26 January, 2020

The UAE takes top honours amongst participating nations, garnering 88 medals. Brazil finish second, Colombia third

The Emirates International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship receives emphatic response from the sport’s Community

Abu Dhabi, UAE – January 26, 2020: Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club’s 14 Gold medals propelled them to the top of the charts at the inaugural Emirates International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship held in Al Ain on Friday, January 31. Al Wahda Club Jiu-Jitsu Academy finished second, while Commando Group finished third.

The Emirates Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship, held to celebrate the launch of the UAE’s new visual media identity was a massive hit with many athletes, spectators, and Jiu-Jitsu fans making a beeline for the UAE University’s sports hall in Al Ain with the tournament providing an excellent opportunity to pick up valuable ranking points heading into the season-ending Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC).

With 1885 points, Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club opened a healthy lead over Al Wahda Club Jiu-Jitsu Academy who finished the Championship with 1358 points. Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club bagged 14 Gold medals, eight Silvers, and 11 Bronze medals. Al Wahda scored 1358 points through their seven Golds, 10 Silvers, and six Bronze medals.

Commando Group’s nine Golds, nine Silvers, and five Bronze medals saw them total 1285 points and occupy third place in the standings.

The UAE once again stamped its dominance over the sport of Jiu-Jitsu by clinching first place amongst participating nations, beating a strong challenge from Brazil and Colombia, traditional Jiu-Jitsu powerhouses. The United Arab Emirates racked up 4974 points, bringing home 27 Gold medals, 32 Silver medals, and 29 Bronze medals to soar to the top of the classifications.

Brazil managed 2980 points, bringing home 27 Gold medals, 14 Silvers, and 14 Bronze medals. Colombia rounded off the podium places with 680 points that included three Golds, six Silvers, and three Bronze medals.

The tournament was graced by the presence of H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, H.E. Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), Brigadier Mohammed bin Dalmuj Al Dhaheri, member of the Board of Directors of UAEJJF, Dr. Naeema Al Darmaki, Assistant Dean for Students Affairs, and Fahd Ali Al Shamsi, CEO of the UAEJJF .

“The response that this tournament received was phenomenal and this shows that Jiu-Jitsu’s popularity in our country is unmatched. The UAEJJF’s primary objective is to ensure a consistent stream of high-quality tournaments for our athletes to test themselves at and the Emirates International Pro Championship is a worthy addition to the tournament lineup and we see this Championship going from strength to strength in the years to come,” said H.E. Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the UAEJJF.