FUJI Sports Creates FUJI BJJ Championship Series Tournaments
Tournament Franchises Will Increase Jiu-Jitsu Opportunities Across U.S.A.
New York, N.Y. (June 22, 2015) – FUJI Sports announces the launch of FUJI BJJ Championship Series Tournaments, created through the acquisition of Kozen Fighter, to expand jiu-jitsu competition opportunities in the U.S.A. Tournaments are being planned in cities throughout the heartland that haven’t had the same frequency and quality of jiu-jitsu competition as larger cities on either coast. The new franchise model will create martial arts career opportunities while further expanding the sport’s reach.
The FUJI BJJ Championship Series Tournaments will combine FUJI’s well-respected martial arts gear, equipment and mats, along with the proven experience of Kozen Fighter’s tournament and training operation. Originally created by JW Wright, a Royler Gracie Black Belt and Pan American Champion, this new tournament model will give an increasing number of jiu-jitsu athletes the ability to practice and develop skills in well-organized top-level competitions.
“JW Wright is a highly respected instructor and business professional in the world of jiu-jitsu,” said Jimmy Pedro, FUJI Sports Vice President. “Through the Kozen Fighter tournaments, he’s created a great customer experience, and it aligns perfectly with the FUJI mindset. We’re excited to create the FUJI BJJ Championship Series Tournaments where we can combine our expertise and reach with JW’s, and produce well-organized events for even more athletes across the country.”
The tournament schedule will include events in cities where BJJ schools thrive but where tournament opportunities are few. With a focus on creating a professionally organized event experience, the FUJI BJJ Championship Series Tournaments will be operated in family-friendly environments designed for athletes at all belt levels.
“We want to embody the whole lifestyle of jiu-jitsu,” said JW Wright, creator of Kozen Fighter and owner of Gracie Humaita in St. Louis. “We’re going to markets where people train but have had less ability to compete. We’re affordable. We’re focused on education and respect for the sport. And by increasing opportunities with high-quality events, we may be helping create the next world champion.”
To continue expansion of jiu-jitsu competition opportunities, and to help professionals turn their martial arts passion into a career, FUJI is creating the FUJI BJJ Championship Series Tournaments franchise model. “We hope to have 10 franchisees up and running by the end of 2016,” said Jimmy Pedro. "These franchises will support the growth of jiu-jitsu in U.S. markets serving under-developed markets with professional tournament platforms, plus FUJI Mats, gis and gear. We’re excited to show the growing FUJI brand to more athletes.”
“This franchise model brings true potential for growth in this sport” said JW Wright. “People with true passion can now make a living in jiu-jitsu. Through these tournaments, jiu-jitsu is going to touch even more people. And now with FUJI Sports, we’ll create strong growth opportunities for others. That is what pushes me more than anything. I’ve trusted and sold FUJI Sports products for years, and with the new FUJI Matsbusiness, I know this is the perfect opportunity to do something unique in the martial arts market. I’m excited to be a part of the FUJI brand.”
About FUJI BJJ
The FUJI BJJ Championship Series Tournaments are held across America to increase the frequency and professionalism of jiu-jitsu competition. FUJI BJJ was founded by JW Wright, a Royler Gracie Black Belt and Pan American Champion. JW has been hosting jiu-jitsu events for more than 15 years throughout the Midwestern U.S. FUJI BJJ currently has ten regions throughout the United States and partners with some of the best competitors and academies around. Visit fujibjj.com, and find "FUJIBJJ" on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.