Early bird registrations
01 Dec - 08 Aug 12:00 am
Normal registration
08 Aug - 07 Sep 12:00 am
Late registrations
07 Sep - 08 Sep 10:00 pm
Event dates 07 Sep - 08 Sep

Chewjitsu Open Lansing 2024

Join Nick "Chewy" Albin at the Chewjitsu Open Tournament and Seminar!

Chewjitsu Open is not your average tournament! Get ready for MORE MATCHES at this SUB ONLY, Round Robin, Madison style bracketed tournament, grouping you with your nearest weight and experience/age level. You’ll have up to 4 matches per division and not have to worry about cutting or missing weight!

Come back the next day to learn from IBJJF Worlds & three-time Pan Am Champion Nick “Chewy” Albin at a three hour, No Gi seminar.  You don’t have to compete to participate in the seminar, but discount rates are available if you do!

The Chewjitsu Open offers Gi and No Gi divisions for all ages with medals and championship belt prizes, as well as optional Absolute divisions with cash prizes for adults. 16 and 17 year old participants have the option to compete in youth or adult divisions. Youth ages 8 and under are points only, no submissions, to provide a safe and competitive event for kids.

What is Madison bracketing? Click the Rules tab to learn more!

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Event Location

Lansing City Arena

904 Elmwood Rd

Lansing, MI 48917



Location: Lansing City Arena

Friday, September 6th: Early weigh-ins, 5 - 7 pm

Saturday, September 7th: Weigh-ins, 7 - 8:30 am for Youth, 7 - 9 am for Adults

Failing to weigh in will result in a forfeiture of matches. Refunds will not be issued to those missing weigh ins. 


Event Schedule

Chewjitsu Open - Saturday, September 7th  

Youth Rules Meeting & Match Start: 10 am

Adult Rules Meeting & Match Start: 1 pm

Match flow: Youth No Gi -> Youth Gi -> Adult No Gi -> Adult Gi -> Absolute No Gi (Adults Only)

All No Gi matches will complete before Gi matches begin.

All Youth matches will complete before Adult matches begin, unless Youth matches are continuing past 1 pm and mats are available for Adults.  

Adult Expert/Black Belt will be at the start of the Adult divisions so coaches can compete and be available to coach their students afterwards. 

Chewjitsu Seminar - Sunday, September 8th  

Click here for more info. 



We provide high quality awards for individuals and teams.

Medals: Top 3 finishers in all divisions win a high quality Chewjitsu Open medal.

Belts: Win your division and receive a CHAMPIONSHIP BELT! Must compete in at least two divisions to qualify (Gi, No Gi, Absolute). 

Cash: Absolute No Gi Division Champs also win $250!

Best Team: Top 3 overall teams will take home a Chewjitsu Open banner to display in their gyms. 

Fastest Sub/Most Points: Top 3 competitors with the fastest submission or the most individual points receive a special award!  


Work the Event

We are always looking for experienced referees, scorekeepers and event setup/cleanup! We pay competitively and include water and meal vouchers for most events. Email the event organizer at [email protected] if interested.

Referees: Purple belt and up with competition and/or referee experience preferred. Generally work from 9 am until event close (4 - 6 pm depending on size of tournament). 

Scorekeepers: Basic jiu-jitsu knowledge and computer skills preferred. Generally work from 9 am until event close (4 - 6 pm depending on size of tournament). 

Setup/cleanup: 3 - 4 hours of work the week of the event or immediately following the end of the event. 

We provide Refs and Scorekeepers with an event t-shirt they can keep after the tournament. 


  • Gi 70 USD
    Youth, Adult Men and Women Gi
  • No Gi 70 USD
    Youth, Adult Men and Women No Gi
  • Chewjitsu Seminar 65 USD
    Seminar with Nick "Chewy" Albin

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