Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu- Future Sport of the Olympic Games

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With countless victories in the UFC and MMA fights everywhere, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is on the rise and becoming a great sport worldwide. The purpose of this article is to introduce the North American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and the Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, to those who have not heard about it.

The North American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation began in Los Angeles, California in the year of 2005 and was founded by Professor Joao Silva, Professor Patricia Silva and Sam Aschidamini.

Since its inception, the aim of the NABJJF has been to create quality, reliable competitions that administer the rules fairly to all competitors. Since the beginning, the NABJJF saw the implementation of a style of rules that are familiar to every experienced Jiu-Jitsu competitor, and eliminate referee bias in competition. An example of this is deciding the winner during a tied match with a “sudden death round,” meaning first takedown or point wins. This rule makes the game more interesting, and nerve-wrecking.

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Future of the Sport

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Thru the years the NABJJF has grown and earned a lot of respect with tournaments being held coast to coast, became the first federation to go paperless and have weigh-ins and brackets performed entirely on a digital network. Also, the NABJJF is the first federation to feature a live team scoreboard with team scores projected in the events that update constantly as matches are won or lost. There are many brackets and competitors ranging from children to adult divisions, male and female divisions. In 2012, the NABJJF significantly expanded its tournaments and aim. It began to create a system to unite different leagues and develop a system with one goal in mind:

THE OLYMPICS

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With that being said, now you can see the big picture.

The Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation was founded in 2011. At the time, the sport was already worldwide but did not have an established federation that met the IOC requirements.  The IOC is the International Olympic Committee and is the supreme authority of the Olympic movement. The first international event hosted by the SJJIF was The Worlds in 2013 on December 14th and 15th at the Walter Pyramid in California State University\ Long Beach in Long Beach, California USA. Since then it has been growing, hosting events across the globe, providing participants with an excellent experience, and also implementing training programs for athletes, coaches, and trainers to educate and promote the one set of rules of Sport Jiu-Jitsu and its Olympic goal. With lots of hard work and dedication, on June 17, 2015 the SJJIF was proud to announce it became a non-profit organization as required by the IOC. Not only had it reached this milestone, but it has also strengthened its representation of its federations across the globe. Today, the SJJIF has established the number of continental federations as required by the IOC with federations in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania to ensure the development of the sport throughout the world.

This will not be an easy task. In order for Sport Jiu-Jitsu to make it into the Olympics, the Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation is asking for your help.  You can support this mission by becoming a member of the SJJIF to build the necessary membership numbers to meet the IOC requirements of country and individual participation. You may signup and become a member here at http://sjjif.com/membership/.

You may have heard that wrestling was almost recently removed from the Olympic Games for not having sufficient proof of participants. This is sad and crazy at the same time. How can you remove one of the original ancient Greek sports from the Olympics?

Basis eines Athletengrabes. 510 v. Chr.
Basis eines Athletengrabes. 510 v. Chr.

Also, you may have heard about the World Karate Federation presently trying to have the IOC recognize Karate as an Olympic event. Karate has over 130 countries and over 10 million participants. Yet still has not become an Olympic sport due to new rules regarding maximum amount of sports allowed in the Olympic games, so in order for them to get in someone must get out.

I truly believe that Sport Jiu-Jitsu has great potential in the Olympic Games and should be in the Olympics. As a practitioner of the art myself I can talk about all the goods of Sport Jiu-Jitsu all day. It has changed my life for the best, along with my teammates, opponents, and friends in the Jiu-Jitsu community. I love all the hard work, the countless hours of training, learning techniques, drilling techniques, wrestling, sparring, or “rolling” as we like to call it, with one another to improve each other’s game, and seeing everyone win or lose in competition only to learn from it and try again. That is the main reason why I believe that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a sport brings so many people together and brings out the best of all competitors and practitioners inside and out.

Professor Joao Silva
Professor Joao Silva

Joao Silva says it best as he believes the BJJ lifestyle already holds values similar to the principles the Olympic Charter identifies as their fundamental principles of Olympism:

“Olympism is a philosophy of life that values the balance of body, will and mind. It blends sport with culture and education to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethic principles. In Sport Jiu-Jitsu we see these principles realized through the positive life changing impact this sport has on people. It can be the friendships built, the confidence and courage demonstrated in tournaments and in life, the discipline and effort that is necessary of our athletes, the attention of health and positive choices in one’s life that pull people out of depressions or addictions, and the respect and dignity our athletes develop towards themselves, their instructor, dojo, fellow team members and other members of the sport. As practitioners of Sport Jiu-Jitsu, we can all recognize how great this sport is and the power that it has in changing people’s lives in a positive way. This sport has spread worldwide and today we believe that Jiu-Jitsu has reached the number of countries required by the IOC but without proof we are as good as nothing. Without uniting under one federation and one set of rules, this Olympic mission will not become a reality.

How amazing would it be for our professors and athletes to receive recognition for their accomplishments at such a scale?” – Joao Silva

The SJJIF will be hosting tournaments all around the world from now until The Worlds Tournament in November to close out the year 2015.  For more information on the Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, becoming a member, and check calendar dates worldwide please visit their website today at WWW.SJJIF.COM and help make this Olympic mission a reality.  Thank you.

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