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Jiu-jitsu is my lifestyle, says UAE's Omar Al Fadhli

Ashwani Kumar/Abu Dhabi
Filed on November 6, 2019
Omar Al Fadhli trains for the World Championship Jiu-Jitsu in Abu Dhabi. - Supplied photo

Fadhli is now ranked fourth in the world in 62-kg category with 19-1 win-loss record.

Young Emirati fighters are confident about putting a strong show at the upcoming World Championship Jiu-Jitsu in Abu Dhabi from November 16 to 24. With just over a week left, the UAE national team fighters are sweating it out on the mats of the Sports Club in Khalifa City.

Importantly all athletes have passion and purpose for being part of the sport. For teenage sensation Omar Al Fadhli, jiu-jitsu is not just a sport but his lifestyle. The 19-year-old took to the sport when he was just 12-years-old. Al Fadhli is now ranked fourth in the world in 62-kg category with 19-1 win-loss record.

His exploits this year includes gold medals at the Al Ain International Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship and the Vice President's Jiu-Jitsu Cup.

"I began with jiu-jitsu in 2012 and since then it has become a very important part of my life. Today, jiu-jitsu is my lifestyle. Every day I try to be a better Jiu-Jitsu fighter and this focus has really helped me on the mat."

His training sessions have shaped nicely and he is in positive frame of mind. "Our preparations are coming along well and as per plan. I have been doing my job. There are a few areas that I had targeted for improvement and have been working on those. The coaching staff is good. It helps to discuss what I am trying to get done in this camp with them. They put across good points and allow me the freedom to understand my own game."

Al Fadhli is eagerly looking forward to playing at home.

"I am not under any sort of pressure. I will approach the tournament with the same mindset that I have when I compete in say Sweden or Brazil. I will give my best."

I will try to implement all the technical and tactical aspects I have worked on during this camp and my preparations and look to make my country proud," he added.

The World Championship Jiu-Jitsu will be held at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi.


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