The Good Fight: Virginia Open 2011

FRIDAY - Night Before Weigh-Ins & ON-SITE Registration 5 - 8 pm: CASH ONLY Night before weigh-ins and on-site registration will be held at each tournament venue. Weigh-ins will be open to all competitors regardless if they have pre-registered. DO NOT BE LATE; scales will close at 8 pm on all Friday night-before weigh-ins!

SATURDAY - Weigh-Ins & ON-SITE Registration CASH ONLY If you cannot make it on Friday for weigh-ins, you can weigh-in on Saturday starting at 8 am. Adults can always show up earlier than their recommended weigh-in time if they like; but they are not required to. Competitors DO NOT have to weigh-in with  their Gi on. You MUST be ON TIME! When planning drive time for your trip you MUST take into account traffic and the possibility of getting lost so you are not late. If you are late for weigh-ins you wil be disqualified. IMPORTANT: The following times are when scales close:

  • Scales close at 9 am for ALL Kids & Teen competitors.
  • Scales close at 12 noon for ALL Adult Gi competitors.
  • Scales close at 2 pm for ALL Adult No-Gi competitors.

3 Hotel Choices for Virginia Open

Williamsburg Outlet Mall Inn

Click Here for Flyer With Special Rate Discount!

6493 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188

Phone: 757-565-1111


Howard Johnson Inn Williamsburg

(1.2 miles from venue)

6483 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188

Phone: 757-220-5550


Super 8 Williamsburg

(1.2 miles from venue)

6488 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188

Phone: 757-565-0090


Residence Inn Williamsburg

(3 miles from venue & much nicer hotel)

1648 Richmond Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23185

Phone: 757-941-2000


Date: Saturday, April 16

Venue: Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex

Address: 5700 Warhill Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23188

On-Site Registration 
is CASH ONLY April 15 & 16

1 Division is $80

2 Divisions (both Gi & No-Gi) is $100

Virginia Open Tournament Schedule

8 - 9 am:        On-Site Reg. & Weigh-Ins for Kids/Teens.

10 am:        Start of Kids and Teens.

11 - 12 pm:         On-Site Reg. & Weigh-Ins for Adult Gi.

1 pm:                 Start of Adult Gi

1 - 2 pm:         On-Site Reg. & Weigh-Ins for Adult No-Gi.

3 pm:                 Start of Adult No-Gi

DIRECTIONS FROM RICHMONDTake I64 East toward Williamsburg/Hampton/Norfolk. Take VA646 exit, exit number 234 towards VA 199/Lightfoot. Merge right onto VA-199. Go Straight for approx. 3 mile to the Longhill Rd exit. Turn right off of the exit and go straight through the stop light (7-11 on rt.). Continue for 1 mile. After you pass Lafayette High School on your right, take the very next road on your right onto Warhill Trail (there will be a sign that says District Park Sports Complex). Go all the way to end of park (1 mile) and WISC will be on your right.

VIRGINIA BEACH Take I64 West towards Williamsburg. Take exit 242A Williamsburg/Busch Gardens/Jamestown. Merge onto 199W. After your fifth stop light, drive about 2 miles; then take the Longhill Rd. Exit. Take a left at the exit light on Longhill Rd. Go straight through the stop light (7-11 on rt.). Continue for 1 mile. After you pass Lafayette High School on your right, take the very next road on your right on Warhill Trail (there will be a sign that says District Park Sports Complex). Go all the way to end of park (1 mile) venue is on right.

At-the-Door Spectator Tickets

Spectator Tickets purchased the night before or the day of the event will be $15. When you go through the online Pre-Reg process you will have the opportunity to purchase spectator tickets at the $10 discounted rate. If you are not a competitor and would just like to purchase tickets you can do so on our website. If you scroll up on this webpage you will see the ordering link for tickets. Children under 48" get in to all of The Good Fight for free!

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-Purchased spectator tickets MUST BE purchased by Thursday (2 days before the tournament). Tickets are Will-Call only; and will NOT be mailed to will pick them up at the event. (There is a link above to pre-purchase your spectator tickets for only $10. All competitors have the option of weighing-in on Friday or Saturday. You can weigh-in on Friday; the night before the tournament from 5 -8 pm, or Saturday prior to the start of your division or within the cut-off times described below.

Weight Classes for Adult Men (18-29 yrs.) & Executive Men (30 yrs. & up)

The Good Fight is currrently using the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) weight classes for Adult & Executive divisions for all male competitors. The following are the weight-classes that you will select upon registration.

141 lbs - Light Feather

154 lbs - Feather

167.5 lbs - Light

181 lbs - Middle

194.5 lbs - Medium Heavy

207.5 lbs - Heavy

221 lbs - Super Heavy

221 + lbs - Ultra Heavy

Weight Classes & Bracketing for Kids, Teens and Female Competitors

The Good Fight is currently using what is called: The Madison System for all kids, teens and female competitors. This weight-class and block-bracketing system became a popular tournament format in the world of scholastic wrestling. Because it is a block-bracketing system there are no set-weight classes to sign up for. This allows the tournament director to pair grapplers into brackets based on their actual weight during weigh-ins; the day of the tournament.

This system of block-bracketing prevents competitors from cutting excessive weight since they don’t know the weight classes until after the brackets are posted the day of the tournament. Competitors benefits greatly because it allows them to be paired up with grapplers closest to their actual weight and skill level.

At weigh-ins, each grappler turns in his or her weigh-in card that they receive when they check in at the tournament. After they step on the scale their actual-weight is recorded and written on the top-right side of their weigh-in card.

After the scales close, brackets are built starting with the lightest competitors forming the first weight class and so forth. If there is too large a weight difference between the lightest and heaviest wrestlers in a particular bracket, the bracket is divided into smaller weight classes. The Good Figth will strive to utilize a "10-2" rule where everyone in a bracket is within 10 percent weight and (two years of age for kids and teens).

After the weight classes are determined, each bracket is adjusted by separating competitors from the same school. It is important that ALL competitors from the same school put down the exact same team name or this could cause a problem in the bracketing software when separating teammates. Once a bracket has been rearranged and checked, they are printed out and then posted on the wall. Competitors are then given a chance to look over the brackets. If they find any problems they can bring it to the attention of the tournament director for correction or explanation of why.

Aside from preventing grapplers from cutting weight, the Madison System has other advantages. By striving to put an equal number of competitors in a bracket, it allows almost everyone to have to grapple the same amount of matches to win first place. In many tournaments there is often a wide range in the number of bouts it takes to win 1st place. If there are four wrestlers in a bracket, one would need to win just two bouts. However, a bracket with 36 grapplers might require six or more victories. The Madison System eliminates this situation.