International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation

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Held annually in the United States since 1995, the Pan Championship represented the first step towards the internationalization of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a sport. Back then, in the first event, a group of almost 250 athletes took part in the pioneering and historical enterprise. A lot has changed since then. The tournament has grown tremendously and has achieved recognition as the biggest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition in North America and as one of the most important events in the world.

Currently the Pan attract athletes from all corners of the planet and it grows a bit more every year. In the latest edition of the tournament, held in the city of Carson, California, 1700 competitors signed up. This incredible number set a new record for the event.

The Pan Championship is held by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, a governing body directly connected to the Brazilian Condeferation (CBJJ). In order to fulfill its role in the expansion of BJJ, the Pan have been held in many different regions of the USA, boosting the practice of the sport in important centers such as Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando and even Honolulu, in Hawaii.


> Juvenile 16 and 17 years
> Adult
> Máster 30 to 35 years
> Senior 1 36 to 40 years
> Sênior 2 41 to 45 years
> Sênior 3 46 to 50 years

World Championship
The World Championship is the most important event in the IBJJF annual calendar. It attracts the most skilled and well trained athletes on the planet. The tournament was held for the first time in 1996 at the Tijuca Tênis Clube gymnasium, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Since then a lot has changed as the event followed the development of the sport around the world. Every year the number of fans and athletes increases a bit more. In 2005, 1650 competitors were in attendance and displayed their skills in front of a total crowd of 12 thousand people. Traditionally during the last two days of competition, when the black belt superstars are on the mats, the gymnasium reaches its maximum capacity and gets packed with emotion.

During the 2005 Mundial, 250 foreign athletes traveled to Brazil to take part in the tournament. This amazing number can be compared to other prestigious international events held in Rio, such as the FIFA Club World Championship or the Brazilian leg of the Surfing World Championship.

In the year of 2007 the “ World Jiu-Jitsu Championship” was relocated to outside of Brazil , being held for the first time in the USA ground. The change proved to be a big success , the 1800 athletes attendance broke all the records of participants in a BJJ tournament.


One of the highlights of this event is being able to watch famous instructors and great athletes of past generations in action on the mats. Awesome match ups take place every year, making students and fans cheer as their teachers square off in historical battles against other famous names of the Jiu-Jitsu world.

Besides these exciting fights in the black belt division, the International Masters & Seniors Championship also attracts practitioners who are over 30 years of age in every belt division. Despite the intense competition on the mats, the atmosphere surrounding the event is light and cheerful. Athletes from all over the world come to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to take part in this great event that has become one of the most popular tournaments held by the IBJJF and CBJJ.


Masters (30-35)
Fight time: Blue belts – 5 minutes
Purple/brown/black belts – 6 minutes

Seniors 1 (36-40)
Fight time: all belts – 5 minutes

Seniors 2 (41-45)
Fight time: all belts – 5 minutes

Seniors 3 (46-50)
Fight time: all belts – 5 minutes

Seniors 4 (51-55)
Fight time: all belts – 5 minutes

Seniors 5 (over 55)
Fight time: all belts – 5 minutes

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