What is the sessions model used at NAGA during Covid?

Most venues NAGA uses have had their capacity cut due to mandates in place during Covid. This can be a hard number or a percentage of their capacity. Due to the size of NAGA events, these capacity mandates would typically not allow for spectators (due to the number of competitors) which is why we use sessions. A session can be defined as a group of competitors separated by age, skill, etc., that compete at a certain time. The use of sessions allows for spectators to be present during the event and allows them to socially distance safely. Once a session is completed, all of that session must exit the facility so that the next session can enter. Coaches and family members that have members competing in multiple sessions are allowed into those sessions.

There are obvious drawbacks to sessions, the main one being that you may not be able to support others from your team. We know this is not ideal (what is during this time?) but in order to make it so that at least your family and friends can watch you compete this has proven to be the best set up.

Some notes about sessions:

Report times for sessions will be listed on the website the Thursday or Friday before the event once. This is the time you will be allowed to begin weighing-in (unless noted otherwise on the page for that event). All competitors are allowed to weigh-in at the Friday night weigh-in.

Once your session is over you will need to exit the facility.

Some venues have implemented a one spectator per competitor limit. This will be listed on the website if it is the case.

The information presented here is typically how sessions work at NAGA. Some events might have more or less mandates, please reference the tournament’s page in which you are competing for the most accurate information for that tournament.

Where can I find NAGA results?

Any NAGA tournament that was run using Smoothcomp, the results can be found on the Smoothcomp page for that event. Click the RESULTS link and they can be found there. A direct link to an event’s results can also be found in the introduction paragraph of each event on this website.

For events prior to Smoothcomp, those results are archived and will be available online in the future.

How do I change my weight class or skill level?

Due to changes in your weight or just a simple mistake of entering the incorrect weight or skill level when registering, you may need to change them. You can do so from your Smoothcomp account. Instructions to do this can be found here https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/70-i-want-to-change-my-weightclass.

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.

What are the NAGA skill levels & weight classes?

At the top of the NAGA website is a link for RULES & DIVISIONS. All the information about skill levels and weight classes can be found there.

Get a printable version of Adult Divisions HERE.

Get a printable version of Children/Teen Divisions HERE.

Who can win a NAGA championship belt?

The following divisions winners are award championship belts:

Adult (including master, director, executive), no-gi expert.

Adult (including master, director, executive) purple belt, brown belt, black belt.

Children & teen no-gi  & gi expert.

Adult absolute intermediate, expert, purple belt, brown/black belt.

One belt can be won per tournament unless you win the absolute(s). If you win your adult no-gi expert division, purple belt, and absolute expert you would be awarded two belts. If you won expert no-gi and purple belt, you would be awarded one belt and a gold medal for the other win.

Non-Expert Division Winner Awards

Non-expert children winners receive a sword (one per event). A gold medal will be awarded for any additional division wins.

Adult non-expert, white belt, blue belts, novice/beginner absolute, and white belt absolute winners receive a gold medal.

All athletes that place 2nd receive a silver medal.

All athletes that place 3rd receive a bronzer medal.

What happens if I register but I am unable to compete (cancel registration)?

We understand that things come up at the last minute, injuries happen, and so on, that may cause you to miss an event for which you already registered. If you need to cancel your registration you will be issued a coupon code in the amount of what you paid that can be used at any NAGA event. The coupon code is automatically created and stored in your Smoothcomp profile. For instructions on how to cancel a registration, please read https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/89-how-to-change-weightclass-or-cancel.

When I get to the tournament what do I do?

You will go to the NAGA front desk to collect your registration cards and any spectator passes you purchased. Next you will go to the weigh-in station. After weighing in, you will proceed to the Referee Interview table. The referee will make sure you are in the correct division and all information is correct, then will approve you (check you in) in Smoothcomp. You must speak with a referee after weighing in. If not, you will not be confirmed in the system and will be removed from any brackets you are entered.
You will be able to check your estimated match start time  and mat assignment by logging into your Smoothcomp account at the event. For instructions on how to do this, visit https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/90-find-out-your-dynamic-starting-time.
Spectator tickets can be purchased at the front desk. Adding additional divisions on event day may be possible (example: someone decides they want to now do Gi in addition to No-Gi). Please inquire at the NAGA front desk at the event.

What time will my division begin?

You will be able to check your estimated match start time  and mat assignment by logging into your Smoothcomp account at the event. For instructions on how to do this, visit https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/90-find-out-your-dynamic-starting-time.

Do I need to be a member of a team to compete?

You do not have to be on a team in order to compete at a NAGA event. When you create your Smoothcomp profile you will still need to list something in the School field. If you do not have a team affiliation, type in NO TEAM, choose that entry and you will satisfy that part of the profile creation.

What is NAGA’s weigh-in policy and when can I weigh-in?
  • You do not weigh-in wearing the gi. At a minimum you must wear shorts when weighing-in.
  • Competitors are given a 1 pound weight allowance.
  • If you do not make the weight you registered for, you will not be disqualified. You will be moved to the weight class based on what you weighed at the event.
  • You are only 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.
  • For details on gi colors and styles allowed, please see that FAQ.

NAGA offers multiple weigh-in options. Competitors can weigh-in the night before the event and the day of the event. The time and location for the night before weigh-in can be found on the event page of the tournament that you are competing in. The venue where the event is being held is typically where the weigh-ins take place. The time is typically in the early to mid evening (6-8pm). You will not be able to weigh-in until the weigh-in session opens, and the scales are not available to check your weight.

On tournament day(s), children and teens will have a specific timeframe where they must be weighed-in by. These times are found on the event page. Adults can weigh-in any time up until 90 minutes before their scheduled division start time (found on Smoothcomp).

Events that are split over two days will have a different weigh-in schedule. For all events, please check the schedule on the event page for all the details regarding weighing-in.

Can I purchase spectator passes at the door?

Spectator passes for NAGA events are available for purchase at the door. Children 8 & under passes must be purchased at the door.

Parents/guardians do need spectator passes.

Coaches, please see the specific FAQ concerning passes.

Please note that during Covid, restrictions might be in place where only one spectator is allowed for each competitor. The event page for the event you are competing in will have this information if this mandate is in place.

What forms of payment does NAGA accept?

When registering online using Smoothcomp, the forms of payment accepted are:

  • Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover). American Express is not accepted.
  • PayPal
  • Stripe

Please note that when entering the expiration date for a credit card, it must follow the format xx/yy, it must include the slash. If not, the transaction will not complete.

Cash for registration can be accepted at the door at the night before weigh-in session. If you go this route, you still need to have a Smoothcomp account and need to be registered for this event ahead of time. When registering, you can choose the option to complete (pay for) the registration later.

The NAGA Merchandise Booth accepts cash and credit card (only Vis, MC, or Discover).

Checks, even those from schools/businesses are not accepted.

How do I coach a student at a NAGA event?

At every ring there will be a coaches chair for each competitor. Anyone coaching the competitor can sit here. They are the only coach allowed matside, all others must remain behind the barricades (or scorer’s table if no barricades). The referee may stop the match and give a warning (followed subsequently by penalty or DQ) if this rule is not followed.

Coaches are considered as those who own the school or are instructors at the school.

Coaches who bring at least 4 students are allowed entry without payment. Those with larger teams will be allowed multiple coaches (without payment). Coaches can check in at the front door the day of the event and receive their entry wristband. If you have any questions please contact us at 860-295-0403 or info@nagafighter.com.

Parents can coach from the coaches chair matside. Parents need to pay the spectator fee to enter the venue (parents can coach but are not considered a coach unless they meet the criteria mentioned earlier).

How are NAGA team points calculated?

NAGA team points are calculated by the affiliation not the academy. Smoothcomp define Academy and Affiliation as:
Affiliation= One team/affiliation that have several clubs representing the team/affiliation in competition
Academy= One academy/school/club with students training for one (or more) instructors in one local place. The affiliate must be set up by the affiliate itself, it is not set up automatically.

Please see the FAQ titled “How do I set up an affiliation in Smoothcomp?” for more information on setting up academies and affiliations in Smoothcomp.

Competitors in higher skill levels are awarded more team points. An expert competitor receives more team points for placing in a division (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) than a novice, beginner, intermediate, or advanced competitor.

NAGA Team Points Breakdown
Skill, points for 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Novice 50, 30, 20
Beginner 70, 50, 30
Intermediate 90, 70, 50
Advanced 100, 80, 60
Expert 120, 90, 70

Adult No-Gi
Novice 50, 30, 20
Beginner 70, 50, 30
Intermediate 90, 70, 50
Expert 120, 90, 70

Adult Gi
White Belt 50, 30, 20
Blue Belt 70, 50, 30
Purple Belt 90, 70, 50
Brown Belt 120, 90, 70
Black Belt 150, 120, 90

What is Smoothcomp and do I need an account?

Smoothcomp is a tournament management system NAGA uses that handles the registration and payment for an event, and generates the brackets for the event. The Smoothcomp website will keep you updated on what time and which mat you will be competing, all in real time.
You will need a Smoothcomp account in order to compete in a NAGA event. There is no charge to create a Smoothcomp account.
If you have competed in a Smoothcomp event in the past you can login to Smoothcomp with those login credentials and register for an event. If this is the first time you are using Smoothcomp you will need to create an account by going to naga.smoothcomp.com. Creating your account is easy and quick.
If you are not with a team (being with one is not a requirement) please see the FAQ concerning that.
If you are a parent or coach creating multiple profiles under your account please refer to the FAQ concerning that.
For more information on how to use your Smoothcomp account visit https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/87-your-account


How do I use a coupon code in Smoothcomp?

Any coupon codes you have from tournaments where you cancelled your registration, will be stored in your Smoothcomp profile. To use this code or any code given to you (over the phone, by email, etc.), copy the code and enter it into the coupon code field when checking out. Click the APPLY link and the amount of the coupon will be deducted from the fee owed. If the amount is $0 then the transaction will be completed. If money is still owed then a credit card/PayPal/Stripe will be needed to pay the balance and complete the transaction.

Only one coupon code can be used per transaction.

Coupon codes are not emailed to you when you cancel a registration, they are stored in your profile.

If you think you should have a coupon code and you do not see it, please contact NAGA at info@nagafighter.com.

In Smoothcomp, I updated my team name but it is not showing up correctly in the tournament?

Once you register for a tournament, you are no longer able to change the team name that shows for that tournament. You can change it in your profile for future registrations.

To fix this, someone from NAGA will need to manually edit the entry. Once we do, any team points you earn will be allocated to that team, and the bracketing algorithm will not match you up with a teammate.

Please contact us before the event to take care of this.

Coaches, please be sure your team knows the exact name of the academy so they register correctly.

I have multiple family members who compete, do they all need Smoothcomp accounts?

All competitors need to have a Smoothcomp profile but not necessarily a Smoothcomp account. Smoothcomp allows for multiple profiles to be created under one account, perfect for families. A parent can create their Smoothcomp account and then create profiles for their children and/or other family members so everything can be managed from one account. Instructions on how to do this can be found here, https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/185-how-can-i-manage-different-profiles-from-one-account.

In Smoothcomp, I put my name instead of my child’s, how do I update it?

If you have not already registered for an event, you can go into your profile and edit the name.

If you have already registered for an event, the above solution will not work for the name shown for the tournament which you registered. You will need to contact support@smoothcomp.com to have them fix it. There is nothing NAGA can do to fix this, before, during, or after an event.

Can I create a coach account in Smoothcomp?

Coach accounts are a great option available in Smoothcomp. The coach manager account gives coaches options to register, edit and pay for all the fighters that belongs to the academy. The first coach to register an academy will automatically be appointed as coach manager.

Instructions on creating a coach manager account can be found here, https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/104-how-to-create-your-coach-manager-account.

Instructions on using the coach manager account can be found here, https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/86-how-to-use-your-coach-account.

How do I set up an affiliation in Smoothcomp?

NAGA team points are calculated by the affiliation not the academy. Smoothcomp define Academy and Affiliation as:
Affiliation= One team/affiliation that have several clubs representing the team/affiliation in competition
Academy= One academy/school/club with students training for one (or more) instructors in one local place. The affiliate must be set up by the affiliate itself, it is not set up automatically.

Example: If John’s Jiu-Jitsu is a Gracie Barra affiliate, their points will go towards the Gracie Barra affiliate’s team total.

NAGA is asking that all schools make sure their affiliation within the Smoothcomp system is in order or to create one. We want to make sure that the team points are accurate without the need for post event auditing. This will allow us to give out the team awards at the end of the event once all results are published.

Affiliations must be created by Smoothcomp. an Affiliation owner, manager, director can contact Smoothcomp directly to have it created. NAGA is unable to assist with creating an affiliation.
Anyone can create an academy. Please be sure there is only one instance of your academy in Smoothcomp and let your students know the exact name. There are instances where there are two names for the same school. For example John’s Jiu-Jitsu – West may also be listed as John’s Jiu-Jitsu – Westside. They are the same, just created by two different users. “West” may already be part of the affiliation while “Westside” is not. Anyone registered under “Westside” would not have their team points allocated correctly.

More information on creating an affiliation or academy can be found here, https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/192-add-academy-add-affiliation.

For instructions on how to connect your academy to an affiliation, visit https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/189-connect-your-academy-to-an-affiliation.

Instructions on how competitors can change their academy: https://support.smoothcomp.com/article/188-how-do-i-change-my-academy

How do I get help with Smoothcomp?

Smoothcomp has a terrific support section on their website https://smoothcomp.com/en/support that can typically answer most of you questions and instruct you how to resolve the problem. Typical questions concerning how to cancel registrations, editing your profile, merging two accounts, editing/changing school name, how to check brackets, and more, are all answered on the support page.

If you are having a problem where the website is not working correctly (buttons not working, payment not going through, pages hanging, etc.) please make sure you have a solid connection to the Internet and that your browser is up to date. Google Chrome has shown to be the most reliable browser to use when using Smoothcomp, so you may want to try that if you have not already. If all of this has been done and you are still having issues then email support@smoothcomp.com.

Any questions regarding the tournament itself, text on NAGA event pages, team/individual results, any non-technical issues with the website, NAGA should be able to assist you. Please contact us at 860-295-0403 or info@nagafighter.com.

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 Divisions (regardless of skill level) – 4 minutes

Adult Men & Women No-Gi Novice, No-Gi Beginner, Gi white belt, Novice/Beginner Absolute, White Belt Absolute – 4 minutes

Adult Men & Women No-Gi Intermediate, Gi blue belt, Intermediate Absolute, Blue Belt Absolute – 5 minutes

Adult Men & Women No-Gi Expert, Gi Purple, Brown, Black Belt, Expert Absolute, Purple Absolute, Brown/Black Absolute – 6 minutes

Who can compete in the Adult Novice division?

The Novice division is for adults (men, women, masters, directors, executives) who have up to six months of overall grappling experience (including but not limited to BJJ, wrestling, judo, sambo, etc.) Exceptions to this are; those who have wrestled, those who hold any belt color other than white (in any grappling discipline), those who have competed in Novice previously and won, anyone with at least one MMA fight.

Novice is reserved for the newest of the new competitors. If you are a white belt who has been training for 5 months but are close to getting your blue belt, do Beginner and test yourself. NAGA has disqualified numerous competitors after finding out they have more experience than they divulged during the interview process (i.e. Sandbagging).

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. Wrestlers are typically 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 Children/Teen Intermediate or Advanced/Expert divisions. If you are a wrestler and having trouble deciding what division to compete in please call us at 860-295-0403 or email us at info@nagafighter.com and we can assist you. If emailing us, please include what you have trained in (wrestling, BJJ, etc.), how long you have trained, and at what level (wrestled in high school and won states, wrestled in H.S. and was on JV, wrestled D1, etc.).

What are the gi requirements at NAGA?

NAGA allows any colored gi to be worn (white, blue, black, red, pink, etc.).

All athletes are allowed to wear a shirt or rash guard under their gi. These garments cannot be grabbed by the opponent.

Your gi needs to be clean and meet the gi length and material requirements. These requirements can be found on the IBJJF website HERE. Please only refer to the material and fitment sections of this page.

You do not need to weigh-in with your gi on.

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.

NAGA Privacy Policy

The NAGA privacy policy can be found HERE.

How do I work for NAGA?

NAGA has multiple jobs that we need to staff at each event: ring coordinators, award assistants, weigh-ins, and more. These are all paid positions. In addition to working the event there may be an opportunity to work the setup the day (or night) before the event. If you are interested in working a NAGA event, please email Jeff Wood at jeff@nagafighter.com.

Please note that if you are working the event you will not be able to compete.

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 Brent Gallo at brent@nagafighter.com. Please include your:

Phone Number:
Belt Rank:
Any previous referee experience:

Brent will reply with more information on the process of joining our incredible team of referees.