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2022 World Games in Birmingham, AL will feature Ju-Jitsu

The World Games 2022 Birmingham will be an extraordinary Olympic-style sports experience where elite athletes from all over the world compete for gold in 34 unique, multi-disciplinary sports. Featuring 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries, the international event will unite global fans with the Birmingham community in over 25 unique venues around the greater metropolitan area. The World Games 2022 Birmingham, which marks the 40th anniversary of the event, will take place from 7-17 July 2022. The World Games was established by the International World Games Association, an organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

Ju-Jitsu will be featured in the World Games 2022. Ju-Jitsu is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat and self-defense. It expresses the philosophy of yielding to an opponent’s force rather than trying to oppose force with force. Manipulating an opponent’s attack using his force and direction allows jutsukas (athletes) to control the balance of their opponent, hence preventing the opponent from resisting the counterattack. There are two disciplines of Ju-Jitsu offered in The World Games: Fighting and Ne-Waza. The USJJO is excited to see Ju-Jitsu in the world stage event. 

2021 National Team

Due to the continuing COVID-19 Pandemic, the USJJO BOD is evaluating qualification requirements for the 2021 National Team for international competition this year. Please contact USJJO President Sarah Stanton for more information.

For USJJO Athletes, Coaches and Athlete Support Personals – Updates from WADA for 2020

WADA published the 2020 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods

Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes the 2020 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (List); the 2020 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes; and the 2020 Monitoring Program. The List, which was approved by WADA’s Executive Committee (ExCo) on 23 September 2019, comes into force on 1 January 2020. All Ju Jitsu athletes, coaches, and support personnel competing for the USA should be aware of the latest requirements.

For more information go to:

Resources are available for athletes to help in compliance. Go to the US Anti-Doping Agency’s website:

USJJO Designates USA Sports Association, NFP a Regional Training Center

(Press Release) April 14th, 2016 Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The United States Ju-Jitsu Organization (USJJO) announced today that USA Sports Association, NFP is an official USJJO Regional Training Center.

USA SPORTS ASSOCIATION exists for the purpose of serving as the national governing body for select martial art sports in the United States, and creating platforms for United States athlete development. The mission of USASA is to promote the development of United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive distinction in domestic and international amateur martial arts competition, and to promote the growth of martial art sports participation in the United States.

Foster national and international amateur martial arts competition. Foster domestic athlete development for participation in national and international martial arts competition. Serve as the US National Governing Body for select international martial arts sport federations. Educate community youth in life skills through martial ar ts, and provide cultural education opportunities.

The USASA was started by the Hill Brothers, Prof. Ron and Prof. James Hill. The Hill Brothers have a combined almost 70 years in the martial ar ts and almost 50 years combined instruction. Together they have coach 6 USA National teams. They have been all over the world representing the USA as coaches for various martial arts and combat sports.

Professors Ron and James Hill own SUDA INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CENTER and USA COMBAT GRAPPLING ALLIANCE and they promote martial arts competition across the nation and outside of the US as well.

The USJJO is the National Governing Body of Ju-Jitsu in the USA and Official Full National Member to the JJIF. The JJIF represents Sports Ju-Jitsu worldwide and is the only Ju-Jitsu organization recognized by the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA). The JJIF provides the opportunity for elite athletes from their National Members to compete in the World Games, which are organized and governed by the IWGA under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Including the United States of America, the JJIF has 106 member countries on 4 continents.

The JJIF offers three forms of ju-jitsu competition: the Fighting System, Ne-Waza (Brazilian Ju-Jitsu) and the Duo System. See

The Ju-Jitsu fighting is a one-on-one competition divided into three parts. For part one, the competitor attempts to score with various strikes, punches and kicks. Part two begins after one competitor grabs the other and from there they battle for a take-down to the ground. Part three involves submissions such as strangulations, holding and barring/locking of various body joints. The winner is the competitor that accumulated the most points throughout the match, however an automatic victory may happen if the competitor received “Ippon” (clean action/full points) in each part.

The Ne-Waza (Brazilian) fight starts in a standing position and the competitors try to gain points with several throwing, take-down, immobilizing techniques, sweeps and submissions. The fight can ultimately be won by a submission. If a submission does not happen, the fight is won by the competitor that has accumulated the most points throughout the match.

The Duo System is a discipline where teams of two ju-jitsu athletes compete against each other. The teams demonstrate possible self-defense maneuvers against a variety of attacks. The attacks include strangulations, hit attacks, embraces, chokeholds and weapons.

The USJJO is committed to developing both self-defense and sports ju-jitsu. Many opportunities for seminars, courses and competitive events focusing on both self-defense and sports ju-jitsu are offered by the USJJO, JJIF and affiliated members. In addition to the competitive training, some of these courses have included personal protection; weapons take away from an attacker, enhancing self-confidence in dangerous situations and course quarter combatives for your personal safety. The USJJO always encourages and welcomes requests for new seminar topics.

The United States Ju-Jitsu Organization is a non-profit organization. For more information, please visit You can contact Sarah Stanton, President, at or Scott Long, Secretary, at

For more information about USA Sports Association, NFP please visit

You can contact Ron Hill at