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    How can I not sandbag at naga?

    I want to do Naga Seattle, but I don't know which division to enter. I mean, I have been training long enough in some for or another to be borderline intermediate, but I absolutely still suck. I only competed once, and I just got destroyed. I feel like my skill level is around novice, but I don't want to underestimate myself and get people angry at me for sandbagging. What should I do?

    #2
    I think you would be best to enter at novice, given your lack of tournament experience. You competed with a guy your one time who was way over your head.

    I seriously doubt sandbagging will come up, and if it does, so what ?

    As an example, no way in heck would I put you in a intermediate level in a Judo comp, given your same amount of experience and performance in Judo (hypothetical).
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      #3
      Originally posted by BKR View Post
      I think you would be best to enter at novice, given your lack of tournament experience. You competed with a guy your one time who was way over your head.

      I seriously doubt sandbagging will come up, and if it does, so what ?

      As an example, no way in heck would I put you in a intermediate level in a Judo comp, given your same amount of experience and performance in Judo (hypothetical).
      Okay. There is a beginner level as well, but my instructor's were telling me to enter Naga Germany at Novice during the spring. I guess I'll just do that. I'll probably get wrecked anyways.

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        #4
        Originally posted by ghost55 View Post
        I want to do Naga Seattle, but I don't know which division to enter. I mean, I have been training long enough in some for or another to be borderline intermediate, but I absolutely still suck. I only competed once, and I just got destroyed. I feel like my skill level is around novice, but I don't want to underestimate myself and get people angry at me for sandbagging. What should I do?
        They give time requirements for each div. . Just be truthful. They are just stupid pieces of steel they give for winning. No need to compromise your integrity for one.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Raycetpfl View Post
          They give time requirements for each div. . Just be truthful. They are just stupid pieces of steel they give for winning. No need to compromise your integrity for one.
          The problem is that the amount of time I have been doing this is not indicative of my skill level since I suck, and I'm not going to have fun getting wrecked in 30 seconds again.

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            #6
            You are a one stripe white belt with gaps in training I say go novice. You are not going to be sand bagging shit. Hell you have a hard enough time with ninjas

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              #7
              I should note because naga uses "ranked" to track your previous tournaments you don't want to fuck yourself over BT ending up in there database as something higher than you are. Example if you compete at this event at intermediate then try to compete at novice next time you will likely get flagged even if you get tapped out 5 secs in on the inter level

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                #8
                Originally posted by ghost55 View Post
                Okay. There is a beginner level as well, but my instructor's were telling me to enter Naga Germany at Novice during the spring. I guess I'll just do that. I'll probably get wrecked anyways.
                OK, so I wouldn't call you a beginner, novice then seems about right. A beginner is somebody, to me, who has never competed.

                Of course, you may well run up against other sandbaggers, but just keep competing and getting experience, that's what's important.
                Falling for Judo since 1980

                "You are wrong. Why? Because you move like a pregnant yak and talk like a spazzing 'I train UFC' noob." -DCS

                "The best part of getting you worked up is your backpack full of irony and lies." -It Is Fake

                "Banning BKR is like kicking a Quokka. It's foolishness of the first order." - Raycetpfl

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                  #9
                  After reading the rules more closely its a real toss up between beginner and novice for you

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by BKR View Post
                    OK, so I wouldn't call you a beginner, novice then seems about right. A beginner is somebody, to me, who has never competed.

                    Of course, you may well run up against other sandbaggers, but just keep competing and getting experience, that's what's important.
                    Naga goes novice than beginner

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by goodlun View Post
                      Naga goes novice than beginner
                      Whichever way it goes, he's barely into the second category, although I'd have to roll with him or watch him roll to be sure. Maybe novice would be better and OK, but if he wins a medal and posts video we will have to watch his head swell up and explode...
                      Falling for Judo since 1980

                      "You are wrong. Why? Because you move like a pregnant yak and talk like a spazzing 'I train UFC' noob." -DCS

                      "The best part of getting you worked up is your backpack full of irony and lies." -It Is Fake

                      "Banning BKR is like kicking a Quokka. It's foolishness of the first order." - Raycetpfl

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                        #12
                        Is there any issue with different rules, as would regard safety, between the two divisions ? That is usually the main concern I have. In Judo you have the belt ranks/colors, and the novice division would usually be yellow and orange belts, considered novice.
                        Falling for Judo since 1980

                        "You are wrong. Why? Because you move like a pregnant yak and talk like a spazzing 'I train UFC' noob." -DCS

                        "The best part of getting you worked up is your backpack full of irony and lies." -It Is Fake

                        "Banning BKR is like kicking a Quokka. It's foolishness of the first order." - Raycetpfl

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by BKR View Post
                          Is there any issue with different rules, as would regard safety, between the two divisions ? That is usually the main concern I have. In Judo you have the belt ranks/colors, and the novice division would usually be yellow and orange belts, considered novice.
                          Safety? He would probably be safer in beginner, as they have more control and mat sense

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by BKR View Post
                            Whichever way it goes, he's barely into the second category, although I'd have to roll with him or watch him roll to be sure. Maybe novice would be better and OK, but if he wins a medal and posts video we will have to watch his head swell up and explode...
                            That won't happen. I've always thought that medals below black belt/expert never meant very much because the people that win them are often ready to be promoted/go to the next level. Being the best white belt is like being the tallest dwarf: you are at the top of a ladder that no one give a fuck about.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by goodlun View Post
                              Safety? He would probably be safer in beginner, as they have more control and mat sense
                              Well, then, ghost, beginner. Spazzes are a PIA.
                              Falling for Judo since 1980

                              "You are wrong. Why? Because you move like a pregnant yak and talk like a spazzing 'I train UFC' noob." -DCS

                              "The best part of getting you worked up is your backpack full of irony and lies." -It Is Fake

                              "Banning BKR is like kicking a Quokka. It's foolishness of the first order." - Raycetpfl

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