Sharjah Self Defense Sports Club dominate UAE National Professional Championship
Participants in action at the UAE National Professional Championship at the Nasr Club.
The Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro Tour (AJP Tour) made its final stop this weekend with athletes heading to the mats at Al the Nasr Club in Dubai for the UAE National Professional Championship.
Organized by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) in conjunction with Abu Dhabi Jiu Jitsu Pro (AJP), presented athletes from clubs across the UAE another valuable opportunity to demonstrate and develop their skills .
Day one, for the white and blue belts, saw Sharjah Self Defense Sports Club come out on top, taking first place with 50,700 points; followed by Al Ain Club with 18,500 points and Palms Sports – Team 777 with 16,700 points.
The championship is included in the annual AJP ranking, giving the winner 1,000 ranking points in each category.
Balqees Abdulla put in an impressive performance to win the U16 blue belt category. After his win, Balqees said: “Winning is crucial for me because it gives me 1,000 extra points for my ranking record. The championship included strong talents and it takes a lot of patience, focus, sacrifice and identifying the weaknesses of the opponent, luckily the technical coaches focus a lot on this during our training, so it certainly got a lot to me. help.
“My next stop will be the fourth round of the Nation’s Mothers’ Championship, which is of great importance as I look forward to chasing more wins.”
The second day of the UAE’s National Professional Championship on Saturday saw the top purple, brown and black belt holders from different weight classes compete against each other. Sharjah Self Defense Sports Club again took first place with 60,900 points, followed by Palms Sports – Team 777 with 49,900 and Commando Group with 29,100 points.
Rafael Busantos, winner of the Master 2 men 120 kg black belt category, said: “I would like to thank the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation for the exceptional organization which gives jiu-jitsu athletes the opportunity to compete in a safe environment. The level of competition was strong today, proving that the sport is thriving even more in the country.
Commenting on the championship, Ibrahim Al Hosani, national jiu-jitsu team coach, said: “The level of competition was magnificent in all belt categories and in all weight divisions, providing a perfect opportunity for local athletes. improve their game.
“In addition, the different technical styles of the participants will also have a positive impact on Emirati athletes as they will be exposed to different types of talents.”
Mubarak El Menhali, Technical Director of UAEJJF, added: “As the governing body of sport in the UAE, our goal is to give our athletes as many opportunities as possible to develop their skills. They deserve great credit for the way they have once again embraced this championship framework. Their efforts are commendable and championships like this will benefit them and the long-term growth of the sport. “
Recently, Abu Dhabi strengthened its position at the forefront of combat sports with the UAEJJF, expanding its mandate to oversee the development of mixed martial arts (MMA), as the UAE Federation of Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts.
The federation has formed a committee to develop a variety of MMA disciplines aimed at enhancing their presence, ethics and values and developing a new generation of athletes capable of competing on the local and global stage.
At its last meeting, the board of directors of the federation, led by Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, president of the UAEJJF, president of the Asian Union of Jiu-Jitsu (JJAU), senior vice-president of the International Federation of Jiu-Jitsu (JJIF), approved the formation of the new committee, in the presence of Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice-president, UAEJJF; the members of the board of directors of the UAEJJF Mohammed Bin Dalmouk Al Dhaheri, Youssef Al Batran; Samira Al Romaithi and Mansour Dhaheri; and Fahad Al Shamsi, secretary general of the UAEJJF.
Mohammed Bin Dalmouk has been appointed chairman of the new committee which includes prominent Emirati combat sports figures. Mohammed Jassim Al Hosani is secretary general. The key members of the committee are Mubarak El Menhali, the technical director of the UAEJJF; renowned MMA trainer Umidjon Mavlyanov and Fouad Darwish, CEO of Palms Sports, the UAE’s leading provider of sports training programs.