Just wanted some input on this topic. I'm going to do a tourny in a about two months and I don't want to be considered a sandbagger, so i want to make sure i enter the right division. I'm a little unusual so i'm not sure i fit nicely into any particular category. A little background.... Just turned 40y/o. But in high school 1984 went to State Championships. Still have excellent strength/mobility/mat awareness. Work out VERY regularly doing running/swimming/eliptical/plyometrics all geared towards grappling and tournament play. I have studied NO GI sub grappling extensively for about two solid years almost every day. I have probably every book and NO GI DVD instructional ever created, plus all of the taped MMA PPV's. My grappling cardio may be in question b/c i basicall do not train with anybody. So NO mat time whatsover in recent times (have done a little previously). I have excellent recall of subs and chaining of subs b/c of "visualization techniques" i use while studying instructionals. I do have a "grappling dummy" which is life like (600$) and good for working out some sub positioning, etc. Note that i probably have every sub you have ever heard of commited to visual memory and can duplicate it on the grappling dummy or a person. And am aware of all of the different types of guards and sweeps, etc. etc. etc. So the obvious choice would seem to be the "Executive Beginner" division, or whatever it is called for my age group. BUT....I would like to try and go against some of the younger guys, and cannot decide between the Mens Novice, Beginner, or Intermediate divisions. I guess with NO mat time basically, and my age i could legitimately maybe enter Novice, but after watching many tournaments in person and on tape, i'm inclined to feel that i could hang with the Intermediates. I would feel bad if i joined Novice or Beginner and won too easily. Of course i would probably feel even worse if i joined Intermediate and got my ass handed to me.....any suggestions?