The date for the upcoming IBJJF World Championship 2023 has just been confirmed, and the tournament will now take place from June 1st to June 4th with the option for matches to take place on May 31st if the number of competitors exceeds the capacity of the original four days. With this news, elite gi competitors all around the planet can start preparing for the biggest competition event of the calendar year, although a large number of the sport’s best already kicked 2023 off with a bang at the IBJJF European Championship in January.
Along with the date, the location for the IBJJF World Championship 2023 has also been confirmed. It will be staying in the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, exactly as it has done over the last few years. While it’s possible that the tournament may eventually outgrow that location, it will no doubt take quite a while for that to happen and it’s a pretty safe bet that it will remain there for several years to come. As usual in recent years, masters competitors have been separated out from the adults and they will instead be battling it out from August 31st to September 2nd when the annual Jiu-Jitsu Con takes place.
There isn’t a gi competition on the planet that attracts a higher level of competition than the IBJJF World Championship and every year the field just gets tougher and tougher for those looking to win it. As the sport continues to grow and more prospective competitors come through the ranks, not only are there more people in every weightclass but some of them have been training Jiu-Jitsu for as long as they could walk. This year will be no exception, and as always it will be interesting to watch the reigning champions from 2022 attempt to defend their respective titles against a wave of incredible up-and-coming talent.