World’s leading professional athletes compete in the 2nd day of the Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship
- The World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship officially kicks off tomorrow
- ‘King of Mats’, the new addition set to take place tomorrow amongst international Champions
- Abu Dhabi is a global hub for the sport of Jiu-Jitsu
23 April 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE: In the midst of passionate players, awe-inspiring techniques and Jiu-Jitsu enthusiasts, the second day of the Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018 continued today at Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City. The Championship was open to all nationalities, and witnessed world’s leading athletes in the boys youth (10 to 17) all ages across juniors, teens and juveniles categories in all belts.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018 is being organized by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF).
Thousands of sport aficionados and Jiu-Jitsu supporters from around the world gathered together to motivate their favourite players through a series of cheers, applauses and words of encouragement. With athletes from over 120 countries participating in the overall Championship, Abu Dhabi continues to maintain its position as the worldwide capital of Jiu-Jitsu as well as a global hub for the sport.
On Day 2 of the Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the UAE’s participation saw a series of successes, securing the top position after being awarded 36 gold medals, 36 silver medals and 82 bronze medals. Meanwhile, in second place, Russia won 16 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals. Competitors from Kazakhstan stood third with 11 gold, 17 silver and 17 bronze medals, while Jordan came fourth with three gold medals, seven silver and six bronze medals. In fifth place with four gold medals, five silver and six bronze medals was Ukraine.
High-level dignitaries in attendance included: Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhout Al Nahyan, HE Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, HE Khamis Obaid Al Kaabi, Chairman of the board of Al Ain Sports Games Company, HE. Salim Hamad Al Junaibi - Chairman of Baniyas Sports Company, HE Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Advisor to the ADEK Chairman, Hamad Al Qubaisi, Board Member of Baniyas Sports Company, Hamad Shamsi, General Secretary of the UAE Karate Federation, Awad Huwaishil from the Al Jazira Sports Club, Youssef Al Batran, UAEJJF Board Member, Mansour Al Dhaheri, UAEJJF Board Member and Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, CEO of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
‘Jiu-Jitsu values have marked their presence in our daily lives’
Commenting on the spectacular turnout, HE Hamad Obaid Ebrahim Salem Al Zaabi, UAE’s Ambassador to Pakistan said, “The 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship is an exemplary confirmation that the UAE, and Abu Dhabi in particular, is the world capital of Jiu-Jitsu. Year on year, the Championship is elevated in terms of international players, advanced techniques and seamless coordination.”
“HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has been instrumental in the growth of Jiu-Jitsu across a local, as well as global level. As the national sport of Abu Dhabi and with its existence in schools and multiple training centres across the nation, the values learnt from the sport of Jiu-Jitsu such as discipline, loyalty and commitment have marked their presence in the daily lives of the citizens and residents of our communities.”
King of Mats: The weigh-in begins
The most prominent international champions from the previous nine editions of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship as well as champions of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour gathered together in Yas Mall today, to participate in the ‘King of Mats’ competition weigh-ins. More than 25 competitors from around the world convened to prepare for the kick-off of the competition, while distinguished international coaches held public demonstrations of advanced skills and techniques.
As a new addition to the 10th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018, the inaugural edition of the ‘King of Mats’ is set to take place tomorrow, 24th April 2018 where Jiu-Jitsu enthusiasts can look forward to former World Pro and Grand Slam champions battling for the illustrious title as well as cash prizes of USD 200,000.
World acclaimed players will include Samuel Canquerino, Thiago Marques, Tiago Bravo, Hiago George, Leonardo Saggioro, Gianni Grippo, Celso Venicius Junior, Jose Lima, Isaque Paiva and Wanki Chae from the lightweight category; Tarsis Humphreys, Roberto Satoshi, Charles Santos, Tanner Rice, Jaime Canuto, Andre Galvao, Clark Gracie and Renato Canuto in the middleweight category; and Lucio Rodrigues, Antonio Braga Neto, Alexander Trans, Alexandre Souza, Roberto Abreu Filho, Gerard Labinski, Andre Campos and Helton Silva Junior competing in the heavyweight category.
Mohammed Hussain Al Marzouqi, Director of Marketing and Finance at UAEJJF said: “With the commencement of the 10th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship tomorrow, we are set to witness an exceptional Opening Ceremony, welcoming high level dignitaries, Ambassadors, Ministers, and senior government officials to the Championship. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the ‘King of Mats’ competition, an entirely new addition to the Championship this year, which will bring together previous Champions for an exciting nostalgic series of challenges.”
He added: “At the outset, I also thank our partners and stakeholders, for their support throughout the duration of the Championship. The smooth manner in which the Championship is proceeding has been well recognized overall, and is a testament to the UAEJJF’s commitment in building a promising generation. By investing in the future generation through the sport of Jiu-Jitsu, we are also investing in our country and its future.”
Commenting on the technical aspects of the 10th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Rodrigo Valerio, Technical Manager of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation said, “The UAEJJF has conducted about 80 events across the world, and witnessed the absolute best from each continent: Asia, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, North America and South America, with over 80% of the Champions present here for the 10th Abu Dhabi World Pro, competing for the title.”
“From tomorrow onwards, competitions will start with females in the Purple and Blue belt categories, followed by Brown and Black belt national qualifiers. Athletes from the same country will compete against one another and the best from each country will then be shortlisted for the main brackets which are set to take place on Friday, whereas Saturday is the final day of competitions across all the black belt divisions. “
Oleksandr Yarovyy from Ukraine, who bagged the Golden medal in the 50 kg white belt category said, “This is my first time competing in the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship and I’m very excited to be here. I also participated in the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Festival last week and won a gold medal there, which is one of my biggest successes since I started with Jiu-Jitsu.”
Opening Ceremony of the World Pro
The coveted Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018 is set to commence from tomorrow, 24th April, kicking off with a grand Opening Ceremony as well as the inaugural new ‘King of Mats’ competition. The Championship, which is now regarded as the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the world, will witness over 80% of the world’s top Jiu-Jitsu athletes competing till the 28th April.
The Championship will begin with the 1st Round/Finals open to all with Adult male and female competing in the Blue and Purple belts, while Master 1 and Master 2 male compete in the Blue and Purple belts.
All the action will be broadcast live around the world, with FloGrappling making its streaming services of the Championship available worldwide and Abu Dhabi Sports providing regional coverage.
Meanwhile, Fox Sports Asia provides coverage in 44 countries in Asia, Asia-Pacific and Oceania; Combate in Brazil; Fight Network in Canada, Europe and the MENA region; Singtel in Singapore and Australia; and Astro SuperSports 2 in Malaysia. In addition, Azam Sports airs in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi; Orange TV in Indonesia; EB TV in Thailand; GuangDong TV in China; and ABS-CBN Sports in Phillipines.
SFR Sports airs the Championship in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Portugal and Sub-Saharan Africa. Fight Sports provides coverage in Pan-Asia Pacific, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Former Yugoslavia and the Caribbean.
Strong Strategic Support
Abu Dhabi Media is the Official Media Partner for the event, with its Abu Dhabi Sports Channels subsidiary forming the Official Sport Channel.
Other sponsors include Palm Sports as Strategic Partner, while Emaar is the event’s Lifestyle Developer partner, Premier Motors from Al Tayer Motors – Land Rover is the Exclusive Automotive Partner and Etihad Airways is the Official Airline. The Ministry of Interior and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank form Diamond Partners, while Sky News Arabia is Content Partner, SEHA is Healthcare Partner, ADNOC is Energy Partner and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation is Safety Partner.
Gold Partners are: ADASI, Al Massaood, Emirates Global Aluminium, Dolphin Energy, Cavallo (Louzan fashion), Aafaq and the Department of Culture and Tourism. Meanwhile, Supporting Partners are Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge. Silver Partners are: Al Khajja Holding Group, United Al Saqr Group, Senaat, Tawazun Economic Council and Lulu International Group.
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