Last weekend the first female trials for ADCC World Championship were held in São Paulo, Brazil. This was unfortunately the only opportunity for female with Brazilian citizenship to qualify for the ADCC World Championship to be arranged in Finland in September. The next trial in Brazil will only be open for male competitors to qualify.

Winner in the -60 division was Bianca Basílio (Almeida Jiu Jitsu) she defeated Renata Marinho (Alliance) via rear naked choke. In the +60 division Talita Nougeira (NS Brotherhood) defeated Andresa Correa (Alliance) by points.

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Bianca Basílio (@biabasiliojj) from Almeida Jiu Jitsu Academy (@almeidajj_academy) defeated Renata Marinho (@renatamarinhobjj) from Alliance/Fabio Gurgel at the ADCC Trials (@adccsubmission) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She’s qualified for the ADCC 2017 World Championships in Finland in September! ・・・ reposted from @bjj_women 🌸 . . . . . #grappling #adcc #competition #bjj #jiujitsu #bjjwomen #bjjgirls #bjjmulheres #bjjmujeres #bjjfeminino #jjbfeminin #womenonthemat #backtake #choke #submission #grapplinggirls #womenwhoroll #supportwomensbjj #girlpower #almeidajj #adcctrials #saopaulo #grapplingwomen #adccsaopaulo #adccsubmissionfighting #brazil #jiujitsuwoman #boa

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Upcoming ADCC trials to qualify for the World Championship will be held in Tokyo, Japan 5th of March and in Poznan, Poland 13th of May. There will also be arranged a trial in Anaheim, U.S the 15th of April, but referring to ADCC’s website this trial is for male only.

Truth is that there have been 3 trials already in 2016 Germany, Kazakhstan and USA, but none of these trials had a qualification for female athletes.

Things do tend to move slowly at times, but ADCC seems to move backwards. There have never been so many female athletes competing and training jiu jitsu. But the last time ADCC changed the female absolute division to two different weightclasses, was 10 years ago. With so few options to qualify (also keep in mind you need to have a certain citizenship to qualify for a specific trial) it’s a bit sad that with so many amazing female fighters we are going to miss out on what could possibly have been really good fights, that’s for sure.



Johanna Tavares is a purple belt under Renato Tavares de Moraes. She trains under Renato and Eduardo "Teta" Rios, representing Frontline Academy in Oslo. Besides jiu jitsu, Johanna is also a club manager, fitness instructor and CrossFit level 1 trainer. She contributes to the Ladies Only BJJ blog and website also teaching women only jiu jitsu classes at Novus Academy and organizing open mat for all them jiu jitsu ladies in Norway.


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