I did it! I think I’m a little crazy, but I’m soooo excited! I registered to compete at the first Jiu Jitsu World League tournament in Southern California, which will be my first competition as a Blue Belt. Bring it! 🙂
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I registered for the first Jiu Jitsu World League tournament, and why you should too.
Reference: The post contains a quote from the article: Michelle Nicolini “We are tired to fight just for Medals” from Fighting Lifestyle UAE
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competiton world has been crying out for change. The art itself is enough to provide people enough motivation to really put it all on the line for glory. As the sport matures though, will glory be enough to pay its rising stars and allow them to reach their full potential?
Making Jiu-Jitsu a Profession
It’s true that there are people making some money with their BJJ careers, but that is not the norm. Sponsors do not come easy, and the ones that pay for more than training, gear and competition fees are said to be close to non-existent. However, the talent growing within the art-form has sparked a multi-decade revolution in martial arts, allowing for a new age of hand-to-hand combat to dawn in the form of advanced grappling.
The athletes that are showing the world this shift though, seem to be almost enslaved to the seductive powers of Jiu-Jitsu. The amazingness that is BJJ has such an allure, that people are willing to change around their entire lives to fully commit to their passion.
This is incredible!!
It needs to be rewarded though. Jiu-Jitsu is set to place itself at the front of the international stage as a cutting edge sport that is open to anyone.
The time has come that its professionals started getting paid like professionals.
Michelle Nicolini spoke to Fighting Lifestyle UAE, and had this to say regarding her experience as a paid athlete at Metamoris and how she thinks the grappling profession should develop:
Metamoris was awesome! I’m glad I was invited to fight there once. They were very professional, they pay well and they treat the athletes very well too. I hope other shows keep up the same line. We are tired to fight just for medals, I have a bunch of medals at home, It has to be more professional. It is the only way to keep the athletes at a high level.Michelle Nicolini - Fighting Lifestyle UAE
The Jiu Jitsu World League: A New Style and Opportunity
The very first Jiu Jitsu World League tournament will be on Saturday, January 17, 2015. The rules have been changed, the stakes have been raised, and this new bar of competition will now have to be met. Cash prizes are now finally on the table, and available to Adult Black Belts, and to all entrants through Open Divisions.
In order to make matches more exciting, there has been an overhaul of the rules to get athletes moving and fighting toward a submission, instead of focusing on scoring. The video showing all of the details about the new rules can be seen here:
Backed by Core Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Leadership, Athletes and Celebrities
Rigan Machado, Jiu-Jitsu Alpha and key promoter of the Jiu Jitsu World League, recently started snapping photos of himself holding the Jiu Jitsu World League tournament poster, standing alongside big names like Ashton Kutcher, in order to bring mainstream attention to the event. It has definitely done it’s job.
News and gossip sources, such as TMZ and Vice have further added to the hype by allowing the celebrity-boosted event to gain even more attention. This makes it poised to gain fame and notoriety at a national level if all goes to plan.
Aside from the hype, the Jiu Jitsu World League will be putting on a free seminar led by Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida that will be open to all registered competitors (availability is very limited according to the official site).
What Could Go Wrong?
Nothing is certain in this world. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is maturing and becoming a more professional organization and body of martial arts, but there are still many aspects of putting on a tournament that need to be handled. I didn’t realize it before I had seen it in action, but there are more things to juggle and manage than can be imagined when promoting and running a competition. I have only ever gotten to see setup and management of smaller tournaments, and those were very big and daunting tasks themselves.
I can only hope and speculate that the tournament will go off without a hitch, but with any first-time endeavor or event like this, unexpected happenings or delays can be understood. I look forward to writing about my experience and praising the Jiu Jitsu World League for the quality and caliber of their event.