The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is an organization started in 1995 that holds Submission Grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments throughout North America and Europe. NAGA is the largest submission grappling association in the world with over 175,000 participants world-wide, including some of the top submission grapplers and MMA fighters in the world. NAGA grappling tournaments consist of gi and no-gi divisions. No-Gi competitors compete under rules drafted by NAGA. Gi competitors compete under standardized Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu rules. NAGA also promotes MMA events which they term Reality Fighting.
Beginner (6 months to 2 years total grappling experience)
Intermediate (2 years to 5 years total grappling experience. BJJ blue belts are Intermediate)
Expert (5 years + total grappling experience. BJJ purple, brown, black belts are Expert)
Notable Champions - Joe Fiorentino 2008 #1 Ranked Director Expert Division Champion in the Nation / 2009 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame / President`s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama / over 100 fights in MMA, Pankration and Grappling.
Novice (6 months & under total grappling experience. Children are not allowed to do submissions)
Beginner (6 months to 1 year total grappling experience)
Intermediate (1 year to 2 years total grappling experience)
Expert (2 years + total grappling experience)
Total grappling experience includes but is not limited to; wrestling experience, BJJ experience, judo experience, sambo experience, JKD experience, etc. Any training that consists of grappling is counted towards your total experience.