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News from United Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Tournament 2005!

    Mon, 2005-04-11 07:58 — Charles Gracie

    Dear Athletes, Instructors and Jiu-Jitsu Family Community,

    The United Gracie Team proudly presents!!

    UNITED GRACIE JIU-JITSU TOURNAMENT 2005!

    We would love to see all athletes, spectators, family, martial artists, etc... gather in this friendly atmosphere that will help promote the great art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Main Gym of San Francisco State University located at 1600 Holloway Ave. in San Francisco, California on Saturday, May 14th, 2005.

    The United Gracie Tournament has been a big success and gets bigger and better every year. This year is going to be no different. We strive to make the tournament better and take it to a higher level. We guarantee that the spectators and the athletes will be very happy with the new twists!

    The event will have six fighting areas coordinated and controlled by the Black Belt Referees only, and all with digital timers and the official score boards from the North America Federation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu so that competitors and spectators alike can keep track of fights.

    All Athletes, in first and second place, will be awarded gold and silver medals respectively. In addition to awards, all athletes will receive free tournament T-shirts. 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.

    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 contests. In our highly anticipated 4th year, The United Gracie Crew is anticipating a large turnout we expect over 600 athletes and over 3,500 spectators with even more exciting matches. Men, women, and children of all age groups and belt levels, from white to black belts are invited to compete and attend.

    Ralph Gracie stated: "My brother Charles and I will host a top level event, one that all athletes will be proud of! We would like to take the time and thank our sponsors for supporting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the United Gracie 2005. American Home Mortgage, Chronomix, Digital Edge, Invincible Safes, Jiu-Jitsu Pro Gear, Koral Kimonos USA, Preferred Building Business, Red Bull, Roseville Health Wellness Center, Sambazon, Service West, The Window Restaurant, Zebra Mats, and we would like to welcome ours new sponsors, Buffy Sparacino Bail Bonds,, Sovereign MMA, and Strategic Office Solutions. With their help and support the sport and the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will continue its rapid growth in popularity. We are going to have the best United Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Tournament!"

    We will have all the information regarding the United Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Tournament 2005 posted in our web site on Tuesday, April 12, 2005. If you'd like to receive the tournament information package via email, make sure you request to us at: BJJTournaments@UnitedGracie.com

    Thank you all in advance for your cooperation and support. We couldn't have done it without all of you.
    Let`s play fair, safe and good luck for all of you.

    Warm Regards,

    Charles and Ralph Gracie
    United Gracie Team

    * For additional info or questions concerning the rules just contact Charles Gracie at: Tel: (650) 756-7579, Fax: (650) 756-1260 or by email: BJJTournaments@UnitedGracie.com

    PLEASE PAY ATTENTION:

    NEW PROCEDURAL CHANGES FOR THE
    UNITED GRACIE JIU-JITSU TOURNAMENT
    SATURDAY MAY 14th, 2005!

    * This year you can make your registration by MAIL or ON-LINE! Your registration and payment MUST be done at the same time. We are only accepting registration with payments. If you send your registration by mail, make sure it is POSTED no later than May 5th
    * Starting this year ALL KIDS must weigh-in. All matches will be by NEW weight division, age, and belt.
    * Competitors, please note that all weigh-ins will be conducted on the mat before your first fight WITH THE GI ON. Remember! In the weight list the "GI" weight is already added, so make sure you are in the correct division.
    * Competitors MUST be at the tournament ONE HOUR PRIOR to the start of their schedule.
    * Men`s Black Belt Pro Division will feature a Light Weight Division (181lbs. & under), and a Heavy Weight Division (181.1lbs. & Over), with a $1,000 cash prize for each division, plus a Championship Belt, and a New GI, for the winner of each division. Anyone interested in competing in the Men`s Black Belt Pro Divisions should contact us as soon as possible.

    * REGISTRATION:

    The competition is open to Men, Women, and Children of all age groups (4 years & older), and belt levels, from white to black belts in the following divisions:
    Kids (4 years. 15 years old) White, Yellow, Orange, and Green Belts
    Junior (16 years 17 years old) White and Blue Belts
    Women (18 years and older) White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black Belts
    Adults (18 years 29 years old) White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black Belts
    Masters (30 years 39 years old) White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black Belts
    Seniors (40 years and older) White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black Belts

    The EARLY registration deadline is Wednesday, May 5th 2005 by Midnight.
    Adults and Juniors (16 years and older, male and female) will be charged $60.00 and Children (15 years old and under) $35.00.
    The FINAL deadline registration is Sunday, May 8th 2005 by Midnight. ALL late registration received from May 6th through May 8th will be $75.00 for Adult and Juniors (male and female) and $50.00 for Children.
    The payments MUST be done at the SAME time of registration, and we have to receive the registration form and payment NO later than May 8th. NO EXCEPTIONS!
    This tournament will charge only $10 admission for spectators.
    Each competitor will be allowed to register in ONE WEIGHT DIVISION ONLY, due to the logistics of scheduling of the tournament. Commonly, all age divisions run at the same time and competitors get called for both divisions at once and cannot make the match in one of their division.

    Fees are as follows:
    Spectators:
    Children: 5 years old and under: FREE
    Children and Adults: 6 years and older Tickets: $10.00

    Early registration: By May 5th 2005 by Midnight.
    Kids: $35.00 (4 years 15 years old)
    Juniors: $60.00 (16 years 17years old)
    Women: $60.00 (18 years and older)
    Adults: $60.00 (18 years and older)

    FINAL registration: From May 6th through May 8th by Midnight.
    Kids: $50.00 (4 years 15 years old)
    Juniors: $75.00 (16 years 17years old)
    Women: $75.00 (18 years and older)
    Adults: $60.00 (18 years and older)
    We HAVE to receive the registration form and payment NO later than May 8th. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    Each competitor must have a separate Individual Competitor Registration Form. Prior to check-in each competitor must have his/her own Signed Waiver Liability. Without a signed waiver liability, you will not be allowed to compete. Registration fees are non-refundable. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    This year you can make your registration by MAIL or ON-LINE! Your registration and payment MUST be done at the SAME time of registration, and we have to receive the registration form and payment NO later than May 8th. If you send your registration by mail, make sure it is POSTED no later than May 5th.
    We are only accepting registration with payments. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    * PRIZES:

    All Competitors will receive One Tournament T-shirt.
    All Athletes, in first and second place, will be awarded gold and silver medals respectively.
    All the Champion of the Champions for each division will be awarded with a champion`s belt, cash prize and a New GI.
    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. We have great prizes for Kids, Women, and Men!

    * COMPETITION SCHEDULES:

    Kids 15 years old and under all belts and weight classes Begins at 10:00am
    White Belt Juniors 16 and 17 years old Male and Female Begins at 10:00am
    Blue Belt Juniors 16 and 17 years old Male and Female Begins at 10:00am
    White Belt Adults, Masters, and Seniors Male and Female Begins at 12:00pm
    Blue Belt Adults, Masters, and Seniors Male and Female Begins at 3:00pm
    Purple Belt Adults, Masters, and Seniors Male and Female Begins at 12:00pm
    Brown Belt Adults, Masters, and Seniors Male and Female Begins at 3:00pm
    Black Belt Amateur Adults, Masters, and Seniors Male and Female Begins at 3:00pm
    Black Belt Pro Champion of the Champions Adults Male Begins at 5:00pm
    Amateur Champion of the Champions All Belts Male Begins at 5:00pm

    * COMPETITION FORMAT:

    The United Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Tournament 2005 will use a single elimination system. We will be using the same event management system that was used during the 3rd United Gracie Tournament 2004. After you pass the check-in table you will receive a Match Queuing Card with your name, mat number, and match number for your first fight. If you are the winner of your match the scoring table will issue you another card with NEW information for your next match. Keep your card with you at all times as you will not be allowed in the competition area with out it.

    * SCORING SYSTEM:

    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.

    "12 Total accrued points" 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.

    THROWS AND TAKEDOWNS ----------------------- 2 points
    KNEE ON THE STOMACH --------------------------- 2 points
    SWEEP & REVERSE FROM THE GUARD -------- 2 points
    PASSING THE GUARD -------------------------------- 3 points
    FRONT MOUNT POSITION -------------------------- 4 points
    BACK MOUNT POSITION ---------------------------- 4 points
    TAP-OUT END OF MATCH. The competitor is declared the immediate winner.
    ** 12 TOTAL ACCRUED POINTS` equals a win (see the details of 12 accrued points)
    ** SUDDEN DEATH applies if score is tied at the end of match (see the details for Sudden Death definition)
    ** This rule applies to all junior and adult male and female divisions, and belt ranks in the tournament.

    * NEW THIS YEAR!

    * QUICK CHECK-IN (Fast Way):

    Competitors have the option of picking up the required "Competitor`s Package" (Event Entry Tickets, Queuing Card, Waiver Liability, and Tournament T-Shirt) the day before the tournament if they wish. This will allow them to bypass the normal line for the competitors at the tournament, and enter directly into the tournament site without waiting in line.
    You can pick up the competitor`s package the day before the tournament at:

    Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy
    7340 Mission Street, Daly City, CA 94014
    Time: 10:00 am to 1:00pm / 2:00pm to 8:00pm

    * NEW THIS YEAR!

    * ABOUT OPEN DIVISION / CHAMPION OF THE CHAMPIONS:

    This year at the United Gracie Tournament we have eliminated the "REGULAR OPEN DIVISION". In its replacement we are introducing 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...

    Black Belt Professional Division $2,000 Prize

    The Winner of each division will receive $1,000 Prize, plus a Championship Belt and a New GI.
    Black Belt Pro Light Weight (181lbs. & under)
    Black Belt Pro Heavy Weight (181.1lbs. & over)

    Amateur Champion of the Champions Division $2,000 Prize

    White Belt Amateur Light Weight (181lbs. & under). $100 Prize, plus a Championship Belt and a New GI.
    White Belt Amateur Heavy Weight (181.1lbs. & over). $100 Prize, plus a Championship Belt and a New GI.

    Blue Belt Amateur Light Weight (181lbs. & under). $200 Prize, plus a Championship Belt and a New GI.
    Blue Belt Amateur Heavy Weight (181.1lbs. & over). $200 Prize, plus a Championship Belt and a New GI.

    Purple Belt Amateur Light Weight (181lbs. & under). $300 Prize, plus a Championship Belt and a New GI.
    Purple Belt Amateur Heavy Weight (181.1lbs. & over). $300 Prize, plus a Championship Belt and a New GI.

    Brown Belt Amateur Light Weight (181lbs. & under). $400 Prize, plus a Championship Belt and a New GI.
    Brown Belt Amateur Heavy Weight (181.1lbs. & over). $400 Prize, plus a Championship Belt and a New GI.

    * NEW THIS YEAR!

    * COACHING CORNER:

    A Coach must submit an" Individual Coach Registration Form" to receive a coaching pass.

    Only Coach`s will be allowed in the coaching corner and they must show a coaching pass to access this area. A chair will be placed on two corners of the mat for coaches one for each competitor`s coach. The coach must remain seated, and moving the chair from its predetermined location is NOT allowed. Coaches must obey the referee`s commands at all times. Failure to follow these rules may result in PENALTY of the COMPETITOR being coached!
    Just to remind everyone, 3 penalties will result in disqualification. Any complaints regarding referees should be directed to the "Chief Referee" AFTER THE MATCH.
    The following activities from a coach may result in a penalty:
    * Arguing with the referee.
    * Failure to remain seated on chair at all the time.
    * Moving of Coach`s chair.
    * Unsportsmanlike-like conduct by coaches may result in competitor disqualification.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (650) 756-7579 or by email at BJJTournaments@UnitedGracie.com

    To insure the tournament runs smoothly we strongly recommend that all competitors and coaches MUST be at the Tournament ONE HOUR PRIOR to the start of their schedule. The tournament will begin promptly at 10:00am with an opening ceremony.

    * WEIGH-IN TIME AND LOCATION:

    Competitors, please note that weigh-ins WITH THE GI ON will be conducted on the day of the tournament and on the mat before competitor`s first match. Remember! In the weight list the "GI" weight is already added, so make sure you are in the correct division.
    Each competitor must have a separate Individual Competitor Registration Form. Prior to check-in each competitor must have his/her own Signed Waiver Liability. Without a signed waiver, you will not be allowed to compete. NO EXCEPTIONS!

    The Competitor Package will be distributed at the * QUICK CHECK-IN (FAST WAY) the day before the tournament if they wish, or at the CHECK-IN TABLE the day of the tournament, it contains the following:
    Tickets for entry into the event (without which no one, not even competitors, will be admitted).
    One Tournament T-shirt.
    Match Queuing Card (this card will have your name, mat number to report to, and match number for your first match). Without your Match Queuing Card you will not be allowed in the competition area.
    One Raffle ticket. We will be giving away great prizes totaling $1,000 in a raffle open to competitors and spectators. We have great prizes for Kids, Women, and Men!

    * WEIGHT CLASSES: (WITH GI ON)

    Be aware that ALL COMPETITORS must show up at weigh-in with his/her GI ON. In the weight list the "GI" weight is already added, so make sure you are in the correct division. All competitors must wear a CLEAN and a SOLID colored Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu GI (Kimono), either ALL WHITE or ALL BLUE in color. NO OTHER COLORS OF ANY KIND! NO mixing of colors. Example; white pants and blue top or blue pants and white top, etc… will NOT be allowed.
    NOTE: All competitors must present a valid identification at the time of weigh-in.

    New starting this year CHILDREN: Age 4 to 15 years old. ALL KIDS must WEIGH-IN. We will have NEW weight divisions for all children. Children`s brackets are based on Weight Division, Age, and Belt Rank.

    New starting this year WOMEN: The weight divisions are divided into NINE (9) divisions.

    FOR THE WEIGHT LIST: In the weight list the "GI WEIGHT" is already added, so make sure you are in the correct division.

    * NEW THIS YEAR!

    * Weight Division for "CHILDREN" (Male and Female). Age Category "4 to 15 years old "
    This is your child weight with the "GI" ON

    Up to 37lbs.
    37.1lbs. - 44lbs.
    44.1lbs. - 50lbs.
    50.1lbs. - 56lbs.
    56.1lbs. - 63lbs
    63.1lbs. - 70lbs.
    70.1lbs. - 77lbs.
    77.1lbs. - 85lbs.
    85.1lbs. - 92lbs.
    92.1lbs. - 100lbs.
    100.1lbs. - 108lbs.
    108.1lbs. - 116lbs.
    116.1lbs. - 127lbs.
    127.1lbs. - 141lbs.
    141.1lbs. - 154lbs.
    154.1lbs. & Over

    * NEW THIS YEAR!

    * Weight Division for "JUNIORS" (Male and Female). Age Category "16 and 17 years old "
    This is your weight with the "GI" ON

    Rooster - Up to 116lbs.
    Super Feather - 116.1lbs. - 127lbs.
    Feather - 127.1lbs. - 141lbs.
    Light - 141.1lbs. - 154lbs.
    Middle - 154.1lbs. - 167lbs.
    Light Heavy - 167.1lbs. - 181lbs.
    Heavy - 181.1lbs. - 194lbs.
    Super Heavy - 194.1lbs. - 208lbs..
    Unlimited - 208.1lbs. & Over

    * NEW THIS YEAR!

    * Weight Division for "WOMEN" (Adults). Age Category "18 years and older "
    This is your weight with the "GI" ON

    Rooster - Up to 116lbs.
    Super Feather - 116.1lbs. - 127lbs.
    Feather - 127.1lbs. - 141lbs.
    Light - 141.1lbs. - 154lbs.
    Middle - 154.1lbs. - 167lbs.
    Light Heavy - 167.1lbs. - 181lbs.
    Heavy - 181.1lbs. - 194lbs.
    Super Heavy - 194.1lbs. - 208lbs..
    Unlimited - 208.1lbs. & Over

    * Weight Division for "ADULTS" (Male Only!). Age Category "18 years and older "
    This is your weight with the "GI" ON

    Rooster - Up to 127lbs
    Super Feather - 127.1lbs. - 141lbs.
    Feather - 141.1lbs. - 154lbs.
    Light - 154.1lbs. - 167lbs.
    Middle - 167.1lbs. - 181lbs.
    Light Heavy - 181.1lbs. - 194lbs.
    Heavy - 194.1lbs. - 208lbs.
    Super Heavy - 208.1lbs. - 221lbs.
    Unlimited - 221.1lbs. & Over

    * MATCH QUEUING CARD SYSTEM:

    This system has been used successfully for the last 3 years to help our tournament operate smoothly and efficiently and in a timely manner. Competitors have been very pleased with this system because it lets them know exactly where and when their next match is.
    After you pass the check-in table you will receive a Match Queuing Card with your name, mat number to report to, and match number for your first fight. If you are the winner of your match the scoring table will issue you another card with NEW information for your next match. Keep your card with you at ALL TIMES as you will not be allowed in the competition area without it.

    We are expecting and prepared for a large turnout in both competitors and public, so be prepared to fight with the best!
    For additional info check out www.unitedgracie.com or call us directly and for questions concerning the rules can be address by calling Charles Gracie at:
    Tel: (650) 756-7579, Fax: (650) 756-1260 or by email: BJJTournaments@UnitedGracie.com

    Thank you all in advance for your cooperation and support. We couldn't have done it without all of you.
    Let`s play fair, safe and good luck for all of you.

    Charles and Ralph Gracie
    United Gracie Team

    * For additional info or questions concerning the rules just contact Charles Gracie at: Tel: (650) 756-7579, Fax: (650) 756-1260 or by email: BJJTournaments@UnitedGracie.com

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    United Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Tournament 2005!
    Saturday, May 14th, 2005!
    San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California - USA
    For more info: Phone: (650) 756-7579 Fax: (650) 756-1260
    BJJTournaments@UnitedGracie.Com / www.unitedgracie.com

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