A strong start to the 14th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

A strong start to the 14th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship
A strong start to the 14th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

A strong start to the 14th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

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The Jiu-Jitsu Festival competitions began today as part of the activities of the 14th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, held under the generous patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State,” may God protect him”, with the participation of 5,000 male and female players from 100 countries around the world.

The Abu Dhabi International Jiu-Jitsu Festival kicked off the biggest competition on the global Jiu-Jitsu calendar with a huge crowd filling the grandstands to witness exciting contests between talent and buds on eleven mats at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City to pursue.

The competitions of the first day of the championship were attended by players from children’s category 1, 2, 3, from all belts, players from the cub, junior and youth categories from the white belts, as well as Parajujitsu players from all belts from around the world.

The United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu team took the lead in the competitions on the first day of the Abu Dhabi International Jiu-Jitsu Festival, ahead of Kazakhstan National Academy, which took second place, and Team Gladiators Academy in third place .

At the country level, the UAE ranked first, Kazakhstan second and Russia third.

Today’s competitions were attended by HE Abdul Moneim Al Hashemi, President of the United Arab Emirates and Asia, First Vice President of the International Confederation, HE Mira Sultan Al Suwaidi, Member of the Federal National Council, HE Mohammed Al Fahim, Deputy Secretary General, and crowned the winners of the Support Services Sector in the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, and HE Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation, Her Excellency Maryam Musallam Al Mazrouei, Director of the Department of Community Services at the Family Development Foundation, and Her Excellency Lubna Al Shamsi , Acting Executive Director of the School Operations Sector at the Ministry of Education, as well as a number of representatives from the participating clubs and academies.
His Excellency Abdul-Moneim Al-Hashemi was keen to meet the determined among the participants in the Parajujitsu category, shake hands with them and take souvenir photos with them.

Al Hashemi emphasized that the UAE pays close attention to determined people and offers them the best environment to develop their energies and talents, and that the state’s laws support their aspirations and enable them to be empowered and integrated.

For his part, His Excellency Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation, confirmed that by organizing two championships, the largest in international Jiu-Jitsu, Abu Dhabi has become one of the most important destinations for the global sport arena in less more than a month, attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and cemented the emirate’s position as the title of success and dazzling.

He said: “The echoes of Abu Dhabi’s hosting of the recently concluded Jiu-Jitsu World Championships are still reverberating around the world after the extraordinary success of the Jiu-Jitsu capital at every level and less than a week later, the Abu Die Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship returns in its fourteenth edition to welcome thousands of players from different countries and continents of the world to take part in their championship and immortalize their names in the annals of history.

Al Dhaheri stated that the success of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship year after year and its attraction to the elite of world champions would not have seen the light of day without the unwavering support and generous care of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, “may God protect him,” and the instructions and follow-up from His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Head of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office.

Al Dhaheri commended the scene painted on the carpet during the Abu Dhabi International Jiu-Jitsu Festival and the participation of hundreds of buds and children in the competitions, with the presence of their families who filled the grandstands, for the future of jiu – Jitsu and the cornerstone for the sustainable growth of the sport.”

Her Excellency Mira Sultan Al Suwaidi, Member of the Federal National Council, described the atmosphere of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship as extraordinary, with the strong presence of the participating players and their parents, and the crowds that filled the stands.
She added: “We thank the wise leadership for their support of the sport of jiu-jitsu and this tournament in particular, and here we witness the strong start of the 14th edition with the participation of 5,000 male and female players from 100 countries and that exceeds all expectations.”
Al-Suwaidi wished the male and female players every success in continuing their honorable journey of achievement.

On the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, the Ministry of the Interior, represented by the Child Protection Center, organized an intensive workshop for parents to inform them of the many initiatives the Center has taken to ensure the safety of children.

The workshop was moderated by Fatima Al-Rashidi, Head of the Protection, Awareness and Advice Department, and Nasser Badr Muhammad, Member of the Digital Protection Department at the Child Protection Center of the Ministry of the Interior.

The workshop highlighted the different ways to combat the misuse of digital devices, followed by a dialogue session between parents to give advice and possible solutions to protect the child from the dangers of the internet.
A number of parents of the players who attended the Abu Dhabi Professional Jiu-Jitsu World Championships expressed their delight at the enthusiastic atmosphere they experienced among the players and the public during the festival competitions.

The player’s father, Hamdan Manea, praised the great efforts of the Organizing Committee of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which resulted in a large turnout and a wonderful sporting atmosphere in the Jiu-Jitsu Arena, the theater of Abu Dhabi excellence and creativity.
He said, “My son Hamdan won the bronze medal in the championship during the first day’s bouts, which boosted his morale and confidence, and we thank the wise leadership for their continued support of the sport of jiu-jitsu and all contributors to the organization of this inspiring and motivating tournament and we also thank the federation for their creative strategy that has brought the game into every household. It provided the best environment in the country to discover and develop talent and create champions.”

Walid Abdullah expressed his great joy that his son Abdullah Waleed achieved first place and gold medal for the Abu Dhabi International Jiu-Jitsu Festival.

He said: “We thank the wise leadership and organizers of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship for the wonderful organization and opportunity for our children to play vigorously in a huge tournament that allows them to interact with players from and Competing around the world inspires and develops the game and boosts the confidence of promising Jiu-Jitsu talent.”

The player’s mother, Ezzedine Bassam, praised the efforts of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship organizing committee, noting that this was her son’s first participation.

She said: “Jiu-Jitsu is a wonderful game and experience has shown that our choice is right because it quickly introduces the player to the atmosphere of tournaments, and we have not found that in other sports where the player needs a long rehabilitation period before competing in major tournaments the size of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

The Abu Dhabi International Jiu-Jitsu Festival featured a large presence from the Brazilian community and Mikey Ritter said: “I have three sons who are competing today, they are Marcelo, Ryan and Maria and they have a lot of love for this sport as it permeates many details of their lives and their desire is to go far in this sport”.

He added: “Because I hold a black belt in jiu-jitsu I understand my children’s aspirations and offer them the appropriate support that suits their dreams and there is no doubt that our presence in Abu Dhabi is the greatest spur.” to make impossible dreams come true.”
Brazilian Elserli Silva, who competes in the Parajujitsu category, said the sport brought him back to life after a long period of depression and frustration due to an accident in which he lost his leg.

Elserli pointed out that he listens a lot to his friends who talk about success stories related to this sport and that he took enough time to follow a path and it was a right decision as Jiu-Jitsu helped with his values him to overcome his deep crisis and challenges that prevented him from moving forward in life.

At the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Elserli emphasized that Abu Dhabi is a city of endless opportunities and that this tournament is the best proof of that.

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