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NAGA CHICAGO GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIP

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NAGA ChicagoThe 15th annual NAGA Chicago Grappling Championship No-Gi & Gi tournament takes place on April 30th & May 1st at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. This is a two-day event (Adults on Saturday, Kids/Teens on Sunday), and you can come as an individual or as a team to compete.

NAGA is America’s largest mixed grappling tournament circuit with over 120,000 competitors worldwide.  This event is nationally ranked, and over 100 belts will be awarded.

Pre-registration for this event is over, but you can still pay at the door to enter the tourney. Click here for the NAGA Chicago event page.

NAGA will be awarding custom engraved SAMURAI SWORDS to all Children & Teen 1st place winners! Octagon medals will be awarded to all 2nd & 3rd place winners along with Adults who place 1st through 3rd. All competitors who win a medal will have the opportunity to obtain a samurai sword in addition to their medal at the NAGA T-shirt booth for a nominal fee. All children/teens will take home a medal even if they do not place 1st through 3rd for having the courage to compete.

6 SPECTACULAR CHAMPIONSHIP CUP TEAM AWARDS
All 6 of our top teams (Adult Gi, No-Gi & Children 17 yrs. & under) will receive a custom made CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUP. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase the talent that your academy possesses.

FREE NAGA BOARD SHORTS TO OUR REPEAT CUSTOMERS
Any NAGA competitor who competes in BOTH the NAGA St. Louis Grappling Championship (3/19/11) and the NAGA Chicago Grappling Championship (4/30 & 5/1) will receive a FREE pair of NAGA Board Shorts ($45 value). You can pick up the shorts from the NAGA t-shirt booth at the Chicago event. We appreciate your continued support of NAGA Tournaments.

CONSOLATION RING OPEN ALL DAY – NO EXTRA CHARGE
To give our adult competitors more opportunities to compete, NAGA has created a Consolation Ring. This ring will run both No-Gi and Gi matches. The concept of the ring is to give those who did not place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their division another opportunity to compete. Once your division is over, bring your registration card to the consolation ring and our ring coordinator will match you up with others that are similar in weight and age. This will be a great way for competitors to get extra matches and earn valuable competition experience. Kids and Teens, you will be taken care of at your ring.
SANDBAGGERS BEWARE
NAGA works diligently to prevent “sandbagging”, or the practice of fighting down skill levels to ensure one takes home an award. NAGA has been working with RANKED to track all fighters and ranked grappling events to produce true “national standings.” A by-product of these standings is our knowledge of who has competed and at which level. Front door personnel will use RANKED data to determine whether or not individuals who have fought in past events belong in a higher skill level (i.e. placed 1st at a prior NAGA event).

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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