What: The IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) World Championships!
What is the IBJJF? The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) is an organization that hosts several of the biggest Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) tournaments in the world, including the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Nogi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship and European Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship. The federation was created by Carlos Gracie, Jr., who is the head of one of the largest Brazilian jiu-jitsu associations, Gracie Barra. The IBJJF is directly connected to Confederação Brasileira de Jiu-Jitsu, sharing its rules and regulations. (wikepedia)
Where: Walter Pyramid – California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA USA 90840
When: May 29th – June 1st
Schedule: Thursday White belts – Blue Belts, Friday Blue – Purple Belts, Saturday Juveniles, Blue, Brown, Black, Sunday Black Belts (finals).
How to see it? Watch it LIVE on IBJJFTV.com
Who to look for in each weight class?
Rooster Weight: Sad to see Caio Terra out this year due to illness…But look for Joao Miyao in the finals!
Light Feather Weight: This gets interesting with Gui Mendes and Paulo Miyao on the same side of the brackets. I see Gui taking it all this year!
Feather Weight: This division is nuts with: Gianni Grippo, Samir Chantre, Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”, Raf Mendes, and even Budo Jake! I would love to see Conbrinha take it all this year. But watch out for Raf Mendes too…
Light Weight: Look out for Michael Langhi, Lucas Lepri, AJ Agazarm, Roberto Satoshi.
Middle Weight: This division is huge with 66 registered competitors! Watch out for: Clark Gracie, Leandro Lo, Victor Estima, Magid Hage, Kit Dale. Look for the always exciting Lo in the finals!
Medium Heavy: Romulo Barral, Braulio Estima, Keenan Cornelius, and Eduardo Telles. Look for Keenan or Barral in the finals! (But don’t forget about the always tough Braulio!)
Heavy Weight: Andre Galvao, Jackson Sousa and Rafael Lovato Jr.! I would love to see Galvao take it all!
Super Heavy Weight: Yuri Simões, Bernardo Faria, James Puopolo, Rodolfo Vieira. I think Rodolfo cruises right into the finals!
Ultra Heavy Weight: Cavaca, Alexander Trans. Cyborg, Bruno Bastos, and Buchecha! Tough division but you’ve got to count on Buchecha in the finals…But Cyborg could make this interesting too.
Female Black Belt Divisions: Look for: Leticia Riberio, Michelle Nicolini, Mackenzie Dern, Beatriz Mesquita, Fabiana Borges, Sophia Drysdale and Gabi Garcia.