A lot of folks called me crazy for creating the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship, in 1996. They’d say the sport was still just crawling and need to grow a lot before there could be such a competition, but I knew the Worlds was going to lead Jiu-Jitsu to growth – Carlos Gracie Jr, CBJJ / IBJJF president. Photo by Luca Atalla
Roleta vs. Wallid, 1996. Photo by Ricardo Azoury
Marcio Feitosa, 1997. Photo by Gustavo Aragão
Royler Gracie, 1997. Gustavo Aragão
Rodrigo Comprido, 1999. Photo by Lia Caldas
BJ Penn, 2000. Photo by Gustavo Aragão
Fernando Margarida, 2001. Photo by Gustavo Aragão
I was 30% in shape, but that’s enough for today’s Jiu-Jitsu – Márcio Pé de Pano, in 2003, after winning his second absolute title in a row. Photo by Gustavo Aragão
Fernando Tererê, 2004. Photo by Gustavo Aragão
Rogre Gracie vs. Ronaldo Jacaré, 2004. Photo by Gustavo Aragão
Ronaldo Jacaré, 2005. Photo by Pedro Stabile
Xande Ribeiro, 2006. Photo by Pedro Stabile
Oooh, there goes the blanket! – Gracie Barra cheering section, in 2009, during Roger Gracie’s matches. Photo by Ivan Trindade
Kyra Gracie vs. Lana Stefanac, 2007. Photo by Ivan Trindade
Sergio Moraes, 2008. Photo by Ivan Trindade
Gabi Garcia, 2010. Photo by Dan Rod
Rodolfo Vieira, 2011. Photo by Dan Rod
“Nowadays, he’s the only one who is able to cancel my game completely.” – Rodolfo Vieira, in 2013, after the 0-9 defeat to Buchecha in the open class final. Photo By Ivan Trindade
Who’s gonna be the big name at the 2014 Worlds?
It’s that time of the year again!
The World Jiu-Jitsu Championship is a little over a month away so it’s time to recollect on some of the greatest moments of the past 18 editions.
AS GRACIEMAG was present in all of those years, we selected 18 images that will make you relive some of the thrills of the most important Jiu-Jitsu tournament there is.
Form 1996 to 2013, it has been almost two decades of rich characters and unforgettable moments.
We did that to make you even more eager to register for the 2014 Worlds and also be a part of this story.
Maybe your picture will replace the blank image that ends this gallery.
This Tuesday, April 22, is the last day to register with the biggest discount.
If you do it until 11:59PM, you’ll pay $95.
The next discount deadline is May 6th ($120) and the final date to register is May 19th ($135).
For more info and to register, click