Humaid Al Kaabi is bracing himself for a tough season ahead as he makes his adult category debut today at the opening round of the Jiu-Jitsu President’s Cup in Al Ain.
The 17-year-old schoolboy will be among 180 competitors from various clubs in action at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Stadium as the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (UAEJJF) domestic season officially begins in the Garden City.
It will be a new challenge for Al Kaabi, having excelled in the junior competitions, winning tournaments in Madrid and Athens earlier this year, before getting his hands on gold at the Abu Dhabi World Youth Championship in April.
Another gold at next year’s Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship remains one of his main goals for the campaign and while that is nine months away, Al Kaabi decided to step up to adult earlier than he had planned.
“I will be fighting in the adult category and this will be my first tournament,” said Al Kaabi, who will be competing for Al Ain in the Under-69kg division in today’s competition. “I was going to begin in the adult division in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam next year but I decided to start early as I want to get enough experience before the Grand Slam and also get ready for the Abu Dhabi World Pro.”
As well as proving himself with the best adults, Al Kaabi also has to juggle jiu-jitsu with his final year at school – but it’s a challenge he is relishing. “It will be very hard for me this year, as it is my last year in school and my first year in the adult category,” added the teenager, who hopes to study mechanical engineering in California in the future.
“More work in jiu-jitsu, more work at school, but I will do my best to balance it.”
He will be aiming to get as much experience in his home city before representing the UAE at next week’s Asian Championships in Vietnam. It’s one of four tournaments for the national team ahead of their Asian Games debut in 2018.
“We have one more week of training before the championship. The team is more than ready, and we will get a good result at the Games,” he added.
The President’s Cup will involve all major UAE clubs over five rounds with the final scheduled for Abu Dhabi in March.
Dubai Sports World is gearing up to host a very special event next week to raise awareness about children with determination in sports, together with Team Angel Wolf.
Two customised wheelchairs, provided by Omnicom Media Group MENA (OMG), will be available to give children with disabilities in the UAE the opportunity to race, and this will be inaugurated with a fun race led by Team Angel Wolf and OMG employees at Dubai Sports World on Monday, August 7, 2017.
This initiative is part of Team Angel Wolf’s ‘Together We Can’ community programme, where they host free weekly community activities for children with determination to enjoy sports with their families and volunteers from the community.
“Since its inception, Dubai Sports World has been committed to helping families stay healthy and active, especially during the warm summer months. We are delighted to collaborate with Team Angel Wolf to launch an activity that promotes inclusion and integration of children with determination into the community, and enables them to enjoy an exciting racing activity alongside family and friends,” said Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, DWTC.
Team Angel Wolf started as one family’s initiative, and has garnered support around the UAE over a short span of time. Nick Watson, former Royal Marine and fitness expert, and his son Rio, who has disabilities, routinely participate in racing tournaments in the UAE to raise awareness about children with disabilities in sports.
Alanna Turpin, Group Sustainability Manager at OMG MENA, said: “Inclusion is important to us, whether it be a child of different abilities or a member of our staff. Our partnership with Team Angel Wolf has allowed us to engage all levels of employees in the domains of corporate wellness and giving back to the community – two pillars of our corporate sustainability program.
“In 2016, Team Angel Wolf trained 57 employees to take part in the Roy Nasr Triathlon and in return, we provided them with two new running chairs. These will now allow employees, who are already committed to the cause, the opportunity to continue taking part in fitness-related challenges while including children with determination from our community in the experience.”
A team from Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) will also participate in the event to showcase its support for people with determination and celebrate greater inclusion in the community.
Team Angel Wolf’s Watson said: “We are very excited for the opportunity to launch the ‘Team Angel Wolf Together We Can community programme’ at Dubai Sports World, at such an amazing location with great facilities. We are very grateful to OMG for providing the first 2 chairs that will help the launch the programme, so we can show the community what will be available after the summer. Our goal is to have 10 chairs by the end of the year!”
To coincide with DSW’s seventh edition, the fun race is set to take place at 7am on August 7th, 2017. Participants will cover 7 km, which is 14 laps of the DSW running track. For more information about the activity and Team Angel Wolf, please visit the Facebook page: Team Angel Wolf or Instagram: #TeamAngelWolf.
For more information about DSW, visit www.dubaisportsworld.ae.
It’s Just Football (IJF) and Football Center’s summer camp might well be half-way through their programme, but that’s no reason for budding footballers not to join with places still available.
At the Football Center, Al Quoz in Dubai, the camp which has been running since June 25, has already been a massive success and if kids aged between three to 16, want to find out why it’s highly-rated then there’s still time to register with sessions held until August 31.
“We have been doing the camps for a number of year and each year we try to go big and better,” said Kane Cowburn, head coach and camp director at IJF.
“This year has been very different. The numbers keeps growing and we’re lucky we have three pitches available so we’re not limited in space. “So far, the response has been fantastic this year. It’s been really good and in each session, we’ve been averaging around 90 kids each day and some days that’s higher.”
Held in air conditioned pitches, kids can look forward to a variety of activities that include skill development and fun games.
“Each day there will be exciting games, matches and tournaments all built around improving the skills and techniques of players of every ability in our fully air conditioned facility, with a fun and safe environment,” added Cowburn.
“We try to keep things fresh. We know what the kids like and those we come regularly and return each year, we bring back those activities while also trying new things that keeps them interested.
“Each week we have a different theme whether it’s Olympic or Players theme. We have just completed our Olympic theme where they competed in different event.
Obviously, it’s all football themed and that keeps things fresher because the summer camp runs for 11 weeks and if we keep doing the same thing time and time again, it does get a little bit tedious.”
Running from 09:00 to 16:00, parents can choose from three options: half a day (09:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 16:00) costs Dh150, while it’s Dh400 for three days or Dh650 for five days. For those who want to attend the full day, then it’s Dh250 daily, Dh650 for three days or Dh1,000 for five days.
WHAT: It’s Just Football and Football Center Summer Camp
WHERE: Football Center, Al Quoz, Dubai
WHEN: Running until Thursday, August 31