The name World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (WBJJA) is registered in 2018 as a non-profit organization under Romanian law and upholds the strictest guidelines on democracy and openness. Please find below the guidelines that define our activity in the field of promoting BJJ worldwide and supporting athletes (beginners and advanced) in their path for personal development
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is known as a one of the world’s fastest growing sports. Its popularity with many athletes and followers alike is constantly increasing and there are organizations and clubs started all around the globe with athletes that are eager to set on this beautiful learning path.
The opportunities for development of BJJ as a sport and a lifestyle are numerous, but as for any grand endeavor there are also challenges. In order to harness all this potential there is a need for a common point of reference, a democratic body to organize and drive the development of the sport on a worldwide basis.
The purpose of WBJJA is to further the development and recognition of the sport of BJJ, enabling international competition through the organization of national BJJ federations around the world in a friendly and participatory manner.
Assure a safe competition environment for beginners and advanced practitioners
We intend to organize tournaments in which anyone, regardless of skill or experience in competitions, has a fair chance of facing an opponent of roughly the same level. We all know the frustration of entering a competition as a newbie, only to be spectacularly submitted by a blue belt with a lot more experience.
Our aim is to reduce the percentage of beginners that abandon the practice of BJJ because they are discouraged by facing more experienced competitors thinking they have no chance of winning and giving practitioner an incentive by participating in a safe environment competitions tailored to their level.
Read more about “Fair Chance Matchmaking System”.
WBJJA is focused to help promote BJJ as an international sport and as a sustainable and rewarding lifestyle, driving the development of a common set of rules, safety regulations, common structure, mutual exchange of knowledge and experience and so on. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has a few distinct particularities that sets it apart from other combat sports, as well as a strong identity. In order for it to keep growing there is a need to support and highlight the grass root movement of recreational athletics as well as create possibilities for a world class elite sports movement.
WBJJA is focused on working towards gaining formal and informal worldwide recognition for the sport of BJJ. Formal recognition is needed on every level – regional, national and global. Through the support of an international federation we hope to see national federations receiving formal support from key sports organizations and of course approval from the Governments of their respective countries. Informal recognition is also important and the WBJJA will work to support a more correct and accepting view of BJJ with the general public, sports fans, journalists, politicians, businesses etc.
Organizing national comunities
WBJJA will provide a structured community for all national organizations by offering them membership in an World Association. In countries where there are no organizations present, WBJJA will support those who are able and dedicated to form such a national non-profit organization. WBJJA will thus provide a focal point for BJJ around the world, a “hub” or a common point of reference for those involved with and interested in the overall development of BJJ.
Promote BJJ to non-practitioners as an accessible way to a better health and a more balanced life;
Promote BJJ as a complex, efficient and fun-to-learn approach to martial arts, especially for kids
Give a real chance to beginners to gain confidence in their abilities by organizing competitions under “Fair-chance system” (see Fair-Chance system)
Encourage the exchange of information and technique through Tournaments and Seminars with international participation
Taking a stand against the use of performance-enhancing substances (see our anti-doping policy)