MOHAMMED SALEM AL DHAHERI, VICE PRESIDENT UAEJJF – THE UAEJJF IS HONOURED TO PROVIDE CONSTANT GUIDANCE AND A PLATOFRM FOR THE UAE’S JIU-JITSU COMMUNITY
Having pioneered a return to sporting action in the Middle East following lockdown, we maintained that forward momentum in July by organising the first of two summer camps aimed at our elite athletes and jiu-jitsu players across all technical levels, from youngsters just starting out on their journey to those striving to take their jiu-jitsu to a higher level.
And 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 enabling us to ensure jiu-jitsu continues on the right trajectory in these challenging times.
The summer camp 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 served as a platform for the jiu-jitsu community reconnect, with more than 150 athletes participating. The camp also offerd a rare opportunity for young, aspiring athletes to train in proximity to the country’s best fighters, under the watchful eye of the UAE’s leading coaches.
In addition to the camp, we have also successfully conducted the final round of the Vice President’s Cup, one of the most prestigious tournaments for the UAE’s jiu-jitsu community. It was heartening to see athletes returning to the Jiu-Jitsu Arena, competing hard for their respective club and teammates. Congratulations to Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu club, Baniyas Jiu-Jitsu club, Al Wahda Jiu-Jitsu Club on their victories, and to all who took part.
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.
ABU DHABI WORLD PROFESSIONAL JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP’S 2020 EDITION TO BE HELD FROM 18 – 21 NOVEMBER
It brings tremendous satisfaction to announce that the 2020 edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) will be held from 18 till 21 November, following its postponement in April. The ADWPJCC is the most prestigious event on the global jiu-jitsu calendar and it is tremendously exciting that we now have a timeframe for this year’s edition.
JIU-JITSU SUMMER CAMP OFFERS CHANCE TO MIX WITH THE STARS, TRAIN UNDER TOP COACHES AND FOCUS ON THE BASICS
The dedication, loyalty and unity of the UAE jiu-jitsu community was evident during our first summer camp, organised in collaboration with International Vision Investments (IVI).
The camp, attracted 150 participants, leading members of our national team and eager amateurs, under the guidance of UAE National Team Head coach and Technical Manager Ramon Lemos and seven of the country’s leading coaches, such as the national team’s strength and conditioning expert and physiotherapist.
Attendees were put through their paces with six hours of daily training, split between the mat, the gym, and recovery protocols in the swimming pool.
The camp, which also served as final preparation for many of UAE’s leading fighters ahead of the much-anticipated Vice President’s Cup, had a healthy mix of participants at varying stages of development in the sport.
Coach Lemos, commented: “This camp was a great opportunity for young players to observe and interact with some of the best fighters in the country. It was a source of massive inspiration for children who have just started out in the sport to share a mat with some of the UAE’s biggest heroes. These camps are our chance to discover a future star but most importantly to instill a passion for the sport in these young fighters and to help them develop mentally, physically, and socially by absorbing the benefits of jiu-jitsu in the perfect environment.”
Second edition of the UAEJJF summer camp began on 2 August
Following the successful first summer training camp, we are hosting another camp in August at the Armed Forces Officers Club and Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The camp will include mat training with some of the UAE's most renowned jiu-jitsu coaches, physical conditioning sessions and will also provide fighters with a chance to unwind through friendly football games and movie nights. The training camp will continue to follow stringent health and safety protocols in line with efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
‘TRAIN SMART, SLEEP WELL, MAKE TIME FOR FRIENDS’
Just a few short months into his role as physiotherapist with the Federation, Hiten Maisuria has been impressed by the passion shown by the country’s top athletes in their pursuit of glory on the mat.
Maisuria, who previously served as academy physio at English Football League Club Queens Park Rangers, working with the club’s young players, is enjoying his early days with the UAE’s jiu-jitsu talent advising fighters on how following a consistent training regimen and allowing your body to gradually prepare for competitions, while incorporating sport-specific physical conditioning drills into daily routines, will help them stay stronger for longer on the mat.
Maisuria said, “Above all else young fighters should enjoy jiu-jitsu and all the relationships and friendships that you can build through this amazing sport. Don’t forget that sleep is a very important ingredient in any athlete’s success and getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night is essential.”
Tip of the Month
It’s vital to have a well-rounded training programme that strikes a healthy balance between aerobic and anerobic training. Mixing up your training, incorporating enough cardio-vascular development exercises along with strength training will allow you to maintain intensity through a bout and improve recovery between matches. Flexibility is another aspect for fighters to focus on. Flexibility in the back and hamstrings will give fighters an advantage in the pass and guard position, a critical position in jiu-jitsu.
HEROES OF THE MONTH
Mariam Al Ameri
Just 22, Mariam is one most seasoned fighters on the jiu-jitsu circuit in the UAE. She has achieved success on the international stage top spot in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour's Los Angeles event in 2019.
Mariam competes for Al Wahda Jiu-Jitsu Club in domestic competitions and won gold at the 2019 Fujairah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship.
The 26-year-old is one of the UAE's leading fighters in the 85kg category. Holding a purple belt, Mohamed recently won gold in the final round of the Vice President's Cup, earning two wins by submission and two by points to reign supreme. He also won gold at the Dubai International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship, and the Ras Al Khaimah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Mohamed represents Al Wahda Jiu-Jitsu Club in domestic competitions and most recently helped his side clinch a creditable third place in the 2019-2020 Vice President's Cup.
Bashayer Al Matrooshi
Hailed as one of the UAE's finest female fighters, Bashyer’s impressive trophy cabinet includes gold medals from February's Mother of the Nation Championship, January's Emirates International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the Al Ain International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship, and the Fujairah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship. A member of the Al Ain Club, Bashayer also won a bronze medal for the UAE at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
DID YOU KNOW – 5 FACTS ABOUT JIU-JITSU
- The origins of modern jiu-jitsu can be traced back to the 17th century having its roots in Japan
- Jiu-jitsu was developed as a supplementary mode of attack along with swordsmanship for traditional Japanese Samurai
- The core principles of jiu-jitsu have served as inspiration for the development of other popular martial arts like Judo and Sambo
- The Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF) is the highest governing body of the sport
- Abu Dhabi hosts the headquarters of the Asian Ju-Jitsu Union and the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation
AROUND THE CLUBS
Fighters from Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club put on a sparkling performance, winning six gold medals, and racking up 390 points to claim the Vice President’s Cup for the Senior category. Al Ain’s domination of the championship saw them finish well clear of second-placed Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club (306 points), with Al Wahda Jiu-Jitsu club third with 175 points. Al Wahda secured the title in the Junior category, scoring 466 points to beat Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club (460 points), and Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club (141 points). Baniyas Jiu-Jitsu Club held its own in the Aspirants category, racking up 555 points to take first place ahead of Al Ain (454 points) and Al Wahda (356 points).