Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship Returns to the UAE’s Capital to Celebrate Jiu-Jitsu Champions

  • 26 / Feb / 2018

The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) announced that the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the largest event on the Jiu-Jitsu world calendar, will take place on April 16th. The announcement came through an official press conference organized by UAEJJF at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal. (Wednesday, February 7th), where it highlighted the schedule of events for 2018.

As the Championship’s organizer, UAEJJF announced that this season's edition will be exceptional and unique as it celebrates 10 years of successes and excellence at both local and international levels. The Federation also announced an unprecedented participation of local, regional and international players. Hence, over the course of 13 days, the Championship will be bringing together the most famous names in Jiu-Jitsu at the Mubadala Arena, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.

A number of dignitaries, including H.E. Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Advisor for ADEK's Chairman, Khalil Al Saffar, Head of Head of Production and Operations at the Abu Dhabi Sports Channels, , Fouad Darwish, Palms Sports, Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Executive Director, Retail, Emaar Properties, Saed Hijazi, Assistant General Manager Sales for Jaguar Land Rover - Premier Motors, Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, CEO of UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, , as well as a host of local and international media and some of the top Jiu-Jitsu champions, attended the conference.

During the press conference, UAEJJF highlighted details around planned celebrations. The celebrations are to honor a Championship that saw the rise of some of the most prominent names in Jiu-Jitsu.

The Championship will launch with the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival from April 16th-21st which will be dedicated to the following categories: Juniors, Teens 10-17 years, People of Determination of various categories, Adult White-belts and Masters of all belt categories. The Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship will be held on April 22nd-23rd, while the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship will take place from April 24th to 27th, followed by the final round of Black and Brown belts on April 28, ending the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

This year's championship will witness the participation of players in the Para-Jiu-Jitsu category during the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival. This is an indication of the interest of the UAE and the UAEJJF towards the disabled athletes and players by providing opportunities for them to compete for international titles.

King of the Mat

This year's Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship will witness a new and strong addition to the competition, the “King of the Mat” competition at the Mubadala Arena on the last day of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship. Winners of the last nine editions along with this year’s winner will face each other to compete for the title.

Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship Award

According to UAEJJF, the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship Award will be announced on April 29th  The Federation will celebrate the best Jiu-Jitsu talents and entities that go to extra lengths in supporting the sport at a special ceremony honouring them for the 2017-2018 season.

Championship Awards

During the conference, UAEJJF officials revealed that the total value of cash prizes is estimated at more than AED 4 million, part of which will be distributed amongst the winners as follows:

Adult male and Black belt holders:

First, Second and Third prize winners will be awarded USD 15,000, 8,000 and 5,000 respectively.


Adult Female Black / Brown Belt holders:

First place winner will receive a prize of USD 10,000. Second place winner will receive USD 5,000 and third place winner will receive USD 3,000.

The Federation has also added to the Championship new prizes for the top three winners in the Youth and Master categories.

Initiatives and events... In line with Corporate Social Responsibility

UAEJJF officials then stressed the sport’s values and principles and their efforts to spread Jiu-Jitsu’s culture in the community including the values of discipline, courage, friendship, patience, endurance, inspiration, leadership, team spirit, excellence, the ability to make the right decision at the right time. As a sport highly supported by the UAE leadership, Jiu-Jitsu also highlights values of loyalty to the country and its wise leadership. All of these principles, which have been adopted by the Federation since its inception, contribute in building a stronger generation of champions.

The Championship will also be hosting a number of community initiatives, with various events around awareness, education, health and sports workshops. This comes in line with the UAEJJF’s corporate social responsibility aiming to enhance its role in raising awareness of society.

The Championship in general is considered a world destination for all Jiu-Jitsu and sports enthusiasts. It is also an entertainment and educational destination for families and individuals to enjoy various events and activities.

Al Hashemi: Celebrating 10 years of success and sports innovation

HE Abdulmunem Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and President of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union and Senior Vice President of Jiu-Jitsu International Federation said: "Today, we are celebrating 10 years of success and creativity, and the graduation of generations of champions on and off the mat. The Championship’s 10th anniversary coincides with the Year of Zayed, which is a precious opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the noble values and principles instilled by the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is also an opportunity to express our gratitude and commitment to build strong future generations,”

The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation revealed the details of the championship’s medal which will represent the logo of Zayed Year and the 10th anniversary of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Al Hashemi cited the remarks of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, when he said: "About being above competition, titles and challenges, Sports is a field of communication, self-improvement, a refinement of skills and the promotion of values and good morals. Thanks to the insistence of my brothers and sisters on excellence and professionalism, Abu Dhabi has emerged as the world's Jiu-Jitsu capital.”

Al Hashemi then confirmed: "This Jiu-Jitsu extravaganza is part of a completion of a series of great and prodigious successes achieved by the Championship both domestically and internationally during the last nine years,”

Al Hashemi also added: "The Championship comes back this year with a new look and an expanded program, thanks to the great efforts and hard work of the Federation and its strategic partners, who have worked together to complete the preparations.

The Jiu-Jitsu project, seeded and supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has flourished both locally and internationally to take the limits of the sport to a wider horizon in regards to the many values represented by the UAE’s citizens and the goals set by the wise leadership to invest in future generations,”

Al-Hashemi then ended by stressing that the UAEJJF is seeking to raise the competition to exceed international standards and is working to establish new standards that boast Abu Dhabi as a Jiu-Jitsu global center after incubating two main unions, namely the Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union (JJAU) and the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF).

Al Dhaheri: Jiu-Jitsu School is an important tributary and platform for spreading the game

"We at the Department of Education and Knowledge are proud of the strategic partnership with the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation from the beginning of the game in the country until it reaches this high position," said Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Advisor for ADEK's Chairman. "The Jiu-Jitsu School Project is an important resource, a key platform for the deployment of the game in Abu Dhabi and the UAE, and an important strategic event to reveal talents, refining and qualifying national teams. The return of the Jiu-Jitsu school program has begun to culminate in its selection by the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation since its inception until now. I can only emphasize that the Department of Education and knowledge is proud to be part of this great global event, and present in all the tournament details, in support of the department to be Abu Dhabi's global capital of Jiu-Jitsu."

Al-Saadi: Our coverage of the Jiu-Jitsu Championships is a confirmation of our responsibility towards national events

Yaqoob Al Saadi, Head of Abu Dhabi Sports Channels said: "Abu Dhabi Media Company, represented by the Abu Dhabi Sports Channel Network, is keen to cover Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and championships. This represents our commitment to cover national events and our continued commitment to our partnership with the UAEJJF.

Since the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, we have been able to enhance the presence of this quality sport across a broad audience sector on Abu Dhabi Sports’ Platforms. This falls within the framework of our efforts to establish Abu Dhabi as the capital of Jiu-Jitsu. This partnership mainly aims to support the efforts of the Federation to expand the athletes and followers base, and to introduce and educate the society on the sport."

Al Matroushi: The Sport instills in youth the concepts of design, discipline and responsibility

Ahmed Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties, said: "We are aware of the importance of the positive effects that sport can play in instilling the noble values ​​in the young generation. They instill in them the concepts of design, spirit, discipline and responsibility, and their involvement in constructive activities. "Our partnership with the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation is an extension of our commitment to support social initiatives that support Emirati youth and enable our national talents to showcase their potential while highlighting the UAE's leading position. As a destination of the first largest and most successful sporting events and the highest international levels of the organization."

Darwish: We will dedicate all our resources to achieve the tournament’s success

"Palms Sports is proud to be a strategic partner of the UAEJJF, which has always worked hand in hand to develop Jiu-Jitsu at the state level and to contribute to building a promising generation of UAE nationals capable of carrying the burdens of leadership and armed with physical health and fitness," said Fouad Darwish of Palms Sports.

"We are delighted to harness our capabilities and resources to ensure the success of the 10th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which coincides with the Year of Zayed," "This year, we aim to highlight the contribution of Jujitsu to building the personality of its practitioners and enhancing the original values ​​it has established. The late Sheikh Zayed "may God rest his soul" is in the hearts of the people of the UAE as he built this blessed union.” He added.

Omar: Abu Dhabi is the home of Jiu-Jitsu

On his behalf, Premier Motors Vice President, Hilal Hani Omar said: “Premier Motors and Land Rover are pleased to support the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship for the eighth consecutive year. The UAE has been well placed in all local and international events thanks to the generous patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Hence, Abu Dhabi has rightfully become the capital of Jiu-Jitsu.”

The Vice President then added: “The UAEJJF strategy is reflected in the organized championships and the eternal noble values instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which reflect values of loyalty, self-confidence, challenge, patience, respect and discipline. These values contribute to build the character of our future generations. We wish the very best to all the participants and ongoing success to the Federation in all international, regional and local championships."

AL Zarouni: We support future generations to achieve excellence in all areas of life

Adel Abu Al Zarouni, Chairman of the CSR Board at ADIB, said: "ADIB is committed to advancing the country's economic growth and development by supporting future generations to achieve excellence in all areas of life, both professionally and socially."

"We are very proud at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank for sponsoring the Jiu-Jitsu Championships or, which is a sport that enhances the physical and mental capabilities of individuals and instills in them many positive traits such as courage, commitment and cooperation. To help the UAE youth pursue their passion for success, we are delighted to sponsor this international tournament and wish all the competitors success."

Al Shamsi: ADWPJJ the most important international event on the agenda of the Federation

UAEJJF Board member and CEO, Fahad Ali Al Shamsi participated by stating: "The 2018 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship is one of the most important international events on the Federation’s agenda. We expect a wide participation in this year’s edition in comparison to the previous nine years. This in turn reflects our continuous efforts to promote the leadership of the UAE by providing a supporting and stimulating environment for sports excellence."

Strategic Partnerships.... Reflecting the True Meaning of Cooperation

The UAEJJF underlined the strong strategic partnerships that the sport enjoys in the UAE. This reflects the true significance of meaningful cooperation between organizations from various sectors. These partnerships reinforce the sport’s position in UAE society and the spread of its culture amongst its grassroots participants. This significantly contributes to the UAEJJF’s efforts to build a strong and promising future generation of Emirati fighters. It also contributes to the success of major global events, such as this Championship, which continues to thrive successfully with the support of all partners and sponsors, listed below:

  •  Official media partner: Abu Dhabi Sports Channels;
  •  Strategic partner: Palms Sports;
  •  Official airline partner: Etihad Airways;
  •  Lifestyle developer: Emaar Properties;
  •   Exclusive automobiles partner: Land Rover and Premier Motors;
  •   Diamond Partner: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank;
  •  Energy partner: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC);
  •  Government Partner: Ministry of Interior (MoI);
  •  Gold partners: Afaq Islamic Finance, Al Masood Group, Cavallo Collection; Dolphin Energy Limited and Emirates Global Aluminium,
  •  Silver partners: Al Khajah Group and Al Saqer Group;
  •  Supporting partners: Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge;

The Federation expressed confidence that strategic partnerships with sponsors and partners will play a major role in achieving the Championship’s goals in this and all upcoming editions.

The Championships will be broadcasted live on Abu Dhabi Sports 2, as well as on the Brazilian channel Combate TV in addition to a live streaming on FloGrappling website, in order to meet the growing demand to cover the Championship.

It is noteworthy that Abu Dhabi in particular and the UAE in general are equipped with the largest and most modern stadiums, infrastructure and sports facilities designed and built as per international standards. This facilitates the hosting of international events and championships. The Mubadala Arena at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi is one of the most important facilities hosting the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

The UAEJJF has called on Jiu-Jitsu champions from around the world to register and participate in this event, which will add to their skills and gain new experience by competing with other international champions of higher experience. The registration period extends from December 19th, 2017 until April 10th, 2018.

For registration, please visit: https://events.uaejjf.org/event/89

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