"You know that when a guy is a champion in our event he has SUBMITTED EVERYONE!" -- Rose Gracie
Rose, graciously, in her spare time, answered a few questions from our readers about the upcoming, Submission Only, Gracie Nationals Jiu-Jitsu Tournament.
1) How is early registration going? Because its a sub only tournament are more people signing up or are they timid?
Registration is doing well as usual... I think people are more excited about it and there is definitely big buzz. I think it will be a very amazing tournament in the end.
2) Gracie Nationals is the same weekend as the Euros, will this affect who you draw to the tournament?
Not at all… Seems to me that most people here actually don't want to spend the extra $3000 to go to Europe. Just kidding though. Someone can host an event the same day and time as us because our competitors leave our event with so much more then just another Jiu-Jitsu competition. We have been very fortunate because of it.
3) Random Drug Testing? Like peeing in a cup? Are you looking for Marijuana?
No, we're not looking for Marijuana at all, we are more interested in things that would give a person an unfair advantage over other competitors, like steroids for instance.
4) What do you do if after 15 minutes there hasn't been a submission? Are both players DQ'd? What happens to the bracket?
Both Players go home at this point. Eventually we would like to implement a second bracket for those guys but dont want to rush into this new system too much. We'll play by ear. There is a possibility there will be no winners on a certain bracket. HOWEVER you know that when a guy is a champion in our event he has SUBMITTED EVERYONE!! and THAT my friends is a true Jiu-Jitsu champion.
The Gracie US Nationals & The Gracie Kids Worlds Return to The Los Angeles Fitness Expo™
January 28-29 At the Los Angeles Convention Center
(Los Angeles, Calif…January 2, 2012) For the fifth year, The Gracie US Nationals along with The Gracie Kids Worlds will continue to set the standard for Jiu-Jitsu and grappling tournaments as they are presented in conjunction with California’s largest fitness event, The Los Angeles Fitness Expo, Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, South Halls G & H.
“We’re honored to once again be working with Rose Gracie from the legendary Gracie family on hosting The Gracie US Nationals and The Gracie Kids Worlds,” said The Los Angeles Fitness Expo Executive Director, Erin Ferries. “They have grown tremendously each year along with the Expo, and we love the synergy they create for attendees and competitors alike.”