Ras Al Khaimah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship Concludes 4th Season amid Exceptional International Participation

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  • Ras Al Khaimah concludes international competitions for the 2017-2018 season
  • Over 800 male and female athletes take part in heated competitions
  • Al Dhaheri: Strong international participation reflects the prestige of the tournament
  • Al Batran: To Empower UAE athletes for the upcoming Asiad
  • Al Taweel: Emirates Club committed to supporting local championships and developing UAE Jiu-Jitsu talents

Under the patronage and in presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qassimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, the 4th edition of Ras Al Khaimah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship concluded its two-day competitions on Saturday. The tournament attracted the largest number of international professional athletes across all UAE competitions in the 2017-2018 sports season, with a total of 800 athletes.

Held at RAK Educational Zone Club, the Ras Al Khaimah International Championship saw the participation of male and female athletes from over 30 nationalities in various weight categories. Athletes competed for points to add to their global scores, in order to reach the winners’ podium at the end of the sports season. The first day of the Championship was dedicated to No-Gi matches, and the second day witnessed pro Gi matches.

The event was attended by a number of officials from the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) and the Ras Al Khaimah sports sector, including His Excellency Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the UAEJJF, Youssef Al Batran, UAEJJF Board Member, Fahad Alshamsi UAEJJF CEO, Mohammed Ismail Al Awadhi, Deputy Chairman of Emirates Club, Ahmed Shamlan, Emirates Club Board Member and Financial Manager, and Ahmed Jaber Al Awadhi, Individual and Group Games Supervisor at Emirates Club.

UAE Athletes Take the Lead in the First Day

The Championship saw a high level of competition matches across different weight categories and belt colors. The spectators enjoyed exciting performances that marked a new level of Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE.

On the results and ratings, Commando Group secured the first position, followed by Al Wahda Club in the second place, Al Ain Club in the third place , Al Nasr in the fourth position and Al Jazira Club in the fifth place.

Exceptional International Presence

His Excellency Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice President of the UAEJJF, expressed pride in the distinguished level of the event in terms of the strong international participation, organization, cooperation and support provided by the various concerned parties.

Al Dhaheri said the success of this Championship supports the UAEJJF’s strategy which seeks to motivate society to embrace Jiu-Jitsu as a lifestyle across generations, thereby boosting the UAE’s position as a capital for this distinguished international sport.

He further praised the special organizational efforts of the event host Emirates Club, on their success in meeting the highest standards in terms of organization and readiness. He also thanked all clubs for their consistent participation in competitions and their continuous interest in this sport.

Al Dhaheri said that the unlimited support provided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qassimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, on the 4th edition of the Championship was instrumental in its success, and essential for spreading the word around this noble sport in the society, something that was evident in the presence of parents and athletes from several clubs participating in this pro championship.

Boosting national talents

Youssef Al Batran, UAEJJF Board Member, said that the global and sporting momentum witnessed in the Ras Al Khaimah Championship supports the future direction to enhance the capabilities of UAE teams and players and enable them to compete with international professionals across all levels, and also allows the UAE to participate in the upcoming Asiad (Asian Games) with confidence.

Al Batran highlighted that Jiu-Jitsu now occupies an important position in the Emirati society, which is a reflection of the efforts placed on enhancing this sport. The 2017-2018 season was full of achievements, and it deserved this high class closure.

Al Batran pointed out that the UAEJJF will ensure a strong participation by UAE athletes in the Abu Dhabi International Championships, which is due to take place in Abu Dhabi on April 16, in order to highlight the UAE’s developing skills by winning more medals proving the country’s booming position in the global Jiu-Jitsu scene.

Local and International Momentum

Khalil Ibrahim Al Taweel, Emirates Club Board Member and first team supervisor, commented: “The Ras Al Khaimah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship is one of the strongest championships and has massive popular momentum, attracting international players of all categories and weight classes to compete on the mat.”

Al Taweel said that Emirates Club is committed to providing the highest degree of support for local championships, both in terms or organization and developing skills to provide the national team with talents and skills capable of taking global winners’ podiums. He also admired the consistent directives and continuous attention given by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qassimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah.

Athletes praise the Championship

The Ras Al Khaimah Championship was praised and commended by the participating athletes and technical teams that came to support the athletes’ efforts in reaching the podium.

Athlete Mohammed Al Matroushi from Sharjah Club said he was happy to win the 55kg gold medal, adding that he had worked hard recently and prepared for the championship by losing weight and going through an intensive training camp. He described the competition and the level of the players as strong and challenging for many athletes compared with previous championships.

Al Matroushi said this Championship was a vital stage in his professional career and his efforts to earn points and raise his ranking.

For his part, Filipe Bobrick who won gold in the No-Gi competitions, said he always seeks to participate whenever he can in international championships organized by the UAE and compete for titles, due to the high organizational level and constant development witnessed year by year.

In the same context, Gustavo Verissimo said that the Championship was quite strong, which makes it an honor to compete on the mat, adding that since its launch, Ras Al Khamiah Championship has contributed to boosting athletes’ participation, preserving their advanced levels, and developing their skills on an annual basis.

He pointed out that this event offers a lot diversity in athletes’ levels of skills and weight classes, which is considered by pros to be an incentive to keep playing and participating in these competitions.

The UAEJJF is preparing for the Challenge Championship on February 22 – 24. March will witness round 3 of the Mother of the Nation Women’s Jiu-Jitsu Championship that will kick off on the 16th, while the fifth and final round of the President’s Cup will be held on the 17th of the same month.

Tournament Classification

The matches were divided by age groups and belts as per the criteria of international championships for men and women, with the age groups including three levels: junior under 18, adults under 29, and masters over 30.

In terms of belts, the competitions were divided into four levels: black belt, brown belt, purple belt, and blue belt.

19 Sports Clubs

The Championship witnessed during the weekend marked increase in the number of participants, as it attracted a total of 19 sports clubs, in addition to foreign athletes who came to take part in the international event.

Distinguished Attendance by Officials

The event was attended by many officials from various sectors interested in supporting the sports industry in the UAE. His Excellency Hamad Obaid Al Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Pakistan, Ali Saleh Al Shehhi, Director of the ADIB branch in Ras Al Khaimah, Khalaf Salem Anbar, General Manager of the Emirates Development Association, and Nayef Jakkah, member of the Emirates Cycling Federation.

Support by Partners and Sponsors

The Ras Al Khaimah International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2017-2018 is supported by its strategic partners; including:

  • Official media partner: Abu Dhabi Sports Channels
  • Strategic partner: Palms Sports
  • Official Airline: Etihad Airways
  • Lifestyle developer: Emaar Properties
  • Exclusive Automobiles Partner: Al Tayer Motors and Land Rover
  • Diamond Partner: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Energy partner: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
  • Government Partner: Ministry of Interior (MoI)
  • Gold partners: Afaq Islamic Finance, Al Masood Group, Cavallo Collection; Dolphin Energy Limited and Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Silver partners: Al Khajah Group, Diamond Sword United and Al Saqer Group
  • Supporting partners: Abu Dhabi Vocational Education & Training Institute and Al Dhafra Sport & Culture Club and Al-Ittihad newspaper as a media partner.

For more information on the championships’ schedule and details, please visit: https://events.uaejjf.org/event/42

 

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