2012 Will Be a Big Year for the IBJJF

The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) is the biggest game in town for top notch gi and no-gi jiu-jitsu competition. Grapplers Quest, NAGAUS Grappling and others often attract big names, but only the IBJJF can bring out all the big names and produce stacked divisions of the world’s best grapplers from white belt to black belt.

(PS: I know that WPJJC has been growing like crazy, but I feel like they still haven’t gotten their stuff together, with missing trials dates and chaos in the registration process. Maybe 2013 will be their year.)

Anyway, there are two reasons I’m excited about IBJJF enough to write this blog post at 3am at night. The first is the release of the first edition of their rule book. It’s more thorough and visually clear than any rule book I’ve ever read. It makes me excited for the sport since they are taking every little aspect seriously. This is the kind of progress that’s required for IBJJF to become not just an American and Brazilian success, but an international success.

The second reason I’m excited is that they’ve added a lot of new tournaments to the calendar:

  • European Open (Jan 26)
  • Houston Open (Feb 11)
  • San Fran Open (Feb 25)
  • Chicago Open (Mar 3)
  • Pans (Mar 29)
  • NY Open (April 21)
  • Worlds (Jun 1)
  • Asian Open (Oct 13)

See you on the mat!

 

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