Last day to register: ten reasons to compete at the US Open XVIII

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Here are the ten main reasons you have to compete at the US Open XVIII, next October 19-20, in Santa Cruz, California.

1 – Tradition

The US Open XVIII is one of the most traditional Jiu-Jitsu events in the USA. The first edition took place in 1996 and things only improved since them. Those who will compete in 2013 will benefit from 18 years of experience in organizing events.

2 – Kids

The US Open has always been for adults only, but not anymore. For the first time ever, kids will have a spot in the gentle art celebration. With that, competing can become a family thing this year.

3 – Santa Cruz

The US Open was born in Santa Cruz and after spending some time in the neighboring San Jose is back to its birthplace. Charming and filled with attractions, Santa Cruz is a perfect destination for a early autumn trip that includes some Jiu-Jitsu. Oh, and this year you will get a discount on Boardwalk Rides All-Day tickets. Know more here.

4 – Live Webcast

Even if some of your friends can’t make it to the venue, they can still see you display all your technique on the mats. The US Open will be broadcasted over the internet during the entire weekend. GRACIEMAG will have a link for you to watch it.

5 – 1200 athletes

It’s going to be a full house indeed at the Kaiser Permanente Arena. The US Open XVIII is expected to gather over 1,200 athletes, a guarantee of great matches and thrills.

6 – Referees

When you compete at the US Open XVII, you will be under IBJJF rules and your matches will be under the refereeing of top level officials used to work at the most prestigious events, including the World Championship.

7 – Compete or refund

One athlete brackets are the nightmare of competitors. It’s frustrating to make the trip and don’t have an opponent. The US Open has thought about it and will do everything possible to guarantee you a match or it will give your registration money back. Read more here.

8 – Black belts

The US Open XVIII will have no shortage of black belts and that is a guarantee of high level matches. Nathan Mendelsohn, Tanner Rice and Rhalan Gracie are some of the names that will be in Santa Cruz this year.

9 – Charity

When you compete in the US Open XVIII you not only will be having an amazing experience in your life, but also helping the lives’ of others. The US Open XVIII is partner of two different charities. Know more here.


As usual, GRACIEMAG is a partner of the US Open XVII. We will be there to cover the event and we will also set up our booth so you have the opportunity to enhance your Jiu-Jitsu learning process. But before that, you can already take the opportunity of a special offer on our online store. Subscribe to GRACIEMAG for 6 months and get a t-shirt and 4 free tickets to watch the US Open XVII. Know more here.

After all that, hurry and register now! The final deadline is October 14, 11:59PM (PDT).

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