Last week, many, including myself, were a little depressed knowing that there would be a lull between the Pan and World championships. Those are obviously the two most prestigious titles to win in the United States, and it’s safe to say that many are eager for May 29 to come around to start the Worlds weekend once again. But in the meantime, the jiu-jitsu world always knows how to keep us entertained while we wait.

The IBJJF will be traveling to numerous states once again (like it did before the Pans). To start, the federation will fly to the East Coast for its fifth annual New York Open event, easily one of its largest Open championships. With the combination of being in New York and getting the opportunity to compete for some high-quality hardware, the first four New York Opens have been a huge success, and this year looks to be no different.

After the federation has completed its trip in New York, it will head out to another popular location, Las Vegas, for the first-ever Las Vegas Spring Open. The IBJJF has held events out in Vegas before, but never during this time of year, which is an indicator that Vegas will be a twice annual stop for the federation.

The Brazilian National Championships, the biggest and most prestigious championship outside of the United States, will take place April 25 through April 28 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This popular championship was huge before the Worlds moved to California, but now without the Worlds in Brazil, the Nationals are even bigger than ever. The four-day event holds a lot of world-class athletes, whereas many are unable to make it to the Worlds due to money or visa issues. The championship is expected to draw many great names once again and provide plenty of surprises from talent we may have never heard of before.

Last, the IBJJF will head to Dallas for the Dallas Open on May 5. The Open has grown each year since its inaugural showing back in 2011, so you can expect it to be even larger this coming year. Also, Texas has shown that it has many talented athletes coming out of the area, so there are sure to be some interesting match-ups to check out that Saturday in the Lone Star State.

Besides the IBJJF, the UAE has things cooking. It will be hosting its fifth annual World Pro Jiu-Jitsu championship in Abu Dhabi, starting April 11 and running through April 13. Many world champions at all belts are confirmed for this tournament, so it is sure to be a great show, like it is every year.

What championship are you looking forward to most? Also, who do you think will be the big standout to look out for once the Worlds comes rolling around? Comment below and let your voice be heard! Osss!

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About The Author

Gianni Grippo
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Contributor

Gianni Grippo is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcelo Garcia and trains at the Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York City. Besides being a big fan of the sport, Gianni is also an avid competitor and has ranked among the best in the World from blue to brown belt winning 6 IBJJF World titles and 7 Pan Championships. Still at 21, Gianni looks to continue to compete for many years to come as his main goals are to win the World championships at black belt and win the ADCC title.