North America’s Largest Grappling Assn. Creates 60+ Division

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North American Grappling Association Breaks Age Barrier with Chairman Division for 60+ Competitors

""We don’t believe anyone else in the grappling or jiu-jitsu world has a 60+ division," says Joe Cuff, NAGA Vice President/Matchmaker.

Now, no one is too old to grapple. The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) announced today the creation of the Chairman division, which will allow 60+ year-olds to compete in NAGA tournaments. Grappling is a general term that applies to combative sports and self-defense such as wrestling, jiu-jitsu, judo and other similar disciplines.

NAGA is launching the new Chairman division at its World Championships in Morristown, N.J., April 20. Currently, the oldest division only allows 50 to 59 year olds to compete in tournaments.

“We wanted everyone to be able to participate in our tournaments,” says NAGA Vice President/Matchmaker Joe Cuff. “Just because someone turns 60 doesn’t mean the competitive spirit has left them. What better way to kick off this new division than at the NAGA World Championship?” “We don’t believe anyone else in the grappling or jiu-jitsu world has a 60+ division.”

Some of the world’s greatest fighters have competed in NAGA tournaments, including Matt Serra, star of The Ultimate Fighter and a former mixed martial arts world champion.

“We create an environment where kids, teens and adults and even seniors can participate in a competitive, safe and professional environment,” says Cuff. “We have amateur and professional fighters. Everyone deserves a chance to fight, no matter what skill level or age and we are very careful about matching participants by equal skill, rank or length of time.”

NAGA began in 1995. It holds submission grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments in North America and Europe. NAGA is the largest submission grappling association in the world with more than 175,000 participants annually. For more information, contact Cuff at 860-295-0403 or visit


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