ABU DHABI 10 December 2018: The 6th Dubai International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship is set to kick off at Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex on 14th December.
Attracting broad participation from international professionals, the two-day Championship will see players aged 16 and above compete across the Junior, Adult and Master categories.
The Dubai International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship has successfully established itself as an international professional Jiu-Jitsu event over the years. Providing a highly-competitive environment, it has attracted top international players, offering participants the chance to enhance their experience through facing their peers across various belts and skills. The Championship also constitutes an important milestone in the players’ professional careers, allowing them to accumulate points and climb up the official UAEJJF rankings, said Wam.
Youssef Al Batran, UAEJJF Board Member and Director of the Dubai International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship, emphasised that the Championship supports the UAEJJF’s strategy of strengthening the country’s position on the international Jiu-Jitsu stage. This, he added, will be achieved through attracting international professionals of various levels and skills, which will help develop the participants’ abilities.
“The significance of this competition stems from the fact that it offers players the chance to improve their national and international rankings and take their careers to new levels,” Al Batran said. “They will be able to prove their ability that they are ready to compete at international events and continue making achievements that carry the name of the UAE.”
Spanning two days, the Championship matches will be played on seven mats under the supervision of 16 international referees. The schedule for the first day will include the men’s No GI competitions, while female players will compete in the With GI category on the second day. The competitions will spread over five belts: White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black, with each belt subdivided into seven weight categories.
The UAEJJF Technical Committee pointed out that the Dubai International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship will use two separate competition formats: while black belts will be able to avail the Double Elimination system – whereby one-match losers will get the chance to compete for the bronze medal; white, blue, purple, and brown belts will be eliminated after their first loss.
Set for his third appearance at the Championship, UAE National Team player Mohammed Al Amr said he will seek to strengthen his presence and prove he is a match for foreign players of all levels and skills. Al Amr added that he will be relishing the chance to keep developing his potential and try out new techniques while also striving to improve his general ranking.
Al Amr also pointed out that he had to start his training camp early in order to be physically and mentally fit to compete at an international championship of such a high level. He concluded by expressing his hope of winning that will get the UAE flag flying high.
Competing in the 77-kg purple-belt category, Al Amr will look to build on the progress he has made over the last few years, and use the experiences and techniques he has acquired through competing against his peers in international competitions.