The Al Ain International Under-18 Jiu-Jitsu Championship concluded with the hosts winning the male category.
Al Ain Club dominated the scene and won the top ranking with 1,733 points. The Garden City outfit clinched 34 golds, 21 silvers and 22 bronze medals.
Al Wahda came second with 1,634 points courtesy of 22 golds, 28 silvers and 29 bronze medals, while Ajman finished third with 1,269 points and eight golds, four silvers and bronzes.
Abdullah Al Neyadi father of twin boys – Amer and Ali, who won gold and silver medals, said: “This is my boys’ first participation in Al Ain, but it’s not their first tournament.
“The UAEJJF, coaches and technical staff are all working hard to develop and upgrade the game and support the rising talent.”
He added: “Playing Jiu-Jitsu has positively affected the personality of his sons and made them respect their competitors and seek new challenges, as well as grown their self-confidence and respect.”
Rashid Khalid Khamis, winner of a 46kg bronze medal, who beat his Canadian counterpart in a great game that attracted the attention of the fans, said: “Today, thank God, I performed well, despite my muscle strain but I managed to get a medal. I’m proud of this win which is the result of training and lots of effort; I will start preparing for the martyr tournament right today.”
Speaking of the tournament, Ahmed Ateeq Al Shamsi, regional manager, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, said: “Jiu-Jitsu has become one of the most important sporting events in the UAE. We have seen a very special championship these past days, amidst great organization and strong competition amongst rising champions, in yet another illustration of the success and excellence of the UAEJJF. We wish all the players success moving forward, and look forward to more prosperous championships as the UAEJJF always promises.”
Some of the world’s best jiu-jitsu players from across the globe are preparing to battle it out at the second leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam next weekend in Los Angeles which will be broadcasted in India.
The event takes place at the LA Convention Center on September 22 with organisers expanding their television network to Indian audiences.
Commenting on the new broadcast partnership, Tareq Al Bahri, Director of Abu Dhabi Grand Slam said: “We are excited to announce a broadcast partnership with Multi TV Solutions which will see the UAEJJF air the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam®. Season 4 live on premium channels: Airtel TV, Idea Movies & TV, Jio TV and Triple Play IPTV. The combat sport is on the rise in India and we are honoured to have them on board.”
Airtel TV, Idea Movies & TV, Jio TV and Triple Play IPTV will air previous Abu Dhabi Grand Slam events at accessible India times, and all the events of the fourth season will be broadcasted live.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Los Angeles will be broadcasted live on Abu Dhabi Sports in the MENA region, FloGrappling worldwide live stream, Combate in Brazil and Airtel TV, Idea Movies & TV, Jio TV and Triple Play IPTV in India. The event will also be aired on delayed basis on FOX Sports in Asia, Fight Sports in North America, Caribbean, Europe, Japan, Fight Network in Canada, Europe and MENA, Astro in Malaysia, Starhub in Singapore, ABS-CBN Sports in Philippines, Orange TV, IndiHome and MyRepublik in Indonesia, Singtel in Singapore and Australia, Azam Sports in Africa, EB-TV in Asia, J Sports and TV Asahi in Japan, SFR Sports in Europe, Dubai Sports and Sharjah Sports in MENA.
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tokyo will see the return of the legends series with Japanese black belt legend, Daisuke “Amazon” Sugie facing two-time champion Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro next weekend.
Sugie, 37, is a jiu-jitsu black belt legend representing Carpe Diem team and also a veteran MMA fighter with 18 bouts to his name.
“It is an honour for me to represent Japan at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam here in Tokyo,” said Sugie ahead of the bout at the OTA Gymnasium, Tokyo on Sunday 29th July.
“The Legends series in the UAEJJF events is very prestigious and invitational, so to be invited, I am really excited to face Vitor Shaolin, he has achieved everything in Jiu-Jitsu and MMA and it will be a thrilling match no doubt.”
Ribeiro, 39, has twice appeared at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship Legends series. In the 2017 edition, he choked Kenny Florian unconscious, before submitting Daniel Moraes.
“This will be my third time at the Legends series but fist time outside of Abu Dhabi, so that is a new experience, and to do it against one of the best in Japan, Daisuke, it a moment of pride,” said Ribeiro. “All I can say is, it will be a special match for sure and I would like to thank the UAEJJF for their first class organization and hospitality.”