SJJIF is proud to announce the landmark membership to TAFISA (The Association For International Sport For All), an international sport organization composed of over 300 members in 160 countries in all continents.
TAFISA is today, one of the main international organizations that promote social inclusion through sport. Officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO), among many others.
SJJIF’s mission is to take Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to the Olympic Games while preserving its unique history, culture, lineage, and life style. Becoming a member of TAFISA, the leading sport for all organization aimed at creating a better world through sport, is a key accomplishment for SJJIF as it continues to develop the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, while utilizing it as a tool for social inclusion, working to gender equality and promoting empowerment for all women and girls, peace, friendship, leadership, and its health benefits.
SJJIF is a proud promoter of Jiu-Jitsu for everyone with federations in 6 continents and representatives in over 45 countries. The organization has implemented many social programs as well as developed the Adapted BJJ divisions to provide all BJJ athletes with a form of disability or impairment with the opportunity to take part in BJJ competitions. In addition, SJJIF promotes social inclusion through Adapted BJJ divisions and utilizes BJJ as a tool to support empowering all athletes and enriching the BJJ community with greater diversity, compassion, and respect.
SJJIF founder and president Mr. João Silva comments of TAFISA, “It is a huge honor for SJJIF to become a member of TAFISA. I believe that TAFISA is a true representative of the Sport for All movement, and after a long process, becoming a member of TAFISA is news excitedly received by the SJJIF family. At SJJIF we believe that BJJ is a great tool for the development of the human race and has the power to bring unity and peace to many. With the continued development of the SJJIF mission and its globalization we will be able to further utilize BJJ as a positive tool for change and social betterment. Today, becoming part of the TAFISA family brought SJJIF one step closer in achieving its own goals.”
TAFISA membership will allow SJJIF to participate in TAFISA programs and events, including the TAFISA World Sport for All Games, forums and international workshops. Through TAFISA membership SJJIF will have access to an international network of members and friends who are likeminded in their belief in the power of sport, the importance of an active world, and most importantly, the belief that sport is for all.