Final Day of the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Festival Sees Masters Go For Gold

The final day of the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival, which is part of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces came to an exciting close. The extended Festival saw additional categories and activities added to this edition which allowed future generations to compete in Jiu-Jitsu.
Today we witnessed the highest level of male and female Jiu-Jitsu talent hit the mat and compete in blue, purple, brown, black belt and across different masters categories. To achieve black belt status Jiu-Jitsu fighters, have to go through many years of intensive, dedicated training.
​​More than 450 male and female players from 7 countries fought it out for 143 medals (61 gold, 50 silver and 42 bronze) across 61 different categories.Additionally, running alongside the competition was the second day of technical workshops for referees allowing them to learn new skills and develop current practices.
Because of the commitment that the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation has shown to Jiu-Jitsu it’s becoming more popular every day, not only in the UAE but across the globe. This year, for the first time ever, we have seen three UAE referees successfully take part in the competition.
One of the local referees Obaid Al Kaabi said: “I am very happy to be part of the official referee team at this year’s event. I used to be a competitor before I became a referee and Jiu-Jitsu is my passion. It teaches us to be patient, stronger and quick thinking.”
The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation has embraced the Year of Giving and on each day of the Championship is promoting a theme that furthers this noble cause. The past days saw themes that included: Education, Health and Fitness and Media Awareness. Today’s theme was “Happiness & Positivity” and all participants and spectators were encouraged to donate to the blood bank which was located in the Fan Zone.
Tomorrow is the start of the exciting Abu Dhabi World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship which will run over two days, from April 16-17. This will see children of all belts, aged between 10 – 17 years old, fight it out for glory.
The event is open to all and is free to attend across the two weeks. To learn more about the event, to register and keep up-to-date with the program visit
Full results can be found online at

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