About Us

The Extreme Grappling Open (EGO) started as a simple project: to put together an effectively run, organized, fair and affordable tournament. Offering Gi and No-Gi divisions for Children through adult, both male and female. It is also the host of some of the most intense Invite Only Divisions you will see anywhere!

At the debut event in 2004 the tournament hosted well over 100 competitors, which at the time, made it the largest Jiu-Jitsu tournament in Indiana history. The second tournament was over twice the size of the first.

Event after event the tournament grows bigger and better than the one before. The competitors get more competitive, the matches get more intense and the Extreme Grappling Open becomes more Extreme.

Typically, the term “ego” is associated with an exaggerated sense of self-importance or conceitedness - but it can also be simply an appropriate pride in one’s self and one's accomplishments. Ego can crush one’s self-esteem or it can drive one to achieve great things. A positive sense of ego is an important factor for any athlete during competition. Too much ego in training or too little in competition can often lead down the same path. The appropriate amount of ego can be a deciding factor between victory and defeat. How big is YOUR ego?

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Testimonial

From personal experience, I can say the EGO tournaments are top-of-the-line events, well managed by James Clingerman, who uses his knowledge as a Black Belt and business man to provide an overall satisfying experience to every competitor. The tournaments are on-time, have great atmosphere, and offer opportunities for competition ranging from kids to seniors, beginners to Black Belts, including pro divisions. These assets make the EGO events some of the best tournaments in the U.S., a must for any mid-west (and beyond) practitioner looking for some serious competition.

Thanks James, A.J. and the rest of the crew for this great work in the dissemination and development of our sport.

Tulio Perrone
Alliance Black Belt
CBJ Judo Black Belt