Jiu-jitsu tourney for Emiratis

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Jiu-jitsu tourney for Emiratis

The championship is the first of its kind and has drawn 1946 youngsters and 136 adults, both men and women, vying for honours over the two days.

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Published: Fri 20 Mar 2015, 11:18 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:56 PM

Abu Dhabi — The Jiu-Jitsu Challenge Championship, a competition exclusively for the Emiratis, will be conducted at Zayed Sports City’s IPIC Arena on Friday and Saturday.

The championship is the first of its kind and has drawn 1946 youngsters and 136 adults, both men and women, vying for honours over the two days.

The first day of the championship will see 869 girls in combat while Saturday’s opening session will have 1077 boys competing and the concluding second session 136 adults in action.

The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation believes the new concept of staging a competition exclusively for the Emiratis will result in stronger relationships between the federation and the families of those athletes.

They have also made elaborate plans to involve the parents in the award ceremonies including getting them on to the podium with the winners.

“We believe success in the sport begins at homes with the support of the families and their presence at the competitions,” said Fahad Ali Al Shamsi, chief executive of the UAEJJF.

“Their encouragement and support will boost the morale of the children and increase their self-confidence.
“Our objective in this championship is to create a bridge between the youth, families and the federation so there is better understanding between all of us to reap the benefits of jiu-jitsu and move forward and bring laurels to the country.

“We have achieved some success at both adults and kids championships locally as well as internationally, and we think we wouldn’t have achieved it without the help from their homes.

“So in recognition and honoor of parents from the UAEJJF, they will have the opportunity to award their champions with medals on the stage in order to share joy of winning.”

The UAEJJF’s motto has been to build a strong generation capable of protecting the county.



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