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UKBJJA in fundraising drive for Ty Hafan Welsh Children's Hospice

Press release   •   Sep 04, 2019 07:31 BST

UKBJJA is raising money for Ty Hafan Children's Charity at the 2019 International Open Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament

The United Kingdom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA) is delighted to announce that this year's nominated charity for the UKBJJA International Open Tournament is Tŷ Hafan, a leading Welsh children’s charity which provides comfort, care and support to children with life-limiting conditions, along with their families.

The UKBJJA International Open Tournament takes place on 6 October at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff and all spectator fees will go to Tŷ Hafan.

The event will see up to 600 adlt and junior jiu jitsu competitors take to the mat at one of the biggest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu event to come to Wales. 20 of the world's top black belt athletes have already signed up and will be battling it out for the top prizes, among them Welsh phenomenon and double world champion, Ffion Davies, originally from Swansea.

The event is one of the most prestigious and lucrative BJJ tournaments in the UK, with a prize fund totalling £20k, including top prizes of £2000 for the winners of the black belt absolute divisions, equal prize money for male and female competitors and cash prizes for the winners of all blue, purple, brown and black belt divisions.

This competition follows on from the success of the first International Open held in Scotland in December last year that saw some of the world's best black belts fight it out against top UK athletes. It raised £882 for charity and was praised in the Scottish Parliament. The 2019 tournament will be significantly bigger and offers male and female, adult, masters, junior and juvenile divisions for all belt levels from white to black. It is a 3* ranked UKBJJA competition. Registration for athletes is open until 22 September via

The UKBJJA invites everyone to come along on the day to to support the sport, watch some amazing matches and help us raise more for such a deserving charity. 

You can find out more details about Tŷ Hafan and support them by liking their Facebook page and visiting their website.

Questions about the UKBJJA International Open should be directed to Mike Williams, UKBJJA CEO -

Interested sponsors should get in touch with Francis Lambert, Sponsorship Director -

The UKBJJA ( is the governing body for the sport and martial art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) in the UK. It is a not-for profit organisation which aims to provide good governance and to promote and develop the sport while allowing individual clubs and practitioners the space and freedom to practice BJJ in the way they enjoy. The UKBJJA has submitted a full application 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 or follow us on  Facebook and Twitter @ukbjja.

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