Rickson Gracie's inaugural Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation awards show took place this week in Long Beach, California. The event, which promises to be the first in an annual series that recognizes prominent athletes, teams and events in jiu-jitsu and grappling, was attended by many influential figures from the upper echelons of the art including prominent instructors and athletes.
Awards were chosen by a panel of judges who voted for winners from a shortlist of candidates. Big winners included Mackenzie Dern and Bernardo Faria. Dern took the awards for best female athlete both gi and no-gi, while Faria was awarded best male gi athlete and best gi submission.
Rickson Gracie also used the event to promote the self defense aspect of jiu-jitsu, a side to the art that he passionately supports.
Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation Conference Awards Winners