WHERE CHAMPIONS COLLIDE!
UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation to host 11th
edition of Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship this April
Championship will reinforce Abu
Dhabi’s position as ‘The Home of Jiu-Jitsu’
Athletes will compete for total
prize fund of USD 687,000
‘Now in its second decade,
ADWPJJC is a role model for sports excellence, innovation and tolerance’ –
Championship will be screened
live on Abu Dhabi Sports and 35 TV channels around the globe
Abu Dhabi, UAE – Tuesday 12th March,
2019: The UAE
Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), the official authority for the sport of
Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE, has announced the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu
Championship (ADWPJJC) – the largest event on the sport’s global
calendar – will return to the UAE capital for its 11th edition from 20-26
April 2019, at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.
official launch press
conference at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, the UAEJJF revealed the
will host elite athletes from 100 plus countries, contesting a series of
championship titles and competing for a total prize fund of USD 687,000.
The Federation also announced that this year’s championship will build
on the overwhelming success of the previous 10 editions.
Open to all nationalities from the UAE, the region and across the globe, the
week-long tournament - the final event of the UAEJJF World
Ranking Series for the sports season 2018 - 2019 - will feature the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival
& Para Jiu-Jitsu Competitions on 20 April, the Abu Dhabi World Youth
Championship on 21 and 22 April, the Abu Dhabi World Masters Jiu-Jitsu
Championship on 23 April, and the professional competitions for blue to black
belt from 24 to 26 April.
During the official announcement, the UAEJJF announced that the
championship will be followed by a global awards ceremony, The Abu Dhabi World
Jiu-Jitsu Award, in which the Federation will award the best talent and key
supporters in the field of Jiu-Jitsu with a share of an additional USD 198,000.
The championship was launched by His
Excellency Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice
Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Acting Executive Director of
Education Affairs Sector, in the presence of H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary, Abu
Dhabi Sports Council; Mr. Khalil Alsaffar, Head of Section
- Sport Production & Operations, Abu
Dhabi Sports Channels; Mr. Fouad Fahmi Darwish, General Manager, Palms Sports, Mr. Ibrahim Alsayed Ahmed Al Hashmi, Executive
Director of Corporate Services, Emaar Properties; Mr. Saeed Hijazi, Assistant General Manager – Sales
Jaguar and Land Rover, Premier Motors; Mr. Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, Chief Executive
Officer, UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
“As the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship enters its
second decade, we are truly humbled by the continued growth of the event
and the enduring popularity of
Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE, where the sport is contributing to building a strong
generation of future leaders,” said HE Al
“It is vitally important to us that the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship
continues to provide world-class competition at all levels and for Jiu-Jitsu
practitioners of every nationality. This is in-line with both the national
Jiu-Jitsu project envisioned 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, the UAE’s Year of Tolerance in 2019, and our own
organisation’s vision to enhance the UAE capital’s standing as the global hub
for the sport.”
Championship partners praise Abu Dhabi’s role as
Jiu-Jitsu talent incubator
HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council,
said the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship underpins how the
sport has become a cultural phenomenon in the UAE.
“The 11th edition of the Abu Dhabi World
Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship is proof of the rank and status that Abu
Dhabi and Jiu-Jitsu have reached today. Jiu-Jitsu is a cultural phenomenon in
the UAE – it has spread to families and homes across Abu Dhabi and the country.
It is one of the most successful sports in the nation,” said HE Al Awani.
“The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship
evidences the successful integration of sports in the athletic sector in Abu
Dhabi. This Championship continues to attract players and athletes from all
corners of the world – it is a model competition.
“There are also a number of social and humanitarian messages
spread through Jiu-Jitsu. The UAE is a country of tolerance that works to raise
the values of humanity. The success of the Abu Dhabi World Professional
Jiu-Jitsu Championship throughout the years has always spread these messages.
We praise the efforts of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation at national, regional and
“We are also very happy to see the number of UAE nationals
competing in local, regional and international events. We wish success to all
participants and athletes in the Championship this year,” added Al Awani.
With the championship’s success continuing to drive the sport of Jiu-Jitsu
to unprecedented levels and gain new audiences, Abu Dhabi Media, in its role as
Official Media Partner, will play a pivotal role in helping to build on the
championship, the sport’s popularity and engage communities across its
“Today we are witnessing the launch of an exceptional sport event. Our
mission is to contribute to its success by providing comprehensive and
extensive coverage through our outstanding technical and professional
standards. We are keen to support this unique sport considering
its popularity across the country," Khalil Al Saffar, Head of Production
& Operations for Abu Dhabi Sports Channels.
Al Saffar pointed out that the UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation has become one of
the distinguishing organisations among this sport, driven by a remarkable
approach and a clear vision to continue building the generations year after
year to lead the national sports scene.
"For many editions, we have succeeded in enhancing the presence of
this sport amongst our audiences, as part of our efforts to support Abu Dhabi’s
position as the regional hub of Jiu-Jitsu, in addition to participating in
raising awareness of the sport and encourage the youth to take part in this
tremendous game” Al Saffar added.
the success of the ADWPJJC and Palms Sports continued support of this
world-class event, Mr. Fouad Al Darwish, General Manager, Palms Sports, said: “The
Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship has achieved unprecedented success
in the past decade and it is honour to play a part of the 11th
edition of this great championship. Palms Sports is a dedicated supporter of
the sport of Jiu-Jitsu, Abu Dhabi, our partners and the UAEJJF in the quest to
further elevate the sport, this championship and create legacies.
“The ADWPJJC is the perfect platform to
shine the light on the talent, sacrifice, commitment and dedication of players
and the sport’s ability to provide opportunities for individuals to excel.
Palms Sports will continue to play an active role in further growing the sport
for generations to come.”
For Emaar Properties, supporting the
ADWPJJC underpins its commitment to helping nurture the next generation of
talent in the UAE.
“Our support for this global championship
organised by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation underlines Emaar’s commitment to
supporting national sports initiatives and honing our young talents,” said
Ibrahim Al Hashimi, Executive Director, Corporate Services, Emaar Properties.
“As a sport that promotes a healthy mind
in a healthy body, and as a national sport of the UAE, Jiu-Jitsu drives a
health-conscious society and encourages our young people to take up this
dynamic activity. We thank the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation for the opportunity to
support this event and deliver on the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al
Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed
Forces, to strengthen the sport in the country.”
the Official Automotive Partner of the ADWPJJC 2019, hailed the work of the
UAEJJF in raising the profile of Jiu-Jitsu and transforming Abu Dhabi into the
home of the sport.
“We are pleased
to continue our association with the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu
Championship 2019. The tireless efforts of the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation have
positioned the city and the UAE among the world’s leading nations in this
sport. The ADWPJJC is a shining example of this success, attracting
participation from leading international Jiu Jitsu athletes,” said Saed Hijazi
Salameh, Assistant General Manager – Sales, Jaguar Land Rover for Premier
teaches its practitioners to be humble, respect others, and to build up one’s
strengths – principles that were close to the heart of the founding father of
the UAE – Sheikh Zayed. In the UAE’s ‘Year of Tolerance’, these principles
resonate more closely with all the people from around the world, who call the
UAE their home.”
Following the overwhelming success of the UAEJJF’s hosting of the
landmark 10th edition of the ADWPJJC
in 2018, Fahad
Al Shamsi, CEO of the UAEJJF, believes the multi-tournament event is
well-positioned to reinforce Abu Dhabi’s elite standing in international
Jiu-Jitsu and the sport’s growing global appeal.
“It is not an accident that Abu Dhabi is now regarded as the
international home of Jiu-Jitsu. The sport is embedded in the social fabric and
public consciousness of the UAE nation, while the inherent values the sport
teaches – discipline, courage, friendship, patience, endurance, leadership and
team spirit – are evident everywhere from the gymnasiums in our schools, to
international competition mats graced by an increasingly strong and commanding
contingent of male and female Emirati professionals.”
athletes stand to win big
winners of the Para Jiu-Jitsu competition will share a total prize fund of USD
42,000, while winners in the Youth categories for both boys and girls will
take home a share of USD 11,200.
winners of the ADWPJJC Men’s categories will split USD 273,000 and the
winning women will share USD 100,000. Meanwhile the Masters champions
will share USD 63,000.
closing the press conference, the UAEJJF thanked partners for their continued
support and commitment, stressing that “these partnerships reflect the
cooperation between organisations across different sectors in enhancing
Jiu-Jitsu across the UAE and contributing to the success of the championship.”
Championship organisers also added that the event
will be shown live on Abu Dhabi Sports.
From the mat to the masses
In line with the championship’s objective to engage
with new audiences, the official launch also marked the beginning of the UAEJJF’s
community outreach campaign, featuring three activations. The Master Class tour
will visit schools, colleges, universities, gyms and clubs educating a diverse
range of audiences in the art of Jiu-Jitsu including fitness and discipline.
An interactive activation will tour malls and public
locations and bring a gamification element to the championship build-up with
visitors given the opportunity to take pictures in Jiu-Jitsu poses. The third
activation will engage international embassies in Abu Dhabi to reinforce the
global reach of the sport and the widespread support for Abu Dhabi as the home
Azzam on the Move
The community outreach campaign will be assisted by
championship mascot, Azzam, who will join the activations, engaging with the
UAE public and generating excitement amongst younger audiences. The community
outreach campaign begins on Thursday at Abu Dhabi Courts to mark Emirati Child
Day before moving on to the Special Olympics World Games at Abu Dhabi National
Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on 17 March.
call for registration
The UAEJJF is
urging all Jiu-Jitsu champions from around the world to register and
participate in ADWPJJC 2019 ahead of the registration deadline at midnight UAE time on 16 April 2019. For more information on how to register, please visit:
The ADWPJJC 2019 is thankful
for the steadfast support of the following sponsors and supporters: Abu
Dhabi Media (Official Media Partner); Palms Sports (Strategic Partner); Emaar Properties (Lifestyle Developer); Premier
Motors Land Rover (Official Automotive Partner); Abu Dhabi Sports (Official
Sports Channel); Sky News Arabia (Content Partner); ADNOC (Energy Partner);
United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior (Government Partner); SEHA
(Healthcare Partner); Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Abu Dhabi Department of
Education and Knowledge (ADEK) (Supporting Partners); ADIB (Diamond Partner); Department
of Culture & Tourism, Dolphin Energy, Aafaq, Al Masaood, Emirates Global Aluminium, ADASI (Gold Partners); United Al Saqr Group (Silver Partner); Al Ittihad (Official
Newspaper); The National (English Newspaper Partner); Sport 360 (Sport