Elite Jiu-Jitsu players showed off their talents at the IPIC Arena on Thursday, the third day of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017.
The first round of the qualifiers kicked off in the adult finals as well as in the masters 1 & 2 male categories in the brown and black belt divisions.
More than 350 players from 25 countries took part in Thursday’s contest which saw UAE National team’s Ahmad Al Ketbi take gold in the masters 2 category, 69 kg.
Speaking after his win Al Ketbi said: “I dedicate my win to our royal family, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and to the Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union and Senior Vice President of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation H.E. Abdulmunem Al Sayed Mohammed Al Hashmi. Thank you to the Federation for developing the sport to such a high level and because of them Abu Dhabi has now become the global capital of Jiu-Jitsu.”
“The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation supports us tremendously. They have helped us to build our self-confidence and overcome the elite players from Brazil, Russia and the United States of America. We are now competing in world championships around the world and are excelling and winning medals.”
UAE National Team member Obeid Al Kaabi also won a bronze medal in the masters 2 category in the 69 kg division brown belt category proving his ability to compete against the world’s elite players.
Brazil continued to dominate the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship medal table with 9 medals (4 gold,3 silver,2 bronze). USA finished second with 6 medal (3 gold, 3 silver), UK finished in third place with 4 medals (1 gold, 3 silver), Canada finished in fourth place with 2 medals (1 gold,1 silver), Kazakhstan in fifth place with 2 medals (1 gold, 1 silver) and UAE in sixth place with 2 medals (1 gold and 1 bronze).
On Friday, spectators will get to witness the second round eight finals, quarter-finals and semi-finals in the adult, male and female and masters 1 male brown and black belt categories.