I sort of understand, and yet don’t, as to why jiu jitsu is not an olympic sport yet. I know it’s probably going to be an exhibition sport for the 2016 olympics, but I am referring to the possibility of it becoming an actual event in the Olympics.
I’m sure someone’s asked, and someone much more dedicated has found the official answer, but I feel part of it has to do with the lack of governing bodies in the sport, which is sort of relative to its age.
As I’ve mentioned before, governing bodies of jiu jitsu in the states is sort of like the wild west- sure, there’s supposed to be law and order, and there are those in the process of working to tame it, but there is still a lot of uncharted territory, because in the timeline of sports, jiu jitsu is still fairly new. And I am sure this lack of higher jiu jitsu government is also in an issue in a number of other countries as well. IBJJF/CBJJF is working to fill that void, but it’s going to take time.
I’m sure there are probably other reasons out there as well, but I’m sure that’s not helping the case. Give it time though: not to look down on other athletes, but they have curling and dressage as Olympic sports, I would hope they would add jiu jitsu to the list.
Just a tuesday morning musing. Have a good day everyone!