Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival concludes

ABU DHABI, — The final day of the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival, part of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, came to an exciting close on Saturday.

The extended festival saw additional categories and activities added to this edition, which allowed future generations to compete in Jiu-Jitsu.

”Today we witnessed the highest level of male and female jiu-jitsu talent hit the mat and compete in the blue, purple, brown, black belt and across different masters’ categories. To achieve black belt status, jiu-jitsu fighters have to go through many years of intense and dedicated training,” said the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, UAEJJF, the event’s organisers.

More than 450 male and female competitors from seven countries competed for 143 medals, including 61 gold, 50 silver and 42 bronze, across 61 different categories. Running alongside the competition was the second day of technical workshops for referees.

Because of the commitment of the UAEJJF to Jiu-Jitsu, it has become more popular every day, not only in the UAE but across the globe. This year, for the first time ever, three UAE referees successfully took part in the competition.

One of the local referees, Obaid Al Kaabi, said, “I am very happy to be part of the official refereeing team at this year’s event. I was a competitor before I became a referee, and jiu-jitsu is my passion. It teaches us to be patient, stronger and quick-thinking.”

“The process of becoming an official referee is very arduous and involves intensive training, and how to focus on techniques and how to calculate points. Our training also teaches us how to handle the pressures we might face from players, coaches or even the audience,” he added.

The UAEJJF has embraced the Year of Giving and promoted a theme on each day of the championship that furthers this noble cause. The past days saw themes that included education, health and fitness and media awareness. Today’s theme was “Happiness and Positivity”, and all participants and spectators were encouraged to donate to the blood bank.

Tomorrow is the start of the exciting Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which will run over two days on 16th and 17th April. This will see children of all belts aged between 10 to 17 years old.

The highlights of the coming weeks include the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship from 18th to 22th April, which will see hundreds of the elite from the sport compete for the highest honours including international stars such as Gabriel Arges, Alexandre Ribeiro, Jose Junior and Mackenzie Dern; the Abu Dhabi Legends live weigh-in event that will take place at 7.00pm at Town Square in Yas Mall on 21st April; the return of the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Legends, an epic clash of jiu-jitsu icons such as Kenny Florian, Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz and Helio “Soneca” Moreira; and the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Awards that recognises the sport’s talents at every level.

Source: Emirates News Agency