Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has ordered more Jiu-Jitsu clubs to be set up across the UAE. A long-time advocate of the sport, Sheikh Mohammed has said more martial arts training centres are needed across the Emirates to provide facilities for those who practise Jiu-Jitsu, according to state news agency Wam.
Sheikh Mohammed also issued instructions to sponsor distinguished Jiu-Jitsu players and urged the private and public sectors to support them so that they can excel and represent the country in championships.
The directives include the sponsorship of talented players at schools and universities so that they can continue studying besides participating in the sport.
The move reflects the interest of Sheikh Mohammed in sports and Jiu-Jitsu in particular, in which the UAE has recorded achievements at the regional and international levels.
Jiu-Jitsu was first introduced to the UAE in the late 1990s by Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed, who is affectionately referred to by athletes as the “Godfather of UAE Jiu-Jitsu”.
Following on from this, Sheikh Mohammed also became interested in the sport, and this had a large impact on its development in the country.
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