$75,000 in Prizes at Grapplers Quest Canadian Nationals - May 25-26 in Ontario

May 7, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - On May 25-26, 2013, Grapplers Quest returns to Brampton, Ontario, Canada with the 2013 Grapplers Quest Canadian National Championships and FILA World Team Qualifier for Grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Pankration, and Amateur Mixed Martial Arts. With competitors traveling from all over North America, including more than 100 American competitors, May 25-26 will be the biggest Combat Sports Weekend of the year in Canada, guaranteed.

Voted North America's Favorite Grappling and Jiu Jitsu event by GrapplingOntario.com, Grapplers Quest returns to Canada for the third consecutive successful year, partnered with Ontario Grappling Alliance and Peckerd Promotions features 250 divisions on 12 regulation mats, and the introduction of FILA Canadian World Team Trials Weekend. World Class awards, Trips to UFC Fan Expo Weekend and prizes for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No Gi Grappling, Pankration, and AMMA including divisions for Youth, Men's, Women's, Executive, and Master's divisions.

Fighters can register online to save, and get a Free T-Shirt (First 300 total), Duffle bag from NeoJits, and tons of door prizes - Savings end Friday, May 24th at 12:00 PM, Register now at: http://www.grapplingontario.com/Register/GQ2013CA/Index.asp

Spectators can purchase advance tickets and save $5 off at the door pricing, go to: http://www.grapplingontario.com/register/gq2013ca/tickets.asp

Grapplers Quest CEO, Brian Cimins commented, "With $75,000 in Cash and Prizes, a Mega-Superfight of Pellegrino vs. Britto, a tremendous 4-Man Tournament and the FILA World Team Trials, the 2013 Grapplers Quest Canadian National Championships Weekend will be huge." Get more information at: http://GrapplersQuest.com

SUPERFIGHT: PELLEGINO VS. BRITTO:

The Main event Superfight will pit UFC and Bellator Veteran, Kurt Pellegrino vs. Jorge Britto (Head Instructor of Toronto BJJ) in a 10-Minute Submission Only No-Gi Grappling Match which will take place on Saturday, May 25 at 1:30 PM. On Sunday, the MMA and Wrestling standout, Kurt Pellegrino will be offering a MMA, Grappling and Jiu Jitsu Seminar from 12:00-2:00 PM for $100, limited to 40 Competitors. Register online at: http://GrapplingOntario.com

On Saturday, May 25, the first round of a 4-Man Professional Light-Heavyweight Tournament featuring Sam Osman (Scott Schilling Black Belt), Justin Haskens (Kurt Pellegrino Black Belt) plus Two Canadian under 195 lbs. champions with finals on Sunday, May 26. Send Resumes with Highlight Videos to: Director@Grapplers.com

Kurt Pellegrino has dedicated over 12 years to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). A wrestler by nature, Kurt was a two-time NJ state wrestling finalist for Pt Pleasant Boro high school. He made the transition to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) in 1999 where he began training with Team Renzo Gracie and Ricardo Almeida. Kurt made a move to the American Top Team in 2005 to follow his dreams of competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which he did successfully for many years through retirement and now Kurt trains with his BJJ coach and 4-time world champion, Marcelo Garcia on a consistent basis in NYC.

Kurt has impressive grappling wins over many talented athletes, including Mike Fowler, Mark Bocek, Marcus Aurelio, Edson Diniz, Daniel Moraes, Rick Macauley, Bill Cooper, Scott Schilling, Tyrone Glover, Daniel Moraes, and Marcos Avellan. He is the undefeated reigning Grapplers Quest Welterweight superfight champion.

Jorge Britto, originally from Rio De Janeiro Brazil, is a professional mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, practitioner and instructor. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, and is currently the head Jiu-Jitsu instructor at Toronto BJJ. He is one of the most highly decorated BJJ competitors in Canada and MMA pro fighter with record of 12-9 including victory over Rafael Dos Anjos. Britto has been studying BJJ since age 14 and is a 5 Time Rio De Janeiro State Champion, Brazilian National Championship Medalist and Masters World No Gi Champion IBJJF.

All Coaches get FREE PASS & MEALS by Boston Pizza. Sign-up the "Coaches Corner" Box at: http://GrapplingOntario.com - Limited to two (2) Coaches per Club and coaches will be verified prior to the event.

$75,000 in Prizes

1. $25,000 IN GRAND PRIZES including: Eight (8) Trip Packages to Sunny Las Vegas for UFC - Grapplers Quest Championships on July 5th & 6th, 2013. For WINNERS of the following categories:

A. Men's Advanced NOGI Absolute Champions

B. Men's Intermediate NOGI Absolute Champions

C. Men's BJJ Purple Belt Absolute Champions

D. Men's BJJ Brown Belt Absolute Champions

E. Men's BJJ Black Belt Absolute Champions

F. Men's Wrestling Advanced Champions

G. Women's Advanced NOGI Absolute Champions

H. Women's BJJ Purple/Brown/Black Absolute Champions

2. $37,500 in Entry Fees to Grapplers Quest at UFC Fan Expo Championships in Las Vegas:

All Gold Medalists get complementary entry into UFC - Grapplers Quest Championships In Las Vegas, Nevada (July 5-6, 2012) - up to a $150 value Details @ www.grapplersquest.com

3. Multiple product Giveaways from Sponsors at the event for ONLINE PRE-REGISTERED COMPETITORS ONLY. Pre - Registry deadline is May 23rd, 2013 at 11:59 PM Draws for all Pre-Registration prizes will take place on May 24th

4. Sponsors will be giving away T-shirts, Kimono's, Gear, Swag, Posters, Stickers, Equipment, Magazines and more...just gotta be there to compete!!

5. Large Grapplers Quest Crystal Trophies for the following divisions:

A. Men's Advanced NOGI Division Champions

B. Men's Advanced BJJ Division Champions

C. Women's Advanced NOGI Division Champions

D. Women's BJJ Purple-Black Belt Division Champions

6. Grapplers Quest Championship Belts

7. Large Gold, Silver, & Bronze Medals

8. Tournament Pricing $70 Pre Registry (Discount Ends May 23rd, 2013 11:59 PM) $90 afterwards. Additional divisions: $20 per division

9. All Kids from JCC South Eastern Regional Competitors (April 27th - Oshawa) Receive $20 Discount at Grapplers Quest Canadian National Championships on May 25th, 2013.

10. All Women & Black Belt Competitors receive $20 Rebate with Unlimited Division Entries at Grapplers Quest Canadian National Championships on May 25th, 2013. Please help us choke out hunger and bring a non-perishable food item in exchange for the food drive.

11. First 200 PAID pre-registred competitors get free T-Shirt ($6,000 value)

Fighters - Pre-Register and Save $20+ and Get a Free T-Shirt, go to: http://www.grapplingontario.com/Register/GQ2013CA/Index.asp

Purchase Discount Tickets and save $5, go to: http://www.grapplingontario.com/register/gq2013ca/tickets.asp

We are also hosting the Canadian Team Qualifier for the World Championship on Sunday, May 26 and be crowning #1 in each weight class. Athletes who win first place in the following disciplines and weight categories will represent Team Canada at the 2013 FILA World Championships being hosted in Ontario JUNE 12-15, 2013

PANKRATION (20 yrs old +)

The competition will take place in the official weight categories and no weight allowance will be accepted:

Men 62, 66, 71, 77, 84, 92, 100, +100kg and Women 53, 58, 64, 71, +71kg. (136.4, 145.2, 156.2, 169.4, 184.8, 202.4, 220, +220lbs and Women 116.6, 127.6, 140.8, 156.2, +156.2 lbs)

GRAPPLING GI/NO-GI (20 yrs old +)

The competition will take place in the official weight categories and no weight allowance will be accepted:

Men 62, 66, 71, 77, 84, 92, 100, +100kg and Women 53, 58, 64, 71, +71kg. (136.4, 145.2, 156.2, 169.4, 184.8, 202.4, 220, +220lbs and Women 116.6, 127.6, 140.8, 156.2, +156.2 lbs)

AMATEUR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (20 yrs old +) The competition will take place in the official weight categories and no weight allowance will be accepted:

Men 62, 66, 71, 77, 84, 92, 100, +100kg and Women 53, 58, 64, 71, +71kg. (136.4, 145.2, 156.2, 169.4, 184.8, 202.4, 220, +220lbs and Women 116.6, 127.6, 140.8, 156.2, +156.2 lbs) - for more information on Amateur Team Canada Trials visit: http://Peckerd.com

Grapplers Quest Canada promoter, Alex Gasson commented, "On Sunday, May 26 we are looking to find representatives for Team Canada in the styles of Gi and No-Gi Grappling, Pankration and Amateur Mixed Martial Arts. This is the first opportunity for Canadian athletes to represent in these styles at the world level. Do not miss the opportunity to go for glory and prestige, this is your chance."

All event hosted by The Ontario Grappling Alliance and Pecker'd Promotions and Sponsored by Grapplers Quest.

About Grapplers Quest: Grapplers Quest was voted the #1 Grappling Tournament organization in North America with 300,000+ competitors worldwide since 1999, owned by The Grapplers Company. Upcoming Events include May 25-26 in Canada, UFC Fan Expo on July 5-6 in Las Vegas, USA Nationals on July 20 in New Jersey and August 10-11 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more information on upcoming events, go to: http://GrapplersQuest.com. For event sponsor and exhibitor opportunities, visit: http://SponsorGrappling.com or call 1-888-GRAPPLE

About Ontario Grappling Alliance (OGA) Ontario Grappling Alliance is dedicated to developing grappling and combat sport in Ontario. Its goal is to facilitate the growth of combat sport through raising participation and caliber of competition in Ontario. It also certifies trained officials and coaches under the OGA guidelines. OGA offers insurance coverage for members and member clubs. It strives to enhance club convened events by providing help in any way; including promotion, registration and hosting. For more information about the OGA, please visit its website at WWW.GRAPPLINGONTARIO.COM

About Pecker'd Promotions Founded in June 2009, Pecker'd Promotions is the leader in combat sport promotions in Ontario. Its service to Ontario's combat sport community is known for setting a precedent in combat sport promotions in Ontario. The company's mission is bringing safe and reputable combat sport competition to the public. Pecker'd Promotions currently serves the Ontario community. For more information about Pecker'd Promotions and this event please visit it's website at WWW.PECKERD.COM or Tel: 519-871-6553

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