Just a heads up. Most people think of the no-gi submission grappling championship when you hear ADCC’s. That is a correct association, but the folks back in the United Arab Emirates who originated the famous no-gi ADCCs are now putting together a competition in the gi too called the World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup.
The first USA trials are going to be held in Florida and are called the Abu Dhabi Pro World Trials. (It will be held on Feb 28, 2009 in Florida and is being put together by the gang behind nafafighters.com, which includes Helio “Soneca” and Renato Tavares.)
Here in the United States there has been confusion about the no-gi ADCC trials that were postponed until May. Many have understandably confused the no-gi competition with this new one for gi competition. However the trials for the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup will still indeed be taking place in Melbourne, Florida on February 28th. Competitive Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners here in the USA would be wise to enter the trials in Florida because if they win, they will have a chance to compete in the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup, where gold medalists will win $7,000.
Here’s a quick rundown of the schedule for the global trials for the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup:
- Oceana-Australia Trials: February 8, Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre
- United States Trials: February 28, Melbourne, Florida
- Japanese Trials: March 1, Omiya Budokan, Saitama
- European Trials: March 7 and 8, Barcelona, Spain
- Canadian Trials: March 7, Montreal
- South American Trials: March 14 and 15, Porto Alegre Brazil
- FINALS: MAY 1 AND 2, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Carlao Santos is providing all the official details on the World Professional Jiu Jitsu Cup here.