Alliance brown belt Chris Moriarty sinks a kneebar at the 2008 Pan-Ams.
We are now just days away from the 2009 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan-Ams this coming weekend in Carson, California! The Pan-Ams is like a joyous holiday of the year for me. The best competitors in the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu consider the Pan-Ams a “must do” event so the action is incredible.
Are you the type of person who would prefer to sit right on the edge of the mats and watch some of the world’s best BJJ competitors in action? In the past we’ve discussed how you can volunteer to be a time keeper or score keeper at these events. You give a little of your time and get to sit right next to the action while the best jiu-jitsu fighters around go at it.
I was on the phone with Mike Buckels, part of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation event coordination staff, yesterday and he mentioned an added perk for those who volunteer to assist with score keeping and time keeping duties this coming weekend: you get a one year complimentary membership to the United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation!
I can hear you saying now: “What is a membership to the United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation?” Well the details have not been formalized as yet, but what we do know is that such memberships already exist for the national BJJ federations in Brazil, France, Portugal, Japan, and Canada. In fact, they have to be presented when competing at IBJJF events like the Pan-Ams and Mundials. Below is a picture of Buckel’s own membership card, which I tool last year at the 2008 BJJ Mundials.
While the USBJJF hasn’t formalized such a policy yet here in the United States, it will surely be implemented at some point. So while it may not be mandatory yet, I think it would still be cool to say you were one of the first to be a member of the USBJJF.
So here’s how to volunteer and get your one year membership to the USBJJF:
- send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and express your interest
- bring a passport photo this weekend that can be used in your membership card
They’ll have some quick paperwork there to get your membership underway!