How to Qualify for The Good Fight Submission Only
Pan-Am Championships


Qualifying for PAN-AMS is a 2-part Process:


1. Win 1st place at a qualifying tournament for Pans.
(which is any Good Fight tournament January through May)


2. Then pre-register online for Pan Ams.
(scroll down below for instruction on 'how to pre-register')


Please read the entire section below for detailed instructions.


The Good Fight offers the first and only Submission-Only Pan-Am Championships.


It takes place at the end of May. (check tournament schedule for details)


How to Qualify for Pan-Ams:

In order to qualify for the Gi division at Pan-Ams, and receive a free entry into the tournament, you must place 1st in your respective age category, belt level & weight-class as listed below.


In order to qualify for the NoGi division at Pan-Ams, and receive a free entry into the tournament, you must place 1st in your respective age category, belt level & weight-class as listed below.


In order to qualify for BOTH the Gi & NoGi divisions, and receive a free entry into both divisions, you must place 1st in your respective age category, belt level & weight-class as listed below.


Competitors have the opportunity to qualify for both the gi and nogi division IF they place first in each of these respective divisions at ANY qualifying tournament from Jan-May.


Men:

Adult (16-29 yrs): white - blue - purple - brown/black

125 lbs, 135 lbs, 145 lbs, 155 lbs, 170 lbs, 185 lbs, 205 lbs, 206+ lbs


Executive (30-39 yrs): white - blue - purple

135 lbs, 145 lbs, 155 lbs, 170 lbs, 185 lbs, 205 lbs, 206+ lbs


Master (40+ yrs): white - blue

145 lbs, 155 lbs, 170 lbs, 185 lbs, 205 lbs, 206+ lbs


Women:

Adult (16+ yrs): white - blue - purple - brown/black

125 lbs, 135 lbs, 145 lbs, 155 lbs, 170 lbs, 185 lbs, 205 lbs, 206+ lbs.


Winning by Default:


No competitor can qualify for worlds by default.


For example: You sign up for a Good Fight tournament. Noone else in your age category, belt level or weight class registers. This DOES not put you on the podium for Gold and qualify you for Pan-Ams by default. You didn't win anything. In order to qualify you MUST win something.


In the above example: this competitor would be combined into a younger age category or the next heaviest weight class. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis based upon the specific situation of the tournament.


Resolution: If a 36 yr old blue belt is combined into an adult (16-29 yr) age category and wins 1st place. The 36 yr. old would qualify for Worlds and be able to compete in the executive (30-39 yr) age category.


Reason being: he bet the odds and qualified in a younger age bracket. But because Pan-Ams will bring much more competitors it makes sense to put him in his proper age category because there will be a bracket for him.


For Women: this section will become necessary for you to understand, as it's customary to have to combine, weight-classes. Again, we'll determine this on a tournament-to-tournament basis.


Kids/Teens:


There will only be one skill level for kids & teens at Pan-Ams


Therefore only intermediate and advanced skill categories are able to qualify for Pan-Ams at regular Good Fight tournaments.


Those kids and teens that win 1st place in either the intermediate or advanced category will qualify and be placed into ONE skill level category at Pan-Ams


Please note: at Worlds there will be NO intermediate level and advanced level. It will be ONE level: advanced. Therefore intermediate will be combined with advanced at regular Good Fight tournaments IF it's needed to make a bracket.


Weight classes will be done the same way they are done at regular Good Fight tournaments.
All the kids will be placed into a bracket with other kids closest to their age and weight.

We will use a 2 yr. maximum different in age and a 10 lb maximum weight difference.


Age Change


Whatever age category you qualify in for Worlds is the age category you will compete in.


For example: if a 15 yr old qualifies for Pan-Ams in the teens division and then turns 16 yrs. old afterwards, he is still eligible to compete in Pan-Ams in the teens division.


Weigh-Ins:


There will be night before weigh-ins from 6-8 pm. (please see Pan-Am web link for details!)


Weigh-ins will also take place Saturday, the day of the tournament at the venue.


Registration:


Online pre-registration will be open to ANY and ALL competitors.  


IF you are a qualified competitor please SCROLL DOWN and read the instructions on HOW TO REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE registration.


On-Site registration will also be available on Friday, the night before Pan-Ams and Saturday, the day of the tournament. (please see Pan-Am web link for details!)


Byes & Seeding:


Competitors that have qualified for Worlds should expect to be given 'byes' in the bracket
IF it's necessary.


Qualifying competitors should also expect to be 'seeded' in the bracket to go against
non-qualifying competitors in the first round of the bracket, IF needed.




Attention: Qualified Competitors!
"Here is How To Pre-Register For Pan-Ams"


  1. Each qualifying competitor MUST pre-register online by 11:59 pm on May 18th!
  2. To do this: go to the PAN-AM tournament page and pre-register.
  3. When you pre-register, you will NOT pay online.
  4. You will fill out ALL competitor information EXCEPT your credit card info.
  5. Leave the credit card info area BLANK.
  6. Then you MUST click the: 'Submit Registration' button.
  7. Remember: leave credit card info BLANK before clicking: 'Submit Registration'
  8. AFTER you pre-register, send an EMAIL to: jimmy@goodfighttournament.com
    with the following info: Your first and last name and the tournament you qualified
    in to make it to PAN-AMS.

    Once this is verified, you're PAN-AM registration will be approved!