The Sport Jiu-Jitsu International Federation has ended it competitive year with a successful World Jiu-Jitsu Championship: Worlds 2018
The prestigious SJJIF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship was held at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California USA on October 27th & 28th, 2018. The arena housed over 7,000 spectators and nearly 3,000 competitors from over 72 countries.
More importantly, male and female Black Belts competed for their share of $40,000 in total cash prizes.
Looking like a character straight out off a Dragon Ball Z episode, Keenan Cornelius took the SJJIF World Absolute Championship in the Gi division for the second consecutive year with his blue hair. That now makes Cornelius a 3X SJJIF World Absolute Champion, winning in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
On his instagram, he said “Thanks @sjjif for the pay day”
Tayane Porfirio won her second consecutive SJJIF World Absolute Championship while also winning $10,000. On her instagram she said “I’m happy with everyone’s performance, I think we’ve all won a little, and that’s it! Thank you, my God, for giving me the conditions to be here! Thank you all who support me.”
Tayane is still unbeaten in her near two-year black belt career.
SJJIF said “The SJJIF believes that athletes have the right to be equally compensated, independent of their sex, because the sweat of a man is equal to that of a woman.” In addition, Black Belts Kaynan Duarte and Luiza Monteiro took the title of SJJIF World Absolute champion in the NoGI division.
SJJIF also hosted traditional Kid, Juvenile & Adult Divisions starting at the white belt level and the Adapted Jiu-Jitsu event which consisted of Special, Para and Deaf Jiu-Jitsu. You can get the full results here SJJIF