A Resounding Success for Team Police BJJ and the UKBJJA Emergency Services Committee.
On Saturday, June 3rd, a ground-breaking event took place in the UK Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) community as TeamPolice BJJ hosted the first-ever national championships. This momentous occasion not only marked a significant milestone for the sport but also highlighted the important work being undertaken by the UKBJJA’s Emergency Services Committee. With its resounding success, the event paved the way for future iterations, promising to establish a new tradition within the BJJ community.
The Mission of the Emergency Services Committee
The Emergency Services Committee, a division under the umbrella of the UKBJJA, is dedicated to supporting and engaging with Emergency Services personnel in the United Kingdom. Comprising professionals from various backgrounds, including law enforcement, firefighting, and the medical community, this committee aims to promote physical, mental and social well-being among the Emergency Services’ workforce through the practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The Inaugural TeamPolice BJJ Nationals
Under the capable leadership of Tom Wilson and his dedicated team, the first TeamPolice BJJ Nationals were executed flawlessly, leaving an indelible mark on the BJJ landscape. Held in Birmingham, the event brought together police officers from across the United Kingdom to compete, showcase their skills, and strengthen the camaraderie among their peers. Neil Williams, UKBJJA Chair, expressed his admiration for the exceptional organization of the event, extending his congratulations to Tom Wilson and the entire team for their success. The UKBJJA also recognized the invaluable contributions of James McIntyre and Marcelo Coppa, for their tireless efforts in ensuring a smooth and fair competition, while simultaneously representing the UKBJJA with utmost professionalism.
The triumphant execution of the inaugural TeamPolice BJJ Nationals has paved the way for an exciting future within the BJJ community and the UK Emergency Services. As the event sets a precedent for upcoming competitions, it is expected that more police officers and Emergency Services workers will be encouraged to participate in BJJ in the future and personally experience the physical, mental, and social benefits that BJJ offers.
The first TeamPolice BJJ Nationals firmly establishes the profile & presence of BJJ within the Emergency Services landscape. The successful delivery of this ground-breaking event by TeamPolice BJJ, under the guidance of the UKBJJA’s Emergency Services Committee, represents a significant step towards promoting the well-being and personal development of Emergency Services personnel throughout the United Kingdom. With the success of the inaugural tournament, the BJJ community eagerly awaits the subsequent edition confident that they will serve as a testament to the power of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in enhancing the lives of those who dedicate themselves to serving and protecting others.
“Thanks again to you and the UKBJJA team for helping us to deliver a fantastic event! For me with over 20yrs global competition under my belt, the biggest noticeable difference to this event was the general camaraderie and sense of ‘one family’ that radiated through the day. Every officer there was freely talking and chatting to each other, making new friends and networks, and smiling on and off the mats whether they won or lost. Without the support UKBJJA gave to us, we couldn’t have hoped to have seen this amazing success.” TeamPolice BJJ Event Organisers.