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Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club wins first round of the Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club wins first round of the Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship
4 July 2024 19:30

ABU DHABI (ALETIHAD)

Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club has won the first round of the Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Abu Dhabi, with Sharjah Self-Defence Sports Club and Baniyas Jiu-Jitsu Club coming in second and third place, respectively.

Ending an action-packed weekend at Mubadala Arena, the first round of the Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship concluded, after three days of a massive attendance of families and fans. 

The competitions on the third day of the championship were attended by His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade; Abdulmunem Alsayed Mohammed Alhashmi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, President of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union, and Senior Vice President of the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation; Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation; Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajeri, Director-General of the General Authority of Sports; Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian martial artist and popular actor; Mohamed Humaid bin Dalmuj Al Dhaheri and Youssef Al Batran, Board members of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, Fahd Ali Al Shamsi, Secretary-General of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and representatives of partners, sponsors, and participating clubs.

Abdulmunem Alsayed Mohammed Alhashmi expressed his gratitude and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, for their limitless support for sports and athletes in the UAE. 

Alhashmi emphasised that the support of the wise leadership is the main reason behind all the achievements in the realm of jiu-jitsu in the UAE, whether in promoting the sport, enhancing its spread and growth, or consolidating Abu Dhabi’s reputation as the world capital for the sport.

He added: “As we conclude the first round of the Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship, I am delighted with the excellent organisation and wide participation from local clubs and academies. The large crowds at the event clearly show the growing popularity of jiu-jitsu and the success of the federation’s plans to expand its reach and promote its physical and mental benefits to all segments of society. 

“Throughout the championship, we have seen athletes compete fiercely with great skill and sportsmanship. This makes us optimistic about a bright future for the jiu-Jitsu sport, as the new generation of champions continue to excel in regional and international competitions.

“I extend my thanks to the athletes, coaches, technical and administrative teams in the clubs and academies, the fans, and the partners and supporters of the championship, for all their efforts that contributed to enriching the experience of the event.”

Largest Local Tournament

Ghanim Mubarak Al Hajeri, Director General; of the General Authority of Sports, said: “The Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship is one of the largest local tournaments, with nearly 3,000 male and female participants, along with their families and passionate supporters. With more rounds coming, the championship will reach every home in the country, elevating the sport’s popularity and expanding its practitioner’s base.”

Jean-Claude Van Damme expressed his happiness with being part of the inaugural Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Van Damme said: “I’m glad to be here at this special sporting event. It’s inspiring to see children and young people competing with strong support from their families, showing how much Jiu-Jitsu means in this region, especially in Abu Dhabi.

“Watching these talented athletes compete with discipline and enthusiasm reminds me of what martial arts truly represent – not just as a sport but as a way of life that helps people grow with values like courage, discipline, and self-confidence. This tournament has done a great job promoting these values and bringing together sports fans from different backgrounds, all in the spirit of competition and mutual respect.”

Van Damme conveyed a message to the talented, rising generation, who want to pursue jiu-jitsu as a career: “To all the new talent and the fighters, keep on improving. This sport should be extended and expanded all around the world, coming from Abu Dhabi to the globe.”

Source: Aletihad - Abu Dhabi
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