Where To Begin? A Guide To The AJP Tournaments You Can Participate In Throughout The Year

Where To Begin? A Guide To The AJP Tournaments You Can Participate In Throughout The Year

Kickstarted mid-November, the season 2023-2024 has only just begun and will go on providing thrills to fight fans and athletes all the way to the next ADWPJJC.

Given that we now stand at a sort of starting point of the season, this is arguably the best time for a refresher course on the many competitions that AJP promotes all around the year.

With Grand Slams, Continentals, Nationals, Grand Prix, and all the other titles flying around in our organization, it’s worth setting the time aside to explain how each tournament differs from one another and how all of them will help you gain fighting experience and, of course, those coveted ranking points and prizes.

So without further ado, let’s get down to it!

Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (1st place – 4000 points)

This is the biggest tournament available in the AJP and it acts as both a closer for the previous season and an opener for the next one.

Always held in Abu Dhabi, the organization’s birthplace, the ADWPJJC is highly regarded among the Jiu-Jitsu community and it frequently draws competitors from across the world, all hungry to add the most important title to their grappling records.
Kids, Youths, Amateurs, Masters, and of course, Professionals are all welcome to put on their gis, join the championship, and make a name for themselves in this grand finale.

The competition ends with a closing ceremony and the unveiling of the season’s Heroes, the very best athletes who competed with us that year.
Giving out the most points out of all tournaments, this competition can make or break your season, so be sure to register.

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour (1st place – 2000/3000 points)

As hinted by the name, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour is a traveling show.

With the UAE’s capital always on the roadmap, the ADGS also visits key locations around the world, usually favoring countries with deeper connections to the gentle art.
Rio de Janeiro, Miami, and London are just some of the locales that have received the ADGS over the years, and the tour is always looking for new places to land and spark the fires of competition.

It’s worth remembering that the Grand Slam is a gi-only tournament, typically only a limited number of these take place in any given year, and it usually attracts the best athletes Jiu-Jitsu has to offer, so keep your eyes peeled and don’t let the chance to experience this level of competition pass you by.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix No-Gi (1st place – 2000 points)

If you’re looking for a chance to score major points and prefer fighting without the gi, this one’s for you.

Whether you’re a colored or a black belt, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix No-Gi welcomes all to put on their rashguards and fight for gold and glory in the AJP mats.
With a whopping 2000 points offered for gold medalists, this can be the tournament that will land you at the head of the rankings.

However, it’s worth noting that the Grand Prix No-Gi isn’t around all the time, so it pays to keep your ears to the ground and make sure you’re ready to register whenever the next installment pops up.

AJP Tour Continental Jiu-Jitsu Championship (1st place – 1400 points)

Another global competition promoted by the AJP, the Continental has a more predictable schedule, as the name suggests.

Once a year, the tournament lands in Asia, Africa, and Europe, with the American continent usually receiving separate editions for its northern and southern counterparts.
The Continentals used to be a Professional-only competition, but as of the 2022-2023 season, Masters, Amateurs, and even Youths are now also able to compete, increasing the tournament’s reach and giving athletes the chance to gain even more points.

If you need further motivation to take part in one of our Continentals, it’s worth noting that the points gained here make up a significant part of your final ranking score.
Finally, these are usually fought in the gi, but there have been instances of No-Gi Continentals, so stay sharp for any announcements regarding your area.

AJP Tour National Jiu-Jitsu Championship (1st place – 1000 points)

Still providing a good amount of points and taking place more often than the previous championships listed here, the Nationals provide a good chance to earn some bang for your buck while easing on the travel expenses.

This is because these tournaments have a broader list of places that they visit, with events being hosted in big and small countries alike, providing athletes with a chance to fight closer to their homes.
But make no mistake, there are no additional requirements to fight in Nationals, meaning you can fight in one even if you’re not from the country that’s currently hosting it.

The accessibility coupled with the schedules and the points awarded make the Nationals one of the most cost-effective championships on AJP’s roster, so stay tuned to know when we’ll be closer to you.

AJP Tour Regional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (1st place – 800 points)

While Regionals have been around since the 2021-2022 season, it wasn’t until last season that it really gained traction and became a key addition to the AJP’s repertoire.

Awarding 800 points for division champions, the Regionals are a solid chance to accrue some points and, like the Nationals, not spend a lot on traveling.
Athletes of all ages, graduations, and nationalities are more than welcome to register and test their skills in yet another high-level AJP tournament.

Check out the calendar to find out when the next Regional will be in your area.

AJP Tour International Jiu-Jitsu Championship (1st place – 600 points)

Internationals are a constant throughout the year. While it offers fewer points than all the other events listed so far, the Internationals make up for it with consistency as new editions pop up all around the world during the entire season.

If you’re looking to compete, odds are there’ll be an International ready to welcome you in its mats on that weekend.
Whether you’re a newcomer athlete aiming to gain experience or a battle-hardened warrior looking to keep your skills sharp, the International is always a safe bet when it comes to schedule.

Register for an International now and take this chance to see the world through the eyes of Jiu-Jitsu.

AJP Jiu-Jitsu Festival (No points awarded)

A low-stakes tournament that doesn’t give any points and allows athletes to focus solely on their Jiu-Jitsu, Festivals are a great starting point for competitors.

Usually reserved for Kids and Youths, these also sometimes welcome Masters and provide athletes with a less stressful environment while still giving the thrill of competition.
It won’t do your ranking position any favors, but it might just be what your Jiu-Jitsu needs, especially if you’re just starting to compete or if you’ve been away from the mats for a long time.

Register your kids for a Festival and witness the beginning of their journey through the gentle art.

It’s worth noting that, while almost every weekend has some action going on, not every tournament you fight will be weighed in for your final ranking score.

For more information on the rankings and how points work in the AJP, click here!