U.S. Open News-Rules & Referees Seminar Reminder and More

We’d like to remind everyone that this Thursday, October 11th at 11:59 PM is the cut-off for early registration at the price of $65. Thereafter, until the final registration deadline of October 15th at 11:59PM, registration will be $80.00. Save yourself some money and register now!

In the meantime, check out the latest news about “America’s Favorite Tournament.”

Also, don’t forget to visit us at myspace, and add the U.S. Open Tournament as a friend. Upcoming EventsIndividual RegistrationRules and Referees SeminarBrown & Black Belt Team ChallengeThanks to our SponsorsIndividual Competitionregisternow1 Everyone Welcome!

The tournament will take place October 20 & 21 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, CA.

The competition is open to men and women of all belts in the following divisions:

* Junior (16-17 years) White and Blue Belts

* Adult (18 years and up) White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black Belts

* Master (30 years and up) White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black Belts

* Senior (40 years and up) White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black Belts

Also, if you’re a senior over 50-year’s-old who doesn’t feel comfortable competing with 40-somethings, please call (831) 476-7650 or email us. We’d like to help you get matches in a 50 or over age division!

So far we have a 52-year-old feather weight white belt looking for a match with a fellow 50-something year-old. We also have a 58 year-old black belt seeking a match.

Finally a female 130 lb. adult brown belt is looking for a match with a brown or black belt close to her weight. Any takers? Please call (831) 476-7650 right away or email us at Tournaments.

Rules and Referees’ Seminar

With Professor Alvaro Mansor, 4th Degreeclicktoenrollred Black Belt, and the Director of Referees for the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.

Friday, October 19th, 20074:00 pm – 8:00 pm

at Claudio Franca Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

PriceGeneral Public: $50U.S. Open Competitors: $25

We are dedicated to improving all aspects of the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from tournament organization to refereeing quality.

The U.S. Open has become known for the quality and fairness of its refereeing, and Professor Alvaro Mansor has played a big role in helping to ensure that our referees are competant and qualified for their very important jobs.

But this seminar is also FOR COMPETITORS. If you know and understand the nuances of the rules under which you compete, then your chances of winning will greatly improve. To help improve your tournament experience, we are offering U.S. Open Competitors a 50% discount on this seminar.

Brown & Black Belt Team Challengeregisternow2 Team Gracie Barra to defend Title against BJJ Revolution and Team Claudio Franca.

What is the Team Challenge?

Claudio Franca pioneered the team tournament in Rio in 1990, and we recreated for the first time, to our knowledge, here in the States.

It works like this. Each participating team will enter 3 black or brown belts in one open weight male black/brown division. The team that wins 2 out of 3 matches against an opposing team will advance to the next round and so on, until only one team remains standing on the podium.

The winning team will take home the $3,000 prize. In the event that there are more than two teams, the second place team will receive $500.

Team registration will be $100. Teams may be created in any way, as long as all members are legitimate black or brown belts.

A team may enter with just 2 competitors, if they wish, however, this will diminish the team’s chances of taking first place. A fourth competitor can be included on the team as an alternate, in case of last-minute injury or illness.

This format has proven to be very exciting to spectators that may not know as much about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as practitioners do. As such, we hope to ignite the public’s interest in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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