The AJP Tour Dubai International Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2023 – Gi is underway at Al Nasr Club in Dubai, providing an exhilarating spectacle by athletes from various clubs and academies around the world. The first two days of the championship were characterised by intense and fiercely competitive matches, adding to the excitement of the event.
On day one, intense action unfolded in the kids, infants, and junior divisions, with Sharjah Self-Defense Sports Club securing the top spot. Palms Sports Academy displayed its prowess, claiming second place, while ADMA Academy achieved a well-deserved third place. On day two, the teens, youth, and masters categories witnessed intense competitions, and Sharjah Self-Defense once again emerged victorious. Commando Group and A.F.N.T. secured second and third place, respectively.
The championship will continue on Sunday with thrilling clashes in the amateur and professional divisions.
Regarded as one of the most significant tournaments organised by Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP) across multiple countries worldwide, participants in each category strive to secure the first-place position, which awards them 600 raking points. These points contribute to their qualification for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) and the prestigious Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Awards at the end of the season.
His Excellency Youssef Abdullah Al Batran, board member of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, emphasised the strong position of AJP tournaments among international events. “AJP has extensive expertise in organising tournaments in various cities and capitals worldwide, bringing together top players to culminate their season through participation in ADWPJJC and the Abu Dhabi award, which represent the highest honours in the sport. These tournaments play a crucial role in the development of local talents, providing opportunities for interaction with skilled and distinguished international athletes, thereby fostering their growth and progress.”
Rafael Guedes, coach of the Infants and Junior categories at Al Wahda Jiu-Jitsu Academy, highlighted the growth opportunities provided by AJP tournaments. He highlighted that these competitions expose young champions to intense atmospheres, enthusiastic crowds, and exhilarating challenges that enhance their confidence and sharpen their skills adding the valuable experience gained during tournaments equips them to perform under pressure and explore innovative strategies, contributing to their growth as athletes.
Abdul Rahman Hassan Al Menhali, the father of Hassan and Abdullah, expressed how jiu-jitsu has transformed his children’s lives, nurturing qualities such as perseverance, determination, and the pursuit of victory. Al Menhali captured priceless moments of his children standing atop the podium, receiving their well-deserved medals.
Johnny Rodrigues from Colombia, representing the Commando Group Academy, secured the gold medal in the Masters 1 category, brown belt, weighing 94 kg. He expressed admiration for the championship’s remarkable organisation and world-class standards, which constantly motivate participants to give their best. “Winning in the UAE carries a higher prestige than any other tournament due to the diverse group of international champions it attracts,” he said.