National pride will be stake at the Emirates Jiu Jitsu Kids Super Cup at the Zayed Sports City’s FGB Arena on Friday and Saturday.
The two-day event beginning at 2pm in the first day and at 11am in the second day is set to bring the best out of the kids, particularly the Emiratis, vying for honours as the event as dubbed as part of the 43rd National Day celebrations of the country.
The organisers, UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation, have made elaborate plans to mark the occasion with several side events, including competitions, raffle draws from the free entry tickets and fun activities for the entire family.
The competition has drawn 1,318 competitors, including 359 girls from 79 schools from around the country. The Emiratis number 1,239 while the rest of the entries represent 23 different countries.
It is the second competition in two months exclusively for the kids after the Al Ain Kids Open last month.
“On the back of their tremendously successful tour of the US, we are delighted to support the UAE Jiu Jitsu Juniors in this their latest competition,” said His Excellency Khadem Al Qubaisi, Managing Director of IPIC. “IPIC is committed to supporting the Jiu Jitsu Federation in its efforts to build a new generation of talent to compete at a local and international level.”
Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, chief executive of the UAEJJF, said: “The idea is to provide the youngsters more opportunities to compete.
“We have more than 30,000 children who have come through our schools program and we need to provide them as many opportunities as possible to compete and gain experience.”