Statutes

WORLD JIU JITSU CONFEDERATION STATUTES (CONSTITUTION)

The Statutes are approved by the legal founders of the WJJC on 30th July 2013 at Casteggio, Pavia, Italy. 

§ 1. NAME

The official registered name of the sport organisation is World Jiu Jitsu Confederation with the short abbreviation WJJ, which will hereafter be used in these Statutes.

§ 2. LEGAL SEAT AND REGISTRATION

The WJJ is legally incorporated and registered under the name of World Jiu Jitsu Confederation with legal seat at Viale Bussolino 7, Casteggio, Pavia, Italy, following its legal statutes and constitution and the law of the specifically chosen district and country. The WJJ was founded and legally registered on 30th July 2013 at Casteggia, Pavia, Italy. The location of the Executive Office shall be established by the Executive Committee. Additionally there will be an Office of the President.

§ 3. OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE

3.1. The WJJ is an international non-political non-profit organization, of unlimited duration, in the form of a sport confederation with the status of a legal person.

3.2. The purpose and aim of the WJJ is the promotion and development of the individual as well as the             collective sport practise in reference to health and social quality of life through serious jujitsu and similar Martial Arts. 

3.3. Further the aim is to regulate, spread and foster jujitsu in the world from an educational, cultural and sports point of view by promoting old traditional Budo ethics in technical seminars and educational activities as well as in sport competitions and championships. WJJ also wants to encourage the spreading of serious jujitsu and similar Martial Arts all over the world and to promote friendly and beneficial relations between its member federations, clubs and individuals.

3.4. The WJJ should try to be associated to international multisport organisations working for Sport for All        and for the development of human health for the general population, such as TAFISA, UNESCO, FISPT, CSIT etc. The main aim for WJJ is not the elite sport level but to be an international confederation for all jujitsu and similar Martial Arts all over the globe. The WJJ has no intention of competing with any established international sport federation for the elite.

§ 4. ORGANISATION

The WJJ consists of five activity areas (departments) for the sport organisation and development:

4.1. Traditional Jujitsu and Budo

4.2. Sport Jujitsu and Competition

4.3. Modern Self Defence, Personal Security and Protection

4.4. Jujitsu and Sport for All, Education, Research and Development

4.5. Modern Media, Marketing and Public Relations.

§ 5. MEMBERSHIP

The WJJ should consist of the following type of members:

5.1. National core members. National jujitsu and similar Martial Arts federations, associations, groups etc with one vote per accepted body. There could be more than one national core member from each country as accepted member of the WJJ.

5.2. International members without voting rights such as already established serious jujitsu and Martial Arts organisations. If such an international body has an association/club etc within a country, this body then will have voting right (as described above), not the international body.

5.3. Supporting members such as clubs, institutions, organisations, individuals etc without voting rights.

5.4. WJJF Founders. The Founders are those who have taken part in the setting-up of the WJJ. They are entitled for life to take part in all activities of the WJJ including their right to vote as stipulated in these Statutes under the condition that they stay as Member of WJJ. 

§ 6. MEMBERSHIP REGULATIONS

6.1. National core Members, i.e. National jujitsu and similar Martial Arts federations, associations, groups etc. which want to become members of WJJ must send in a National Organisation Membership Application form.  

6.2. Application for membership in category 5.2 and 5.3 above can be done by an application letter   

        describing their activities and purpose of being WJJ member.

6.3. All the Members of the WJJ bind themselves to accept, without reservation and for all purposes, the   

       Statutes, the regulations as well as all the decisions, provisions and resolutions of the WJJ bodies.

  All jujitsu and similar Martial Arts non-profit and non-political Federations, Bodies and Organisations   can be a Member of the WJJ. They must have legal status, democratic structure and comply with the aims of the WJJ. Applications must be submitted to the Executive Committee of the WJJ for approval  

   of Provisional Membership and to be thereafter finally confirmed by the General Assembly. The  

   Organisations which intend to take part in the activity of the WJJ must become a Member within the

   terms and according to the regulations established by the WJJ. An Organisation is no longer a  

   member of the WJJ if it fails to renew its membership or to accept the WJJ Statutes and Regulations.

§ 7. LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE AND ORGANISATION

The WJJ exercises its powers through the WJJ bodies, on the basis of these Statutes and through the ensuing Regulations. The bodies of the WJJ are:

       1. General Assembly 

       2. Executive Committee

       3. Presidential Board

       4. President

§ 8. GENERAL ASSEMBLY

8.1. The General Assembly (GA) is the most important body of the WJJ and is supreme within the purpose 

        of the Statutes. It examines and approves, through the Agenda, the activity of the WJJ and adopts  

        resolutions. It also elects the President and the Members of the Executive Committee.

8.2. Ordinary General Assembly (GA) is held every two years. It is convened by the Executive Committee  

        and called by the President. The place, date, time and agenda must be timely communicated to each        

        Member. Elections for the Executive Committee is only held each four years.

8.3. Extraordinary GA can be convened on the initiative of the Executive Committee or upon a justified  

        request in writing of more than 50% of the votes made by the active Members who took part in the

        previous GA. Extraordinary GA will be called in the same way as Ordinary GA and must take place  

        within six months from the date in which the request has officially reached the WJJ.

8.4. The following persons take part in GA by right:

       1. The Founders

       2. The Presidents of the Organisations associated to the WJJ or their authorized representatives.

           Only the President of the associated organisation, or its representative, and the Founders, have the  

            right to vote

       3. The Members of the WJJ Executive Committee

       4. The Members of the Presidential Board;

       5. The President of the WJJ 

8.5. One vote per National Core Member organisation shall be assigned to each financially up-to-date   

        WJJ member. Five votes shall be assigned to each up-to-date WJJ Founder.

8.6. The GA will be chaired by the President of the WJJ and in his absence by one of the Vice Presidents  

        nominated by the Executive Committee.

8.7. The GA:

       1. Examines, through technical, ethical and financial reports of the Executive Committee, the activity 

            carried out in the previous four year period and makes decisions thereon 

       2. Establishes the  general principles for all WJJ activities

       3. Approves any alterations in these Statutes, which must be agreed upon by at least 75% of the    

            votes of the present GA

       4. Elects the President through general vote;

       5. Elects the Vice Presidents and other Members of the Executive Committee through general vote

       6. Selects independent auditors 

       7. Ratifies application for membership of the WJJ

       8. Approves the finances of the WJJ

       9. Resolves in final jurisdiction the possible disputes and controversies within WJJ

§ 9. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

       1. The Executive Committee (EC) is composed of the President and the Founding President, the 

            1st Vice President, the Secretary General, the Treasurer, the Vice Presidents and the Assistant   

            General Secretary-Treasurer (Leader of Office Operations).

       2. The EC establishes its own regulations and procedures. The EC can establish an office and   

            appoint an Assistant General Secretary-Treasurer (Leader of Office Operations) for the daily work

       3. The tasks and functions of the EC are set below:

       3.1. Draw up the budget and final financial statement

       3.2. Prepare technical, ethical and financial reports

       3.3. Establish the date, place and Agenda of Congresses and Meetings

       3.4. Prepare, issue and circulate the Minutes of each Congress and Meeting to all Members within 

              60 days

       3.5. Formulate and issue the Regulations of the WJJ

       3.6. Appoint Members of the Presidential Board (Directors and possible Regional Representatives) 

       3.7. Establish Committees and/or appoint Committee members and other officers

       3.8. Approve the decisions taken urgently by the President

       3.9. Give instructions to ensure the best performance of the WJJ within the limits of these Statutes     

               and of the resolutions of the GA

§ 10.  PRESIDENTIAL BOARD

       1. The Presidential Board (PB) is composed of the President, 1st Vice President, Secretary General,

            Treasurer, Assistant General Secretary-Treasurer (Leader of Office Operations) and one additional

            Vice President. A vice president can also have an operative function such as Secretary General,  

            Treasurer, Department Leader, Committee Leader, Regional Representative etc.

       2. Directors, Department Leaders, Committee Members and Regional Representatives are appointed

            by the Executive Committee. They support the WJJ Executive Committee in all WJJ activities   

            pursuant to these Statutes.

       3. Appointments by the WJJ Presidential Board should be confirmed by the Executive Committee

            and approved by Congress. They are responsible for technical, administrative, and other matters 

            important for the WJJ activities.

       4. The WJJ Presidential Board should assist the President in the daily leadership of the WJJ and  

            deliberate on any other subject submitted by the President and decide on problems that are not   

            provided for by the WJJ Statutes and Regulations

§ 11. THE PRESIDENT

        1. The President represents the WJJ for all purposes and presides over all the bodies and offices,    

             convenes the General Assemblies and Meetings of the WJJ.

        2. The President is responsible for the affairs of the WJJ pursuant to these Statutes.

        3. In case of a temporary absence or impediment, the President can delegate functions and powers,  

             entirely or partially, to one of the WJJ Vice-Presidents.

        4. In case of the President’s resignation or of vacancy, the designated WJJ Vice-President

             temporarily takes the office of President with the obligation to call an Extraordinary General  

             Assembly which must elect a new President.

§ 12. HONORARY PRESIDENT

An Honorary President, Honorary Vice President or an Honorary WJJF Member can be appointed by the Executive Committee upon proposal from the President and approved by the General Assembly. The selection must be made from a list of prominent persons operating for the benefit of Jujitsu and similar Martial Arts in the world. 

§ 13. CANDIDATURES, VALIDITY OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND VOTING

       1. The Presidents or Members of the WJJ National Member Organisations or their representatives

            and the WJJ Founders who intend to present their candidatures for one of the WJJ offices at a  

            WJJ General Assembly  (GA), must comply with the following formalities:

       1.1. May stand for one elected position only

       1.2. Must be at least 30 years of age

       1.3. Must be free of criminal judgements

       1.4. Must be free of any WJJ suspensions 

       2. The GA is valid provided due and proper notice is sent to all Members and Founders

       3. The GA shall decide by majority vote. Voting shall be done generally by the show of hands or by

            roll-call. For elections and questions of particular importance or delicacy or whenever at least half  

            of the GA delegates shall demand it, voting shall be by secret ballot. For elections secret ballot is

            obligatory. The President, or in his absence the designated WJJ Vice-President, shall have a

            casting vote except in elections

       4. In case of the votes being equal the candidate with longer membership in WJJ shall be elected

§ 14. MEETINGS

       1. Meetings of the WJJ Executive Committee (EC) and the WJJ General Assembly (GA) should 

            preferably be convened in connection with a larger WJJ activity. At EC Meetings and at the GA 

            specially invited guests may participate..

       2. During the EC Meetings and the GA, the Presidential Board shall inform the persons present 

            regarding the recent activities of the WJJ and initiatives carried out and also invite for discussions 

            in order to facilitate decision making.  

       3. The Meeting Agenda for GA shall be sent to the National Members Organisations, the Founders 

            and WJJ office bearers at least 30 days before the date fixed for the Meeting.

§ 15. FINANCES AND FUNDS

       1. The financial management of the WJJ takes place within the limits of the financial statements

            adopted by the Executive Committee. The revenues are made up of membership registration fees 

            and annual membership fees from National Member Organisations and other bodies as described  

            in § 5. Membership above. Further income will come from WJJ Homologation diplomas, sanction  

            of activities, third party contributions and incomes of other WJJ activities and business initiatives.

       2. The fiscal year corresponds to the calendar year.

       3. Before each General Assembly (GA) the selected auditors have to audit the accounts and the

            finances of the WJJ and have to prepare a written report for the GA.

§ 16. LANGUAGE

The official language of the WJJ will be English. For the registration of the legal seat in Italy and for other related legal matters, the Italian language can be used.

§ 17. DISSOLUTION 

       1. The dissolution of the WJJ shall be decided by the General Assembly. A majority of at least three

           quarters of the votes is needed.  

       2. In the case of dissolution, the properties and funds of the WJJ shall be donated to a public welfare 

           organization of International Status.

The World Jiu Jitsu Confederation (WJJ) Statutes (Constitution), as written above, are approved by the legal WJJ founders on 30th July 2013 at Casteggia, Pavia, Italy.