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

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Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 7, 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.

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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.

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.

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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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