USJJO President Appointed to the Ju-Jitsu International Federation Board of Directors


(Press Release)March 23, 2016 - Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The United States Ju-Jitsu Organization (USJJO) announced today its’ President, Sarah Stanton, was appointed to the board of directors of the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF) in Madrid, Spain this past weekend.

The USJJO is the National Governing Body of Ju-Jitsu in the USA and Official Full National Member to the JJIF. The JJIF represents Sports Ju-Jitsu worldwide and is the only Ju-Jitsu organization recognized by the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA). The JJIF provides the opportunity for elite athletes from their National Members to compete in the World Games, which are organized and governed by the IWGA under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Including the United States of America, the JJIF has 106 member countries on 4 continents. 

Sarah Stanton will have a busy 2016 which includes attending the JJIF Extra Ordinary General Assembly Meeting, April 25th, 2016 at the JJIF Head Quarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, coordinating the US Nationals and US Open events which are part of the UFC’s International Fight Week 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada and organizing teams for the Pan-American (Panama) and World (Poland) Championships later this year.  

The JJIF offers three forms of ju-jitsu competition: the Fighting System, Ne-Waza (Brazilian Ju-Jitsu) and the Duo System. See  

The Ju-Jitsu fighting is a one-on-one competition divided into three parts. For part one, the competitor attempts to score with various strikes, punches and kicks. Part two begins after one competitor grabs the other and from there they battle for a take-down to the ground. Part three involves submissions such as strangulations, holding and barring/locking of various body joints. The winner is the competitor that accumulated the most points throughout the match, however an automatic victory may happen if the competitor received “Ippon” (clean action/full points) in each part.  

The Ne-Waza (Brazilian) fight starts in a standing position and the competitors try to gain points with several throwing, take-down, immobilizing techniques, sweeps and submissions. The fight can ultimately be won by a submission. If a submission does not happen, the fight is won by the competitor that has accumulated the most points throughout the match.  

The Duo System is a discipline where teams of two ju-jitsu athletes compete against each other. The teams demonstrate possible self-defense maneuvers against a variety of attacks. The attacks include strangulations, hit attacks, embraces, chokeholds and weapons.    

The USJJO is committed to developing both self-defense and sports ju-jitsu. Many opportunities for seminars, courses and competitive events focusing on both self-defense and sports ju-jitsu are offered by the USJJO, JJIF and affiliated members. In addition to the competitive training, some of these courses have included personal protection; weapons take away from an attacker, enhancing self-confidence in dangerous situations and course quarter combatives for your personal safety. The USJJO always encourages and welcomes requests for new seminar topics. 


The United States Ju-Jitsu Organization is a non-profit organization. For more information, please visit You can contact Sarah Stanton, President, at or Scott Long, Secretary, at