2012 Tournament Season is Just Around the Corner

15 12 2011

Well I am back to finally having time to get some thoughts out there for all of you. First off I want to say that I apologize for not being able to have that many posts over the past several months. I am, however, getting back into the swing of things as the 2012 tournament season is just around the corner. The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) has posted the first of several tournaments that are run during the first several months of the year. The list schedule so far for is as follows:

January 26th – 29th: European Open Championship – Lisbon, Portugal

February 11th – 12th: Houston International Open – Houston, Texas

February 19thPan Kids Jiu-Jitsu Championship – TBA, California

February (TBA): San Francisco International Open – San Francisco, California

March 3rd: Chicago Winter International Open – Chicago, Illinois

March 29th – April 1st: Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship – Irvine, California

April 21st: New York International Open – New York, New York

June (TBA): World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – Long Beach, California

The tournament season kicks off in Lisbon, Portugal with the European Championship. This tournament always brings out the heavy hitters and will most undoubtedly be one of the best tournaments of the season. Expect to see a great display of jiu-jitsu come the end of January to kick off the tournament season. Next up will be the first International Open of the season and it just so happens it will be in my current city of residence – Houston, Texas. This will be the third installment of the Houston Open and I can guarantee you there will be plenty of talent showing up . With participants such as Ryan Hall, Bruno Bastos, Justin Raider, and Steven “Psedelo” Hall showing up last year, I think we can expect fireworks to kick off the stateside tournament scene. You can guarantee that I will be out there checking out the action as well as hitting the mat in my respective division.

I have already begun my preparation of dieting and training to get myself ready for the start of the tournament season. It is my experience that the earlier you start, the better prepared you will be come tournament time, especially for the earlier tournaments. I would recommend starting to ease into your competition diet as well as starting to schedule and get in more training. This includes but is not limited to more mat time consisting of drilling and sparing as well as conditioning. I have started up a new Twitter account just to keep people updated and so that all of you can follow my training. I get questions all the time about how I prepare for competition and now I will put it out there for everyone who wishes to know. You can  simply look over onto the sidebar to the right of this post or you can click on the follow box here:

However, while beginning your preparations for competition, I also suggest you start looking into rules and policy changes that may have occurred for the 2012 season. Recently, the IBJJF has put out a new rule book with all the pending changes for the 2012 season. However, the rule book has not yet been translated into English. Hopefully it will be soon. I have skimmed through the new rule book and from what I can gather, it is a substantial improvement from the last. It is filled with plenty of pictures for clarification as well as organized extremely well. I can only speculate as to what the changes will be as I am no fluent in Portuguese, but alas we will know soon enough. I will post a link to the new rule book as soon as it becomes available in English.

I know of one major change that will be occurring at the start of the year. I recently received a newsletter in my email box from the IBJJF which I tend to get every so often. I normally skim through them and this time I found something very important. The email can be seen below:

I have highlighted the passage that caught my eye.  As it states, in 2012, if you are a BROWN belt, in order to compete in any IBJJF tournament, you must be registered and have a valid federation ID card. This has major implications that are not clearly stated. In order to gain a federation ID card, you must register with the federation. In order to fill out the application for the federation registration, you must register under a school that is already registered with the federation and have that school’s coach sign off on your application. In-so-fact-oh, if your school and/or coach is not registered with the federation, then you can not compete under your schools banner in the IBJJF until they are, at least at brown belt anyway. The process is not hard but can take some time. I would highly recommend getting started early so that there is no delay in processing. The application can be found at the USBJJF (United States IBJJF affiliate) website.

The 2012 competition season is getting close with every passing day. I guess the only real question is what are you doing to prepare? And more importantly… will you be ready?

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