WBJJA will promote two competition format. One for all academyes, and one just for National Federations or contry reprezentative organisations members. Age category WBJJA is planning to introduce a new age group: “Youth” (18-23) and a new competition format by the year 2020. Weight class: The weight and age classes used in BJJ competitions will remain the same, mentioning the introduction of an intermediate age group, between the Juvenile and Adult categories. The Youth category is for persons between 18 and 23 years old. The Juvenile group will be the only one hosting athletes between the ages of 17 and [...]
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Black belt and BJJ Referee, Alain Gildo Pozo, about European Championship: “In my experience what makes a successful tournament is the prestige”admin2019-05-18T16:26:42+00:00
WBJJA: How do you see the expansion of BJJ across Europe in the latest years in terms of participants to competitions? A.P.: So far I have been training jiu jitsu in Europe since 1998 and the growth from then has been outstanding. I believe it will just keep growing every year. WBJJA: So far, the initiative of having this European Championship only for Europeans received a positive feedback. Do you think the athletes need this type of tournaments, for their Continent only? If yes, what do you this is the reason? Is it about the ranking they can get? A.P.: [...]
BLACK BELT FROM ZE RADIOLA BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU TEAM AND BJJ REFEREE SARAH MERRINER ABOUT WBJJA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP “ONLY FOR EUROPEANS” : “IT BRINGS BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU IN LINE WITH OTHER POPULAR SPORTS”admin2019-05-18T16:16:30+00:00
Photo source: facebook.com WBJJA: How do you see the expansion of BJJ across Europe in the latest years in terms of participants to competitions? S.M. There has certainly been massive growth in terms of numbers across all the divisions. The blackbelt divisions and women divisions particularly stand out. I would also say the technical level of the athletes has increased massively - I am always impressed by this. WBJJA: So far, the initiative of having this European Championship only for Europeans received a positive feedback. Do you think the athletes need this type of tournaments, for their Continent only? If [...]
Medals are ready for competitors. Couple days left until the first European BJJ held in Romania. The last day of registration is March 10, at 23.59.
ANA YAGUES, BJJ REFEREE AND BLACK BELT FROM GERMANY:”I SPEND MY LIFE TRAVELING FROM COMPETITION TO COMPETITION.”admin2019-05-18T16:00:17+00:00
Photo source: facebook.com WBJJA: What is your opinion about the initiative of organizing a BJJ Europen only championship? Did you see this coming, were you expecting this kind of event to take place at a certain point? A.Y.: I didn't see it coming but I think it is a good idea. Everything that promotes BJJ is good. In a competition of this kind, the different countries in Europe can measure up their level. Such an event can create competitive rivalry which leads in the long term to the countries to increase the quality and quantity of their BJJ schools. WBJJA: [...]
WBJJA: What is your opinion about the initiative of organizing a BJJ Europen only championship? Did you see this coming, were you expecting this kind of event to take place at a certain point? A.V.: Bjj is not yet organised in national federations. The existance of such tournament might help bringing national federations together with ranking (and then with national championship) allowing the best fighters of each nation to fight together like it is in any other sport. My expectation is that this championship will create the dynamic required to build national federation supervised by an organised international federation. The [...]
BJJ REFERE EZEQUIEL ZAYAS ABOUT EUROPEAN BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP:”I THINK THAT ONE COMPETITION FOR EUROPEANS ONLY IS A GREAT IDEA”admin2019-05-18T15:29:18+00:00
Foto soure: facebook.com EZ: I think that one competition for Europeans only is a great idea, and is something also necessary for the BJJ community in Europe. Europeans can fight and check the level. Of course is important to compete with Brazilians and Americans too but for sure this kind of competitions will help to increase the European BJJ level. EZ: I’ve been referring at International events since 2012, I always liked to refer and I think the professors need to be involved in this things for the new generations have a high quality competitions. The most important competitions that I’ve been [...]
Brazilian jiu jitsu tournaments are physically and mentally demanding. Depending on the tournament, competitors can spend all day sitting around waiting for their division to be up. Not knowing when your division will be called is a nerve-racking experience, leaving you unsure when to warm up and when to eat. Some of the larger tournaments offer competitors more structure, with times and schedules assigned a few days before the tournament. But BJJ competitors are still notorious for making some of the same mistakes at every tournament. For every competitor it is important to enter a tournament fully prepared both mentally and [...]
This article was written by Thomas Johannessen for BJJ Scandinavia. Thomas is a Norwegian physiotherapist, personal trainer and BJJ Black belt competitor from Frontline Academy in Oslo (Norway). Some of his latest BJJ achievements include gold at Nice Open 2015, gold at Rome Open 2015 and gold at Nordic Open 2014 and 2015. As a brown belt, Thomas won silver at the Pan Ams 2013, gold at the Abu Dhabi Pro trials in Warsaw in 2013 and gold at the Swedish Open in 2012 and 2013. You can follow him on Instagram @thojohan PREPARING FOR A COMPETITION For beginners, preparing for [...]