Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has exploded. Women and girls are frequently counted among the competitors in both local and major tournaments. We are poised to see an increase in the level of depth across divisions young girls mature into serious jiu jitsu players who will compete on the world stage. There will come a time when ADCC will have major players in each division and will award the same prize money to the women champions as they do to the men. I may have missed the boat at fifty. I came to jiu jitsu after a long period of practicing Kuk sool won. Brazilian jiu jitsu is an entirely different game and complements my existing skill set. Brazilian jiu jitsu like any other complex skill requires years of study to be come proficient. One always remains a student of the game. Nonetheless early instruction, ala Bia Mesquita, helps to develop proprioceptive learning wherein the body can perform a skill with very little thought as to the steps required making a complex set of movements seem deceptively simple in execution. The whole point is to start them early both in instruction and competition. Find academies that take a genuine interest in developing and nurturing young talent. Look for tomorrow’s champions to burst on the scene and to add depth to the current women’s division.
I was rather excited to see that the results were posted. However, they seem to have forgotten the women all together. How can one of the world’s most prestigious tournaments “forget” to list the winners in the womens’ division. It’s adding insult to injury. You recall from a previous post that the women’s prize money amounts to about half of the mens. The men’s absolute black belt winner is awarded $30,000 and the women’s absolute black belt is awarded $3,000. Even the winner of the purple belt divisions are awarded $5000. Baffles the mind. So while the eventual winner in the male absolute won a total of $38,000 the female competitor walked away with a slick $8000. That’s incredible.
ADCC and UAEJJ I am totally disappointed in you. Why don’t you send an email to UAEjj.com and voice your opinion. I did for whatever it’s worth.
Well I have been searching for the competitors’ brackets today and no such luck. It’s Thursday, April 12th. The website is counting down the time. What an awesome tournament. It promises to deliver some high energy grappling and amazing submissions. This is it. Win one of the ADCC qualifying tournaments and you get an all expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi and the honor of grappling in one of the most famous tournaments on the planet.
From what I can tell there are only three divisions for the women, white, blue and purple/brown/black. I imagine that this is more a reflection of the low number of women competitors compared to the men. Although it’s a multicultural, multinational, multiethnic event the absence of any true dominate American is a little bit shocking. This won’t last long. There is one to watch. Valerie Worthington. I don’t know much about her but she’s one to watch. I am still sticking with my prediction that Gabbi is hands down the one to beat.
The Brazilians are out in full force. As Brazilian jiu jitsu grows in popularity we should see more women competing in such a prestigious tournament as Abu Dhabi. When that happens it’s my belief that the tournament organizers will add more belt divisions.
See the previous post about the competitors list. I didn’t see Kyra Gracies’ name but according to an article in Gracie Mag, Kyra intends to compete. There are some other names missing from the list such as Emily Kwok, Leticia Ribeiro, Hannette Staacks and Ida Hansson. This is only the third year that women have been competing in the WPJJ. No doubt they’re here to stay.