I competed at the IBJJF Chicago open this weekend. It was a very good tournament, that was without question the best I have ever competed at in the midwest. We get Naga's and a few smaller ones out here, but I was pumped to have to the first IBJJF within driving distance (only 4 hours). The tournament was awesome. Basically it was run like an anti-naga. Instead of 14 mats and hardly any staff; they had 6 mats and tons of staff. It was very organized and ran on time most of the day before falling 30+minutes behind schedule towards the end of the day. The level of competition was great, and most of the ref's were fantastic. I say most because there were a few that consistently had coaches yelling at them, and a couple that didn't seem like they were paying much attention to what was going on, especially towards the end of the day. I competed in the masters heavyweight (207.5 lbs with gi) blue belt division. I could have cut to light heavyweight pretty easy (194 with a gi), but decided to not stress about it since this was my first tournament where you weigh in right before you compete. I also was going to do the adult division, thinking it would be bigger; but my teammate Jeff (aka Crazy Eyes or Dexter) was in that division. We drove in the night before with my professor and 6 competitors. My professor was going to compete, but wasn't able to get his IBJJF black belt certificate stuff processed in time. Looking at the interwebs, a lot of black belts had this issue and there wasn't a ton of black belt competitors. I didn't sleep well and ate a crappy runny scrambled egg hotel breakfast. We got to the venue at around 9am and settled in. It was at this huge high school in Evanston that they had the last couple Naga's at. It was in the main gym though, instead of the secondary gym that Naga used. It was a great facility with bleachers all around high up on in the air, giving a great view. There were some basketball hoops obstructing the view from a few angles, but it wasn't too bad. The main issue with is that is was MUGGY in the building. There was no AC and the only fans going were by the corners of the mats on the ground. Everyone (even the spectators) were sweating profusely. My Crazy Eye'd teammate (sherdogger JdonW), got my school going with a impressive performance winning the Adult blue belt heavyweight. I was up next. There were 9 or 10 guys in my division and I got a bye in the first round. I am open to any feedback, comments, questions, or criticisms from all levels. My goal is not to win tournaments, but to improve my BJJ.