UKBJJA Chairman’s Statement regarding Elite Sport Return to Training

UKBJJA Chairman’s Statement regarding Elite Sport Return to Training

The UKBJJA is formally inviting Academies to apply for “Elite academy status”, which will grant them the opportunity to open for limited training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from 1st June 2020, with no more than 10 athletes and 5 coaches in their program.

In order to be considered, they must not only comply with all the relevant UKBJJA regulations for all their athletes and coaches, but also with all Stage One Covid 19 measures updated by the UK Government on 25th May. (Link)

As well as meeting all the regulatory measures they will need to demonstrate that they have a group of elite athletes who are using their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training for professional or Olympic competition in BJJ, MMA or Judo and/or athletes who are on an elite pathway in their chosen sport.

It is important to mention that we proceed with the utmost caution, and any return to training must have the public health, and the health of our athletes and coaches as our primary concern.

We hope that data gathered during this controlled opening will allow us to include to as much of the BJJ community as possible as soon as regulations allow, in the most safe and responsible manner.

We will always consider the mental and physical health of our members in any decisions that we make in balance with the threat of any type of infection. Cleanliness is an important part of our code, and this moment is a good reminder of that.

The application process will open on 29th May 2020, with more details to follow

Richard Martin
Chairman, United Kingdom Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association