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​UKBJJA praised in Scottish Parliament

Press release   •   Dec 31, 2018 00:03 GMT

UKBJJA International Open Tournament of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2018: Poland's Adam Wardzinski on his way to the Gold (photo: Levi Bunyan)

A motion lodged in the Scottish Parliament by Clare Adamson MSP has praised the United Kingdom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA) for its 1st International Open Tournament held in Motherwell on 16 December 2018.

The full text of the motion reads: “That the Parliament congratulates the UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (UKBJJA) on its inaugural International Open competition, which was held at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell; notes that athletes travelled from many countries, including Brazil, Poland, Norway, Portugal and Finland, to compete against competitors from Scotland and the other UK nations; understands that £882 was raised for Cash For Kids from ticket sales and from a generous donation of prize money by the Black Belt Masters gold medallist and UKBJJA chair, Richard Martin; commends the UKBJJA on offering equal prize money and equal billing to the female divisions of the sport; encourages other sporting bodies to follow this example, and wishes everyone at the UKBJJA well in their endeavours.” (SOURCE)

The event featured an opening ceremony presided over by North Lanarkshire Provost Jean Jones and MSP Clare Adamson and saw top athletes from Brazil, Norway, Poland, Finland, Portugal and more go up against some of the best UK and Scottish grapplers to win a potential £2000 top prize.

In the end, the top prizes for the black belt divisions went to Poland, Norway and Brazil, but UK athletes scooped a number of medals, including a hard fought bronze medal from the UK’s Samantha Cook.

Alongside the adult competition, a junior tournament allowed rising young stars of the sport test themselves against youngsters from across the UK, as well as meet and fight alongside some of their international Jiu Jitsu heroes.

Ticket sales and a generous donation of prize money by Black Belt Masters gold medallist and UKBJJA Chairman Richard Martin, meant that the event raised £882 for Cash4Kids Mission Christmas.

The UKBJJA ( 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 or follow us on  Facebook and Twitter @ukbjja.

For more information, contact Mike Williams, CEO on 07748620235 or

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