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BEST OF THE WEST #4 (May 18, 2008)

    Sat, 2008-05-03 02:09 — Bevois

    4th Annual BEST OF THE WEST
    Submission Grappling Championships

    Sunday - May 18, 2008

    Long Beach City College
    4901 East Carson St.
    Long Beach, CA 90808

    Map & Driving Directions


    - Pre-Registration is only $50 for prior World Grappling Games competitors

    - Pre-Registration is only $60 for 1st time World Grappling Games competitors

    - Spectators tickets: $10

    - At the Door Late Registration: $20 late fee


    Pre-Registration (3 options)

    1) Mail a signed Registration Form along with a money order or check made payable to: GTA Tournaments and mail to: 15833 Chemical Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (Note: Mail-in registration must be postmarked no later than Saturday, May 12th)

    2) Register online: (Credit Card or Pay Pal) -- (Note: Online registration must be completed by Wednesday, May 14th)

    3) Night before or day of Registration:
    Weigh-Ins (2 options) At OTM Fight Shops or Tournament Location. Note: There will be no weight allowance. If an athlete is within 3 pounds of their weigh class they will have until an hour and a half before their scheduled division to make weight. Day Before Weigh-ins will be Saturday, May 17th between 10am-7pm at the following OTM Fight Shops:

    (Orange County) 17424 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (714) 847-6786

    (Los Angeles) 2414 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278 (310) 376-3586

    (San Diego) 1020 Grand Ave., Pacific Beach, CA 92109 (858) 270-5425

    (Las Vegas) 3775 Spring Mountain Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 383-0002

    (San Jose) 1020 The Alameda, San Jose, CA (408) 280-0200

    Day Of Weigh-ins:

    You can also weigh-in the day you compete (May 18th) 1 hour and 30 minutes before your scheduled cut off time at the tournament location.

    Driving directions for Sunday Weigh-ins and Tournament:

    Map & Driving Directions

    Weigh-ins will close and you will be disqualified if you are not present by the below listed times. Note: This is the earliest a division will be called. The following do not necessarily reflect the actual fight time. (Must be weighed in and ready to compete by listed weigh-in times.) Juniors (11-14) & Teens (15-17): 10am Men’s, Executive’s (30-39) & Master’s (40+) Advanced Divisions: 10am Men’s Novice: 11:30am Men’s, Executive’s (30-39) & Master’s (40+) Beginner Divisions: 1:30pm Women: 3:00pm Men’s Intermediate: 4:00pm

    Accommodations: Visit Visit Long Beach – Hotels etc. for various hotels and attractions in the area. For other options, book through,,, or

    Air Transportation: You can fly into Long Beach Airport, John Wayne Airport or Los Angeles International. If you Fly into Long Beach it is 2 blocks from tournament location and the best airfare deals are on Jet Blue Airlines If you fly into John Wayne Airport, the Hotel Huntington Beach is offering a free shuttle to and from the airport and tournament location. If you fly into LAX you will definitely want a Rental car as it is 24 miles away from tournament location. LAX to Long Beach City College Map

    Food: The Tournament will have a full service food stand as well as serving Silvios Brazilian BBQ and Acai.

    Submission Grappling Rules - Updated 2007 Season: No-Gi Skill Levels: Novice: Less than 9 months Beginner: Nine months to 2 years Intermediate: 2 years to 4 years Advanced: More than 4 years Juniors (11-14): Beginner = Less than 12 months - Advanced = 12 months or greater Teens (15-17): Beginner = Less than 12 months - Advanced = 12 months or greater Women: Beginner - Less than 12 months - Advanced - 12 months or greater Executive: (30-39yrs) - Beginner = Less than 12 months - Advanced = 12 months or greater Masters: (Over 40) - Beginner = Less than 12 months - Advanced = 12 months or greater

    Length of Matches: Novice: 4 minutes Beginner: 4 minutes Intermediate: 5 minutes Advanced: 6 minutes Juniors: 4 minutes Teens: 4 minutes Women: Beginner = 4 minutes - Advanced = 6 minutes Executive/Masters: Beginner = 4 minutes - Advanced = 5 minutes

    Men's No-Gi Weight Classes: Flyweight: 139.9 lbs. and below Featherweight: 140-149.9 lbs. Lightweight: 150-159.9 lbs. Welterweight: 160-169.9 lbs. Middleweight: 170-179.9 lbs. Cruiserweight: 180-189.9 lbs. Light-Heavyweight: 190-199.9 lbs. Heavyweight: 200-209.9 lbs. Superweight: 210 lbs. and over

    No-Gi Weight Classes: Note: Juniors and Teens are matched as closely as possible: Junior & Teen No-Gi Weight Classes: Lightweight: 114.9 lbs. and below Welterweight: 115-129.9 lbs. Midldeweight: 130-149.9 lbs. Cruiserweight: 150-169.9 lbs. Heavyweight: 170 lbs. and over

    Women's No-Gi Weight Classes: Class A: 119.9 lbs and below Class B: 120-134.9 lbs. Class C: 135-149.9 lbs. Class D: 150 lbs. and over Women's Absolute: Open Weight, Open Skill

    Executive & Masters No-Gi Weight Classes: Lightweight: 159.9 lbs and below Middleweight: 160-179.9 lbs. Cruiserweight: 180-199.9 lbs. Heavyweight: 200 lbs. and over

    Point System: Takedown landing in Half or Full Guard: 2 points Takedown to Side Control or Mount: 3 points Sweep or Reversal w/ legs: 2 points Passing Opponent's Guard: 3 points Mounted Position: 4 points Back Control w/ Hooks: 4 points (All positions must be held for minimum 3 seconds)

    Detailed Rules: The object of the competition is to control and submit your opponent. Ways to win: 1) Causing your opponent to physically or verbally Tapout or quit by using a technique within the guidelines of the rules in each set division. (All competitors must be aware of dangerous techniques and know how to Tapout.) 2) Highest score at end of regulation time period or overtime. 3) Referee Stoppage

    1. Hygiene: At weigh-ins all competitors will be checked for communicable diseases, not limited to but including ringworm, staph, herpes and impetigo.

    2. Tie Breakers: There will be a 1-minute overtime in the event of a draw. At the end of the 1-minute overtime if the were no points scored it will immediately turn to sudden death in which the first point scored gets the victory. The stalling rule will be enforced with ZERO tolerance in overtime. The referee will give 2 warnings and you will be deducted -1 point and given the loss if you do not go after the victory.

    3. No Stalling: The referee will issue warning for the 1st offense of stalling (i.e. backing out of the guard without engaging, butt scooting, fleeing the ring to avoid takedown/submission attempts). The 2nd offense will result in a 2-point deduction. A 3rd offense will result in a 3-point deduction. A 4th offense will result in a DQ.

    4. Leg Locks: Leg Locks are ILLEGAL in all kids, masters, executive, and novice divisions. Straight ankle locks are legal for Beginner. Straight ankle, inside figure four toe holds, straight knee bars and calf slicers are legal for Intermediate. , All leg locks are legal in the Advanced Men’s division. Note: Reaping (crossing you leg across your opponents body while attacking a foot) is illegal in all divisions except Intermediate and advanced adult.

    5. Illegal Techniques in all divisions: No strikes, biting, eye gouging (includes chin to eye), head butting, small join manipulation (finger and toe locks), hair pulling, or ear pulling, neck cranks.

    6. Slamming: ZERO tolerance on slamming. This is to avoid slamming to escape the guard and various submissions from the guard. A competitor will be immediately disqualified NOTE - Takedowns are not considered slamming, unless intent to injure is determined by the referee.

    7. Neck Cranks and Twister: Neck cranks and Twister (wrestling guillotine) are only legal in the advanced division. Intermediate division may use the Twister setup to execute the banana split or calf slicer.

    8. Takedowns and control: Any position must be held for a MINUMUM of 3 full seconds before points will be awarded. If you take your opponent down and Mount him you would receive 3 points for the take down AFTER 3 seconds AND then 3 more seconds for the 4-point mount. Therefore you must maintain the position for 3 seconds per set of points. Guard pass points are established when the opponent’s shoulders are flat on the ground and your legs are completely clear of their legs. If you go from standing to a guys back with BOTH his knees on the ground for 3 full seconds you receive 2 points for reversal.

    9. Sweeps/Reversals: Reversal of position points are given when one opponent reverses from the bottom to the top position and maintained for a full three seconds. The reversal has to be used from your guard or in the immediate transition of someone passing your guard. For example if you’re passing my guard and I IMMEDIATELY put you on your back I receive reversal points. Note: Rolling someone over when you are mounted or in side control is an escape not a reversal.

    10. No-Gi Attire: Board shorts, fight shorts, singlets, or Gi pants are required. Rashguards, t-shirts, tank tops, Wrestling shoes, knee-pads (non-medal braces), headgear, cups and mouthpieces are optional.

    11. Code of Conduct: We will be enforcing a zero tolerance rule on disrespecting, threatening with physical violence, or verbally abusing referees or staff at any time before, during or after the event. If any spectator, coach or competitor threatens or abuses the referee in any shape or form, they will be escorted out of the building.

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    11. Code of Conduct: We will be enforcing a zero tolerance rule on disrespecting, threatening with physical violence, or verbally abusing referees or staff at any time before, during or after the event. If any spectator, coach or competitor threatens or abuses the referee in any shape or form, they will be escorted out of the building.

    This is a very important rule. I felt I did not have this amount of support when I was disprespected at Grappler's Quest by Joao Cunha and his friend when he lost FAIR and SQUARE to Marc Laimon's student "Cro Cop" which BTW, beat 2 black belts that day.. and I think he's only been training for a few months. Guess that's what happens when u cross a physical a beast with one of the best coaches in the world.. you get a guy that's only been training a few months that can beat black belts :)

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