BJJ has just moved one big step closer to reaching the Olympic Games.
Some BJJ stars would prefer to see submission wrestling instead such as Andre Galvao,
In an interview with Tatame, André Galvão, multiple times world BJJ and ADCC champion and leader of the Atos, commented on the subject. According to him, there are many things which are preventing Jiu-Jitsu from being included, but there are solutions.
He has a point, the powerful United World Wrestling is backing Grappling both No Gi and Gi and has influence on the IOC. UWW is formerly known as the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles (FILA), the governing body of international amateur wrestling and grappling.
United World Wrestling (UWW) is the international governing body for the sport of wrestling. It presides over international competitions for various forms of wrestling, including Grappling for men and women. The flagship Grappling’s event of UWW is the Grappling World Championships.
It’s hard (For Jiu-Jitsu to be included in the Olympics) maybe due to the rules, which are very complex, or because there aren’t many black belts in some countries. I think we should have No Gi grapping in the Olympics, because it’s something more dynamic and judokas, wrestlers and others who compete, could participate. It would be more or less following the ADCC rules, but without the negative points in the finals. There shouldn’t be long matches. They would have to have short, dynamic matches, with five to six minutes time limits. I think there is no need for Gi Jiu-Jitsu entering the Olympics, just like surfing is not an Olympic sport and its ‘s a success. The same thing is with Jiu-Jitsu …
Our sport is becoming very professional, without the need to be in the Olympics. Nowadays, we have many good Championships, super fights. I think if the Jiu-Jitsu was in the Olympics, these events would end and even many gyms would close. It’s a subject that I can speak about for hours, but this is my summary.
Last modified: October 31, 2017