BJJ UKA sign an affiliation agreement with the British Judo Association, the National Governing Body for Judo in the UK. The affiliation demonstrates the commitment of both organisations to the development of BJJ and Judo in the UK.
The affiliation agreement means that the BJA can use the many years of experience it has as a National Governing Body (recognised and supported by Sport England) to provide guidance and advise to the BJJ UKA on areas such as coaching and Academy/Club development.
The agreement means that the BJJ UKA will comply with the rules and ethics of good governance, and administration that Sport England would expect of any independent, nationally recognised Governing Body.
Chairman of the BJJ UKA Ray Stevens (BJJ Black Belt, Judo 6th Dan and Olympic silver medallist) speaking on the affiliation agreement, said:
“This is something I have wanted to do for a number of years, I very much see Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo as cousins in the world of combat sport. Both BJJ and Judo can learn from one another by sharing our expertise and knowledge and as such there is a great deal of mutual benefit to be had from the affiliation. With my background in BJJ and Judo I see myself as bridging a gap between the two arts. I want to bring greater regulation and credibility to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through our affiliation with British Judo.”