Las Vegas, Nevada – May 20, 2016 – The USJJO today announced that the U.S. Nationals and U.S. Open Sport Ju-Jitsu tournament will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of the 5th Annual UFC International Fight Week™, which takes place from Tuesday, July 5 through Sunday, July 10. The competitions will be featured as part of the UFC Fan Expo®, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10.
There will be three (3) different forms of ju-jitsu competition during the tournaments, for youth ages 13 years old and up, weight and experience.
The foundation of Ju-Jitsu is based on one-on-one competition divided into three parts. For part one, the competitor attempts to score with various strikes, punches and kicks. Part two begins after one competitor grabs the other and they battle for a take-down to the ground. Part three involves submissions such as strangulations, holding and barring / locking of various body joints.
Winners are determined based on the athlete that accumulated the most points throughout the match; however an automatic victory may occur if the competitor received “Ippon” (clean action/full points) during each portion of the contest.
The Ne-Waza (Brazilian) competitions begin from a standing position and the athletes attempt to secure points with several throwing, take-down, immobilizing techniques, sweeps or submissions. The match can ultimately be won by a submission, but if a submission does not happen, the bout is won by the competitor that has accumulated the most points.
The Duo System is a discipline where teams of two ju-jitsu athletes compete against each other. The teams demonstrate select self-defense maneuvers against a variety of attacks, including strangulations, hit attacks, embraces, chokeholds and weapons.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Thursday, July 7 – Weigh-ins
Thursday, July 7 – Referee and volunteer meetings
Friday, July 8 – U.S. Nationals (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Saturday, July 9 – U.S. Nationals and U.S. International Open (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Sunday, July 10 – U.S. International Open (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) (If necessary)
International grand slam points will be earned in any division with more than four countries. Competition rules, tournament and hotel information: http://usjjo.org/2016usjjonationalsopenifw/
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About The United Society of Jujitsu Organizations (USJJO)
The USJJO is recognized by the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF) as the National Ju-Jitsu Member of the USA and as the recognized Governing Body for Ju-Jitsu in the United States of America. USJJO members have the opportunity to take part in seminars, courses and competitive events offered by the USJJO, as well as the JJIF, and other affiliated organizations. The JJIF is the recognized Ju-Jitsu Organization for the SportAccord Combat Games, an Olympic World Event. The JJIF represents Sports Ju-Jitsu worldwide and is the only Ju-Jitsu organization recognized by the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA). The JJIF provides the opportunity for elite athletes from their National Members to compete in the World Games, which are organized and governed by the IWGA under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The JJIF has 106 member countries on five continents. For more information, please visit www.usjjo.org.
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U.S. NATIONALS AND U.S. OPEN JU-JITSU TOURNAMENTS SET FOR 5TH ANNUAL UFC INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK