“Press Release” 2007 California Pankration Championships

2007 California Pankration Championships

March 25, 2007

Santa Ana College

1530 W 17th St

Santa Ana, California

This is our 5th Annual State Championships and projected to be our largest to date. We have great facilities at Santa Ana College with three Full size Wrestling Mats, Electronic bracketing, a Certified Athletic Trainer and great support staff. Amateur competitors from all Schools and Styles are invited to compete. We expect competitors from all over California and the Western United States. Pankration Competition allows Body Strikes, Take Downs and Submissions, all in a Wrestling Style tournament. We stress safety and sportsmanship in all our events and have two trained referees oversee every match. The following is general information on the tournament. More information can be found at our web site – www.Fightleague.org



-Eligible competitors: Tournament is open to All amateur (no licensed professional) Competitors.

Adult Male: 18yrs

-Three Skill Divisions: Advanced-over 1 ½ years Martial Arts Training ; Beginner–Under 8 months Martial Arts Training; Intermediate- 8 to 18 months Martial Arts Training.

-Weight Classes – 9 weight classes

Adult Female: 14yrs

– Skill divisions and weight classes determined after all registrations are received.

Junior Male: 14 to 17 yrs

– 1 or 2 skill divisions (based on amount of competitors)

– 8 weight classes (may be combined)

Cadet: 11 to 13 yrs Male and Female

– 1 skill division and 5 weight classes (may be combined)

Novice: 8 to 10yrs Male and Female

– 1 skill division and 5 weight classes (may be combined) (8year olds may be placed in Rookie division)

Rookie: under 8yrs Male and Female

– 1 skill division and two weight classes (8 year olds may be placed in Rookie division based on size)


-Registration forms will be made available at www.fightleague.org . Forms can be faxed and/or mailed upon request.

-All Registration’s must be received prior to March 19th or a $10 late fee will be applied.

– Individual registration fees are $50 for all divisions ($60 after March 19th)

-DISCOUNTS: Group and team discounts available.

– All registrations must be submitted together to receive group and team discounts. Late fees still apply if submitted after March 19th.

-GROUP Discount: Schools who bring 8 or more competitors will receive a $5 discount per competitor.

-TEAM Discount: Only applies to ADULT -Advanced & Intermediate divisions and YOUTH – Cadet and Junior Divisions. There are no teams for Women’s, Adult beginner and Youth Novice and Rookie divisions. Teams must submit individual and Team entry forms together.

– Schools who bring a full ADULT Advanced or Intermediate Team of 8 or 9 Competitors consisting of one fighter per weight class pay only a $360 entry fee. If teams have a partial team of 4 to 8 fighters they receive a $5 discount per competitor from the regular individual entry fee.

– Schools who bring a Full, 10 to 13 fighter YOUTH division teams consisting of Junior (8 weight classes) and Cadet Teams (5 weight classes) pay only a $455 entry fee. Teams with 4 to 10 competitors receive a $5 discount per fighter from the regular individual entry fee.

-WEIGH IN will be conducted on 3/24 from 5 – 8 pm, and 3/25 from 7 – 8:30 am.

-All competitors must weigh in once on either day. Those who do not make weight may move up in class.

-All Competitors and Coaches must attend a Rules briefing 3/25 @ 11:00 am.

-Coaches who bring 4 or more competitors do not pay spectator fee’s to enter venue. Coaches must bring a roster of competitors.


– The Formation of Teams is totally optional. Individuals may compete in any division.

– All Competitors will compete as individuals but also earn team points for each match and placing. Team Captains/ Coaches are encouraged to check the posted brackets to ensure all team members are listed correctly.

-Team awards will be presented to top three Adult Advanced Division and top three combined Junior/ Cadet Teams. All schools are encouraged to have a Complete team (Competitor in every weight class) in the adult Advanced and Junior/ Cadet Teams to enhance the odds of winning a Team Award. Junior & Cadet division Team scores are combined for the Youth division award.

-Team awards will not be given to Adult *Intermediate and Beginner and Novice, Rookie or Women’s division. *The Adult Intermediate top team will be recognized but no award will be given. This is to discourage “sandbagging”.

– Adult advanced team points are awarded after each match. Extra points are awarded for submissions, Technical Submissions (15 point lead) and major decisions (8 point leaf).

-Junior/Cadet team points are awarded based on individual placing (1st, 2nd or 3rd place).


-Competitors may compete in traditional Martial Arts or Wrestling Attire as well as Shorts, T-Shirt or Rash Guards. All attire must be free of loops, zippers, metal snaps and open pockets. All Competitors must have their own Protective Cup and Mouthpiece. Competitors are encouraged to have their own MMA gloves but extras will be provided for those in need. Optional and recommended safety gear includes: Knee Pads; Shin guards; Wrestling head gear; Elbow pads and Wrestling Shoes. Taping of hands and ankle support is also permitted.


-Individual Awards – Medals for 1st – 2nd & 3rd Place in All Divisions

-Team Awards – Trophy for 1st–2nd–3rd place teams in Men’s ADVANCED and JUNIOR/ CADET divisions only. (Again, no team awards for Intermediate to discourage Sandbagging.

– ADULT Team awards are determined by points awarded to competitors after each winning match. Additional points are awarded for submissions, technical submissions (15 pt advantage), major decisions (8 pt advantage) and championship placement. Adult Competitors who receive a bye will be awarded double the points after their next match.

– YOUTH Team awards are determined by placing points. 6 points for 1st place – 3 points for 2nd place- 2 points for 3rd place.


-All Division Brackets will be conducted in a Standard Wrestling Double Elimination Format with a Consolation Bracket to determine 3rd place.

– Round Robin may be used if only 3 competitors per bracket.

– Male Beginner, Youth and Women’s matches will be 3 minutes in length. Male Intermediate Matches will be 4 minutes in length. Male Advanced division matches will be 5 minutes in length. All divisions will have a maximum of (2) one minute overtime periods if needed.

-Whenever possible, competitors from the same Team, School or Club will be placed in opposite ends of the bracket.

-If two or more teammates are entered in the same division (Male advanced division) only the top placing member’s Team points will count towards team standings.


– All Participants must attend a rules briefing followed by a question and answer period.

– Competitors may have two coaches mat side while competing.

– The tournament will start with the adult advanced division starting with the lightest weight class and ending with the heaviest. All competitors will fight their first bracketed match unless they receive a 1st round bye. Beginner and Intermediate will follow with all receiving their 1st bracketed match or a first round bye.

-Youth and Women’s division will begin and remain on one mat after the 1st round of Adult Male Advanced, Beginner and Intermediate. Adult Male will continue on two mats.

– Competitors should advise bracketing if they decide to depart the tournament before elimination.

– Competitors who do not show when there bracket is called will be disqualified after a five minute grace period.

HOTEL INFORMATION: There are numerous hotel options in the Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Orange areas. Don’t wait until the last minute for the best deals.Must book two weeks prior to event for special rate.Best Western Orange County Airport North (6.7 miles from Santa Ana College)2700 Hotel Ter.Santa Ana, CA 92705714 432-8888$79.99 a night.Two Queen size beds Refrence Number # 297652http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do#null

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