The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation has announced a programme to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Abu Dhabi Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which will be held in Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City from April 16 to 28.
The championship coincides with the Year of Zayed, which celebrates the life of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE. The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation was inspired by Sheikh Zayed’s principles and values, and his vision to preserve the customs and traditions of his people, while having an open world view based on tolerance, cooperation, and peace.
To mark this occasion, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation has launched “Champion Within”, an initiative that aims to inspire people to find the hero inside them through discovering their true potential and, in doing so, positively motivate the next generation of Heroes.
Abdul Moneim Al Hashemi, President of the UAE and Asian Jiu-Jitsu Federations and vice-president of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, said: “The essence of this initiative reflects the success story of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation itself, which began years ago, when we still had no headquarters, and our training sessions and meetings were held at homes or in training areas.
“We are grateful for the support of our government and passion and commitment of everyone involved to not only lead us to establish the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation as an official entity, but help it grow into the highly-respected authority that it is today – on both a local and international level.”
He added: “Everyone who has worked with the Federation since its inception is a champion. Every player who believed in this sport, overcame their challenges, and contributed to putting the name of the UAE on the global map for Jiu-Jitsu is a champion and a role model for the next generation. These champions have had the determination to train consistently no matter what, and overcome obstacles such as fatigue, to reach their goals – and they continue to do so. Now, we invite everyone to support and encourage them from the stands, so that they can aim for gold at the 10th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.”
The 13-day tournament will see various top players from around the world with a prize money of $1 million.
Al Ain Club retained the President’s Jiu-Jitsu Cup for the second year in a row after the fifth and final round in Abu Dhabi.
At the Mubadala Arena, in Zayed Sports City, the Garden City topped the round with 3,376 points, while Al Wahda were second with 2,535 points. Al Jazira finished third with 1,982 points.
Khamis Obeid Al Kaabi, president of the Al Ain expressed his delight in the achievement. He said: “We dedicate this valuable win to His Highness Sheikh Hazaa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to all board members. It is a valuable achievement for us, especially that we started our preparations all the way back last year. We are very proud to hold the title of the President’s Jiu-Jitsu Cup, and we look forward to further achievements.”
Abdulmoneim Al Hashimi, president of the UAE and Asian Jiu-Jitsu Federations and Vice President of the International Federation of Jiu-Jitsu, added: “Year after year, we see major improvements in this tournament. We are witnessing a rich Jiu-Jitsu season, and with the new rounds that have been added, and the new format the championship will take next year, we are looking forward to more success.”
Mr. Khalid Al-Hinai, Chairman of Al-Wahda Sports Club, and Mr. Mansour Al-Dhahiri, Board Member of the #UAEJJF, crown our winners at the Final Round of the #JiuJitsu President's Cup. pic.twitter.com/0AUDk8JrP0— UAEJJF (@uaejjf) March 24, 2018
On the new format, Al Hashimi explained: “The championship will take a first and second leg format next year, where clubs compete against each other in various rounds. A club needs to gain more medals and points in the two legs to qualify for the next stage. This will make the tournament more challenging and exciting at the same time.”
The UAE national team will step up their preparations for next year’s Asian Games by competing in multiple competitions after the new season calander was announced by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) yesterday.
The sport makes its debut in the Indonesia showpiece event a year from now, and with the UAEJJF wanting to make a big impression in Jakarta, they are leaving nothing to chance for their best fighters.
They have been entered in four global tournaments beginning with next week’s Asian Championships (August 11-13) in Vietnam, with their last event at November’s World Beach Championship in Colombia.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slams in Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, London and Abu Dhabi will also serve as preparation, and Fahad Al Shamsi, CEO of the UAEJJF, believes the number of tournaments will only aid the national team.
“We are giving full attention to our local events but, as a federation, we are also focused on our national team, because we have more than seven championships coming up this season,” said Al Shamsi, speaking at the calendar launch at Abu Dhabi’s Ritz Carlton Hotel.
“All these championships will be good preparation for the national team ahead of the Asian Games. We give a lot of opportunities for our young players with the aim to build a strong team behind our senior team.”