Day 2 of the 10th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship progresses with remarkable results

  • 25 / Apr / 2018

Day 2 of the 10th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship progresses with remarkable results

-        Al Hashemi: ‘Honoring the support of those who have developed our sports community’

-        Hareb: ‘Our partnership with UAEJJF is an embodiment of our support across social iniatitives’

-        Baz: ’10 international referees and 2 referees from the UAE have joined us for the Championship’

25 April 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The 10th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship advanced into its second day today, with passionate players exhibiting their skills and techniques amongst competitive matches. Jiu-Jitsu competitors were supported by legions of their cheering fans, family members, and the wider public of the UAE. The Championship witnessed male and female athletes in the Blue belt (18 and above) Adult, Master 1 and Master 2 divisions competing for the top title and cash prizes totalling USD 1 million.

Organized by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), the Championship is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

On the sidelines of the Championship, a commemoration gathering was held, rewarding those who have supported and participated in the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship since its inception 9 years ago.

Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan, Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Secretary-General of the Executive Council and HE Abdelmoneim Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation recognized 30 professionals from UAEJJF by rewarding them and highlighting their efforts and contribution which has led to the success of the Championship in its entirety.

HE Abdelmoneim Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation said, “This honor is a significant step towards those who have contributed towards the sports community and helped in building this promising sports edifice. Today the UAE boasts of its young Jiu-Jitsu players who have the capabilities of fighting in the strongest and largest Championship in the world.”

“These competitions have varied between logistical, media, administrative and technical support across all levels. A Championship of this calibre requires concerted action and concerted efforts with top-level national strategies, leading to achieving the vision of the wise leadership represented by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who has been instrumental in the growth of Jiu-Jitsu across a local and global level.”

In attendance were senior government officials and high-level dignitaries including: Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhbut Al Nahyan, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan,, HE Dr. Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Secretary-General of the Executive Council and HE Abdelmoneim Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (VIP attendees)

International referees a part of the Championship

Alex Baz, Chairman of the International and Asian Referees Committee said, “Year on year, I see players improving with advanced skills and techniques, in particular the younger generation who are keen on winning top titles and competing across their respective divisions. This year we have 10 international referees who have joined us for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, from Australia, Bahrain, Brazil and so on. We also have 2 referees from the UAE: Ibrahim Al Hosseini and Obaid Al Kaabi who have both spent the last few years honing their techniques and refining their capabilities in preparation for this Championship.”

Emaar’s ongoing commitment in supporting initiatives

Bader Hareb, Executive Director of Emaar Properties said, “Our partnership with the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation is an embodiment of our ongoing commitment in supporting constructive social initiatives, in particular those aimed at the people of the UAE, which further pave the way for the bright, talented youth to achieve success in their respective fields while making the nation proud in the global sports landscape. We recognize the significance of the values that the sport of Jiu-Jitsu instils in the younger generation, such as loyalty, sportsmanship and responsibility, which further help in embracing a ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ philosophy.”

He added: “At Emaar Properties, we are keen on supporting the younger generation through youth-oriented social initiatives, and providing the national talent with the opportunity to express their capabilities and potential, resulting in the UAE emerging as a leading destination and host to the world’s largest and most successful sporting events. This is evident in the successful, streamlined and organized manner in which the 10th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship is running, with the world’s leading professional athletes convened in the UAE.”

#ChampionWithin: Social media campaign soars on

The second phase of the ongoing social media campaign #ChampionWithin has seen impressive engagement from the citizens, residents and visitors of Abu Dhabi. Launched by the UAEJJF as part of their ongoing initiatives, the social media competition encourages the UAE public to post a video selfie explaining why they deserve to win using the hashtags #ChampionWithin and #ADWPJJC18. The prize, courtesy of Premier Motors, is a Range Rover Velar.

Tomorrow the 10th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship will continue with its 3rd day, with Brown and Black belt Qualifiers in the Masters 2 division.

Day 2 of the Championship witnessed the following results:

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

UAE

4

6

4

Brazil

4

3

1

Russia

2

0

5

Kazakhstan

0

2

2

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