As the jiu jitsu community has grown, the amount of tournaments has increased significantly. Competitions are to be fought almost every weekend. The smaller local tournaments can help you with gaining more experience. You don’t have to think about travelling far away and you can just focus on your performance. Are you thinking about competing? Ask your professor what tournaments are close by and make it a fun day together with your training partners. Go together as a team, help each other out and most importantly cheer for each other!
If you planning on attending some of the bigger events I’d advice you to go to Rome Open and European No-Gi Championship. This month, from 30th of March until 2nd of April you have the opportunity to compete two days in both gi and no-gi. Last day to sign up is the 23d of March.
Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship starts from the 18th of April until the 22nd of April. The event is held in Abu Dhabi and offers cash prizes to everyone that has a place on the podium. Except for competing yourself, you also have the opportunity to see world class jiu jitsu with black belts attending from all over the world.
For the first time, the IBJJF European Master’s Jiu Jitsu Championship will be arranged, if you are 30 years old and above you can go to Barcelona during 6th and 7th of May to fight for the European Master title.
The European trials for ADCC will be arranged in Poland 13th of May. Exciting to watch with a different rule system than IBJJF: heelhooks are allowed and in the trials, rounds are 6 minutes with in the first 3 minutes no points rewarded.
The IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Championship starts in Long Beach from the 31st of May until 4th of June, a large amount of competitors from all of the world meet in California to fight for the World title.
At last, enjoy the moment to spend some time with your training partners outside the mat, you gain a lot of experience and win or lose, be happy that you put yourself through a challenge.