The following are the GB selection criteria for GBJ athletes wishing to compete in major events. This is subject to updates as required and will be reviewed as of April 2024.

Great Britain Jujitsu recognises multiple different events for athletes wishing to participate in jujitsu competitions through the GBJ.

These are:

Domestic – UK-based events with primarily UK participants

International Development – Events held outside the UK or in the UK with significant overseas participation

International elite – high-level events held overseas

Note: Whilst the GBJ aspires to provide financial support for its athletes, and will endeavor to do so when possible, the current position is that athletes should expect to be self-funding for all competitions.

Domestic – The GBJ encourages fighters from the broadest base possible to participate in jujitsu, and therefore any GBJ member, or member of a GBJ-affiliated club, is welcome to attend and compete at domestic events

International development – The GBJ will identify tournaments across the year where athletes can develop experience in competition. These may or may not be ranking tournaments and the GBJ encourages athletes to attend as many of these as possible. The GBJ may ask an athlete not to attend if:

  • They do not feel they are of appropriate technical standard
  • They have not demonstrated their ability in multiple domestic tournaments or squad sessions
  • There is a perceived concern over their conduct representing the GBJ  
  • There is a concern they may not meet the tournament requirements

International elite – this includes World Games, Grand Prix, Opens etc. For these events, athletes are encouraged to nominate their interest in participating at the beginning of the year, and then if their attendance is supported by at least 2 of the 3 senior GBJ directors (plus any other relevant roles) they will be entered into the event. As per development events, there may be reasons that athletes are felt inappropriate for specific events. This does not preclude them from being selected for other events.

GBJ selection seeks to be inclusive, within the defined divisions of the competition organisers.

You may come to the GBJ directly or through your own club. We would encourage as many fighters as possible to come to our monthly training session.

Generally, athletes should expect that attendance at events (domestic competitions, squad training sessions etc) will increase their opportunity for selection.

By adam phillips

Adam is one of the Directors for Great Britain Jujitsu. Winner of several AMA Sports Jujitsu and Grappling National tournaments and has represented the GB Squad 2 times, winning 3 world WCJJO Silver medals and 4 WCJJO Bronze.

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  1. Hi there,
    My name is Vincent Duong and I am currently a student in my 1st year of college (lower sixth). I am writing to you as I have a keen interest in taking my ju-jitsu to another level since I am looking to take on a degree in university called ‘Sports Performance’. I currently am part of a Japanese ju-jitsu club near my house and I have been doing it for 11 years now, coming close to 12. I am currently a brown and white belt which is the 2nd to last belt from reaching black belt. I am aiming to reach black belt by next July as my club requires you to be at the age of 18 and I am still. 17. I turn 18 on the 08/03/2024. I truly have a big passion for ju-jitsu and I take my training seriously as I am looking to take it on further. I have participated in 6 domestic inter-clubs competitions overall and am looking to compete against people across the country through training more with the top ju-jitsu athletes if. possible as my dream would be to compete for Great Britain. Would it be possible if I could come down for a trial session to experience the training that you may offer? My contact details are below if you would like to have a chat.

    Many thanks,
    Vincent Duong

    1. Hi Vincent, absolutely, check out our events page, turn up to training and get yourself added to comps. The next one is the GBJ nationals on August 12th and 13th, look forward to meeting you – Adam

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