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NAGA is the National Association of Grappling or something along those lines but I was wondering if anyone does brazilian jiu jitsu here? and goes to any of the tournements for example their biggest tournement the arnold classics if so let me know and maybe we could talk about some of the tournements weve been in.

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Post #1   6/16/09 11:46:43PM   

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I haven't but I'm supposed to next time they host one in Indiana. I hear they're expensive as ****.

Post #2   6/16/09 11:52:26PM   

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i have done grapplers quest imo is better

but i haven't done Grapplers quest since last year November.

wiped the mat in my divison until i versed a Cobra Kai JJ guy and just butt scoped and apparently the ref kept giving him point for butt scooping an pulling guard when that's suppose to be no points lost 7-5 -_-

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Posted by The_Ho_Bag

i have done grapplers quest imo is better

but i haven't done Grapplers quest since last year November.

wiped the mat in my divison until i versed a Cobra Kai JJ guy and just butt scoped and apparently the ref kept giving him point for butt scooping an pulling guard when that's suppose to be no points lost 7-5 -_-



That's bull ****! what was he getting in points? couldn't be takedown. Were you giving him points on evasion?

Post #4   6/17/09 2:49:45PM   

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I was supposed to do the Arnolds this year but a shoulder injury kept me out. My instructor took 2nd in his division and we had another kid take 4th. Might do it next year but they didn't really have that great of a time.

Post #5   6/17/09 5:14:05PM   

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I think Mattmodist from my Fight camp has competed in that. You should shoot him a message and maybe youll pick up something new

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Thats kinda dumb pulling guard is normally no points or an advantage to standing oponent. But the past 3 arnold tournements i have gotten first in all of my divisions almsot except last eyar got a bronze in gi and gold in no-gi. Its fun thought

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I have both competed and coached my students at many NAGA tournaments over the years. Here are the pros and cons of NAGA IMO:

Pros
- Large number of high level competitors
- Quality prizes and attention for placement
- Ranking for competing

Cons
- Heel hooks allowed in no-gi beginners division
- Poorly managed time schedule
- Kip Kollar yelling at everyone
- Poor medical attention when necessary

I personally will always pick US Grappling first amongst the larger grappling tournament events. I know the crew that runs that circuit personally and can vouch not only for them as individuals but they also just happen to run the best damn tournaments out there.

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Yea i agree. Kip is always yelling at that tournement. And dang i didnt know they could do heel hooks in beginner thats crazy. I can just now do them now that im in expert

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Just in the no-gi, which is a little strange because even in the Purple Belt division you can't do heel hooks--just straight ankle locks and toe holds.

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Posted by Wolfenstein

Just in the no-gi, which is a little strange because even in the Purple Belt division you can't do heel hooks--just straight ankle locks and toe holds.



I don't know of any tournament out there that support heel hooks in the Gi divisions. That is usually the only submission completely frowned upon while wearing the gi at any and all levels.

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Posted by Joemoplata


Posted by Wolfenstein

Just in the no-gi, which is a little strange because even in the Purple Belt division you can't do heel hooks--just straight ankle locks and toe holds.



I don't know of any tournament out there that support heel hooks in the Gi divisions. That is usually the only submission completely frowned upon while wearing the gi at any and all levels.



True, I'm not sure why I phrased it like that--looking back. It is worth noting though that they're only allowed in the adult division. I'm not really a big fan of it, but I am glad they allow neck cranks.

Post #12   7/8/09 2:20:17PM