UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation To Host 11th Edition Of Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship This April
Championship will reinforce Abu Dhabi’s position as ’The Home of Jiu-Jitsu’
The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), the official authority for the sport of Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE, has announced the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) – the largest event on the sport’s global calendar – will return to the UAE capital for its 11th edition from 20-26 April 2019, at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.
During the official launch press conference at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, the UAEJJF revealed the ADWPJJC 2019 will host elite athletes from 100 plus countries, contesting a series of championship titles and competing for a total prize fund of USD 687,000.
The Federation also announced that this year’s championship will build on the overwhelming success of the previous 10 editions.
Open to all nationalities from the UAE, the region and across the globe, the week-long tournament - the final event of the UAEJJF World Ranking Series for the sports season 2018 - 2019 - will feature the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival & Para Jiu-Jitsu Competitions on 20 April, the Abu Dhabi World Youth Championship on 21 and 22 April, the Abu Dhabi World Masters Jiu-Jitsu Championship on 23 April, and the professional competitions for blue to black belt from 24 to 26 April.
During the official announcement, the UAEJJF announced that the championship will be followed by a global awards ceremony, The Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Award, in which the Federation will award the best talent and key supporters in the field of Jiu-Jitsu with a share of an additional USD 198,000.
The championship was launched by His Excellency Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Acting Executive Director of Education Affairs Sector, in the presence of H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council; Mr. Khalil Alsaffar, Head of Section - Sport Production & Operations, Abu Dhabi Sports Channels; Mr. Fouad Fahmi Darwish, General Manager, Palms Sports, Mr. Ibrahim Alsayed Ahmed Al Hashmi, Executive Director of Corporate Services, Emaar Properties; Mr. Saeed Hijazi, Assistant General Manager – Sales Jaguar and Land Rover, Premier Motors; Mr. Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, Chief Executive Officer, UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
“As the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship enters its second decade, we are truly humbled by the continued growth of the event and the enduring popularity of Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE, where the sport is contributing to building a strong generation of future leaders,” said HE Al Dhaheri.
“It is vitally important to us that the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship continues to provide world-class competition at all levels and for Jiu-Jitsu practitioners of every nationality. This is in-line with both the national Jiu-Jitsu project envisioned and supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE’s Year of Tolerance in 2019, and our own organisation’s vision to enhance the UAE capital’s standing as the global hub for the sport.”
Championship partners praise Abu Dhabi’s role as Jiu-Jitsu talent incubator
HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship underpins how the sport has become a cultural phenomenon in the UAE.
“The 11th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship is proof of the rank and status that Abu Dhabi and Jiu-Jitsu have reached today. Jiu-Jitsu is a cultural phenomenon in the UAE – it has spread to families and homes across Abu Dhabi and the country. It is one of the most successful sports in the nation,” said HE Al Awani.
“The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship evidences the successful integration of sports in the athletic sector in Abu Dhabi. This Championship continues to attract players and athletes from all corners of the world – it is a model competition.
“There are also a number of social and humanitarian messages spread through Jiu-Jitsu. The UAE is a country of tolerance that works to raise the values of humanity. The success of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship throughout the years has always spread these messages. We praise the efforts of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation at national, regional and international levels.”
“We are also very happy to see the number of UAE nationals competing in local, regional and international events. We wish success to all participants and athletes in the Championship this year,” added Al Awani.
With the championship’s success continuing to drive the sport of Jiu-Jitsu to unprecedented levels and gain new audiences, Abu Dhabi Media, in its role as Official Media Partner, will play a pivotal role in helping to build on the championship, the sport’s popularity and engage communities across its extensive platforms.
“Today we are witnessing the launch of an exceptional sport event. Our mission is to contribute to its success by providing comprehensive and extensive coverage through our outstanding technical and professional standards. We are keen to support this unique sport considering its popularity across the country," Khalil Al Saffar, Head of Production & Operations for Abu Dhabi Sports Channels.