There Can Only Be One: Denny”300″ Prokopos

March 18th, 2010 In Interviews | 1 Comment

Denny “300″ Prokopos will be a part of Jiu Jitsu history for a long time. He is the first person awarded a Black belt by Eddie Bravo. When Eddie first started teaching the Rubber Guard people were writing it off. They said it was not very effective or practical. Nevertheless Eddie Bravo won over a lot of students across the planet. Many are highly skilled. Many medal in various tournaments. Yet one proud Greek student, Denny “300″ Prokopos soaked up the game at an insane pace. He moved ahead with a work ethic thats hard to match. At the end of the day, Eddie Bravo could only award ONE man the first Black Belt in his system. This is his story.

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US Open Information

August 7th, 2009 In News | 11 Comments

Many of the guys and girls at 10th Planet, including myself are going to be competing at the US Open August 29th and 30th at the convention Center in downtown. I’ve been getting a ton of question in regards the the rules, price, date, location etc. Well folks, here it is.

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Fees:
*(Must Pre-Register on or before August 25th at Register Now or by mail for these prices)
*U.S. Open of Submission Grappling – Saturday Augsut 29th – Men, Women & Juniors – $60
**BOTH events for ONLY $80**
*1 day Spectator ticket: $10 (must purchase online or $20 a day) 2 day spectator ticket: $15

Pre-Registration Enrollment (3 options):
1) Mail a signed Registration Form along with a money order or check made payable to:
GTA Tournaments – Mail to: World Grappling Games – 15833 Chemical Lane Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Note: domestic mailed registration must be postmarked no later than Friday August 21st).

2) Register online: www.GrapplingTournaments.com

(Note: Online Registration must be completed by Wednesday, August 26th) or at OTM Fight Shop (Pre-Registration must be completed by Wednesday, August 26th).

3) Night before or day of Registration: $20 late fee will apply.
Show up to either weigh-in time to register.

Weigh-Ins (2 options):
Either OTM Fight Shop or Tournament Location. Note: There will be no weight allowance. If an athlete is within 3 pounds of their weigh class they will have until an hour and a half before their scheduled division to make weight.

Option 1: Day before Weigh-ins will be Friday, August 28, 2009 between 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at OTM Fight Shop:
17424 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 92647 – (714) 847-6786

REDONDO BEACH – 2414 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278 – (310) 376-3586

RIVERSIDE -2410 Wardlow Rd. Corona, CA 92880 – (951) 340-3311

SACRAMENTO – 3223 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816 – (916) 457-4686

SAN JOSE – 1020 The Alameda, San Jose, CA – (408) 280-0200

SAN FRANCISCO – 2800 Leavenworth St. Bld. B Ste. 123, San Francisco, CA 94101 – (415) 447-4132

LAS VEGAS – 3775 Spring Mountain Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89102 – (702) 383-0002

SAN DIEGO – 1020 Grand Ave. Pacific Beach, CA 92109 – (858) 270-5425

Option 2: Day of Weigh-ins you can also weigh-in the day you compete 1 hour 30 minutes before your scheduled cut off time at the tournament location. Complete information is available at www.GrapplingTournaments.com

U.S. Open of Submission Grappling – Divisions run on Saturday
Kids all divisions (5-12): 10am
Juniors all divisions (15-17): 11am
Advanced Executive (30-39) & Master’s (40+) Divisions: 10am
Advanced Men’s Divisions: 11am
Novice Men’s Divisions: 11:30am
Beginner Executive (30-39) & Master’s (40+) Divisions: 1:00pm
Beginner Men’s Divisions: 2:30pm
Women’s Divisions: 3:00pm
Men’s Intermediate: 4:00pm
Note: Open Divisions are held at the conclusion of all weight classes in that division. The Novice and Beginner open division is combined.

Coaches:
Coaches will be required to check-in online or by phone and provide a list of registered students to receive credentials. STRICTLY ENFORCED!

E-mail director@grapplingtournaments.com or call (310) 367-5678 for credentials or further info.

Schedule :

Weigh-ins will close and you will be disqualified if you are not present by the below listed times.

Note: This is the earliest a division will be called. It does not necessarily reflect the actual fight time.

U.S. Open of Submission Grappling – Divisions & Rules • Saturday, August 29th (Must be weighed in and ready to compete by listed weigh-in times.)

Kids all divisions (5-12): 10am
Juniors all divisions (15-17): 11am
Advanced Executive (30-39) & Master’s (40+) Divisions: 10am
Advanced Men’s Divisions: 11am
Novice Men’s Divisions: 11:30am
Beginner Executive (30-39) & Master’s (40+) Divisions: 1:00pm
Beginner Men’s Divisions: 2:30pm
Women’s Divisions: 3:00pm
Men’s Intermediate: 4:00pm
Note: Open Divisions are held at the conclusion of all weight classes in that division. The Novice and Beginner open division is combined.

U.S. Open of Submission Grappling Divisions & Rules • Saturday August 29th

Skill Levels: Novice: Less than 9 months
Beginner: Nine months to 2 years
Intermediate: 2 years to 4 years
Advanced: More than 4 years
Juniors: Beginner = Less than 18 months • Advanced = 18 months or greater
Women: Beginner – Less than 18 months • Advanced – 18 months or greater
Executive: 30-39 years – Beginner = Less than 18 months • Advanced = 18 months or greater
Masters: Over 40 years – Beginner = Less than 18 months • Advanced = 18 months or greater

Length of No-Gi Matches: Novice: 4 minutes
Beginner: 4 minutes
Intermediate: 5 minutes
Advanced: 6 minutes
Teens: 4 minutes
Women: Beginner = 4 minutes • Advanced = 6 minutes
Executive/Masters: Beginner = 4 minutes • Advanced = 5 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.
Superweight: 210 lbs. and over

Juniors 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

No-Gi Point System: Takedown landing in Half or Full Guard: 2 points
Takedown to 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)

No-Gi Illegal Techniques: Beginner, Novice, Executive & Masters Divisions: No Leg Locks EXCEPT Straight Ankle Lock. No Neck or Cervical Cranks, Wrist Locks, Slamming or Slicers.
Intermediate: No Twisting Leg locks EXCEPT Inside Toe Hold, No Neck or Cervical Cranks, Wrist Locks, Slamming or Slicers.
Advanced: No Slamming

Detailed Rules: The object of the competition is to control and submit your opponent.

Ways to win: 1) Causing your opponent to physically or verbally Tapout or quit by using a technique within the guidelines of the rules in each set division. (All competitors must be aware of dangerous techniques and know how to Tapout.)
2) Highest score at end of regulation time period or overtime.
3) Referee Stoppage

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 one minute overtime in the event of a draw. At the end of the 1 minute overtime if the were no points scored it will immediately turn to sudden death 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 do not go after the victory.

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 DQ.

4. Leg Locks: Leg Locks are ILLEGAL in all kids, masters, executive, and novice divisions. Straight ankle locks are legal for Beginner. Straight ankle, inside figure four toe holds, straight knee bars and calf slicers are legal for Intermediate. , All leg locks are legal in the Advanced Men’s division. Note: Reaping (crossing you leg across your opponents body while attacking a foot) is illegal in all divisions except Intermediate and advanced adult.

5. Illegal Techniques in all divisions: No strikes, biting, eye gouging (includes chin to eye), head butting, small join manipulation (finger and toe locks), hair pulling, or ear pulling, neck cranks.

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. Neck Cranks and Twister: Neck cranks and Twister (wrestling guillotine) are only legal in the advanced division. Intermediate division may use the Twister setup to execute the banana split or calf slicer.

8. Takedowns and control: Any position must be held for a MINUMUM of 3 full seconds before points will be awarded. If you take your opponent down and Mount him you would receive 3 points for the take down AFTER 3 seconds AND then 3 more seconds for the 4 point mount. Therefore you must maintain the position for 3 seconds per set of points. Guard pass points are established when the opponent’s shoulders are flat on the ground and your legs are completely clear of their legs. If you go from standing to a guys back with BOTH his knees on the ground for 3 full seconds you receive 2 points for reversal.

9. Sweeps/Reversals: Reversal of position points are given when one opponent reverses from the bottom to the top position and maintained for a full three seconds. The reversal has to be used from your guard or in the immediate transition of someone passing your guard. For example if your passing my guard and I IMMEDIATELY put you on your back I receive reversal points. Note: Rolling someone over when you are mounted or in side control is an escape not a reversal.

10. No-Gi Attire:, boardshorts, fight shorts, singlets, or Gi pants are required. Rashguards, t-shirts, tank tops, Wrestling shoes, knee pads (non-medal braces), headgear, cups and mouth pieces are optional.

*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 building. www.MySpace.com/WorldGrapplingGames