It is time once again for one of the most prestigious events in the jiu-jitsu world: The Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships or also known as the Pan Ams. This year, the Pans will be taking place at the University of California Irvine in Irvine, California. On March 24th through the 27th, the top grapplers from around the world will be coming together to lay it all on the line trying to win one of the most prestigious events held throughout the year. Competitors of every different level ranging from white to some of the worlds best black belts will be in attendance. First, lets look at a brief history of the Pans.
” Held annually in the United States since 1995, the Pan Championship represented the first step towards the internationalization of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a sport. Back then, in the first event, a group of almost 250 athletes took part in the pioneering and historical enterprise. A lot has changed since then. The tournament has grown tremendously and has achieved recognition as the biggest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition in North America and as one of the most important events in the world.
Currently the Pans attract athletes from all corners of the planet and it grows a bit more every year. In the latest edition of the tournament, held in the city of Carson, Californian, 1700 competitors signed up. This incredible number set a new record for the event.
The Pan Championship is held by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), a governing body directly connected the Brazilian Confederation (CBJJ). In order to fulfill its role in the expansion of BJJ, the Pans have been held in many different regions of the USA, boosting the practice of the sport in important centers such as Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, and even Honolulu in Hawaii.”
- Courtesy of IBJJF.org
There are many titans of the sport registered to be competing at the Pans next week. The list of competitors includes the likes of Abmar Barbosa, Wellington “Megaton” Dias, Bruno Frazzato, Rafael and Guilherme Mendes, Ryan Hall, Lucas Lepri, JT Torres, and Caludio Calasans to name a few. It will be a great four days of jiu-jitsu!
I will be out all four days in Irvine watching and competing and bringing back as much coverage of the action as I can. If you are unable to travel out to California, BudoVideos will be broadcasting the event live all day Saturday for free on their website and then on Pay Per View for $10 on Sunday. So you are able to catch the action from the comfort of your own home from around the world! Check back next week for the highlights from the Pans!