U.S. NATIONALS AND U.S. OPEN JU-JITSU TOURNAMENTS SET

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U.S. NATIONALS AND U.S. OPEN JU-JITSU TOURNAMENTS SET FOR 5THANNUAL UFC INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK

Las Vegas, Nevada – May 20, 2016 – The United States Ju-Jitsu Organization 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/

Tickets for UFC Fan Expo will be offered in various packages, with three-day passes beginning at $75 online. Two-day passes begin at $65, while one-day passes are $45. Fans can also purchase VIP elite packages for $300 or VIP ultimate packages for $3,000. *Events are subject to change.

To purchase tickets, please visit UFCTICKETS.

For additional information, please visit UFC.com and follow UFC Fight Week on Twitter @UFCFightWeek.

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