The UAE national Ahmad Al Ketbi, known for his ever growing massive collection of gold medals in Jiu-Jitsu has won yet another today on the third day of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships.
From the 350 players from 25 countries in the qualifiers kick off in the adult, male and female finals and the masters 1&2 categories in in the brown and black belt divisions, two of the UAE National team achieved medals. Ahmad Al Ketbi took the gold in the Masters 2 category, 69kg, Brown Belt division and Obeid Al Kaabi taking the Bronze.
Al Ketbi is known around the world for his intense and tactical diligence he displays on the Jiu-Jitsu mats. Today was just another well-earned tough win, after having competed in two fights over the length of the day, he proved his ability to take on any player from any nationality through any number of fights. There would have been third final fight that Al Ketbi was energetic to amuse himself with, however possibly due to the physical and mental stress of the intense battle field of the two remaining competitors in the division were unable to/ did not compete against the mighty UAE champion.
No matter the case, Al Kebti was there and ready to take on as many opponents necessary to take what is his; the Gold medal. This dedicated young athlete has proved himself even with the difficulty of jumping weight divisions which he has done this year. Usually a contender in the lightweight,this year hes moved to the 69kgs. It seems that no challenge is challenging enough for Al Kebti.
This is the third consecutive year he takes a winning spot as he competes in the ADWPJJ. This championship over the last few years has given him the total of four Gold medals from 2013,2015, 2016 open weight, and now 2017, as well as three Bronze medals – two in 2014, one in 2016.
He proudly fights for and in the name of his county UAE.
“I dedicate my win to our royal family, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and to the Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union and Senior Vice President of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation H.E. Abdulmunem Al Sayed Mohammed Al Hashmi. Thanks to the Federation for developing the sport to such a high level and because of them Abu Dhabi has now become the global capital of Jiu-Jitsu.”
In an interview back in 2015 by The National, UAE, he mentioned that he was at first reluctant to try Jiu-Jitsu fearing damage it may do to the joints. After his friend showed him what more there is to this game of strategy, he finally joined in when the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation was officially established, in 2012. He was touched and proud to see his fellow nationals raising the UAE flag in all different events. Ever since his mind and body have been enjoying Jiu-Jitsu mania and a lot of thanks has been allocated to his country that has continuously been pushing to develop the sport and opportunities for all of its athletes.
“The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation supports us tremendously. They have helped us to build our self-confidence and overcome the elite players from Brazil, Russia and the United States of America. We are now competing in world championships around the world and are excelling and winning medals.”
The third day of the ADWPJJ 2017 did see the usual domination of the Brazilians who took 9 medals (4 gold,3 silver,2 bronze). USA finished second with 6 medal (3 gold, 3 silver), UK finished in third place with 4 medals (1 gold, 3 silver), Canada finished in fourth place with 2 medals (1 gold,1 silver), Kazakhstan in fifth place with 2 medals (1 gold, 1 silver) and UAE in sixth place with 2 medals (1 gold and 1 bronze).
UAE is making its way and will continue to do so with the super support of its home crowd. Tomorrow spectators will get to witness the second round of eight finals, quarter finals and semi-finals in the adult, male and female and masters 1 male brown and black belt categories. All the cheering and anticipation of wins will be for the local Jiu-Jitsu talents who will test themselves against a record number of international participants from countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Portugal, UK and USA as all seek points towards their professional ranking and take the number one spot on the podium.
Saturday will see the return of the Abu Dhabi Legends who will battle it out on the mat for five gold belts in the ultimate clash of talent. Stay tuned on ArabsMMA.com for exclusive coverage!