US Open draws Tanquinho and first-rate cast to California

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Independence High School, stage for US Open 17 / Photo by Daniel Carettoni/publicity

The traditional US Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship will see its 17th installment, this coming October 6-7 in San Jose, California.

The event, which thrust into the gentle-art limelight the likes of BJ Penn, Kron Gracie, Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, Jeff Glover and Rafael Lovato, continues to attract aces of the highest caliber, as well as up-and-comers from California to Alaska. If you haven’t signed up yet, you have until October 3 to do so.

So far for this year such first-rate fighters as Augusto Tanquinho, Carlos Mello, Augusto Queixinho, Nathan Mendelsohn and Tamer Rice have all joined the fray to light up the mats at Independence High School.

Promoter of the event Claudio França has also set up a pre-tourney refereeing clinic for the 5th. The official IBJJF rules will be taught by Alvaro Mansur, a fifth degree black belt and director of the refereeing for the sport’s governing body.

Check out a complete list of who is signed up so far, by clicking here.

For further information and to join the mix, check out the official website by clicking here.

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