Overall the GTA was an example of how tournaments should be run. The organization was fantastic. They waited a little bit longer to start due to the weather.
The whole tournament ran in a reasonable amount of time, but they could have improved upon this by not doing round robin play. Also, fighters and refs were sometimes unaware at the start of a divison whether or nto it was round robin or straight tourney bracket. In my opinion they should do straight tournament brackets (things will run faster).
GTA rules. Overall not a bad set of rules but they need tweaking. The video replay rule was poorly administered, as the parameters were not clearly defined. It may have cut down on complaints, but in at least one case it completely robbed a fighter of a match. Basicly replay should never occur after the fact, and to stop matches to look at calls ruins the flow. I think only what happens in the final ten seconds should be reviewable, and even then it needs to be limited to did one guy tap, was a move used illegal, should points have counted. Other rules I took issue with, was the no guard pass points rule if you pass into mount. Also, there needs to be a greater understanding of stalling and running, with clear definitions as to how to deal with it in terms of points and DQ's. In no-gi the -1 for pulling guard is just a bad rule. It is submision wreslting not wrestling. If it were up to me I would award at most an advantage to the outher guy when someion pulls guard. That way the guard guy can't go nuts and win on agressiveness ( he has to at least come close to a sweep or submission), and the guy on top actually has to do something on the ground. It's SUBMISSION wrestling not wrestling, time to do away with silly rules.
Reffing, well I am biased, nobody complained to me about calls, and I was never video challenged, and all the other ref's did agreat job as well (in the matches I watched there were only a couple questionable calls).
Sportmanship was great amongst competitiors and coaches alike, with the unfortunate exception of one coach. I won't name him, but his comments did not go unnoticed nor were they appreciated.
TTT for a great tournament, and a Job well done by KATA. I look forward to attending their future events.
Also, special thanks to the CJA for sanctioning the event.