BOUNCE, home of the free jumping revolution, is taking free-running to a whole new level in the UAE in April by collaborating with the legendary parkour group ‘Team Farang’ to bring a series of free-running masterclasses across the nation.
Taking place from mid- April and right into May in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, the high-energy masterclasses have been specially devised by Team Farang founder, Shaun Wood, to give aspiring free-runners the lowdown on free-running like a pro.
The Farang Jams @ BOUNCE will see free running enthusiasts learn the basics of parkour, improve fitness levels and challenge themselves to take on cool moves in a fun and safe environment.
Team Farang, meaning “foreigner” in Thai, has made the world their playground by connecting vagabond parkour enthusiasts across the globe, and giving them a place to creatively express themselves.
With a combined track record of Red Bull, Go Pro sponsorships and more than a million followers on Instagram, they are the biggest and baddest free-running team on the planet.
As part of their Middle Eastern leg of the tour, Team Farang will also be inviting schools to bring their P.E. classes to BOUNCE so that kids have the once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the free running activity in a hangout style workshop.
The high-intensity training discipline not only encompasses total body fitness but also helps to foster creativity, promote quick-thinking skills and boosts confidence, all essential for youngsters growing up.
Grab your mates and master the most addictive adrenaline rush you’ll ever experience.
Open to free runners of all skill sets, Farang Jams @ BOUNCE will take place on April 27 in Abu Dhabi and April 28 in Al Ain from 17:00 – 19:00.
For those new to BOUNCE, it is the biggest trampoline and entertainment park in the Middle East, with locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi Al Ain, Jeddah and Doha.
With more than 80 interconnected trampolines visitors to BOUNCE can literally fly through the air and bounce off the walls.
Featuring a Free Running Arena, Flight Academy, Big Bag and the Wall, the trampoline phenomenon is bursting with high-octane activities suitable for all ages and abilities.
Farang Jams @ BOUNCE take the phenomena to a whole new level.
WHAT: Farang Jams @ BOUNCE
WHERE: Bounce in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
WHEN: 17:00 – 19:00 in Abu Dhabi (April 27) and Al Ain (April 28)
A spring training camp for local jiu-jitsu athletes has been successfully completed, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) announced. The nine-day camp was in preparation for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Ji-Jitsu Championship, which will be held later this month.
Held in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, the camp saw over 100 athletes attend, including 75 in the U21 category. The camp focused on fitness and stamina training as well as improving technique and skills, with international athletes on hand to provide skills training.
“We had the opportunity to undergo intense training at the spring camp, in line with the caliber of the upcoming tournament,” blue-belt athlete Hamad Nawad said after the camp concluded.
“The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship is one of the biggest and most important events for us, and we are dedicated in winning strong medals for our country in this global opportunity.
“We thank the UAEJJF and their technical management for their constant support in providing us with the necessary training required to improve our performance and achieving success.”
UAEJJF has been organising annual training camps for athletes over the past five years in a bid to boost the sport in the UAE. The federation has announced that this year’s jiu-jitsu championship will have unprecedented local participation, along with a greater slate of regional and international athletes.
This year’s championship, which will be held from April 16th to 29th at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City, is the 10th edition of the tournament.
Gov Games on Wednesday announced the number of registered teams that will face off in the first edition of the competition as 145.
The number is almost double the anticipated figure, which demonstrates the wide-reaching enthusiasm, excitement and anticipation for the initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council. In total, 82 men’s teams and 63 women’s teams have registered from 86 government entities.
Due to the substantial increase in anticipated participation, teams have been given additional time to prepare and train, and a new date for the Gov Games has been set for May 9 to May 12, 2018.
The world-first initiative aims to promote team spirit and collaboration among government employees, and participating teams have already shown their commitment to winning by pushing themselves both physically and mentally in the quest to build a strong sense of camaraderie, passion, and determination that will help them cope with the challenges ahead.
The Executive Council will continue to oversee the organisation of the Gov Games in partnership with the Dubai Sports Council and Meraas as the official sponsor.
— الألعاب الحكومية (@GovGames) April 1, 2018
An orientation day will be hosted next week to brief all participating teams on the rules of the games and competition logistics, as well as provide a sneak peek into what awaits them at the infamous Kite Beach in Dubai.
Day One of the four-day competition will host the qualifying round for the women’s teams who must tackle seven obstacles to make it to the final. Days Two and Three will host the qualifying rounds for the men’s teams who will have to navigate nine obstacles.
The six top performing men’s and women’s teams will compete in the final, which will see the teams take on one mega obstacle. The Gov Games course has been created and designed to the highest global standards taking into account health and safety regulations.
The winning men’s and women’s team will each be presented with a special Gov Games cup and a team prize of Dh1 million, to be distributed equally between the participants.
More details on the initiative are available on www.govgames.ae.