HE Yousif Al Batran, Board Member of UAEJJF
THE UAEJJF IS COMMITTED TO PROMOTING, ENCOURAGING, AND GUIDING THE VIBRANT JIU-JITSU COMMUNITY
Welcome to our newsletter in which we look back at another busy month for the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, our, prized athletes, dynamic clubs, and the sport in general.
Having pioneered a return to sporting action in the Middle East following the lockdown we maintained that forward momentum in August by organising the second edition of the summer camp, one that has seen several budding jiu-jitsu fighters take their first steps in the sport under the gaze of our eminent coaches. We also organised a special closed training camp for our female athletes with the view to ease them back into action after a long break.
We would once again like to thank HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces for his tremendous support, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and UAEJJF board members who are working tirelessly to ensure jiu-jitsu continues on the right trajectory in these challenging times.
The summer camp and the closed training camp for female fighters received a great response and on behalf of the UAEJJF I would like to thank everybody: our technical team, athletes, coaches, and parents, for their commitment. The camp for our talented women fighters was a great success, as athletes from over nine clubs trained in Abu Dhabi, topping up their technical skills and physical fitness in preparation for the final round of the prestigious Mother of the Nation Championship.
The 2019-2020 domestic season of the UAEJJF came to a grand conclusion with the conduct of the final round of the Mother of the Nation Championship which drew a phenomenal response. It was a pleasure to see our feisty athletes returning to the Jiu-Jitsu Arena and engage in high-class competitive action. A big round of congratulations to Al Wahda Jiu-Jitsu Club for clinching the trophy, as well as to all other clubs who took part and fought hard.
To everyone within the jiu-jitsu community, keep up the wonderful work in training, support each other, and the community, as our favourite sport returns bigger and stronger than ever.
SUMMER TRAINING CAMP STRIKES RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN JIU-JITSU AND ENJOYMENT FOR YOUNG FIGHTERS
Training under some of the UAE’s renowned jiu-jitsu coaches, working on their fitness through regular gym sessions, and forging new friendships through a range of recreational activities has seen the second jiu-jitsu summer camp receive rave reviews from participants. The camp has drawn a tremendous response with more than 100 budding fighters in attendance at Abu Dhabi’s Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel.
The camp was conducted in strict adherence to local and federal health protocols with each participant having undergone a COVID-19 test on arrival and subsequently isolating till an all-clear from the health authorities. A number of eminent coaches, a majority of them working with some of the UAE’s most successful jiu-jitsu clubs, a strength and conditioning expert, and the UAE national jiu-jitsu team’s physiotherapist were part of the camp, putting the trainees through their paces. In addition to daily jiu-jitsu training sessions and physical conditioning sessions in the gym, the trainees enjoyed various recreational activities like friendly football games, nine-pin bowling, swimming, and film screenings.
AL WAHDA JIU-JITSU CLUB CLAIM MOTHER OF THE NATION CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
A string of consistent displays and victories at crucial moments over three rounds resulted in Al Wahda Jiu-Jitsu Club claiming the overall Mother of the Nation Championship title following the final round at Abu Dhabi’s Jiu-Jitsu Arena.
Al Wahda amassed a total of 1990 points to take top spot ahead of Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club (1650 points) and Al Dhafra Jiu-Jitsu Club (1120 points). Al Wahda’s fighters won 35 gold medals, 27 silver medals, and 29 bronze medals over the course of the championship.
The third and final round of the Mother of the Nation Championship, conducted in strict adherence to local and federal health and safety protocols, closed out the UAEJJF’s 2019-2020 domestic season with more than 180 athletes from nine prominent jiu-jitsu club’s from across the UAE competing on the mats at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena.
OSS Volunteer Programme collects supplies of aid for people affected by the Beirut blast
A donation drive to support those affected by recent events in Beirut, Lebanon, by the OSS volunteer program. The Oss volunteer program organised the drive to collect in-kind donations on August 18-19 at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena. The campaign titled 'From the Emirates for Lebanon' was organised in collaboration with the Emirates Red Crescent and the initiative successfully collected tons of supplies that were subsequently flown to Beirut.
The donation drive drew a generous response from the community, with people from all walks of life donating various supplies. Members of the OSS volunteer program assisted in collecting, sorting, organising, and finally packing the donations over the two days.
Ameera Al Muharraimi, the Manager of the OSS volunteer programme, said that the objective of the volunteering initiative was to extend a helping hand to communities in need not just in the UAE but in the region and there was a general consensus within the programme's members to lend a hand to the rebuilding effort in Beirut. "Volunteering is an inseparable part of the fabric of Emirati society and helping others in need was a value instilled in us by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. After seeing the devastation across Beirut, we were really keen to lend a helping hand by providing immediate necessities that would help our Lebanese friends with the rebuilding efforts and provide succour in these tough times," she said.
HEROES OF THE MONTH
A fantastic 2019-2020 season was given the right finish as Balqees ended the year in style at the final round of the Mother of the Nation Championship, blitzing her way to the gold medal, flooring four opponents in her way, all by submission in the under-18 44 kg weight class. At just 16, Balqees is one of the UAE's most talented fighters. She won a gold at November's World Youth Championship, triumphing in the 44 kg class in the under-18 division. She also won gold at February's Jiu-Jitsu Challenge Championship, January's Emirates International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship, and has also made her mark in the showpiece Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, winning the gold in girls 44 kg division in 2019.
Ali Al Ghaithi
Purple belt holder Ali Al Ghaithi has been steadily making a name for himself in the 62 kg division with a string of consistent performances. Al Ghaithi, 19, turns out for Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club, becoming a key member of the team this year. His performances helped him clinch a silver medal at the third round of the Vice President's Cup in July, playing a key part in Al Ain's march to the title. Al Ghaithi's highlight of the 2019-2020 season was undoubtedly his gold medal winning performance at the Dubai International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship, where he beat Australia's William Lum comprehensively in the summit clash.
Tips & Tricks - Three Jiu-Jitsu techniques that you can trust!
The Mount is a universal favourite, especially for the advantage of movement that it offers a fighter. Joint locks and chokes are also easier to apply from a Mount position since the fighter can effectively dominate his opponent and restrict his movements. The most common usage of the Mount is simply putting your weight on your opponent's stomach or chest. Another form of the Mount has the fighter to put his hips on his opponent's stomach and smother him, making it difficult for him to escape through a roll-off.
A fighter is said to have an opponent in his Guard when he has his legs wrapped around the opponent. Though theoretically the fighter is on his back and the opponent is on top, the fighter enjoys an advantageous position since joint locks and chokes can be applied effectively from the Guard. It is essential for budding fighters to practice using the closed Guard, where ankles are crossed to avoid giving your opponent the chance to escape the Guard.
The Side Mount
Rounding off the techniques for this month is the Side Mount, another position that is great for budding fighters to practice. In a Side Mount the fighter stays on top, pushing his body weight on to his opponent to restrict his movement. The plain Side Mount will see the fighter put his chest and arms on the opponent's while using his legs on the mat to anchor the hold. A variation that can be employed can see the fighter positioning his knee above the opponent’s hip, cutting off his ability to escape the Side Mount through a turn or slide maneuver.