United Gracie Tournament 2005
Dear Athletes and Jiu-Jitsu Family community,
United Gracie Tournament 2005 has been scheduled!
The 4th United Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Tournament has been scheduled for May 14, 2005.
The Tournament will be held in Northern California, at the Main Gym of San Francisco State University located at 1600 Holloway Ave. in San Francisco.
The tournament will have children, juniors, adult, master, senior, male and female, divisions from white to black belt levels.
This year we will have something new and exciting. Instead of the regular "OPEN DIVISION" for each belt, we will have the "CHAMPION OF THE CHAMPIONS DIVISION". This will be a championship within each belt division. To qualify for the Champion of the Champions a competitor MUST take 1st or 2nd place in their weight division. The Champion of the Champions division will have two weight classes, (181.0 lbs and under) / (181.1 lbs and over). White Belts will compete against other White Belts, Blue Belts compete against Blue Belts, etc..
The United Gracie Team will be giving away a total of $4,000 cash to the Champion of the
Champions winners, plus a Championship Belt. Also, this year we will be giving away great
prizes totaling $1,000 in a raffle open to competitors and spectators. Raffle tickets will be distributed upon entry.
Charles Gracie stated: "The United Gracie Tournament has been going strong for the last 3 years. In 2004 we had record numbers of almost 500 competitors and 2,500 spectators to view one of the most completive and skillful Jiu-Jitsu contest. The best Jiu-Jitsu fighters are patiently waiting for this year's Champion of the Champions Division."
Ralph Gracie added: "Our events have been a big success and get bigger and better every year. This year is going to be no different. We want to make the tournament better and take it to a higher level. I guarantee that the spectators and the fighters will be very happy with the new twists!"
We will have all the information regarding the United Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Tournament 2005 posted in our web site on 03/18/05, also we will post the tournament information on other web sites and we will send out information through our mailing list.
We look forward to see you compete in this year's United Gracie Tournament 2005 . Make sure you save the date May 14th, 2005.
Make sure to bring your friends and family for demonstrations and multiple raffles during the tournament.
To receive the Tournament Full Information Package you can call us at (650) 756-7579 or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles & Ralph Gracie
United Gracie Team
In case anyone was wondering they went and totally f-ed up the weight brackets.
JKDChick, I know you were contemplating this one. Don't know if they changed the women's weights:
Also there are some rule changes in place to reduce stalling:
I think the cbjj new rules about holding onto both arms while keeping a guy in your guard are also in place. Both these things should make it all pretty exciting.
· In order to receive the points the competitor must have control of your opponent for 3 seconds. Once you have the opponent controlled you will receive points. It is very important that the competitors keep an eye on the score board and the time so that the competitors can keep track of the fight.
During the normal match time (NOT the Sudden Death Overtime!); the first competitor to score 12 points is declared the winner.
The reason we have implemented this rule is that the purpose of Jiu-Jitsu is to submit or completely dominate your opponent. If a competitor scores 12 points in a match, we KNOW that this is a display of total dominance over the opponent and thus a victory. This rule also has the potential to increase the action of the match because a competitor will benefit by aggressively pursuing points instead of stalling. This is also adding to the enjoyment of spectators who like to see action filled fights.
Sudden Death overtime is 2 minutes for White, Blue, and Purple Belts, and 3 minutes for Brown and Black Belts.
During the Sudden Death overtime, the fighter to score the FIRST POINT of any type is declared the immediate winner and the match is over. If no score is made by either fighter during the Sudden Death Overtime, then the referee will then determine and declare the winner of the match.
I am trying to develop new techniques to deal with some of the new rules.
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