ABU DHABI: The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), the governing body for the sport in the Emirates, and Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP) are set to stage the AJP Tour Asia Continental Pro at the Rashid Bin Hamdan Hall in Al-Nasr Cultural and Sports Club, Dubai from July 9 to 10.
The championship has attracted 700 top-ranked participants, including black and brown belt holders, from several Asian countries.
The Asia Continental Pro will see some of the best talent from throughout the region take part and will give the athletes the opportunity to improve their rankings and secure qualification to the Grand Slam rounds and other upcoming events on the world stage.
Mubarak Al-Menhali, director of the UAEJJF’s technical department, said: “This strong cooperation between the federation and Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro is creating a solid base for world-class championships, which contribute to strengthening the status of Abu Dhabi as a home for jiu-jitsu and a preferred destination for elite champions of this sport.”
He added that such competitions provided Emirati fighters with platforms to improve their technical skills by taking on high-profile opponents.
AJP Tour operations manager, Rodrigo Valerio, said: “The joint efforts between the UAEJJF and AJP Tour contribute toward achieving successes in the sport across the nation and position Abu Dhabi as the largest developer of jiu-jitsu in the world.”
The first day of the event will involve blue belt holders in the juvenile, adult, and masters’ categories, in addition to no-gi competitions for purple, brown, and black belts, which are limited to the adult male category.
Day two will see purple belt holders in the juvenile category take to the mats, as well as purple, brown, and black belts in the adults and masters divisions. Asia tour event winners will be awarded 1,400 points in the world rankings.