Welcome to WBJJA

A democratic and non-profit organization


Established in Romania, WBJJA is a democratic and non-profit organization body founded in 2018.
WBJJA is focused on developing BJJ as an international sport, from recreational level to performance, driving the development of common sets of rules, safety regulations, structure, progression pathways and mutual exchange. BJJ is no different from other sports. For its positive growth, there is a need to support the grassroots movement of recreational athletics, alongside the creation of opportunities for a world class, amateur sports movement.
Some of the WBJJA’s objective is to gain international recognition for BJJ arts, to become member of GAIFS and to be one of the Olympic sport disciplines in the future, in order to give all BJJ athletes the platform and opportunity to fulfill their dream of competing on the Olympic stage. The most important goal it to make this sport a lifestyle.


WBJA is devoted to excellence in organizing, teaching, learning and research and discovering best athletes in BJJ who make a difference globally.

  • International focus – our affiliations come from across the globe

  • Referee courses – we encourage learning and training
  • People not profits – sport and education is a right not a privilege


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.

Organize development

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

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”.

Continuous development

Gaining recognition

Organizing national communities

  • 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).

Starting in 2020, we will have a new format for competitions.
World and Continental Championships – will take place on a single category of experience, without belt divisions. This membership format caninclude members of the WBJJA affiliated national federations, if any. If a country is not affiliated with such an organization, anyone can participate. More details soon.
There will be two samples, individually and in teams (3 x 3).
World and Regional Cups – will be held in classic format on the belt divisions. More details soon.
National Championships hosted by local federations or major organizations in the territories of member countries.
National Cups