Day two of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, roared into life at the IPIC Arena with the participation of more than 250 male players and 150 female players from 58 countries.
The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship witnessed fierce and extraordinary performances from the best players in the world with over 29 weight categories in the adults male and female and Masters 1& 2 male blue and purple belt categories.
Brazil lead the second day of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship medal table with 22 medals (9 gold, 4 silver, 9 bronze). Russia finished second with 7 medal (3 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), USA finished in third place with 7 medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze), and Sweden finished in fourth place with 4 medals (2 gold, 2 silver), and UAE in fifth place with 2 silver medals.
The second day of Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship was also attended by Michael Korn, Senior Vice President of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, who was impressed at how the tournament continues to grow and the inclusion this year of the sport’s best para-athletes.
“It’s a pleasure for me to be here [at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship] for my third time. When I look at the tournament and its history I can see how it continues to grow every year,” Korn said.
“It’s important to have a sport that meets in one place with a lot of different cultures and so I’m glad that Abu Dhabi is able to do a superb job holding the event and welcoming the people here.”
“The biggest change from previous years is how the tournament has grown. We have a lot of athletes this year and we’ve seen a lot more para-athletes and participants with disabilities. There are also more women taking part, and together this shows that Jiu-Jitsu is for everybody, from adults to children.”
Today [Thursday April 20, 2017] the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship continues with Adults male and female brown and black belts, and Masters 1 and 2 male brown and black belts, which starts at 11am.
Other highlights to come include the Abu Dhabi Legends live weigh-in event which will take place at 7pmTown Square, Yas Mall on 21 April; the return of the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Legends, an epic clash of Jiu-Jitsu icons such as Kenny Florian, Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz and Helio “Soneca” Moreira; plus the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Awards which recognizes the talent of the sport at every level.
Total Medals for day 2 accumulated to 57 Gold, 57 Silver, 44 Bronze.