Held one day before the start of the 2016 Jiu-Jitsu world championships, the IBJJF award ceremony crowned the best athletes and teams of 2016.
IBJJF president Carlos Gracie Jr. talked about the humble beginnings of the CBJJF/IBJJF:
As transcribed by Graciemag:
“We started doing weigh ins in my house, people would line up on the street shirtless and hungry. For the first PAN in the USA, we got a sponsorship and put 100 people on a plane. My goal was always to help all of us to live off the sport we love. This is just the beginning. Now that the world respects Jiu-Jitsu and we can reach even higher. I want to say thanks to all of those who worked for the improvement of our art. I pledge you all to never stop dreaming and believe in your dreams. What we have today is the realization of what we dreamed 20 years ago.”
The IBJJF also awarded the best ranked black belt adult athletes of the 2015/2016 season.
The winners were Paulo Miyao and Mackenzie Dern who received $15,000.
Joao Miyao who was ranked second was awarded $4,000, and Bernardo Faria who came third, won $1,000.
For the females, Andresa Correa (2nd) won $4,000 and Bia Mesquita (3rd) won $1,000.
See complete ranking.
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IBJJF Adult Black Belt League – Ranking Awards