One of the founding goals of the IBJJF is to get jiu jitsu into the Olympics. I find even the possibility of one day being an Olympian very exciting....all be it not very likely. We have made great progress but unfortunately we are still quite a way away from being an Olympic sport. Many of the controversial actions of the IBJJF, such as the recent membership requirements for black belts to compete at IBJJF events, are so that we can take the proper inroads to being an Olympic sport. Agree with the objective or not, that is the goal. I am not an authority on the subject. I am just assembling what I could with google. There seem to be a number of major hurtles in place. The broad overview of what needs to happen is: 1. International Governing Body (done) 2. A satisfactory number of national Governing Bodies (in progress) 3. It must reach certain standards of activity, competition and membership around the world. Included in this conduct appears to be an anti doping policy. How strong of policy or to what extent it needs to be enforced is unclear to me. I recall an interview given to Carlos Gracie Jr. where he said drug testing in jj would mean the end of jj. (link please? It was an impromptu interview at a world championships) It kind of shows where his mind is at in regards to this. 4. Be a recognized sport by the IOC. This may be realized by first being an unofficial demonstration sport. Though demonstration sports have been officially eliminated from the Olympics, in Beijing Wushu was held as a parallel event with the IOC's blessing which lead to them being recognized as a sport by the IOC. A recognized sport is a sport that could potentially be included in the Olympics. Currently there are only 34 recognized sports (that are not already included) 5. Probationary period -2 years 6. Petition into Olympics where the sport is reviewed by the IOC and voted on. Here is a 2004 carlos gracie interview that gives some perspective on the subject. Some of which has been realized: "CG: We have to build an international federation to have Olympic consideration. The Olympic comity has asked me to build an international federation. However first we must end the political situation in the US. So then the US can have a national Jiu-Jitsu federation and elect an international Jiu-Jitsu representative. Then we set up the same in other countries to build our International Federation with representation for all countries. Then we can organize an international competition. First we need people in each country we can trust to set up and run national completions. Right now Europe is also in need of organization. People are going to have to be willing to give up some time to do it." For those that would be enthusiastic about the possibility it seems as though the nearest hope would be for us to follow the same path as Wushu did in 08 in 2016. It would take Brazil and the IBJJF lobbying pretty aggressively to get an event run concurrently, but doesn't seem to be out of the question. An interesting read: "The International Wushu Federation has been promoting wushu as a potential Olympic sport for some time. The award of the 2008 Summer Olympics to Beijing presented an opportunity to showcase wushu in an Olympic competition environment. Although, according to the contract signed between the IOC and the host city, no international or national sports competition is allowed in the Olympic host city during the Games or one week before or after, the IOC specifically permitted the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) to organise the Wushu tournament in parallel with the Olympic Games, due to wushu's place in traditional Chinese culture. Other than substituting the Olympics symbol with International Wushu Federation's symbol, all other elements (e.g. medal design, award presentation & ceremony, volunteers of the tournament, etc.) were identical to the Olympics. Athletes were allowed to stay in athletes' village. The official BOCOG website also includes the schedule, results, and profiles of the athletes (though on a different page)"