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Rose Gracie Brings Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling Tournaments to The 2011 Bodybuilding.com Los Angeles Fitness Expo

January 29 -30, 2011
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, California

The Gracie US Nationals and The Gracie Kids World Championships, the most anticipated competitions in grappling and jiu-jitsu, return to California's largest fitness event, The Bodybuilding.com Los Angeles Fitness Expo presented by Subway Restaurants, Saturday and Sunday, January 29-30, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, West Halls A/B.

"With each year reaching a new pinnacle, we're excited to welcome more competitors in 2011 than ever before" said Gracie Tournaments President Rose Gracie. The world class competitions join The Bodybuilding.com Los Angeles Fitness Expo for the fourth time and will host over 1,000 competitors, ranging from 5 to over 50 years old.

2011 marks the fourth year of the partnership between Rose Gracie and her Gracie Tournaments and The Los Angeles Fitness Expo. The success of the Gracie Tournaments and the hundreds of competitors on hand as well as all their friends and family members there to cheer them on, has made The Los Angeles Fitness Expo a prime destination for fans of jiu-jitsu. Rose launched The Gracie Kids World Championship in 2009 for children 5 to 17. The new competition was a smash hit and will be returning for a third year in 2011.

Rose Gracie stated, "Being around jiu-jitsu my entire life, I have always been fascinated by the benefits that come from the everyday training. Our continued association with the Los Angeles Fitness Expo and their 25,000 attendees has helped make the Gracie US Nationals one of the premier tournaments for competitors and major sponsors. Creating a welcoming environment where practitioners from hundreds of different schools can test their skills is an inspirational experience to be part of. Especially this year that we are paying homage to none other then my cousin Renzo for his extraordinary accomplishments and leadership in this sport and family. "

Erin Ferries, Executive Director of The Expo, added, "The Gracie Family name is "it" in martial arts and we are very proud of our relationship with someone like Rose Gracie for her hard work and dedication. Our mutual goal is all about making sure the competitors have a safe and great time during the weekend and that family and friends will enjoy the expo as a whole. In 2011 Rose will have more room than ever before, in fact over 50,000 square feet is now set aside for both Gracie events. We will also be expanding the list of exhibitors that wanted to be placed near the tournament for easy access to the attendees and athletes."

Sponsors and exhibitors are welcomed as well as competitors for both the Gracie US Nationals and Gracie Kids World Championships. For More information including registration fees, log on to www.gracietournaments.com or contact Gracie Tournaments main office at (909) 256-4417.

The Bodybuilding.com Los Angeles Fitness Expo offers something for everybody! Attendees will find over 300 exhibits offering the newest in fitness, diets, nutrition, strength and wellness products and services. The Expo also plays host to 13 professional and amateur competitions including All American Strongman Challenge, The Iron Man Naturally, Bodybuilding, Bikini and Figure Competition, Bodybuilding.com's BodySpace Spokesmodel Search, Warriors Wrestling, Vise Grip Viking Challenge, Ultimate Armwrestling League Qualifier II, and much more.

Presenting sponsor for The Bodybuilding.com Los Angeles Fitness Expo is Subway Restaurants, with Iron Man Magazine and Gaspari Nutrition as Major Sponsors. Supporting Sponsors include MET-Rx, BSN, Optimum Nutrition, Con-Cret, GNC, EAS, Ford, and Worldwide Sports Nutrition. Media Sponsors include Muscle & Fitness, Oxygen, Powerlifting USA, GetBig.com, MuscleMag, MMA Worldwide, Sherdog, Black Belt Magazine, and Flex.

Adult admission tickets are $20 per day or $30 for the full weekend, children 12 years and under are $10 per day and children under 6 are free, Show hours are Saturday, 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM and Sunday, 10 AM - 5PM. Plenty of parking is available. For more information on ticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities call (818) 545-0290 or visit www.thefitexpo.com


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