On December 16th and 17th, 2017, the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation organized the World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship in California, at the Anaheim Convention Center. There was a lot of public interest for this event considering that tickets were sold to cover the entire capacity of the venue for the price of $104 early bird and $125 up until December 7th.
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Each team is allowed to bring 2 athletes in the same division bracket of age, weight or belt. There were 4 group trophies at this international event: adult males, adult females, masters and juvenile. For the last section, the only two belts available are blue and purple whereas for all the others, the brown and black belt levels are added.
The 2017 results
For the Adult Male section, the top 3 academies were Atos Jiu-Jitsu, PSLPB Cicero Costha and Brasa CTA. Gracie Barra, Alliance and Gracie Humaita were the tops 3 academies in the Adult Female category. Gracie Barra has also won the Master sections, followed by CheckMat and Brasa CTA. As for the juvenile competition, Atos Jiu-Jitsu won and was followed by CheckMat and Fight Sports.
How to participate
In order to register to the World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF No-Gi Championship, one must belong to an academy. Your coach has to be a black belt registered professional with the corresponding authority that regulates this sport in your country, for example the CBJJ in Brazil or the USBJJF in the US.
Starting in January 2018, all purple belts need a valid membership ID in order to participate to the tournament. There are slight variations in the process of obtaining a member ID, depending on where you live, but in general here’s what you have to do:
The documents include a membership form, signed and dated by the athlete and coach, a passport-style color picture and a copy of your government-issued ID. Sometimes, you might be asked to show proof of residence by uploading a phone bill or something similar. Apart from these, athletes who are 17 and under must also provide a copy of the parent’s or legal guardian’s ID. Brown and black belts must bring their belt records as well.
There are certain costs involved. Those who are under 18 years old must pay $25 while adults pay $40 if that’s the first time they register or $35 for a renewal. In addition, there’s also a $10 fee for the card reprint if you lose it. The federation allows credit card payments via Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express.