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Ju-Jitsu International Federation
Ju-Jitsu International Federation logo.png
Also known asJJIF
Date founded1977 (as EJJF)
Arts taughtModern Ju-Jitsu
Ancestor artsJu-Jitsu
Official website

The Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF) is an international sport federation founded in 1998 after the expansion of the European Ju-Jitsu Federation (EJJF) for the propagation of the modern competitive sports version of Jujitsu, also known as Sport Ju-Jitsu.

As a member of the General Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA), the JJIF represents Sports Ju-Jitsu worldwide. The JJIF is currently the only Jujutsu/Ju-Jitsu organization recognized by the GAISF and IWGA; Ju-Jitsu under JJIF rules is a part of the World Games[1] and World Combat Games.[2]


The Federation commenced as a coalition of three countries' associations. In 1977, delegates form Germany, Italy and Sweden founded the European Ju-Jitsu Federation (EJJF). As the number of member Nations increased, in and out of Europe, in 1987 the Federation changed its name to International Ju-Jitsu Federation (IJJF) and the original European nucleus of the Federation became the first Continental Union (EJJU) of the IJJF. Following a series of changes of its Statutes and a change to its membership structure, in 1998, the IJJF decided to change its name to the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF).[3]

In the early 1990s the IJJF became a provisional member of the General Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF), member of International World Games Association (IWGA – part of the Olympic Movement together with the IOC) and affiliated to the Sport for All Federation (FISpT). During the 1998 GAISF Congress the JJIF obtained full membership status.

Ju-Jitsu under JJIF rules has been an event at the World Games since the 1997 World Games in Lahti, Finland.

  1. 1977: European Ju-Jitsu Federation (EJJF)
  2. 1987: International Ju-Jitsu Federation (IJJF) / European Ju-Jitsu Union (EJJU)
  3. 1998: Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF)


35+37+4+16+20=112 Nations in May 2022.


35 Member nations in 2022.


37 Member nations in 2022.[4]


4 Member nations in 2022.


Ju-Jitsu African Union JJAFU. @AfricanJuJitsu

16 Member nations in 2022.


20 Member nations in 2022.




Main article: Ju-Jitsu World Championships


  1. 1994 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  2. 1996 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  3. 1998 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  4. 2000 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  5. 2002 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  6. 2004 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  7. 2006 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  8. 2008 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  9. 2010 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  10. 2011 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  11. 2012 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  12. 2014 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  13. 2015 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  14. 2016 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  15. 2017 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  16. 2018 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  17. 2019 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  18. 2021 Ju-Jitsu World Championships
  19. 2022 Ju-Jitsu World Championships





40th European Championship Adults Nahariya Israel 2022 2022.05.26 - 2022.05.28[5]

European Championship masters Nahariya 2022 Israel 2022.05.29[6]


Main article: Asian Ju-Jitsu Championships

First Championship was held in 2016 in  Turkmenistan.

  1. 2016
  2. - 2017
  3. - 2018
  4. - 2019
  5. - 2021
  6. - 2022



Traditional Jujutsu and Sport Ju-Jitsu

Different schools (ryū) have been teaching traditional Jujutsu in Japan since the 15th century. The JJIF is not a governing body for any of these schools of traditional Japanese jujutsu—the JJIF does not exercise authority over traditional Japanese Jujutsu Koryu styles, which are often instead headed by leaders who claim leadership from unbroken lineages of transmissions from different Japanese ryū, some of them hundreds of years old.

Rather, the JJIF was founded as an international federation solely for governing Sport Ju-Jitsu, a competitive sport derived from traditional jujutsu.

Executive committee

Name Role Country
Panagiotis Theodoropoulos[7] President  Greece
Abdulmunem Alsayed M. Al Hashmi President of Asian Union  United Arab Emirates
Nuvin Proag President of African Union  Mauritius
Robert Perc President of European Union  Slovenia
Miguel Angel Percoco President of Panamerican Union  Argentina
Séverine Nebie Athletes representative  France
Faisal Alkitbe Athletes representative  United Arab Emirates
Margarita P. Ochoa appointed Board member  Philippines
Medha Goodary appointed Board member  Mauritius
Georgiy Kukoverov Honorary Vice President  Russia
Tomo Borissov Honorary Vice President  Bulgaria
Igor Lanzoni Honorary Vice President  Italy
Joachim Thumfart Director General  Germany
Luc Mortelmans Director Finance  Belgium
Toni Dahl Head of Entourage Commission  Denmark

Committee Fighting System

Name Role Country
Dana Mihaela Mortelmans[8] Sport Director Fighting System  Romania
Ralf Pfeifer Head Referee Fighting System  Germany
Seyed Amir Khoshbin Members  Iran
Patrik Tremel Members  Austria
Andreas Kuhl Members  Germany
Jonathan Charlot Members  Mauritius
Jose Dominguez Members  United States
Michael Piaser Members  United States
Licaï Pourtois Members  Belgium

Rules of Sport Ju-Jitsu

JJIF currently regulates three different types of competitions at the international level: the Duo system', Fighting system and Ne Waza.[9]


The former is a discipline in which a pair of Jutsukas (Ju-Jitsu athlete) from the same team show possible self-defence techniques against a series of 12 attacks, randomly called by the mat referee from the 20 codified attacks to cover the following typologies: grip attack (or strangulation), embrace attack (or necklock), hit attack (punch or kick) and armed attack (stick or knife).

The Duo system has three competition categories: male, female or mixed, and the athletes are judged for their speed, accuracy, control and realism. It is arguably the most spectacular form of Ju-jitsu competition and it requires great technical preparation, synchronicity and elevated athletic qualities.


With a different approach, the Fighting System is articulated in a one-on-one competition between athletes. The system is divided in several categories according to weight and sex

(Male categories: -55 kg, −62 kg, −69 kg, −77 kg, −85 kg, −94 kg, +94 kg; Female categories −48 kg, −55 kg, −62 kg, −70 kg, +70 kg).

The actual competition is divided in three phases (Parts): Part I sees the jutsukas involved in distance combat (controlled attacks with arms and legs and atemis of various nature – punches, strikes and kicks). Once a grab has been made the Fight enters Part II and hits are no longer allowed.

The jutsukas try to bring one another down with various throwing techniques (and points are given according to how "clean" and effective the action was). Also – despite being uncommon – submission techniques as controlled strangulations and locks are allowed in part II.

Once down on the tatamis (mats) the match enters its Part III. Here points are given for immobilisation techniques, controlled strangulations or levers on body joints that bring the opponent to yield.

The winner is the Jutsuka who has accumulated most points during the fight. Automatic victory is assigned to the Jutsuka who gets an "Ippon" (clean action, full points) in all three Parts. This type of competition requires timing, agility, strength and endurance.


Ne-Waza (ground technique) is one of the main Jujitsu (and Judo) bases. The fight of two opponents starts standing. Punches and kicks are not allowed. After starting the fight the referee interrupts only in critical moments, so normally the main part of the fight takes place on the ground. It is the goal to win by submission with a lock on the joints or strangulation. During the time of 6 minutes it is possible to gain points for throws, take-downs, controlling positions and actions to gain an advantage in the fight. The Ne-Waza Ju-Jitsu is extremely tactical and sometimes described as the chess game of martial arts. This ruleset is similar to Brazilian jiu-jitsu rules.

Weight categories in JJIF ne-waza-system
age sex weight categories
Cadets (U17) female −44 kg −48 kg −52 kg −57 kg −63 kg −70 kg +70 kg
male −55 kg −60 kg −66 kg −73 kg −81 kg −90 kg +90 kg
Juniors (U20)
female −48 kg −52 kg −57 kg −63 kg −70 kg −78 kg +78 kg
male −60 kg −66 kg −73 kg −81 kg −90 kg −100 kg +100 kg

The contest duration is 4 minutes for cadets, 6 minutes for juniors and seniors (<=35 years) and 5 minutes for competitors from 36 years onwards.

Sport Ju-Jitsu and the Olympic Movement

The JJIF is a member of GAISF and IWGA, and both organizations are in close cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The organisation is striving to establish Sports Ju-Jitsu as an Olympic event in the future.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Korea Jujitsu Belt Wrestling Federation website
  2. ^ "Ju-Jitsu - Sports - World Combat Games 2010 - Sport Accord".
  3. ^ What is Ju-jitsu, JJIF website] Archived 29 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "ASIA". 31 May 2020.
  5. ^ "SET Online Ju-Jitsu: European Championship Adults Nahariya Israel 2022".
  6. ^ "SET Online Ju-Jitsu: European Championship masters Nahariya 2022 Israel".
  7. ^ "JJIF BOARD". Ju-Jitsu International Federation. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Technical Commission". Ju-Jitsu International Federation. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  9. ^ The official rules can be found at the JJIF-Referees website.
  10. ^ Traditional Ju-Jitsu shines bright as gold at the Sixth World Games, Grappling Magazine, March 2002