Abu Dhabi: The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, the governing body for the martial art and combat sport in the emirates, has announced that the 5th edition of Jiu-Jitsu Asian Championship will take place at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena from Sept. 13-16, 2021 in Abu Dhabi.
The championship is open to both male and female athletes in the adult category, and is the first Asian jiu-jitsu tournament to be organized since the outbreak of the global pandemic. The last edition took place in Mongolia in 2019.
Abdul Moneim Al-Hashemi, chairman of the UAE and Asian jiu-jitsu federations and senior vice president of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation, said: “Abu Dhabi is hosting one of the largest tournaments on the Asian calendar, confirming the emirate’s capability in organizing large-scale events of world-class stature.”
He added: “The confidence from the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and other global organizations is a testament to our capabilities and capacity to host international events.”
The championship is also the first major event on the 2021 annual tournaments calendar taking place in the capital in the next few months. These include the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Oct. 28 to Nov. 7) and the 13th edition of Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (Nov. 14-19).
Commenting on the UAE national team’s participation at championship, Al-Hashemi said: “The common goal of UAE jiu-jitsu athletes is to raise the UAE flag and gain the highest number of medals. We have full confidence in our team, a distinguished group who are ready to compete at the highest level and have shone in several events.”