The AJP Tour – Egypt National Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2023 is causing a stir in the martial arts community across Egypt. The event takes place in Cairo on March 3-4, 2023, and nearly 500 athletes have already signed up. So it comes as no surprise that the event is already generating plenty of buzz and excitement.
Egypt has always been a hotbed for sports, and martial arts is no exception. With a rich history of combat sports, Egypt has produced many top-level athletes in various disciplines. We spoke to academy owners and athletes from all corners of Egypt to get their take on this exciting event.
Black Belt competitors share their opinions on Egypt National Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Ahmed Maged, a BJJ Black Belt under Roberto ‘Cyborg’ Abreu. A Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Anubis Martial Arts in Egypt has acknowledged the importance of the event:
“The AJP event in Egypt is a huge step forward for the jiu-jitsu scene in our country and for martial arts in Egypt in general, providing an opportunity for all athletes to shine under the bright lights.”
Having competed in various Abu Dhabi Grand Slams and AJP Championships throughout his career, his main focus now is to prepare his students for the championship:
“At Anubis Team, we’ve been in camp for three months and are ready to make a huge impact in this competition. The talent pool here in Egypt is incredible, and Egyptian athletes can and are able to compete with the best in the sport. While my focus is currently on my students taking part in the Egypt National Jiu-Jitsu Championship, I will surely be competing in the adult division myself in the upcoming AJP events in Egypt. It’s an obligation for me as a pioneer of the sport and one of the few black belts.”
Many gyms will be represented at the event
Other notable academies will also participate in the championship. This includes Gracie Barra Heliopolis Egypt, International Jiu-Jitsu Center, Tomas BJJ, Beyond Submissions Egypt, School of Submissions of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Polaris Academy, and Control.
Tarek Matar is a highly decorated 2nd-degree black belt under Adilson “Bitta.” He’s also a leader and the founder of “Egyptian Team.” He started his BJJ career in UAE and went on to become an ADWPJJC World Champion in 2013 and a highly respected figure in the UAE Jiu-Jitsu and AJP Circuit.
He shared his enthusiasm about the AJP Egypt National Championship:
“I’m thrilled about this championship, and so are all my students. We have over 20 kids and a selection of adults registered. Al Hamdullillah, many academies from all over Egypt will be taking part, making the event one-of-a-kind.”