In recent years the Old Continent has become a strong center for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu outside of Brazil. Countries like Sweden, France, England, Portugal, Spain and Finland have many academies and ever growing teams. In order to unite European practitioners in one place to officially organize and develop the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the continent, IBJJF and CBJJ created the European Championship of Jiu-Jitsu.
The first edition of the event was held in 2004 in the historical city of Lisbon, Portugal. Since then the tournament has grown and become stronger, establishing itself as the most important BJJ event in Europe and attracting competitors of all ages and belts. Such prestige has turned the event into a sure stop for black belt superstars like Roger Gracie, Ronaldo Jacare and Mario Reis, among many others.