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Commando Group tops amateur division at Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship

The amateur competitions at the 15th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship took place on Sunday. (UAEJJF)
The amateur competitions at the 15th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship took place on Sunday. (UAEJJF)
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06 Nov 2023 07:11:16 GMT9
06 Nov 2023 07:11:16 GMT9
  • AFNT claims second place while Sharjah Self Defence secures third

Arab News

ABU DHABI: Commando Group of the UAE took top spot in the amateur category of the 15th Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship on Sunday night at Zayed Sports City’s Mubadala Arena.

The UAE-based AFNT clinched second spot while Sharjah Self Defence Sports Club secured third.

These competitions included white- and blue-belt men and women athletes representing clubs and academies from around the world.

“Dedicating an entire day to amateur competitions strengthens the tournament’s standing as an ideal global jiu-jitsu platform,” said Mohammed Salem Al-Dhaheri, vice chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and chairman of the organizing committee.

“While amateurs have participated in the championship before, we allocated a full day to them in response to the increasing demand. This change highlights the growing interest in both jiu-jitsu and the ADWPJJC, promotes inclusivity, provides opportunities for amateurs to showcase their talents and skills in the global arena, and paves the way for aspiring amateurs to advance in their jiu-jitsu careers.”

“The championship continues to unite people from various cultures and backgrounds, facilitating meaningful interactions between them. This mirrors the UAEJJF’s commitment to fostering positive communication through the medium of sports,” he added.

Sagiyev Kuat, president of the Kazakhstan Jiu-Jitsu Association, praised athletes from his country and those from other nations. “I am thrilled beyond words that Kazakh athletes are performing exceptionally well.

“Jiu-jitsu was previously dominated by a few nations, but that no longer seems to be the case. More nations, international clubs, and young athletes are getting involved in the sport.

“Abu Dhabi’s efforts in promoting the sport globally are truly commendable, whether through organizing major international  events or uniting the international jiu-jitsu community under one umbrella,” added Kuat.

Stefan Lazarevic of Serbia, who won gold for AFNT in the Men’s Gi/Blue/Amateur/120 kg division, said: “It’s phenomenal to be crowned in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship is the gateway to a glorious career in jiu-jitsu. The UAE and Abu Dhabi have set exceptional standards in organizing and hosting major jiu-jitsu tournaments.”

Brazil’s Gabriel Do Santos Nagera, who won gold for Alliance International in the Men’s Gi/Blue/Amateur/62 kg division, said: “I am proud of this great achievement. Winning the gold medal in the 62 kg weight category is a significant milestone in my life.”

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