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2011 Chicago Jiu Jitsu Tournaments

Updated on October 24, 2011

Chicago Jiu Jitsu Tournament Center


Every year there are several organizations that consistently hold jiu jitsu and grappling tournaments in Chicago, IL. Each organization has their own calendar of events which can make organizing a competition schedule very time consuming. This is an up-to-date, all in one, calendar of jiu jitsu tournaments in the Chicago area.

I update this frequently so I recommend you bookmark this page if you are a Chicagoland competitor. Here you will find upcoming tournaments, information, reviews, and other tournament resources.

If you are thinking of competing check out my UPDATED lens:

Preparing for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament

Chicago Winter Open IBJJF Championship

February 26, 2011

This is the debut of the Chicago Winter Open IBJJF Championship! The IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) is still a new presence to the Chicagoland area, but this organization brings much needed professionalism to the Midwest tournament scene.

Congratulations to GRACIE BARRA for taking 1st place for overall team.

For Chicago Winter Open results, Click Here

US Grappling Chicago

April 9th 2011

US Grappling returns to Chicago again in 2011!

For US Grappling Results, Click Here

NAGA Chicago

April 30th - May 1st 2011

NAGA returns in 2011 with 3 tournaments in Chicago; the first is NAGA Chicago.

NAGA Chicago has become a 2-day event after last year's disastrous event which was completely unprepared for the mass of competitors that were in attendance. The tournament was unorganized and behind schedule. I arrived at 10am and did not fight until 7pm that night! NAGA assures its competitors that they have reorganized and staffed up to handle the Chicago crowd.

For NAGA Chicago results, Click Here

Chicago Open International IBJJF Championship

August 2011

The IBJJF brought this tournament to Chicago for the first time in 2010, and now they are bringing it back for 2011. I competed in the Chicago International Open in 2010 and am planning on competing again in 2011. The IBJJF is a smooth, professional tournament with very professional officials.

For IBJJF results, Click Here

“If you attend only one or two tournaments a year I would highly recommend that you attend an IBJJF tournament. I have never experienced the same professionalism, knowledge, and superior officiating at any other tournament.”

NAGA Midwest Championship

August 27-28th 2011

NAGA Midwest will be a 2-day event like NAGA Chicago. NAGA assures its competitors that they have reorganized and staffed up to handle the Chicago crowd.

For NAGA Midwest results, Click Here

US Grappling Chicago

October 15th 2011

US Grappling returns to Chicago again in 2011! If you are not able to compete in April at the US Grappling Chicago tournament you will have a second chance to add this tournament to your 2011 resume. US Grappling returns to Chicago in October for a second tournament.

For tournament results, Click Here

NAGA Illinois

November 5-6th 2011

NAGA Illinois will be a 2-day event like NAGA Chicago and NAGA Midwest. NAGA assures its competitors that they have reorganized and staffed up to handle the Chicago crowd.

DATES HAVE CHANGED to November 5-6th

More information to come as tournament approaches.

To learn more about NAGA Click Here

Training for Competition - Get a leg-up on the competition with these books/dvds

Encyclopedia of Leg Locks (Encyclopedia of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)
Encyclopedia of Leg Locks (Encyclopedia of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)

Once I became a blue belt I was overwhelmed by leg locks. If you are competing for the first time as a blue belt, make sure you understand how to defend against these.


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      7 years ago

      I took you up on the offer and featured your lens on my lens, 2011 California Jiu Jitsu Tournaments. Your lens is very high quality. Keep up the good work!

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Great News - Thank you for the update C3!

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      7 years ago

      C3 will have 4 tournaments in 2011. March 5th and July 16th are confirmed. These two dates will be Gi Only. Two other tournaments (No-Gi only) will be held in May and October, these dates are in process of being confirmed with the location. More information will be available on the website by next weekend.


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