Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the 9th successive Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship will be returning to the IPIC Arena, Zayed Sports City from Monday 10th until Sunday 23rd April 2017.
It will welcome back the world’s elite to the recognized ‘home of Jiu-Jitsu’ for two weeks of gripping competition. More than 7,000 competitors from over 100 countries will descend on Abu Dhabi to fight it out for world titles and a prize fund of up to AED 3 million. All eyes will be on the championship as millions of people across the globe tune-in to watch their favourite competing athletes battle it out on the floor.
The event will see the return of the IPIC Fan Zone, a fun-filled free family festival atmosphere not to be missed. The IPIC Fan Zone includes sponsor activities, family events and interactive stands, making it the perfect family day-out. The annual raffle returns, giving the public a chance to win exciting prizes including a brand new a Jaguar XE Prestige 2017 from Premier Motors.
Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival
Kicking off the world event is the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Festival returning bigger than ever with new extended dates from Monday 10th to Saturday 15th April. The festival is an opportunity for members of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and loyalty card-holders under the age of 18, plus white belts and members of the military, to compete in a world professional environment against their peers.
Abu Dhabi World Parajiu-Jitsu Festival
For the first time ever, the contest will hold a dedicated Para-Jiu-Jitsu division for players with disabilities and special needs. This comes as part of a the UAEJJF’s social responsibility pledge in the 2017 ‘Year of Giving’, which also includes partnerships with initiatives such as the national health initiative ‘Jasadak Amana’ and the UAE Food Bank
Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship
The Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship takes place on 16th & 17th April. This is where the next generation of professional players will once again compete in the state-of-the-art arena for two days of inspirational competition with the chance to add points to their 2016-2017 season.
Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship
From Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd April, the contest will see the UAE’s ‘national treasures’ go head-to-head at this final stage of the 2016/2017 season. With a record-number of international participants from countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Korea, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom and the USA in what is sure to be a nail-biting competition, athletes at all levels will be earning points towards their professional rankings.
Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Legends Championship
As part of the action, fans will experience the ultimate clash of Jiu-Jitsu talent at the highest level with the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Legends competition on Saturday 22nd April. The Jiu-Jitsu Legends competition will see ten world-renowned contenders, both current and retired, fight it out for five gold medals.