Media Release – (You can download a full copy of QBJJL media release from here)
One of the great things about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is that it is a dynamic martial art that continues to evolve. Similarly the Queensland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu League is evolving.
As the number of BJJ participants has increased in Queensland, it is important to evolve the format of competition in line with what is happening in the world of Jiu Jitsu. With this in mind we are introducing a new competition format based on the World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup (WPJJC) which is held annually in Abu Dhabi.
(The World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup is the most prestigious BJJ tournament in the world, attracting the best athletes from over 100 countries. This competition is unique with qualifying trials held in major cities around the world. In Australia these trials are held in Sydney. There are major prizes awarded to the winners of the WPJJC with a prize pool of around $250,000. All qualifiers from Sydney have their flights and accommodation paid to attend the Abu Dhabi tournament.)
Whilst there are many local tournaments in Queensland we believe it is important that we provide Queensland Brazilian Jiu Jitsu participants with the best opportunity to improve their performance and participate in such a prestigious competition. Therefore the new QBJJL tournament will follow the rules and format of the WPJJC.
We have developed the new tournament format under the guidance of Alex Prates and Bernardo Trekko who are the organisers of the WPJJC Qualifying tournament in Sydney.
With their help, the QBJJL tournament will transform into a world class competition.
The new QBJJL tournament will also provide winners of each division free entry into the Sydney Qualifiers and substantial prizes from major sponsors including BJJ GI from “KOMODO Ultimate Fightwear” for every winner. Each open division winner will also receive a $500 watch from Vestal watches.
QBJJL was setup a few years ago to increase the profile of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Queensland and to improve the standard of Jiu Jitsu in the State. We believe that involvement in a World Class tournament will achieve this objective. We have also decided to move away from being a club oriented league to a member oriented League. So membership of QBJJL will now be open to ALL BJJ participants in Queensland regardless of which club you belong to. A member registration scheme will be introduced in 2012 which will identify you as a BJJ participant sanctioned by QBJJL. This will also allow QBJJL to provide better competitions, better tournament venues and more importantly better assistance to athletes.
We are therefore proud to announce that the new QBJJL tournament will be held on Saturday, 15th October 2011 at West Moreton Anglican College. The tournament will take place at the new Multi-purpose Hall. This hall is the biggest facility of its kind in the Ipswich Region and has a seating capacity of 2100. Competitors and spectators will find this a huge improvement on previous locations.
We look forward to seeing you there.