DUBAI: The sixth edition of the Vice President’s Jiu-Jitsu Cup is set to kick off on Saturday at the Shabab Al-Ahli Club in Dubai, with club and academy athletes from throughout the UAE taking to the mat.
The event, organized by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, will take place on June 3 to 4 and will feature competitions across categories including under-14s, 16s, and 18s, and adults.
The championship, which was initially introduced in 2018, will feature an open belt format.
With prize money of more than 1 million Emirati dirhams ($272,000), the tournament is among the three local competitions that allow clubs and academies from throughout the country to vie for the coveted title. The other two are the Jiu-Jitsu President’s Cup and the Mother of the Nation Jiu-Jitsu Cup.
Mohammed Salem Al-Dhaheri, deputy chairman of the UAEJJF, said: “The Vice President’s Cup serves as a launching pad for new jiu-jitsu talents in the UAE, propelling them toward excellence and the opportunity to represent the national team.
“The local championships organized by the UAEJJF are on a par with the highest standards of major international championships in terms of technical and organizational aspects.
“Clubs and academies are eager to have their athletes participate in these competitions, as they provide a unique environment for them to test their skills,” he added.
Al-Dhaheri praised the efforts of participating academies and clubs in helping to strengthen the global leadership of the UAE in the self-defense martial art and solidifying its position as the world capital for the sport.