It’s not uncommon to hear MMA fans discussing the possibility of seeing their favorite sport alongside other athletic endeavors deemed appropriate for the Summer Olympics. The topic is as hot as ever at the moment due to the ongoing games in London, yet does MMA ever stand a chance of getting the same sort of attention as other sports?
The answer is a reserved, “Yes,” though the notion of seeing it approved by 2016 are unlikely. However, with boxing, wrestling, and judo already on the menu, it doesn’t seem far-fetched to see MMA eventually get a nod. So what’s the next necessary step towards achieving the ultimate end-goal? Easy. Jiu-jitsu.
As a matter of fact, the 2016 Summer Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro, and what better backdrop for the inclusion of jiu-jitsu than the birthplace of BJJ?
Jiu-jitsu is an artform perfectly suited for the Olympics. There is an international flavor to it rather than it being a sport dominated by one particular region. Men and women can compete in it at a high-level. It’s not overwhelmingly violent, making it TV-friendly for all rather than MMA where the occasional broken nose or facial laceration is bound to show up. It also wouldn’t have to be watered down for the Olympics a MMA would (and boxing is).
Plainly put, there’s no reason jiu-jitsu isn’t worthy of an Olympic category, and Brazil is as perfect a location as could be hoped for in terms of garnering support for the movement. After all, men/women can win medals in Table Tennis and Badminton. Why not in a sport requiring far more athletic prowess and with roots closer to competitions seen in the original Olympics?
It’s a four-year march to Rio de Janeiro and it’s time to take the first step!