Women first competed in the World Jiu-Jitsu championship in 1998.
First they all competed in the same division, without any separation of belts.
In 2007, the first open class division took place and Michelle Nicolini grabbed the gold medal.
Only in 2012, black belt women had a division exclusive to them, without the presence of brown belts.
In 2014, the IBJJF inducted its first ever Hall of Fame class and six ladies received the highest honor in Jiu-Jitsu: Gabrielle Garcia, Kyra Gracie, Michelle Nicolini, Bianca Andrade, Leticia Ribeiro and Hannette Staack.
The IBJJF prepared a video to honor them and now you remember that.
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