Ju-Jitsu World Championships

The Ju-Jitsu World Championships is the flagship event of the Ju-Jitsu International Federation.

All three of the JJIF styles are contested at the event - the duo system, the fighting system and ne-waza or Brazilian ju-jitsu.

The 2022 World Championships are due to be held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for the second year in a row, between October 27 and November 5 at the Ju-Jitsu Arena.

Following this, the 2023 edition has been awarded to Mongolia following an agreement signed at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham.

In 2020, no World Championships took place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The inaugural edition was held in 1994 in Cento in Italy.

Ju-jitsu athletes have a number of major events to look forward to on the sport's calendar ©JJIF
Ju-jitsu athletes have a number of major events to look forward to on the sport's calendar ©JJIF


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World Games

The Ju-Jitsu International Federation joined the International World Games Association in 1994, and was included on the sport programme for the first time in Lahti in Finland in 1997.

The sport has since been ever-present at the event, which takes place every four years and is a multi-sport gathering for non-Olympic sports.

Both the fighting system and the duo system have been contested since the sport was first included at the World Games.

Ne-waza was added to the programme at the 2013 World Games in Cali in Colombia.

At the 2022 World Games in Birmingham in the United States, and the 2017 edition in Wrocław in Poland, ju-jitsu had more medal events than any other sport on the programme.

Twenty-two gold medals were up for grabs in Wrocław, with 18 offered in Birmingham.

In Birmingham, Germany finished at the top of the medal table with three golds, a silver and three bronze.

The next World Games are due to be held in Chengdu in China in 2025.


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Asian Games

Ju-jitsu enjoyed a major milestone in 2018 as the sport was contested at the Asian Games, the biggest multi-sport event outside of the Olympic Games, for the first time.

Only ne-waza events were contested at the Games which were held in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia.

United Arab Emirates topped the medal table as the leading nation, winning two gold, five silver and two bronze medals.

Ju-jitsu retained its place on the programme for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China.

This event has now been pushed back to 2023 because of COVID-19 complications. 

Ju-jitsu debuted at the Asian Games at the 2018 edition in Jakarta ©Getty Images
Ju-jitsu debuted at the Asian Games at the 2018 edition in Jakarta ©Getty Images


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Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

Ju-jitsu first featured on the programme of the Asian Martial Arts Games in Bangkok in 2009.

The fighting system and duo system were contested in the Thai capital.

Ne-waza was added to the programme for the 2017 edition in Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat.

By now, the event had merged with the Asian Indoor Games to become the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG).

The next edition of the AIMAG is due to be held by Bangkok and Chonburi in 2023.


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World Rankings

View the JJIF current Men’s World Ranking List and Women’s World Ranking List here.