The UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA), has published new guidelines for clubs and tournament organisers working with kids and young people.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is one of the fastest growing participant sports in the UK, with over 10,000 practitioners of all ages. With such fast growth, especially among kids, the UKBJJA recognised the need to have a formal set of guidelines for all members to abide by. The new policy is designed to ensure that all young people can develop their BJJ in a safe and enjoyable environment, to ensure lifelong participation in the art.
Formed in 2013, the UKBJJA is a non profit governing body that seeks to promote and develop the sport of BJJ in the UK. It runs a thriving national and regional kids’ league with regular tournaments held across the country. Along with the new policy and continued technical development, these initiatives will develop and encourage young athletes and secure the future of the sport.
The UKBJJA is currently under assessment to be recognised by Sport England as the governing body for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the UK.
The junior and juvenile policy can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.ukbjja.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/UKBJJA-Junior-Policy1.pdf
The UKBJJA (www.ukbjja.org) is a not-for profit organisation which aims to provide a governance structure for the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, that promotes and develops the sport while allowing individual clubs and practitioners the space and freedom to practice the martial art in the way they enjoy. The UKBJJA is currently in the final stages of submitting a full application for assessment to be recognised by Sport England as the governing body for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the UK.
The UKBJJA was formed in 2013, and the association’s goal is to foster the development of BJJ at elite, community and grassroots levels, raising the profile of the sport but also providing pathways for development and involvement across communities in the UK. Visit UKBJJA at www.ukbjja.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ukbjja.