May 22, 2020, the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) officially announced the suspension of all their events for the remainder of this year “until conditions are safe to resume competitions.” The federation reassures the Jiu-Jitsu community that they are continuing to work alongside the government, world health authorities and local communities for updates on hospitals, health networks, travel restrictions, and public transportation. Before they decide on resuming the tournament season, the IBJJF wants to be completely informed about contact sports restrictions and guidelines on the gathering of people in order to meet the demands of large sporting events safely and legally.
They also wanted to reach out to all athletes that they don’t need to worry about renewing their membership as long as it was valid when the pandemic shutdown began. From March 1, 2020 to whenever the first IBJJF event will be held, athletes should expect an extension of their membership expiration date. Furthermore, the IBJJF wanted to set the platform and be a positive example for all Jiu-Jitsu academies to be aware of the safety procedures and legality of reopening their gyms in accordance with what’s permitted in their respective regions.
The federation highlights the strength and resilience of the Jiu-Jitsu community as the pillars of hope towards a bright future. The IBJJF stands confident that we will return to “doing what we love the most” as long as we, as a whole, are willing to win this one fight against COVID-19