There aren’t many things Tony Schiena isn’t good at.
After becoming the heavyweight karate world champion aged 25, Schiena joined the African intelligence service and went on to become a major player in the private security sector.
These days the South African directs action movies, making use of all his skills as karate expert and experience as a real-life spy.
“At the risk of sounding cliché it was a way of life,” Schiena told Sport360. “The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.”
Many of the world's best Jiu-Jitsu fighters are preparing to battle it out at the second leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam showdown in the United States later this month.
The tournament, which will take place at the Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, is an event that highlights the UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation (UAEJJF)'s growing profile as the facilitator for international sport, and Abu Dhabi's status as the 'world capital' for the martial art.
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The last leg of the popular event will kick-off on October 18 in California and will see the US emerge as a new market for the sport.
Commenting on the launch, His Excellency Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAEJJF, said, “Jiu-jitsu is all about technique, not size, which is one of the reasons why it is such a thrilling and entertaining sport to watch. We are extremely proud of our UAE fighters, who have put a lot of hard work and dedication into their sport.
“This is a highly competitive sport and all of the fighters in the tournament have made a lot of sacrifices to get to where they are today. Spectators witnessed some thrilling entertainment in Tokyo and the LA tournament will certainly not disappoint. I wish all fighters the best of luck.”
International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) is of one of the main sponsors of the event, while other partners include Abu Dhabi Media, the official broadcaster of the tournaments, as well as Etihad Airways.
His Excellency Suhail Mohammed Al Mazroui, Managing Director of IPIC, added: “We are proud to be the official partner of the UAEJJF and we look forward to the next leg of the tour. It promises to be a truly explosive, nail-biting night of fighting action and I would like to wish all competitors well.”
The UAE national Jiu-jitsu team, which is currently training in Los Angeles, has a strong line-up of fighters who will compete in the blue, brown, black, white and purple categories.
The team comprises of Ibraheem Alnaqbi (94kg), Faisal Al Ketbi (94kg), Ali Al Darai (77kg), Mohameed Al Qubaisi (77kg), Saoud Al Hammadi (85kg), Ahmed Ibrahim Murad (94kg), Nasser Albraiki (77kg), Saeed Ali Al Al Shamsi (69kg), Zayed Al Mansoori (62kg), Saif Alqubaisi Khalfan (77kg), and Hamdan Ahmed Al Blooshi (85kg).
For more information, visit: www.uaejjf.com.
The first sumo wrestling tournament ever to be staged outside Japan in the sport's 1500 year history.
The event is taking place in the UK in London's world famous Royal Albert Hall, as part of the ongoing Japan Festival.
Contestants were from Japan's elite Makunouch league and spectators paid in excess of £100 a ticket to enter the sold-out hall which has a capacity of 5000.
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