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January 12, 2024

Announcing Kids Pans + Travel Season 2024!

Easton Admin

Announcing Kids Pans + Travel Season 2024!

Let’s get ready for the largest BJJ tournament in the world for kids!

It’s that time again! Competition season is here and this year, we’re adding more IBJJF competitions to the travel calendar. If you only take one Jiu Jitsu trip this year, though – make it Pans 2024! 

Here’s what we’ve got coming up:

  • TBA June/July: IBJJF American Nationals Kids – Las Vegas, NV
  •  July 26* – 28, 2024: IBJJF Pan Kids – Kississme, FL
  • August 31, 2024: IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Con Kids – Las Vegas, NV 

See below for more information about each trip!

PAN Kids 2024

Let’s get ready for Pan Kids 2024, the largest BJJ tournament in the world for kids! The IBJJF is the world leader in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, hosting the sport’s most prestigious global events. Every year Team Easton makes the pilgrimage to test our skills against many of the world’s most talented and dedicated youth Jiu-Jitsu competitors! It is a unique three-day event of camaraderie, family, and competition. 

Dates + Venue

Friday, July 26th* – Sunday July 28th

* The organization may schedule fights on July 26th if the number of athletes registered exceeds our capacity to fit the event in 2 days.

Silver Spurs Arena

1875 Silver Spur Ln

Kissimmee, Florida 34744

Travel + Flights

We recommend flying into Orlando airport (MCO). 

We recommend arriving on Thursday, July 25th, and departing on Monday, July 29th.

Avoid afternoon and evening flights departing Denver so as not to encounter a late arrival into Orlando, and your child competes in the early morning the next day.

Lodging

We’ll all try to stay as close as possible, so it will be easier to spend time together! Here are some options:

Storey Lake Neighborhood 

Hotels nearby:

Trip Pre-Schedule

Thursday, July 25th – Arrive in Orlando

Friday, July 26th – Competition Day 1*

Saturday, July 27th – Competition Day 2 & Team Banquet (don’t miss this!)

Sunday, July 28th – Competition Day 3

Monday, July 29th – Departure

* The organization may schedule fights on July 26th if the number of athletes registered exceeds our capacity to fit the event in 2 days.

American Nationals 2024

We recommend competing in American Nationals if you plan on participating in Pan Kids and would like to gain more experience traveling and competing at a higher level. This event has proven to be a great preview and warm-up for Pans.

Dates + Venue

To Be Announced. We anticipate this event in the last week of June or the first week of July 2024. We expect official dates to be announced by the IBJJF in early Spring 2024.

Las Vegas Convention Center

3150 Paradise Rd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Travel + Flights

We recommend arriving in Las Vegas the day before the event starts, preferably in the morning. Avoid afternoon and evening flights because if there is a delay and your child competes in the early morning the next day. 

We recommend flying into Las Vegas Airport (LAS). More info coming soon.

Lodging

There will be no suggested central locations for this event. 

In general, we recommend avoiding hotels on the Las Vegas strip. The Westgate Hotel, however, does offer the advantage of being connected to the convention center where the event is held. So you can walk from your hotel to the event. If you stay in a hotel, the food options will be more expensive but convenient. 

Many VRBO or Airbnb options are available in Las Vegas with cheaper nightly rates. They will likely be located further away from the venue, so the transportation or rental car cost is added. As well as parking fees. Food options will be cheaper, but you may have to drive to them. Many rental properties have full kitchens for groceries.

Trip Schedule

Coming soon!

Jiu Jitsu Con Kids

Jiujitsu Con Kids is rapidly becoming a major competitive tournament for children. This event is held simultaneously with the Adult World Master IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2024, one of the world’s most popular and competitive tournaments for adults aged 30 and above. Additionally, there will be Jiujitsu Con for Novice for 16+ white belts and Gi & No Gi for 16+ blue belts. This event provides competitive opportunities for all age groups. The World Masters is a highly sought-after tournament for our adult Easton community. Therefore, this will be an excellent opportunity for all our students, coaches, and families to experience the camaraderie of competition together!

Dates + Venue

Saturday, August 31, 2024

Las Vegas Convention Center

3150 Paradise Rd

Las Vegas, NV 89109

Flights + Travel

Coming soon!

Lodging

There will be no suggested central locations for this event. 

In general, we recommend avoiding hotels on the Las Vegas strip. The Westgate Hotel, however, does offer the advantage of being connected to the convention center where the event is held. So you can walk from your hotel to the event. If you stay in a hotel, the food options will be more expensive but convenient. 

Many VRBO or Airbnb options are available in Las Vegas with cheaper nightly rates. They will likely be located further away from the venue, so the transportation or rental car cost is added. As well as parking fees. Food options will be cheaper, but you may have to drive to them. Many rental properties have full kitchens for groceries.

Trip Schedule

Coming soon!

Easton Competitor Guidelines for Pan Kids

Ultimately, please discuss whether or not your child is ready to compete at Pan Kids with your coaches. Still, as a general guideline, we recommend that students meet the following criteria before competing at this level:

  • Pan Kids only has divisions for grey belt and up. Students must at least be a grey/white belt. 
  • They have won their division (age, weight, current rank) at three local tournaments. 

IBJJF Membership Process

To register for Pan Kids, all participants must have an active IBJJF membership. We recommend starting this process as soon as possible. It does take some time because signed Professor approval is required. 

Athlete Registration

  • Pan Kids is for kids ages 4-15. The IBJJF doesn’t define your age by your birthday but rather: (Current Year) – (Birth Year)
    • Example: (2023) – (2010) = 13
  • Please remember that athletes must weigh in on the day of their competition right before their first match in their GI. 
  • When registering your child and selecting their weight class, please verify their weight while wearing the GI they plan to compete in. They will only get one chance to make weight the day of the event. We do not recommend any child cutting weight for a Jiu Jitsu tournament. 
  • Please discuss questions about which division your child should compete in with your coach.
  • Visit this link for the IBJJF Kids 2024 Weight Chart.

IBJJF Uniform Requirements

There are strict Gi requirements for this competition. All Easton Solid Gi’s are 100% IBJJF compliant. Please ensure an Easton patch on your Gi if you choose not to wear a Solid kimono. 

We will also have custom Team Easton Competition gear for this event, and we request that all of our participants wear their gear at the tournament. 

Visit this link for full details: Uniform | IBJJF

Quick Summary:

  • It must be royal blue, white, or black and made of cotton or cotton-like material. 
  • It must be uniform, meaning the top and bottom must be the same color. 
  • GI top should come no more than 5 cm from the athlete’s wrist when arms are extended.  
  • GI pants should not exceed 5 cm above the ankle bone. 
  • They will also verify the following measurements: lapel thickness 1.3 cm, GI collar 5 cm width, and sleeve opening at full extension 7 cm. 
  • Athletes cannot wear a t-shirt underneath the GI; if anything, it must be a rash guard. 
  • They are also not allowed to wear pants (or spats) under the GI.

IBJJF Ruleset

Visit this link for the IBJJF rulebook technical fouls & illegal moves: Books and Videos | IBJJF

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