ADWPJJC 2017 | Mackenzie Dern Hosts “A Hero’s Journey” Seminar Alongside Xande Ribeiro


The second day of the Abu Dhabi World Pro’s 2017 had the Purple and Blue belts displays of incredible grappling abilities. The UAEJJF saw in that day a great opportunity to enhance the awareness and knowledge of the sport through the use of free seminars and workshops along side the entertaining competitions.

None other than Mackenzie Dern, the well known number one ranked female black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and reigning two-time champion of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, was on the scene on the day, hosting a workshop titled ‘A Hero’s Journey’ alongside legendary fighter Alexandre ‘Xande’ Ribeiro. Dern also held a Q&A session where she expressed her appreciation of how the Abu Dhabi World championships evolved over the years.

“This is my seventh year fighting in Abu Dhabi so I’ve seen it change a lot,” Dern said. “It’s crazy how much it’s grown, especially for the women’s. Just to see everything that they’re doing to become like an Olympic sport, it’s exciting. It’s really cool how it’s evolved over the last seven years and I’m happy to be a part of this.”

Competing On day 2 of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship are 150 female players from 58 countries, and Dern is definitely set to enlighten and inspire females from around the world with another top performance.

Dern the daughter of Wellington “Megaton” Dias, a renowned black belt in Judo and Jiu-Jitsu as well as owner of Megaton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, and affiliate of Team Gracie Humaita is no doubt where she gets her exceptional skill. Having started training at the age of just 3 years, there seems to be no match for this super-talented American- Brazilian athlete.

Appreciative and excited to be in the land where Jiu-Jitsu is now spread far and wide through the educational system, with ever increasing numbers of children and adults of both genders, Dern went on to say:

“To have Jiu-Jitsu taught in the schools here, I don’t know of any other country that has that, so it’s crazy that they have that here in Abu Dhabi. You can tell that the Sheikh is definitely investing in the sport.”

Watch a snippet of the Seminar here:

The absolute dedication of the UAE to the sport of Jiu-Jitsu is establishing it as a global destination for sports tourism, training camps and global competitions. Sports federations and authorities in Abu Dhabi are working towards creating a supportive and motivating sports environment to achieve excellence and global competitiveness in all sports particularly in Jiu-Jitsu.

Another workshop of the day making a big impact included the launch of the “Security Awareness” initiative, as Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship is proudly partnered with the Ministry of Interior and Abu Dhabi Police to help advance the vital theme of security awareness.” by the IPIC Fan Zone who continue to host educational initiatives and workshops.

Mohamed Ahmed Butti Al Shamsi said:

“Today we are here at Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship to promote the year of giving, aiming to raise security awareness among the participants and fans alike. We are keen to take part in all the event hosted by UAE to provide the public with all the information on security, educational, and social awareness and care.”

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