Warning a long rant to follow. Attended my first Extreme Grappling Open tournament today in Nashville. I wanted to get some matches in before the Chicago Open and play around with my game a little bit. In the finals of my masters division I pulled open guard with no grips so I could get some practice in playing from a bad guard pull. The guy couldn't pass my guard so he drops back for an ankle lock. No biggie I get a lapel and come to standing and the guy starts to reap my knee. Mind you not just slightly crossing the hip, but all the way across to my other hip. Of course I say to the ref "hey this dude is reaping my knee" In the course of my conversation with the ref he informs me that the tournament allows reaping of the knee. After arguing with him a bit and express how utterly retarded this is and how I have never heard of a tournament that allows reaping of knee in a gi event the match resumes. My opponent promptly grabs my ankle and rolls to the inside against my knee effectively heel hooking me. My knee pops and I scream out in pain, the ref stops the match and asks if I can continue. I know my knee is jacked and kinda confused that he is giving me the option to continue since I screamed out in pain, but I am pissed and still able to move the knee some. So I continue and submit the guy. I end up not being able to compete in my adult division and I am know at home with a bag of ice on a knee I am hoping is not too jacked up. For the life of me I cannot understand why a tournament would allow reaping of the knee especially in a blue belt division. Needless to say this will be the last EGO tournament I ever attend and would advise anyone else against attending their events also. Why some jank small regional tournament feels the need to alter common and established rules for the gi is beyond me. Also if you are going to alter one why the hell would it be to allow reaping of the knee.