The start of the unofficial Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu season is fast approaching with the 2011 European Championship. Athletes are making their final preparations in training and logistics to participate in the event. The dedication and hardwork required to be a Jiu-Jitsu champion is the same to be a baseball, football, or basketball champion.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the perfect blend of the physical, mental, and spiritual elements of the human being on display as a competitive performance. It’s absolute that in order to appreciate the art, you have to be a participant. The level of Jiu-Jitsu on display this weekend will undoubtedly be masterful. The only problem this weekend will be the reward.
It’s unfortunate that in 2011, there is still no monetary prize for tournament champions. The IBJJF has done a great job in organizing tournaments and bringing a level of professionalism to the sport. The IBJJF continues to organize and grow the sport and has a responsibility to support the athletes at the highest level. If there was a decent monetary prize on the table, the tournaments would see all of the highest level competitors chasing the prize.
The Mendes vs. Cobrinha superfight fiasco is an example of how important money is to the athletes. Jiu-Jitsu is their life and livelihood. It would be nice to see the IBJJF step up and reward the athletes that have been rewarding them.