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Land of Thrills and Triumph For the fifth year in a row, Rio de Janeiro is the setting for an epic edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour where Jiu-Jitsu crowns its heroes

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Rio de Janeiro becomes the battle ground for some of the best competitors in the world to fulfill their dreams of becoming ADGS champions in the master black belt and adult color belt divisions

Luiza Monteiro raises the level of the game to claim the crown in the groundbreaking debut event in the ADQOM lightweight division

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The New Court in Town Three epic super matches define the new rulers of the Abu Dhabi King of Mats in afternoon of thrills in Rio de Janeiro

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Greetings

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Dream come true in Rio

H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi

Editorial

History made in Brazil Ivan Trindade

Interview Return to Glory

Jackson Sousa tells his story of struggles and victories after beating the odds to overcome a much heavier João Gabriel Rocha and claim the heavyweight Abu Dhabi King of Mats crown

Get Social Rio Influencers

On the first weekend of November 2019, the Jiu-Jitsu community got together in Brazil and shared their challenges and accomplishments on social media

AJP Athlete’s Ranking

How to build your route to the top Rodrigo Valerio

AJP World Tour

The global round-up of a unstoppable Jiu-Jitsu movement with events in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas

Preview Heavy Hitters

The Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats returns to its second edition featuring six of the best heavyweight competitors in the world clashing to take the crown home

Champion’s Class Patrick Gaudio’s Bow and Arrow Choke

Finish like a champion with this detailed breakdown of a attack from the back by one of Jiu-Jitsu’s most talented competitors

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Lifestyle Tips An Athlete’s Guide to Injury Prevention

The nine actions every Jiu-Jitsu competitor need to take to decrease the chances of getting injured

Travel & Roll Stay Active in Abu Dhabi

Find out the best spots to keep in shape while in the UAE for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour

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H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi

Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP), Chairman of the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF)

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ith each new event, the 2019/2020 season gets stronger. The 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio is the latest example of how strong the movement is all over the world. For three days on November 1-3, the Arena Carioca 1 welcomed the Jiu-Jitsu community in the region for a celebration of the sport. The fans on the stands cheered for their favorite athletes as they battled for the ultimate glory. The fifth edition of the ADGS Rio proved once again that the season is a huge success. The ADGS Rio was also the setting for a new groundbreaking event. The Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats gathered six of the best lightweight competitors in the world. This new series is another step in the direction of making Jiu-Jitsu as inclusive as possible. New editions of the ADQOM are already scheduled for upcoming ADGS events in the future, as well as ADKOM events. The success in each stop of the AJP Tour is the result of the dedication of devoted professionals on and off the mats, as well as behind the scenes. The AJP team works relentlessly to make improvements in each of the stops the tour makes, big or small. We make the commitment to you that this work will continue and offer better events to all our participants. We once again would like to express our gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, for his continuous support of Jiu-Jitsu. His Highness has always been a source of inspiration for us and we are fortunate to have him on our side.

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History made in Brazil

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For three days, beautiful Rio de Janeiro was the epicenter of the Jiu-Jitsu universe as the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam reached the city. Our news team landed in Brazil with the important mission of reporting on every single event of that epic weekend. Our reporters roamed the city to find the stars of the show in their final days of training before the competition. We visited João Gabriel Rocha, Gabrieli Pessanha, Amal Amjahid, among others. Carioca or foreigners, all competitors were welcomed into the mats to finish their training camps and be ready for action at the Arena Carioca 1. The work continued during the weigh ins on October 31st, as thousands of athletes stepped on the scales to check if they were on point for their weight classes. Once again, our team was there to register the effort and sacrifice of each athlete as they dreamed of a successful tournament. The following three days were of insane matches with the best in the world showcasing their talents on the mats. Day 1, on November 1, featured the groundbreaking Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats. For the first time ever, six of the best lightweight competitors gathered to decide which one would be crowned the queen. Luiza Monteiro had a performance for the history books and snatched the title. You’ll find every detail of that event on our pages. The weekend in Rio also was the stage for the crowning of the three new Abu Dhabi King of Mats. Leonardo Saggioro, Isaque Bahiense and Jackson Sousa came out of three battles as the reigning champions. Our reporters and photographers were there to register every second of the three matches. As the 2019/2020 reaches its final stretch, we get ready to pack our bags to cover the Abi Dhabi Grand Slam Abu Dhabi, January 16-18, once again in the state of the art Mubadala Arena. Get ready for another complete coverage on our social media channel. We hope you’ll enjoy another edition of Jiu-Jitsu World Magazine. In every single issue we work hard to bring you the best content possible. We hope to see you again here on our next issue. Have a great read and stay on the mats.

Ivan Trindade

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INTERVIEW

Jackson enjoyed every minute of his return to his family’s home in Rio

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Prefer to have goals instead of dreams. We can dream about anything, but goals are something solid that we can achieve

Return to Glory

Jackson Sousa

Jackson Sousa tells his story of struggles and victories after beating the odds to overcome a much heavier João Gabriel Rocha and claim the heavyweight Abu Dhabi King of Mats crown

Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

Jiu-Jitsu World: You are a well known black belt with victorious campaign both as a competitor and professor. Tell us how Jiu-Jitsu became part of your life? Jackson Sousa: I grew up in the Cantagalo community in Rio, where I had to deal with drug trafficking, police, criminals and sometimes even war between different gangs. I believe most kids in the community dream about becoming football players to help their families. I was no exception, but Jiu-Jitsu became my tool for a better future. A friend of mine called Alexandre “Buda” led me to the social project “Amigos do Morro”, led by world champions Ricardinho Vieira e and Fernando Tererê. It was there that I learned how to become a competitor and a professor. Without that place I wouldn’t be living in London today, leading a successful team. Who were or are the most important people in your Jiu-Jitsu journey and what were the most important lessons you learned from them? There are a lot of people who had been important in my life. First of all, my mother Simone Sousa, who was the base of everything. She has been by my side since the beginning of my career. My family is always by my side. Also, my masters Leozinho Vieira and Ricardinho Vieira, two people that changed

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my life with Jiu-Jitsu, teaching me to be an athlete. I have a lot of gratitude for the two. I also want to mention my physical trainer Henri Lima, from Studio Fun Training. He has become a father that I never had. He has helped with my conditioning, but also with my mental state, giving me strength to face different challenges. At last, my “godfather” and mentor Alan “Finfou “ Nascimento, who brought me back to Jiu-Jitsu when I stepped away for a while in 2004. To this day he helps me with different aspects of my career. What advices could you give to a young competitor that dreams with having the same success in Jiu-Jitsu as you are having? My advices are simple and positive. First, always have the will power to reach your goals, on or off the mats. Be patient when things are not happening right away. Second, persevere in your goals and never give up. Third, prefer to have goals instead of dreams. We can dream with anything, but goals are something solid that we can achieve. At the recent Abu Dhabi King of Mats, you caught the crowd by surprise with your victory over João Gabriel Rocha. What was your game plan to overcome the big weight difference? In fact, I have fought João many times before. I think the overall score is now 3x2 in his favor. João is an outstanding athlete and

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Jackson bet on his efficient standing game to put the breaks on João Gabriel Rocha

Once on the ground, Jackson put pressure to pass Rocha’s guard

Sousa was able to neutralize Rocha’s weight advantage

I have only great things to say about him. The match against João at the ADKOM was all about strategy. I wanted to keep the match standing as long as possible to avoid what happened in Moscow, when we fought and he was able to get me in a foot lock. In Rio, with the new rules that turned penalties and advantages into points, I was able to get a guard pass after he pulled guard to go ahead two points. After the match went back standing, I was able to maintain the lead to the end. You live in England and hardly competes in Brazil. How was your stay in Rio for the ADKOM in November? What was the feeling of competing in your hometown once again? There’s a saying in Brazil that goes like this: “A good son always come back home.” The last time I had competed in Brazil before the ADKOM in November was in 2012. I was still a brown belt. The feeling of competing in Brazil is unforgettable. A little

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film of my career flashed before my eyes, with wins and defeats. I remembered of all the idols that I had watched competing in Rio when I was only a child. The time I spent in Rio in November was divided between family, friends and training. It was a magical time all around. The AJP is known for paying monetary prizes to its athletes based on performance and results. How important it is for you to have your efforts and accomplishments rewarded? Being professional is vital for our sport. I believe that the AJP has the same vision as most athletes and that’s why they work to give value to performances and results in its tournaments. That’s what is making our sport better. Congratulations to the AJP Tour and to my friend Rodrigo Valério for the outstanding work. Also, congrats to all the media involved in our sport, giving visibility to our fans.

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Rio Influencers

On the first weekend of November 2019, the Jiu-Jitsu community got together in Brazil and shared their challenges and accomplishments on social media Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Instagram

The posts came one after the other. As thousands of people enjoyed the weekend of competition at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio, on November 1-3. They shared on social media their efforts, their sacrifices, their learnings and their triumphs. On and off the mat, each one of the competitors and fans celebrated their love for the sport and announced their pride of being part of a global community. Using the hashtags #adgsrio and #abudhabigrandslam, the posts flooded the timelines on Instagram and turned the event at the Arena Carioca 1 into one of the trending topics that weekend. The next stop in the 2019/2020 season of the AJP Tour will be the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Abu Dhabi. Be a part of the show posting with the hashtags #abudhabigrandslam and #adgsad. See you at the Mubadala Arena.

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AJP Athlete’s Ranking

How to build your route to the top Understanding the AJP athletes ranking Words: Rodrigo ValĂŠrio, | Image: Ane Nunes

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The New AJP World Ranking Format Based on rules of the Olympic Charter, the Qualification System aims to ensure that the principles of universality, performance, country, representation and gender equity, remain the focus for the AJP participation. In addition, a number of other technical principles and rules have been established to provide a basis for the development of the AJP Qualification System. The ranking is the most fair way of awarding the effort and the talent of each athlete that signs up to one of the AJP tournaments throughout the year. It is also a great incentive for more and more athletes to take part in as many events as they can. The next pages will explain how the ranking works and the new changes. Have a good read, put on your gi and go out there to add points right away.

How does the ranking work and what are the main changes?

The raking period will be in general for 24 months. The Seven (7) best results during next season (12 months’ period) will count + one extra (8th) result from the Continental Pro + the result of Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship, starting from May 1st, 2019. The points for each individual tournament will expire as follows: • From May 1, 2019 to April 30th, 2020 the points will count 100%. • After May 1, 2020 the points will be reduced to 50%. • After May 1, 2021 the points will be reduced to 0 and not count anymore. The dividing line is the first week of May 2020. Example: If tournament is held in first week of May 2019, the points are reduced to half on the first week on May 2020 and expired in the first week of May 2021.

How to add points in the ranking?

You add points in the ranking by at least participating in one of the events of the AJP calendar (the current calendar started on May 1, 2019 and ends on April 30, 2020). There are five kinds of events in terms of how many points you’ll get: ADWPJJC; Abu Dhabi Grand Slam; Continental Pro; National Pro; International Pro;

Here are the number of points athletes will earn on each event depending on their performance.

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How many rankings are there?

The AJP has divided the ranking in several categories. You can say that the two most important are male adult black belt and female adult brown/black belt. Each belt has its own ranking starting with white belts. You also have a ranking in the male master division, an academy ranking, continental and country rankings. There are also No-Gi rankings. Here are a few examples of how to count an athlete’s points.

For what else is the ranking used for by the AJP? The Federation will use the ranking to decide your position on the bracket of the ADWPJJC. It will also use the ranking to invite athletes to compete in the ADWPJJC. In addition the ranking will be used to select fighters for the new Abu Dhabi King of Mats through Continental Ranking and Grand Slam Placements. What else do you need to know about the ranking? Yes. There are a few details you need to know about the ranking. If you are alone in a division, you won’t earn points in the ranking. If you change belts during the season, you lose the points from the previous belt. The same happens if you change age divisions during the calendar. Due to the academies ranking, the AJP will not change an athlete’s team during the same season. Another features to be implemented are that athletes will get points for not only placements, but also for each matches won. For example, athletes can get a certain point for a gold medal, but will also earn extra points for each win. So if athletes win a really large bracket that could lead award more points than smaller brackets. On top on that athletes will be awarded even extra points for different type of wins, for example winning by advantage or by submissions.

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Are there any more novelties in the ranking for the 20192020 season? In case of equality of total RANK points, the higher ranking will be decided by:

1. The highest sum of the current points from World Pro. 2. The highest sum of the current points from all Grand Slams. 3. The highest sum of the current points from all Continental Pro, followed by National Pro, International Pro and Regional Championships. 4. The highest current points from one single event, then, if needed, the second highest, and so on. 5. If the competitors are still equal the decision will be taken by the number of matches done by the fighter through the season, followed by the fastest submission(s) or who made more points during the matches in case of World Pro Qualification. Scan here for more info https://ajptour.com/en/rankings/ajp-world-rank-definitions

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ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM RIO

For the fifth year in a row, Rio de Janeiro is the setting for an epic edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour where Jiu-Jitsu crowns its heroes Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, Ivan Trindade

For three days on November 1-3, 2019, the prestigious Arena Carioca 1, at the Olympic Park, was the stage for a true spectacle of technique and drive. Hundreds of competitors tested their skills to turn their dreams into reality. Comebacks, continued hegemonies, surprising campaigns. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio Tour was an early Christmas present for Jiu-Jitsu fans in Brazil. The black belt division, as usual, were the pinnacle of an entire weekend of great matches. In the next pages, you’ll relive the tales of sacrifice and victory that led each champion to the ultimate glory.

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Bebeto’s Reign Carlos Alberto Oliveira is now a back to back ADGS Rio champion. In two matches, Bebeto first caught Fred Guimarães with a toe hold to qualify for the final and face teammate Jorge Nakamura. The gold medal came with a guillotine finish.

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Only those who try the unthinkable are able to achieve the impossible

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Golden Diet Diego Pato went down one weight class from his gold medal campaigns in Moscow and Los Angeles to win his third title in the 2019/2020 season. He caught Carmones Alencar with an armbar, beat Gabriel Sousa by referees decision and then finished Hiago George in the semifinals. The gold medal match was a nail biter against Cleber Fernandes. Pato took the gold medal home with a 5-2 lead on advantages after a 4-4 tie on points.

Give your best, act your best and surely you’ll achieve what’s in your reach

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New Talent in Town In a crowded bracket, Alexssandro Sodré fought five times on his way to the gold medal. He beat Marcos Santos 12-0, Bernardo Dib 2-0, Pedro Neto 8-6 and Marlus Souza 8-6 in the semifinal. In the gold medal match, Sodré outscored Gabriel Figueiró 6-2 to secure the title.

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Long Road to the Top In another jam-packed bracket, champion Natan Freitas fought five times to conquer the gold medal. He beat Moises Souza 2-0, Caio Caetano 2-0, Marcelo Pereira by referees decision and Pablo Lavaselli 2-0 in the semifinal. The gold medal match was a very close one against Yan Paiva. Freitas managed a narrow 1-0 lead on advantages for the win.

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Comeback to Glory After a setback in the middleweight ADKOM super match on Saturday, Charles Negromonte bounced back Sunday to claim the gold medal in his weight class. In four matches, he finished Alexandre Vieira, beat Matheus Souza 2-0 and finished Rafael Paganini in the semifinal. The gold medal match was a nail biter with Charles going on a blitz in the final minute of the match to tie the score at 4-4 and beat Igor Sousa by one advantage.

Without family, friends and loved ones you’re nothing

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Debut of Gold In four matches, Luan Lima wrote his name in the pantheon of ADGS Rio champions in his first event as a black belt. He beat Alexandre Lima 2-0, finished Cauê Rodrigues and beat Felipe Trovo 1-0 on advantages. The gold medal match was against Poland’s Adam Wardzinski and a narrow 1-0 lead on advantages made Luan the new champion.

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It all starts with a dream! Don’t be afraid, you’ll not live forever!

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Smart Power Patrick Gaudio made his way to the top of the podium in three matches. He first beat Gilmar Oliveira 5-0 and then outscored Victor Hugo Martins 2-0 in the semifinal. The gold medal match was short-lived, as Gaudio quickly found his way to Rafael Message’s back to finish the match with a bow and arrow choke.

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Thanks to all of those who didn’t believe in me. They have fed a hungry lion

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Sweet Rematch Mayssa Bastos is back on the top! After losing the final to Brenda Larissa in Los Angeles, Mayssa fought twice to reclaim her throne of queen of the 49kg weight class. She first beat Eliana Carauni 14-0 and then met Brenda in the final for a long awaited revenge. A 2-1 lead on advantages was the narrow edge Mayssa needed to win once again.

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No Break for Ana Ana Rodrigues needed one day of rest after her Queen of Mats campaign to defend her title of 55kg division champion since the ADGS Los Angeles. In three matches, she finished Milena Nascimento with a choke from the back and then beat Amal Amjahid 3-1 on advantages to reach the final. The gold medal match was a close one against Talita Alencar, but Ana built a 2-0 lead on advantages for the title.

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Weekend of Rivalry Bianca Basilio finished the Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats in third place, but came back for more on Sunday. She first beat Luciane Silva 1-0, then beat Lysandra Sousa 5-0 and finally finished Ruth Cathen in the semifinals. The gold medal match put Bia against Luiza Monteiro in an rendition of the ADQOM semifinal match. A foot lock gave Bia the title.

The inner struggle comes before the actual battle. Beat your own weakness and go to war

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Proud of her People Competing in front of her family and teammates only a few kilometers from her home base in Rio’s world famous community of Cidade de Deus, Gabrieli Pessanha was able to stay on top of her division. In three matches, she first beat Karla Albuquerque 7-0 and then outscored Yara Nascimento 4-2 in the semifinals. The gold medal match was a close one against Izadora Silva and Gabi took the gold medal home with a referees decision win after a 4-4 tie on points.

Know how to appreciate the people who are on your side, always helping you to be the best version of yourself

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ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM RIO – MASTERS, COLOR BELTS

Weekend of Wonders Rio de Janeiro becomes the battle ground for some of the best competitors in the world to fulfill their dreams of becoming ADGS champions in the master black belt and adult color belt divisions

Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, Ivan Trindade

For three days on November 1-3, hundreds of competitors stepped on the mats of the Arena Carioca 1 to test their skills on the big stage. From the juvenile blue belts to the experienced master 2 black belt division, the action was non-stop. As usual in events held in Brazil, local talent stepped up to the occasion and dominated the top of the podium from top to bottom. Even so, a few countries were able to break through the green and yellow wall and make it to the top. The ADGS Rio had champions from the USA, Argentina, Sweden, Ecuador. In the next pages, you’ll be able to relive the thrills of three magical days in Rio.

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With a 2-1 lead on advantages, Washington de Lima beat Levy Ferreira for the master 1 black belt 56kg division title

Alliance’s Gabriel Moraes caught Julio Rufino’s back to score a 6-0 lead and win the master 1 black belt 62kg division gold medal

In a tough match, Igor Maia beat Rafael Costa by referees decision after a 0-0 tie on points to win the master 1 black belt 69kg division

Sergio Rios finished Luciano Bernert to claim the master 1 black belt 77kg division title

With a guard pass, Alan do Nascimento beat Franco Marini 3-0 to win the master 1 black belt 85 division title

Thales Leites beat Eduardo Inojosa 1-0 on advantages to become the master 1 black belt 94kg division champion

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After a 1-1 tie on advantages, Fernando Tsushima beat Francisco Santoro by referees decision to claim the master 1 black belt 120kg division gold medal

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Results

ADULT DIVISION BROWN BELT MAle Lima 56kg Roiter Brazil

Nations Podium

Magalhães 62kg Ariel Brazil

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Argentina

Paulo Medeiros 69kg Luiz Brazil Murasaki 77kg Andy Brazil

Deangelis 85kg Darin USA dos Santos 94kg Erich Brazil

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Costa 120kg Wallace Brazil

PURPLE BELT MAle Lopes 56kg Arnaldo Brazil

Teams Podium

Pereira 62kg Lucas Brazil

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GF Team Nova União

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Alliance

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Araujo 69kg Ademir Brazil

Santos 77kg Gleison Brazil de Almeida 85kg Enderson Brazil Coutinho 94kg Salenco Brazil Carrozzino 120kg Marcos Brazil

MASTER BLACK BELT Master 1 de Lima 56kg Washington Brazil Moraes 62kg Gabriel Brazil Pimenta 69kg Denilson Brazil Rios 77kg Sergio Brazil

do Nascimento 85kg Alan Sweden Leites 94kg Thales Portugal

120kg Fernando Tsushima Brazil

feMAle Carolina Ochotorena 49kg Brazil Julia Alves 55kg Brazil

Steffane Costa 62kg Brazil

Maria Vicentini 70kg Brazil Lilian Oliveira 95kg Brazil

BLUE BELT MAle Jaramillo 56kg Juan Ecuador Silva 62kg Macley Brazil Junior 69kg Robson Brazil

Campos 77kg Carlos Brazil Nascimento 85kg Ruan Brazil

Master 2 Pereira 62 kg Wagner Brazil Silva 69 kg Vugner Brazil

Correa 77kg Luciano Argentina Pinto 85kg Tede Brazil Mourão 94kg Helio Brazil Lima 120kg Leonardo Brazil

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Oliveira 94kg Yago Brazil Antunes 120kg Horacio Brazil

feMAle Ferreira 49kg Karen Brazil Abreu 55kg Maria Brazil

Fragoso 62kg Jaine Brazil Santos 70kg Larissa Brazil da Silva 95kg Tamiris Brazil

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In the adult blue belt division, Jaine Fragoso finished Monique Moraes to claim the 62kg division title

In the purple belt division, champions like American Martiece Thompson proved they have their game on point for any challenge

Salenco Coutinho was one of the purple belt champions in Rio. He beat Felipe Pessoa 4-0 with two sweeps to claim the title in the 94kg weight class.

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Julia Alves caught Alexia Oliveira with a triangle choke to conquer the gold medal in the adult purple belt 55kg division.

With a guard pass and a full mount, Macley Silva beat Wander Lucas 7-0 to become the adult blue belt 62kg division champion.

One step away from stardom. In the adult brown belt division, Erich Munis beat Davi Souza 4-0 with two sweeps to claim the gold medal in the 94kg weight class.

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ABU DHABI QUEEN OF MATS

Lady Monarch Luiza Monteiro raises the level of the game to claim the crown in the groundbreaking debut event of the ADQOM lightweight division

It’s an honor to compete against such tough adversaries from the new generation and prove that women’s Jiu-Jitsu can be as exciting as men’s

Luiza Monteiro

Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, Ivan Trindade

The trajectory of women’s Jiu-Jitsu in the AJP Tour reached a milestone on November 1, 2019. For the first time ever, six of the best competitors in the lightweight division were face to face to decide who would be the Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats. Luiza Monteiro, Ana Rodrigues, Bianca Basílio, Amal Amjahid, Talita Alencar and Mayssa Bastos treated the crowd to non-stop thrilling matches. Luiza quickly imposed her style and was able to finish three out of four opponents to claim the title. A veteran compared to the other five contenders, Luiza proved once again she is one of the most relevant names in women’s Jiu-Jitsu. Here’s how she reached the top of the class.

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GROUP A Bianca Basílio opened the afternoon with a sweep to beat Mayssa Bastos 2-0. On round 2, Ana Rodrigues beat Bia Basílio by referees decision after a 1-1 tie on advantages. Round 3 closed the group with Ana Rodrigues outscoring Mayssa Bastos 2-1 on advantages. In the end, Ana Rodrigues qualified in first place and Bia Basílio made it to the semifinals in second place.

GROUP b Amal Amjahid debuted with a 3-1 lead on advantages over Talita Alencar. On round 2, Luiza Monteiro worked a triangle choke to finish Talita Alencar. Round three closed the group with Luiza finishing Amal Amjahid with an armbar. Luiza qualified to the semifinals in first place followed by Amal Amjahid.

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SEMIFINAL / Amal Amjahid vs. Ana Rodrigues In a very close match, Ana managed one sweep more than Amal to build a 4-2 lead and secure her spot in the title match.

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Luiza Monteiro vs. Bianca BasĂ­lio

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Luiza kept her performance at the highest level and worked her way to Bia’s back to sink a choke and guarantee her shot for the crown.

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THIRD PLACE MATCH / Bianca Basílio vs. Amal Amjahid In another very tough match, Bia Basílio secured her spot on the podium with a narrow 1-0 lead on advantages over Amal Amjahid.

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Luiza Monteiro vs. Ana Rodrigues

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Merciless, Luiza hit the mat running and found her way to Ana’s back. She worked hard to find the right hand position for a choke, but Ana was relentless on the defense of her neck. In the end, Luiza was perfectly happy with a 4-0 win on points. With the result, she wrote her name as the first ever Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats in the lightweight division. “I am so happy! I wanted to put my game to work on every match and fight to finish all my opponents. I almost did it. It’s an honor to compete against such tough adversaries from the new generation and prove that women’s Jiu-Jitsu can be as exciting as men’s.”

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ABU DHABI KING OF MATS

The New Court in Town Three epic super matches define the new rulers of the Abu Dhabi King of Mats in afternoon of thrills in Rio de Janeiro Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, Ivan Trindade

The afternoon of November 2nd was a historic one for the Abu Dhabi King of Mats series. After almost two years since the first edition of the ADKOM, on April 2018, the crowns were at stake once again. In all three weight classes, new kings were crowned after intense matches. A new rule set was stablished where

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advantages and penalties became points. With that, the scoreboards saw intense movement and lead were pulverized in minutes. In the next pages, you’ll relive how Leonardo Saggioro, Isaque Bahiense and Jackson Sousa secured their crowns and the right to be called Abu Dhabi King of Mats.

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Leonardo Saggioro vs. Isaac Doederlein

American Isaac Doederlein hit the mat running and managed a sweep and a near guard pass to build a 4-0 lead early in the match. Brazil’s Leo Saggioro fought back and went on beast mode to sweep and then nearly pass the guard and nearly take Doederlein’s back, almost getting the finish with a choke. With all that effort, Saggioro was able to turn the scoreboard around and build a 7-5 lead that granted him the right to keep the title as lightweight ADKOM champion. “I know I can go head to head against anyone. It depends solely on me. I am happy that I was able to turn the score around,” said Saggioro after the match.

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I know I can go head to head against anyone. It depends solely on me

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MIDDLEWEIGHT / Isaque Bahiense vs. Charles Negromonte Taking full advantage of the rule set, Isaque Bahiense and Charles Negromonte went head on into the match. Isaque relied in his well known powerful game of takedowns and sweeps joined together with strong guard passes to build a 11-6 lead. Charles fought hard until the very end, but was unable to reverse the score in the end. “I am so happy with the outcome of the match. I was able to put my game to work and score the points I needed to win,” said Isaque after the match.

I am so happy with the outcome of the match. I was able to put my game to work

Opportunity Taken

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Jackson Sousa vs. João Gabriel Rocha / HEAVYWEIGHT No Fear of the Big Man

Strategy was the name of the game for Jackson Sousa against a much heavier João Gabriel Rocha. The Checkmat black belt worked hard to keep his opponent standing in the beginning of the match. After a few minutes, Jackson took the match to the ground and was successful in his attempt to score against João. A near guard pass and a near back take put Jackson ahead by two points. He was able to sustain that lead up to the end with an overall 8-6 final score. “The strategy worked perfectly. I knew I had to be smart about the weight difference. It’s awesome to win this title here in Rio, so close to my family!” said Jackson after the match.

It’s awesome to win this title here in Rio, so close to my family!

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AJP WORLD TOUR Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: AJP

Seoul

South Korea / October 20, 2019

Abu Dhabi International Pro The Jiu-Jitsu community in South Korea got together on October 20 for a full day of matches. Hundreds of athletes from all ages tested their skills on the mats in search of the ultimate glory. The event proved once again how strong the sport is in the region. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Garuda 680pts; 2nd – KJ Competition Team 655pts;3rd - De La Riva JJ 525pts. Scan here for the complete results.

Skopje

North Macedonia / October 26, 2019

Abu Dhabi National Pro Eastern Europe is a talent factory for Jiu-Jitsu competitors. The region has been seeing non-stop growth with bigger and bigger events everywhere. The Abu Dhabi National Pro – North Macedonia landed in Skopje on October 26. The crowd was treated to exciting matches all throughout the day. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Roots BJJ 3640pts; 2nd – Twisted Jiu-Jitsu 2060pts; 3rd – A-Force BJJ 1510pts. Scan here for the complete results.

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Croatia / November2, 2019

Varazdin

Abu Dhabi International Pro Croatia is one of Jiu-Jitsu most vibrant breeding grounds. New talent comes out of the country every year. One of the main reasons for that is the lively local scene with regional events taking up the calendar. The Abu Dhabi International Pro – Varazdin, on November 2nd, was another instance when competitors of all ages and skill levels came together to showcase their talents. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Mladost Bd 830pts; 2nd – Gracie Barra Ljubjana 620pts; 3rd – Checkmat 510pts. Scan here for the complete results.

Canada / November 2, 2019

Vancouver Abu Dhabi International Pro You can always count on Canada when it comes to great Jiu-Jitsu events and talented competitors. The Abu Dhabi International Pro – Vancouver, on November 2nd, was an impressive episode in the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu journey. Hundreds of athletes of all ages came together to compete for the ultimate glory. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Jiu-Jitsu Life for Team 1235pts; 2nd – Alliance 1075pts; 3rd – Apex Martial Arts 460pts. Scan here for the complete results.

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Milan

Italy / November 9, 2019

Abu Dhabi National Pro The Abu Dhabi National Pro Italy touched down in Milan on November 9 for a full day of matches. Hundreds of athletes of all ages and skill levels got together to compete for the coveted gold medals. Sweden’s Brown belt Elina Moestam was one of the stand outs of the day. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Cicero Costha 1550pts; 2nd - Icon Jiu-Jitsu 1410pts; 3rd - FN Fight Co World 1070pts.

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Kiev

Ukraine / November 9, 2019 Abu Dhabi National Pro Hundreds of athletes got together in Kiev on November 9 for the Abu Dhabi National Pro-Ukraine. It was a thrilling day for Jiu-Jitsu fans in the country. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – ZR Team 1170pts; 2nd - Checkmat International 6780pts; 3rd - Southside MMA Academy 6300pts.

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Spain / November 16, 2019

Barcelona

Abu Dhabi National Pro Beautiful Barcelona hosted the Abu Dhabi National Pro - Spain on November 16. Hundreds of athletes showed up to test their skills on the mats both in gi and nogi divisions. In the teams competition, results were: 1st Associacion Aranha 2010pts; 2nd - Focus JJ 1760ps; 3rd Gracie Barra Irun 1400pts

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South Africa / December 1, 2019

Johannesburg Abu Dhabi International Pro What a day of matches it was in Johannesburg on December 1st. The Jiu-Jitsu community descended on the Abu Dhabi International Pro for hours of thrills on the mats. Athletes of all ages and genders, from kids to masters, awed the crowds on the stands with high intensity and great skills. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Marcelo Monteiro Association South Africa 1050pts; 2nd – Gracie Barra Illovo 905pts; 3rd – Gracie Barra Sunninghill 730pts. Scan here for the complete results.

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Florianópolis

Brazil / December 1, 2019

Abu Dhabi International Pro Brazil once again proved that its people loves Jiu-Jitsu. The Abu Dhabi International Pro landed on Florianópolis for a full day of thrills. Competitors tested their skills on the mats in search of the ultimate glory. The crowd on the stands was pleased with the display of great technique and drive to win. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Rilion Gracie 3110pts; 2nd Gracie Barra 2685pts; 3rd – TJJ School 2140pts. Scan here for the complete results.

Zagreb

Croatia / December 7, 2019 Abu Dhabi National Pro The Jiu-Jitsu community in Europe gathered on December 7, for the Abu Dhabi National Pro - Croatia. Over a hundreds athletes showcased their talent in the city of Zagreb. In the teams competition, results were: 1st - Mladost Bd 3810pts; 2nd - Rio Grappling Club 2340pts; 3rd - Gracie Barra Ljubljana 1950pts.

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Colombia / December 8, 2019

Bogotá

Abu Dhabi National Pro The AJP Tour landed in South America on December 8. The Abu Dhabi National Pro - Colombia was the talk of the town in Bogota. Hundreds of athletes came together to test their game. In the teams competition, results were: 1st - Team FCJJ Colombia 5420pts; 2nd - Affinity Studios Colombia 1340pts; 3rd – 990pts. Scan here for the complete results.

Japan / December 22, 2019

Nagoya Abu Dhabi International Pro The year ended in the AJP Tour in Japan. The Abu Dhabi International Pro made it to the historical city of Nagoya for a full day of thrills on December 22. Hundreds of athletes came from all over the country and even some came from overseas to compete among the best and test their skills. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Base Jiu-Jitsu 470pts; 2nd – Impacto Japan BJJ 460pts; 3rd – Impacto Japan BJJ 430pts. Scan here for the complete results.

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PREVIEW

The Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats returns to its second edition featuring six of the best heavyweight competitors in the world clashing to take the crown home Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

The Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats is coming back on January 17, 2020. After the immense success in the lightweight division, the heavyweight stars come into the mat to test their skills and battle for the right to take the crown home. The international roster of aces features both ADWPJJC and ADGS champions. In the following pages, you’ll get to know the six contenders a little better.

Nathiely de Jesus Brazil A 2X ADWPJJC champion (2016/2017), Nathi is known for her aggressive game both on the bottom and on top. Equipped with long legs, her triangles and armbar attacks are feared by the opposition. Nathiely has all the credentials to be considered one of the favorites in the bracket.

Gabrieli Pessanha Brazil The reigning ADWPJJC champion in the -95kg division, Gabi has been virtually unbeatable in her weight class. The young talent is ready to face the biggest challenge of her career. Known for her pressure game but also very dangerous with her back on the mat, Gabi is on the short list for the crown.

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Thamara Ferreira Brazil Since her brown belt days, Thamara has been dominating the -70kg division both in the ADWPJJC and the ADGS. With a very aggressive game, Thamara’s presence in the bracket is always a guarantee of exciting matches. Her armbars and triangle attacks are feared by her opponents.

Martina Gramenius Sweden

Two-time ADGS champion in the 2019/2020 season, with gold medals in the 70kg division in Moscow and Tokyo, Martina is a brown belt ready to battle against the best black belts in the world. Under the guidance of the great Alan “Finfou” Nascimento, she comes to Abu Dhabi to test her highly technical game and her desire to write her name among the legends in the sport.

Samantha Cook United Kingdom From the UK, Samantha is one of the biggest talents coming out of Europe in recent days. Known for a highly technical game and an unwillingness to give up on any match, Samantha is always a tough opponent to any competitor. She’ll be in Abu Dhabi ready to claim her spot among the best in the game.

Kendall Reusing USA Another young gun ready to explode in the big leagues. Training out of California, Kendall is a powerhouse in the -95kg division. Her duels with Gabi Pessanha in the ADGS tour are memorable. Kendall arrives in the ADQOM bracket ready to capitalize on the opportunity to reach the highest level of performance and results.

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CHAMPION’S CLASS

Patrick Gaudio’s Bow and Arrow Choke Finish like a champion with this detailed breakdown of a attack from the back by one of Jiu-Jitsu’s most talented competitors

On Rafael’s guard, Patrick sets up his base to make his move and attack the back

With the opponent parallel to him, Patrick places the first hook in

Patrick continues the attack to the lapel to find the best hand position

Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

The back is one of the most coveted goals for any Jiu-Jitsu athlete. Taking your opponent’s back is a great way to build a sizable lead on the scoreboard and also a pathway to the finish. In the next two pages, we will break down how Patrick Gaudio found his way to Rafael Message’s back to sink the bow and arrow choke in the ADGS Rio 120kg black belt division final. 86

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He turns his body to attack the side of Rafael’s guard and make the opponent turn on his stomach

With the opponent’s back exposed, Patrick goes for the hug

Patrick then brings the opponent to the side to open space for the second hook to come in

While attacking the lapel, Patrick moves the second hook in

Patrick’s leg moves up to find its place and get the hook in

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With his back on the mat, Patrick uses his legs and hands to bring the opponent to the right position

With the opponent on their side, Patrick attacks the neck to break the defense on the second hook

With the second hook in, Patrick applies pressure to Rafael’s neck

Patrick moves his legs up and brings his body perpendicular to Rafael’s and get the leverage he needs to make the choke work

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LIFESTYLE TIPS

An Athlete's Guide to Injury Prevention The nine actions every Jiu-Jitsu competitor need to take to decrease the chances of getting injured Images: Ane Nunes, Morguefile

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Take time off Plan to have at least 1 day off per week and at least one month off per year from training to allow the body to recover.

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Wear the right gear Players should wear appropriate and properly fit protective equipment. Young athletes should not assume that protective gear will prevent all injuries while performing more dangerous or risky activities.

3 Increase flexibility Stretching exercises after practice can increase flexibility. Stretching should also be incorporated into a daily fitness plan.

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Strengthen muscles

Use the proper technique

Conditioning exercises during practice strengthens muscles used in play.

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Take breaks

In any activity, the more you know the technique involved, the lower is the risk of i njury. In Jiu-Jitsu, playing the right way means playing the safe way.

Rest periods during practice and rolls can reduce injuries and prevent heat illness.

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Play safe Don’t be dumb and don’t get injured. Avoid jumping guard in training. Avoid flashy movements that put you and your training partner in risk.

Do not play through pain Pain is your body’s way to tell you something is not right. Don’t ignore it. Don’t play it tough! If something hurts, find out why and address it right away.

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9 Don't overheat Avoid heat illness by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise or rolls. Decrease or stop practices or competitions during high heat/humidity periods; wear light clothing.

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TRAVEL AND ROLL

Stay Active in Abu Dhabi Find out the best spots to keep in shape while in the UAE for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Morguefile

For the fifth year and a roll, Abu Dhabi will host the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour on January 16-18, 2020. Once again, thousands of athletes from all over the globe will land in the city to test their skills and drive to win. The UAE’s capital has a lot to offer for all coming to compete. We have put together a quick guide for those who do not want to slow down even for a minute.

Cardio Workout With the temperatures at its lowest for the year in Abu Dhabi, exercising outdoors is an ideal way to stay active. The Zayed Sports City, with its stadiums and wide open spaces is one of the top spots for high intensity workouts. The football stadium allows up and down series on the stands for a high-intensity interval workout.

Swimming If you are quite fond of swimming then take to the public beach and jump into the sea. You can swim lengths in the sea and the strong currant of the Arabian Gulf will provide resistance ensuring that you strengthen your muscles. Swimming is a great form of exercise and the salty sea water had added benefits for your skin.

Running and Cycling Probably the most well-known street in the capital, the Abu Dhabi Corniche is the perfect spot for running and cycling, as well as exercising apparels for resistance training. It also offers free parkour or calisthenics sessions that are held every weekend on the parallel and pull-up bars set up on the Corniche near the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.

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Jiu-Jitsu Abu Dhabi earned the title of Jiu-Jitsu’s capital of the world for a reason. It has hosted some of the greatest events in the past decade and also became home to some of the biggest talents in the planet. Once in Abu Dhabi, you should not pass on the opportunity to train in one of the mats available in the city. The city’s football clubs all have Jiu-Jitsu teams. Al Jazira, Al Wahda and Al Ain are all open for visitors.

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