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Carlson Gracie Team BJJ Tourney

Carlson Gracie Team is hosting its first annual Carlson Gracie Team Tournament on January 29th in Aurora at La Sierra.

Having successfully led the resurgence of Carlson Gracie Team to three regional titles in 2011 in the Chicagoland area, the legendary 5th Degree Black Belt and grandson of the founder of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is now organizing the intramural tournament to build team unity and also to identify and assemble a team for competition at the national level.

The tournament features both Gi and No-Gi divisions for all age, weight, and skill levels in line with the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. All members are encouraged to participate to gain valuable tournament experience as well as to represent their local schools and meet other members and instructors at an exclusive team event.

Although the main focus of the tournament is to gather all affiliated school members under one roof, the biggest buzz is coming from the assembling of an official Carlson Gracie Competition Team for competition at the national level.

Competition Coach Jason Sullins explains, “Our team is swelling in ranks and we are an unstoppable army in tournaments that give points on straight results. However, we placed second in the last IBJJF tournament because they only allow each team two official spots at each division. As a result, we had some of our best students points go unused and that led to the second place team finish.”

Each competition team member will have a featured profile on the website as well as be entitled to exclusive competition team gear to proudly show the achievement they earned through hard work and dedication.

The tournament pre-registration fee has been set to $45 and covers entry into an unlimited number of divisions. Not designed to be a revenue producing event, the tournament fee is being kept low to cover costs and allow as many participants as possible. All spectators (friends, family and non-competing students) are invited to come for a minimal $5 spectator admission fee.

La Sierra is located at 2131 New York St. in Aurora. To register for the event, visit chicagoMMAtraining.com.

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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