The Best of the West - Part 1

(Grappling Tournament)

April 23, 2005

Redondo Union H.S. Gymnasium

631 Vincent Ct.

Redondo Beach, CA 90277



Part 2





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The Best of the West will be open to men, women and youth 5-17 years old and held in the air conditioned

Redondo Union Gymnasium in Redondo Beach. Don’t miss the battle to be the “BEST in the WEST” located

just 6 miles south of Los Angeles International airport and 2 blocks from the beach.


Redondo Union H.S. Gymnasium

631 Vincent Ct.

Redondo Beach, CA 90277


- $50 for weight division and open weight • Guaranteed 2 fights

- Must be postmarked no later than April 18th, 2005

- At Door Registration - $70

- Spectator Tickets - $10

Enrollment (3 options)


1) Mail a signed entry form along with a money order or check made payable to:

   GTA Tournaments and mail to: 713 Torrance Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Download registration form here:

2) Register online:

3) Night before or day of: Show up to either weigh-in time to register

Weigh-Ins (2 options)

1) Friday, April 22nd, 2005 between 9am-9pm at South Bay Jiu-Jitsu located at:

   325 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

2) Saturday, April 23rd, 2005 between 7am-8:30am at the tournament location. Anyone arriving after 8:30am

    will be penalized an additional $15

There will be no weight allowance. If an athlete is within 3 pounds of their weight class they will have until

9am on the day of to make weight.

Schedule You will be disqualified if not present by the listed times.

- Children and Teens: 9am

- Mens Novice (below 180): 9:45am

- Mens Novice (above 180): 10:30pm

- Mens Beginners (below 180): 11am

- Mens Beginners (above180): 12pm

- Womens Beginner and Advanced: 1pm

- Mens Intermediate: 1:30pm

- Masters & Executives Advanced: 2pm

- Masters & Executives Beginner: 3pm

- Mens Advanced Adult: 3:30pm




RATED Season Point Accumulation

5 Star Rated Event

All competitors that place in the top four places will be awarded Rating points for the season tally.


Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Redondo Beach Marina overlooks Seaside Lagoon, the Pier, the Marina, the

Boardwalk, is attached to a Gold’s Gym and includes a complimentary membership for the duration of your

stay. There is also a large pool on the roof overlooking everything the entire ocean. There is an abundance of

shopping, dining, sport fishing, and more right across the street from your front steps.


Ocean view rooms $109 a night for 4 persons. 4 people per room = $27 a night.

(310) 318-8888 (Group code= GTA)

300 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Travelers Hostel on the Hermosa Beach Pier Promenade for $14 a night. Call now to reserve you spot.

Located above Hermosa Beach’s prime nightlife! (310) 798-2323.


Free Boarding will be offered by the South Bay Jiu-Jitsu Academy. They will be opening their academy and

shower to athletes that cant afford the hotel or hostel. The academy is on the same street the tournament

location and airport are on. Its located at 325 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 – Located a ˝

mile up the street from the tournament location. Bring a sleeping bag!


Here are two links for more information on the area:

Map of the vicinity.

Air Travel

- Oakland, San Francisco or Sacramento $98 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Las Vegas $78 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Phoenix $78 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Reno $148 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Salt Lake City $138 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Philadelphia $158 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Portland, Seattle or Tacoma $179 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- St Louis $198 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Albuquerque $230 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Boise $230 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Baltimore $200 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Chicago Midway, IL $220 roundtrip to Los Angeles

- Columbus, OH $178 roundtrip to Los Angeles

Ground Transportation

- From LAX Airport: Yellow Cab $17 to Hostel or Academy, $18 to event location or group hotel. All the above

  locations are within comfortable walking distance.

- Super Shuttle from LAX to Crowne Plaza Hotel is $13 each way. Be sure to mention Crowne Plaza

  Redondo Beach for discount.

Coaches will be required to check-in online via email and provide a list of registered students to receive

credentials. Email for credentials.

Rules • Updated for 2005 Season • A rules video will be played all day at the registration table.

No-Gi Skill Levels:

- Novice: Less than 9 months

- Beginner: Nine months to 18 months

- Intermediate: 18 months to 36 months

- Advanced: More than 36 months (3 years)

- Children/Teens: Beginner = Less than 12 months • Advanced = 12 months or greater

- Women: Beginner - Less than 12 months • Advanced - 12 months or greater

- Executive: 35-45 years – Beginner = Less than 12 months • Advanced = 12 months or greater

- Masters: Over 45 years - Beginner = Less than 12 months • Advanced = 12 months or greater

Length of Matches:

- Novice: 4 minutes

- Beginner: 4 minutes

- Intermediate: 5 minutes

- Advanced: 6 minutes

- Children: 3 minutes

- Teens: 4 minutes

- Women: Beginner = 5 minutes • Advanced = 6 minutes

- Executive/Masters: Beginner = 5 minutes • Advanced = 6 minutes

Men's No-Gi Weight Classes:

- Flyweight: 139.9 lbs. and below

- Featherweight: 140-149.9 lbs.

- Lightweight: 150-159.9 lbs.

- Welterweight: 160-169.9 lbs.

- Middleweight: 170-179.9 lbs.

- Cruiserweight: 180-189.9 lbs.

- Light-Heavyweight: 190-199.9 lbs.

- Heavyweight: 200-209.9 lbs.

- Super heavyweight: 210 lbs. and over

Children’s No-Gi Weight Classes: Rough guideline. Youth will be matched as closely as possible.

- Bantamweight: 50 lbs. and below

- Flyweight: 50-59.9 lbs.

- Featherweight: 60-69.9 lbs.

- Lightweight: 70-79.9 lbs.

- Welterweight: 80-94.9 lbs.

- Middleweight: 94-109.9 lbs.

- Cruiserweight: 110-124.9 lbs.

- Heavyweight: 124 lbs. and over

Teen No-Gi Weight Classes:

- Lightweight: 114.9 lbs. and below

- Welterweight: 115-129.9 lbs.

- Middleweight: 130-149.9 lbs.

- Cruiserweight: 150-169.9 lbs.

- Heavyweight: 170 lbs. and over


Women's No-Gi Weight Classes:

- Class A: 119.9 lbs and below

- Class B: 120-134.9 lbs.

- Class C: 135-149.9 lbs.

- Class D: 150 lbs. and over

- Women's Absolute: Open Weight, Open Skill


Executive & Masters No-Gi Weight Classes:

- Lightweight: 159.9 lbs and below

- Middleweight: 160-179.9 lbs.

- Cruiserweight: 180-199.9 lbs.

- Heavyweight: 200 lbs. and over


Point System:

- Takedown landing in Half or Full Guard: 2 points

- Takedown landing in Side Control or Mount: 3 points

- Sweep or Reversal w/ legs: 2 points

- Passing Opponent's Guard: 3 points

- Mounted Position: 4 points

- Back Control w/ Hooks: 4 points

(All positions must be held for minimum 3 seconds)

1. Hygiene: At weigh-ins all competitors will be checked for communicable diseases, not limited to but

including ring-worm, staph, herpes and impetigo

2. Tie Breakers: There will be a 1 minute overtime in the event of a draw. At the end of the 1 minute overtime

if there were no points scored, it will immediately turn to sudden death overtime in which the first point

scored gets the victory. The stalling rule will be enforced with ZERO tolerance in overtime. The referee will

give 2 warnings and you will be deducted -1 point and given the loss. If you want the victory, your going to

have to fight for it.


3. No Stalling: The referee will issue warning for the 1st offense of stalling (i.e. backing out of the guard

without engaging, butt scooting, fleeing the ring to avoid takedown/submission attempts). The 2nd offense

will result in a 2 point deduction. A 3rd offense will result in a 3 point deduction. A 4th offense will result in a



4. Leg Locks: Heel Hooks, Twisting Leg Locks, and Neck Cranks are ILLEGAL in all Youth, Novice,

Beginner, Intermediate, Executive and Masters divisions.


5. Illegal Techniques: No strikes, biting, eye gouging (includes chin to eye), head butting, small join

manipulation (finger and toe locks), hair pulling, or ear pulling.


6. Slamming: ZERO tolerance on slamming. This is to avoid slamming to escape the guard and various

submissions from the guard. A competitor will be immediately disqualified. NOTE: Takedowns are not

considered slamming, unless intent to injure is determined by the referee.


7. Code of Conduct: We will be enforcing a zero tolerance rule on disrespecting, threatening with physical

violence, or verbally abusing referees or staff at any time before, during or after the event. If any spectator,

coach or competitor threatens or abuses the referee in any shape or form, they will be escorted out of the



8. Attire: Wrestling shoes, boardshorts, fight shorts, singlets, gi pants, rashguards, t-shirts, tank tops, knee

pads (not braces), headgear, cups and mouth pieces will all be permitted.


9. Youth Divisions: Youth 4-14 years old will be matched within a year or two of their age and no more than


10 pounds. Never will we make mismatched brackets in a GTA sanctioned event. If a youth has no match at

their weight, they will be awarded a medal in their respective division and given the opportunity to match up

against the closest opponent.


Driving directions

From Northern California, Oregon, Washington: Take I-99 or I-5 south to the I-405 south. Take 405 south to

Howard Hughes Parkway. Exit Howard Hughes, turn right then turn left on Sepulveda Blvd. Follow Sepulveda

(Sepulveda becomes P.C.H.) south to Diamond street. Make a left on Diamond and gymnasium is on right

side at top of hill.


From Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Eastern California: Take either I-15, I-40, I-60 or I-10 to I-91 beach

cities. Follow I-91 west to the end. I-91 will turn into Artesia Blvd. Continue west on Artesia until you hit

Pacific Coast Highway. Make a left onto P.C.H. and follow south until you reach Diamond St. Make a left on

Diamond and gym is on the right side at the top of the hill.


From San Diego and Orange County: Take I-405 North until you reach Artesia Blvd. Make a right onto

Artesia and continue west until you reach Pacific Coast Highway. Make a left onto P.C.H. and follow south

until you reach Diamond St., make a left on Diamond and the gym is on the right side at the top of the hill.




Adults will receive 1st – 3rd place heavy high quality medals. Youth and teens will receive the same although

ALL YOUTH will receive participation awards. (Sample awards are below)

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