During the 2017 SJJIF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship the SJJIF also introduced the first SJJIF World Special Jiu-Jitsu Championship, an event in which the main focus was the inclusion of athletes with intellectual disabilities of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community. These challenges often result in athletes being unable to participate in traditional competitive events, and for many they remain largely invisible members of the BJJ community. Providing these athletes with the platform to participate in a competitive or friendly match was an amazing and rewarding experience that invoked powerful emotions from participants and spectators.
The SJJIF World Special Jiu-Jitsu was divided into Adult, Juvenile, and Kid divisions. The majority of Kid athletes students of the Unlimited Possibilities Martial Arts school in Buena Park, CA. All athletes did an amazing job of showing their BJJ skills and sportsmanship, resulting in all athletes of Unlimited Possibilities Martial Arts school winning gold on their friendly matches!
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The adults special division was composed of both Special competition between two special athletes and friendly matches between a special athlete and a BJJ Black Belt. In a very exciting friendly matches the special athlete, Michael Latawiec, was victorious over the President of the South American Federation, Mr. Cleiber Maia.