compete?
You do not have to be a member of NAGA to compete but you must create an account with TourneyGuru in order to be registered and bracketed in our new registration/bracketing system.
2. Does NAGA have a division for me?
Yes we do. NAGA has divisions for all ages and all skill levels. NAGA has had Expert level 6 years old compete and Novice level 50 year olds compete. We have a division for everyone. For more information, click the red DIVISIONS tab located on the page of the event you are interested in.
3. Is NAGA single or double elimination?
NAGA events are single elimination up until the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals go on and compete for 1st place, the losers of the semi-final matches compete for 3rd place.
4. What is Sandbagging?
We work diligently to prevent "sandbagging", the practice of fighting down skill levels to ensure one takes home an award. NAGA tracks past results from our events and has a list of winners from past events on hand at each event. Sandbagging is grounds for disqualification. The new registration/bracketing system will help alleviate sandbagging as data is collected from tournaments.
5. Do I need to be a member of a team to compete?
NAGA does not require you to be on a team in order to compete. In fact, about 25% of our fighters are unaffiliated. NAGA events are open to all styles: Wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Japanese Jujitsu, Sambo, Jeet Kune Do, etc. There are no restrictions on what form of grappling you practice. We have divisions for children and adults of all ages and of all skill levels, in both gi and no-gi competition. Please note that NAGA gi divisions do mostly follow IBJJF rules (with some NAGA alterations).
6. When I get to the tournament what do I do?
7. What forms of payment does NAGA accept?
The day of the event NAGA accepts at events cash or credit/debit card. Checks are not accepted.
Only credit/debit cards are accepted when registering online.
8. What happens if I pre-register but are unable to compete?
Grappling is a contact sport where unintentional injury can occur. If a competitor pre-registers and is unable to compete, their entry fee is not forfeited. We do not offer refunds. We will give a credit that can be used to register for another event that takes place within a year of the event date of the tournament you are being issued the credit. You will need to contact the NAGA office before the event to notify them that you are not competing. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 860-295-0403 to set up the credit.
9. What time will my division begin?
Estimated division start times are posted under the red SCHEDULE tab located on each tournament page. These times are update leading up to the event, please check them regularly. The TourneyGuru bracketing system will notify you (text or email) when your division is up. Tournament progress can be monitored through the TourneyGuru app.
10. Absolute Divisions
NAGA currently does not do Absolute (open weight) divisions.
11. NAGA Weigh-In Policy
You are onyl required to weigh-in once, even if you weigh-in the night before the event. You can weigh-in multiple times (if you do not make the weight you were anticipating to make). Once you accept your weight, it is locked in and you cannot weigh-in again. You are not required to weigh-in with your gi on. Competitors are given a 1 pound weight allowance. You will not be disqualified if you do not make a certain weight class. Your weigh-in weight determines the weight class in which you will compete. Adults need to be weighed-in 90 minutes prior to their estimated scheduled division start time.
12. Where is my division?
NAGA uses 8-16 Rings running continuously throughout the day. When you register, you will be given a sheet indicating what ring your division is in or when your division is estimated to begin. Adult division rings are assigned after they are called to the bracketing area.
13. What happens when my division is called?
Children/Teens: Need to be at their assigned ring at the time listed on the event schedule (normally 9:00 or 10:00 AM). We need you there so we can settle any bracketing issues. For an estimate of when your division will begin, you can consult the referee who is running that ring, or check the TourneyGuru site for this event.
Adults: Divisions follow the order listed above in the schedule. Your division will be sent to an open ring. Please listen for announcements, or look for a text sent from the TourneyGuru system notifying you about your division. You can also check the TourneyGuru event on their website for division updates. Once your ring is assigned please head their immediately so you do not miss the division.
14. What color gi can I wear?
All gi colors are allowed (white, blue, black, red, pink, etc.). Please remember that your gi needs to be clean and meet the IBJJF gi length and material requirements. These requirements can be found HERE. Please only refer to the material and fitment sections of this page.
You do not need to weigh-in with your gi on.
15. How long is my match?
Here are the time limits for NAGA matches:
Kids & Teens Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced - 3 minutes
Kids & Teens Expert - 4 minutes
All Masters, Directors, Executives - 4 minutes
Adult Mens & Womens No-Gi Novice - 4 minutes
Adult Mens & Womens No-Gi Beginner, Gi white belt - 4 minutes
Adult Mens & Womens No-Gi Intermediate, Gi blue belt - 5 minutes
Adult Mens & Womens No-Gi Expert, Gi purple, brown, black belt - 6 minutes
16. I have wrestled, what division should I be in?
Wrestlers are some of the hardest grapplers to put into a division. They have great takedowns and positioning but sometimes lack the submission skills of a jiu-jitsu or judo player. But wrestlers are tremendous athletes who usually possess incomparable cardio.
The training timeframes listed on the registration form are loose guidelines that are sometimes interpreted only as time trained in arts which have submissions. This is not the case. The time guidelines encompass all the time the competitor has spent on the mat.
If you have wrestled even one half of a season (even if it was 20 years ago), you do not belong in and cannot enter the Novice division.
Wrestlers generally belong in the Adult or Kids/Teens Intermediate or Advanced/Expert divisions. During the fighter registration interview that occurs at hte tournament we can determine if you belong in a lower division (Beginner).
17. Who can compete in the Adult Novice division?
The Novice division is for adults (men, women, masters, etc.) who have up to six months of grappling experience. Exceptions to this are; those who have wrestled, those who hold any belt color other than white (in any discipline), those who have competed in Novice and won (in some cases those who placed 2nd or 3rd are moved up).
Novice is reserved for the newest of the new competitors. If you are a white belt who has been training for 5 months and are close to getting your blue belt, do Beginner and test yourself. NAGA has disqualified numerous competitors after finding out they have more experience then they divulged during the interview process (i.e. Sandbagging).
18. How do I add a video to the site?
If you have a video of you competing in a NAGA event we want to see it and share it with the NAGA community. All you need to do is upload it to YouTube (www.youtube.com) then email us via the NAGA Contact page, the link to the video along with your name, which tournament, and what division.
19. How do I get a photo from an event?
If you would like to get the high resolution version of a photo on the NAGA site please do the following:
Right-click the photo
Email us (from the Contact NAGA page) the image name or URL.
20. What Divisions or Skill Levels are There?
If you would like to see what weight classes and skill elvels a tournament has all you need to do is click the red DIVISIONS tab located on the tournament page you are competing in.
Get a printable version of Adult Divisions HERE.
Get a printable version of Childre/Teen Divisions HERE.
21. How do I Become a NAGA Referee?
NAGA is looking looking for qualified individuals to join our referee team. If you are interested in becoming a NAGA referee, and are at least a purple belt in BJJ, please email Renny Gonzalez at email@example.com. Please include your:
Any previous referee experience:
22. I would like to work for NAGA.
NAGA has multiple jobs that we need to staff at each event: ring coordinators, award assistants, weigh-ins, and more. If you are interested in working a NAGA event, please email Renny Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that if you are working the event you will not be able to compete.
23. In the results, what is that number next to my name?
The numbers listed are the points you earned for your team. The points are tabulated to determine team champions. First through third placed finishers are awarded points based on this sliding scale.
1st - 50
2nd - 30
3rd - 20
1st - 70
2nd - 50
3rd - 30
1st - 90
2nd - 70
3rd - 50
1st - 120
2nd - 90
3rd - 70
1st - 50
2nd - 30
3rd - 20
1st - 70
2nd - 50
3rd - 30
1st - 90
2nd - 70
3rd - 50
1st - 120
2nd - 90
3rd - 70
24. Two Division Guarantee for Children
NAGA understands that mat time is important to our younger competitors. Many schools only compete in or allow their younger competitors to compete in either gi or no-gi. Those children competitors that are only competing in either gi or no-gi will be given two separate matches. The extra match may be a consolation match (for experience only), or if there are only two competitors in the division a best 2 out of 3 might be an option. The referee will go over the available options with you at the mat.
Please note that if a competitor is competing in gi and no-gi, that is considered two matches (at least one match in each style). There has been confusion concerning the two match guarantee: The competitor is guaranteed two matches per tournament, not per division.
At some events, the pool of competitors may not provide an ideal situation for a second match. The competitor may need to move up or down in skill, age, or weight.
This policy is currently only for events located in the U.S. Though our outside the U.S. events are growing, the pool of 17 and under competitors is typically small and often not suitable to offer a safe second match.
25. Where is Ranked?
NAGA and Ranked have been together for many years. Due to issues with the Ranked database and needed improvements, the site and service were discontinued for the 2015 season. Ranke dhad hoped to be back up for the 2016 season but that will not be happening.
NAGA is making changes in our tournament technology the second half of 2016. We hope to integrate Ranked into that technology and help to introduce a new and improved Ranked for 2017.
26. Who can win a NAGA championship belt?
Expert or purple/brown/black belt division winners will win a NAGA championship belt. One belt can be won per tournament.
Non-expert children winners receive a sword (one per event).
Non-expert and white/blue belts adult winners receive a gold medal.
27. What is TourneyGuru?
TourneyGuru is the company we have worked with to handle our automated registration/bracketing/scoring system. We have worked with them to tweak their software to give you an even better tournament experience while still doing some NAGA unique things (like same day registration). Go to their site (links are on the website) and create an account. You are then ready to register for any upcoming NAGA event. This system is a giant leap forward for NAGA, one we feel will be a huge hit, and will give you a great tournament experience.