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WHAT’S INSIDE

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Tales of Sacrifice and Victory Black Belt heroes fight their way through blood, sweat and tears to claim their spot in history in the fifth edition of the ADGS Abu Dhabi

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Tour of International Champions The podium of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Abu Dhabi featured the talents of competitors from all over the world

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Gabi, the Ruler Teenager Gabrieli Pessanha beat the odds to overcome the toughest of oppositions and become the first ever ADQOM heavyweight champion

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Larissa Paes’ Tomoe Nage Learn the ropes of a classic judo throw that proved very effective in a match-ending moment at the ADGS Abu Dhabi

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Making Changes for Continued Evolution H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi

Editorial

The sky is the limit Ivan Trindade

Interview Fearless Newcomer

Ana Rodrigues shares her story as she awes the world with golden debut in the black belt division

Get Social Sharing the Proud

Social Medias flood with posts as the heroes of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour tell the word about their adventures in Abu Dhabi

AJP Athlete’s Ranking

How to build your route to the top Rodrigo Valerio

AJP World Tour

Jiu-Jitsu takes over the world as events hit all five continents in the 2019/2020 season

Lifestyle Tips The Healthy Jiu-Jitsu Traveller Manual

How to keep good habits wile on the road during the competition seasonclashing to take the crown home

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Greetings

The new and improved AJP Tour Here is what is changing in the competition format for the 2020/2021 season

Changes to make matches more thrilling AJP announces series of updates to the rules of the game in the tour

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Greetings

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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)

Making Changes for Continued Evolution

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AJP Tour is a work in progress. With every new event in the season, our team of officials gather data for the improvement of the athlete/fan experience. To build a fair, safe and fun environment in our events is our ultimate goal. The 2019/2020 season has seen unparalleled evolution in how the events are run. After successful trials in the ADGS Rio, in November 2019, the new scoring system was fully implemented at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Abu Dhabi. The feedback from athletes and fans was overwhelmingly positive. The 2019/2020 season has also featured another groundbreaking novelty. The Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats series arrived in Rio and solidified in Abu Dhabi. We now have crowned queens in the lightweight and the heavyweight division. The event format, straight to the point and all around thrilling was immediately adopted as one of the fans’ favorite. The future is bright and promises even more thrills for all Jiu-Jitsu lovers. 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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The sky is the limit It’s always a pleasure to be in Abu Dhabi. Once again, our team travelled to the UAE to cover one of the most important events in the 2019/2020 season. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour landed in the Emirati capital on January 16-18, 2020. Thousands of athletes came together to test their skills and celebrate their passion for Jiu-Jitsu. On the sidelines, our reporters and photographers paid close attention trying not to miss one single moment of the three days of thrilling matches. Humbly, we think we achieved the goal we set out for ourselves. Back in the newsroom, we once again were faced with the challenge of putting out the best content possible, as our fans expect it with every issue. Our mission is to shine a light on the incredible efforts and the outstanding achievements performed by the athletes on the AJP Tour on each event, big or small. That’s why we cover the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, but also we reserve

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space for the local, national and continental events that take place all over the world. A proof that Jiu-Jitsu and the AJP Tour see nothing but unbridled growth. The AJP Tour is not only bigger, but it is also better. The recent changes to the scoring system were a bold and widely successful decision. On this edition, you’ll get a detailed guide to what is new in the rules. With the experience of multiple seasons completed, we look for the future with the certainty that only good things are coming our way. We hope to have your companion throughout the new season that is rapidly approaching. Jiu-Jitsu World Magazine will be here to tell you all that has happened and to help you fulfill your dream of living a healthy and successful life on and off the mats. Have a great read and we’ll see you on the next issue. Ivan Trindade

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INTERVIEW

Fearless Newcomer Ana Rodrigues shares her story as she awes the world with golden debut in the black belt division Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

When you think about Ana Rodrigues, you think about fearlessness. The young black belt exploded in the world stage beating much more experienced opponents. At only 55kg, Ana fears no one and avoids no challenge. In her first year as a black belt, she took control of her weight class in the AJP Tour and made it to the final of the first ever Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats lightweight bracket. Even as newcomer, she cannot be overlooked in any list of top contenders in the black belt division today. In this exclusive interview, she shares her story since the beginning and reveals the secrets of a career aimed for the top.

Jiu-Jitsu World: You came up to the black belt division with important results in the 2019/2020 season. For those who are just getting to know you, tell us how your Jiu-Jitsu journey begun. ANA RODRIGUES: I started training when I was 13, but since I was 8 I knew I wanted to be a professional athlete. I saw them as superheroes. I am a perfectionist and for me that’s what an athlete is. It means being the best version of oneself. Before JiuJitsu, I practiced other sports, but no other sport gave me the feeling Jiu-Jitsu gave me. I remember I fell in love with the smell of the mat and the academy. I was an aggressive kid in school and Jiu-Jitsu helped me to put that energy to good use. What made you decide to turn Jiu-Jitsu into your career? First the fact that I always had a lot of admiration for athletes. Second, the fact that being a professional athlete allows you to experience incredible feelings. I started out at 13 and as early as 15 I knew I was going to dedicate my whole life to it. Since them, the feeling has not died down. On the contrary, it only grows inside me.

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Who were or are the most important people in your Jiu-Jitsu journey so far and what were the main lessons they taught you so far? I am a mix of everything I have lived. I learned a lot from all the places I trained at. With Guigo, I learned a lot there. At Atos, André Galvão taught me to do more than everyone else and Angélica Galvão told me that being a woman means everything will be harder and not easier. Isaac is teaching me to a be a better person. The entire Project Dream Art teaches me a lot. When you have a group of people working together to improve themselves you add a lot to your growth. The 2019/2020 season was the first one as a black belt. What expectation you had coming in to compete against the sport’s biggest names? How’s been so far? The year of 2019 was my first one as a brown belt, but since I was a purple belt I felt like a black belt. So, when I started competing against black belts in the AJP Tour, I felt right at home. Since I was a blue belt I would pay attention to the black belt division to see in which level they were. I studied for that moment a lot, so it was no surprise. I always think I could do a little better. I prepared for this moment for 8 years, so I will work hard to achieve all I can. In the first lightweight Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats, you caught more experienced opponents by surprise and made it to the final, finishing second. How was the experience of competing in such a qualified bracket? Were you satisfied with your performance? I hated my performance at the Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats. I got to the final, but not the with the level of performance I wanted.

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On the other hand, the ADQOM was very important to give me an understanding of my personality as an athlete. I believe that’s vital for a better performance. So I can say that I am a much better competitor today that I was at that day. It motivated me to work a lot and improve a lot. It was a great lesson to help me find out who I am as an competitor. I maybe caught other athletes by surprise, but I knew I was going to be in the final, regardless of being a black belt for only two months before that event. What advices would you give to a girl who is only starting to train Jiu-Jitsu and dreams of competing and winning in the highest level just like you do?

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It’s hard to give advices for people who don’t know what they want or for those who are not willing to put 100% of effort in achieving their goals. Not only for Jiu-Jitsu but to life in general, if you know what you want all critics from all the people who do not believe in you will turn into good things. I don’t care if female Jiu-Jitsu does not have the same attention as men’s Jiu-Jitsu. I will go out there and achieve what I want. I will make things work by myself. As a very active competitor in the AJP Tour, how important do you think it is for a professional athlete to have an environment like the AJP Tour, which awards competitors for their performance and results? The AJP Tour events are very important for the community. I wish athletes gave more importance to the tour. The level of professionalism is unparalleled, the rule set is challenging and the fact that they award athletes is awesome. I have no complaints. They are always innovating and always challenging the athletes. It’s a pleasure to compete on AJP Tour events.

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Sharing the Proud Social Medias flood with posts as the heroes of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour tell the word about their adventures in Abu Dhabi Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Instagram

If you’re not posting on social media, are you really doing it? The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Abu Dhabi gathered thousands of competitors in the UAE, on January 16-18, 2020. As each one of them stepped on the mats to compete, stories and posts started showing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter about it. The proud for the achievements, the lessons learned with the setbacks and the joy of the moments lived among friends. It was all there. In the next two pages, we will recap a little taste of the thousands of posts that made into our timelines. Join us in the next stop in the 2019/2020 season of the ADGS Tour, in London, UK, on March 7-8, 2020. Use the hashtags #adgslondon and #abudhabigrandslam to be a part of the movement.

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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 ABU DHABI

Black Belt heroes fight their way through blood, sweat and tears to claim their spot in history in the fifth edition of the ADGS Abu Dhabi Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, Ivan Trindade

New year, more thrills! The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour entered 2020 with a bang as Abu Dhabi welcomed thousands of athletes from all over the world for three days of intense matches. From blue belt juveniles on day 1 to master 2 black belts on day 3, competitors of all ages and skill levels battled it out to the end in the historic grounds of the Mubadala Arena. The black belt division, as usual, was the highlight of the program. International stars proved once again Jiu-Jitsu talent comes from everywhere. From Brazil to Kazakhstan and from Japan to the USA, the world came together to celebrate the best competitors in action. In the next pages, you’ll relive the thrills as each weight class crowned its champion.

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56kg Back to the Top Two matches for the title in a round robin bracket. Kalel Santos first beat Japan’s Masaaki Todokoro 3-1. Next, Todokoro beat Wellington da Silva 3-1. On round 3, Kalel secured the gold medal with a 4-1 lead over Wellington. It’s Kalel’s second title in the 2019/2020 ADGS season.

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Do your part. Results reflect your efforts. Use your time to pursue your goals

1st – Kalel Santos (Brazil) 2nd – Masaaki Todokoro (Japan) 3rd – Wellington da Silva (Brazil)

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62kg King George 2nd – Diego Batista (Brazil) 3rd – Francisco Jonas Andrade (Brazil)

There’s no such thing as lack of time, only lack of interest. If you really want something, you’ll find a way to achieve it

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1st – Hiago Geroge (Brazil)

Hiago George is back on top. In two matches, he first finished Jonas Andrade with a foot lock in the semifinal. On the other side, Diego Batista beat Bebeto Oliveira 8-5 to reach the final. The gold medal match was decided when Hiago found a triangle choke to force Diego to tap. Francisco Jonas Andrade made it to the third place after beating Gabriel Frenhan and Bebeto Oliveira.

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2nd – Israel Almeida (Brazil) 3rd – Thiago Macedo (Brazil)

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1st – Gabriel Sousa (Brazil)

Three matches for glory. Gabriel Sousa first beat Tiago Bravo via referees decision. In the semifinal, he caught Abdullah Nabbas with an armlock. On the other side, Israel Almeida beat Ali Monfaradi 7-6, then Ariel Tabak 3-3 (scored last) and finally Thiago Macedo 5-2 in the semifinal. In the gold medal match, after a 4-4 tie in regulation and a scoreless extra time, Gabriel took the title for scoring last. Thiago Macedo secured the third place beating Tiago Bravo and Ariel Tabak.

Be yourself! Fear no challenge and always dream big

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77kg Mr. Submission Tommy Langaker was merciless. Three matches and three submissions on his way to the gold medal. He first caught Natan Chueng with a triangle and then worked a kimura lock on Matheus Ferreira to make it to the final. On the other side, Diego Ramalho beat Adriano Araujo 1-1 (scored last) and outscored Flavio Vianna 2-1 in the semifinal. The gold medal match was one-sided. Langaker imposed his game until he found a way to finish Diego with an armbar. Natan Chueng beat Francisco Diego, Flavio Vianna and Adriano Araujo on his way to the third place.

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Attack is the secret of defense and defense is the planning of an attack

1st – Tommy Langaker (Norway) 2nd – Diego Ramalho (Brazil) 3rd – Natan Chueng (Brazil)

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Reserved Spot Back to back titles for Charles Negromonte. After winning in Rio, he repeated the feat in Abu Dhabi. In three matches, he first beat Bradley Hill 14-0 and then beat Max Lindblad 4-4 in the semifinal (scored last). On the other side, Julio Junior fought once to make it to the final, beating Igor Sousa 3-1. The gold medal match was a tough one for Charles. After a 1-1 tie in regulation, he managed a takedown for the golden score and a 3-1 final score in overtime. Sweden’s Max Lindblad beat Igor Souza in the bronze medal match.

“I put all my heart in this game since day one

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1st – Charles Negromonte (Brazil) 2nd – Julio Junior (Brazil) 3rd – Max Lindblad (Sweden)

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Return to Glory

2nd – Helton Junior (Brazil) 3rd – Renato Cardoso (Brazil)

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1st – Adam Wardzinski (Poland)

Adam Wardzinski feels right at home in Abu Dhabi. The Polish fought twice to win his second gold medal in the UAE. He first beat Renato Cardoso 10-1 and then outscored Vandre Barbosa 10-0 in the semifinal. On the other side, Helton Junior fought twice to reach the final. He beat Matheus Godoy 1-1 (scored last) and then outscored Jackson Sousa 6-3 in the semifinal. The gold medal match did not happen as Helton injured his arm in the final seconds of the semifinal and could not compete. Renato Cardoso beat Jackson Sousa and Matheus Godoy to secure the bronze medal.

Strength. Determination. Focus forever

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The Master’s Example A Jiu-Jitsu Professor in the UAE, Rodrigo Ribeiro fought twice to reach the top of the podium. In the semifinal, he beat the always tough Gerard Labinski 3-1. On the other side, Igor Schneider beat Mansur Makhmakhanov 5-0 to reach the final. The gold medal match fought all the way to the end, when Rodrigo was able to open a 5-1 lead for the title. In the bronze medal macth, Mansur Makhmakhanov beat Andre Campos.

An armored mind builds an unshakable faith!

Rodrigo Ribeiro

1st – Rodrigo Ribeiro (Brazil) 2nd – Igor Schneider (Brazil) 3rd – Mansur Makhmakhanov (Kazakhstan)

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49kg Routine of Rivalry Mayssa Bastos and Brenda Larissa met in the gold medal match for the third event in a row this 2019/2020 season of the ADGS. In Abu Dhabi, Mayssa first outscored Clarissa Lacerda 12-1 in the semifinal while Brenda beat Tatiane Nunes 14-2 for her spot in the final. The decision was a thrilling one, as Mayssa and Brenda waged a sweep battle and traded points. In the end, Mayssa was able to hold on to a 10-8 lead and celebrate the title. Clarissa Lacerda beat Tatiane Nunes to secure the bronze medal.

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I’m just a little black belt girl about to conquer the world. It’s no big deal

1st – Mayssa Bastos (Brazil) 2nd – Brenda Larissa (Brazil) 3rd – Clarissa Lacerda (Brazil)

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Happy Champion

Ana Rodrigues stays on top. After winning in Rio, she repeated the outcome in Abu Dhabi. She first beat Elina Moestan 2-1 in the semifinals. On the other side, Amal Amjahid outscored Sayuri 2-1 to compete for the gold medal. The final was a close match, as both Ana and Amal gave no space for their opponents. In the end, Amal made the mistake of turning to the wrong side while attacking a foot lock, which caused her disqualification. Ana once again celebrated the gold medal. Ariadne de Oliveira beat Sayuri Toledo and Elina Moestan for the bronze medal. .

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Life’s true happiness is to be useful to a goal you see as important

1st – Ana Rodrigues (Brazil) 2nd – Amal Amjahid (Belgium) 3rd – Ariadne de Oliveira (Brazil)

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62kg The Risk Taker

Larissa Paes could not hold back her tears after winning the gold medal. Her campaign started with a finish on Josilma Batista. In the semifinals, she also finished Deborah Costa. On the other side of the bracket, Australia’s Hope Douglass beat Alexa Yanes 8-0 and then outscored Charlotte Von Baumgarten 7-5. The final was decided only in extra time after a 1-1 tie in regulation. A beautiful and bold throw gave Larissa the 3-1 lead and ended the golden score extra time. Germany’s Charlotte Von Baumgarten beat Dayane Bazzoni and Alexa Yanes to secure the bronze medal.

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When you don’t take any risks, you risk everything

2nd – Hope Douglass (Australia)

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3rd – Charlotte Von Baumgarten (Germany)

1st – Larissa Paes (Brazil)

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Thamara Silva sure is hard to beat. She managed to stay on top of the weight class for yet another event in the 2019/2020 season. In the semifinals, she beat Rafaela Bertolot 2-0. On the other side, Sweden’s Martina Gramenius first outscored Natalia Zumba 4-0 and then caught Silvia Silva with a leg lock. In the final, Thamara and Martina took the match all the way to the end of the extra time. With a 3-3 tie on the board, Thamara took the gold medal for having scored last during regulation time. Rafaela Bertolot beat Natalia Zumba and Yara Kakish on her way to claim the gold medal.

1st – Thamara Silva (Brazil)

Undisputed Champion

Be so good that no one will be able to ignore you

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Perfect Weekend Gabrieli Pessanha is on the top of the world. After becoming the first ever heavyweight Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats, she went back in to defend her hegemony in the weight class. First, she beat Samantha Cook 6-0 in the semifinals. Her opponent for the gold medal would be Yara Soares, who beat Nathiely de Jesus for scoring last after a 4-4 tie and then finished Kendall Reusing with a triangle in the semifinals. The gold medal match was one of the most thrilling of the day, with Gabi and Yara exchanging sweeps all the way to the end. Gabi was able to build a 10-7 lead and take the title. Nathiely de Jesus beat Samantha Cook and Kendall Reusing to finish in third place.

My dreams are coming true! I work everyday for that

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1st – Gabrieli Pessanha (Brazil) 2nd – Yara Soares (Brazil) 3rd – Nathiely de Jesus (Brazil)

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ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM ABU DHABI – MASTERS & COLOR BELTS

Tour of International Champions The podium of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Abu Dhabi featured the talents of competitors from all over the world

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

The beautiful capital of the United Arab Emirates got an even more international feel on January 16-18, 2020. Thousands of athletes from all over the world touched down in Abu Dhabi for the fifth edition of the ADGS Tour. From the young and passionate blue belts to the experienced and inspiring black belt masters, the event offered the crowd everything each Jiu-Jitsu fan hoped to witness. A quick look to the final standings allows the conclusion that Jiu-Jitsu is indeed a global movement. Champions from Brazil, UAE, Finland, Sweden, Portugal, Singapore, Morocco, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Italy, Australia and Egypt colored the mats with their talents. In the next pages, you’ll relive some of the thrills from those magical days at the Mubadala Arena.

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With a 8-3 lead over Diego Marinho, Thiago Barreto won the master 1 black belt, 69kg division champion

Vitor Oliveira beat Willian Nozari 14-0 to claim the master 1, 77kg division title

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Alan “Finfou� Nascimento beat Sergio Rios 3-2 to claim the master 1, 77kg division title

With a 5-2 lead, Yan Cabral beat Celso Campos to win the master 1, 94kg division title

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The adult blue belt division saw a flooding of talent. Italy’s Stefania Brancato caught Fatima Thang with a bow and arrow choke to win the 95kg division title

The UAE had a strong showing in the blue belt division. Mohamed Ali Alsuwaidi beat Brazil’s Jefferson Goteu 2-0 on advantages to conquer the 69kg division title

From Brazil, Meyram Alves broke into the tour with a gold medal in the brown belt 62kg division

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The purple belt division saw a roster of international champions. The UK’s Faris BenLamkadem beat Turkmenistan’s Arslan Annayev 12-1 to win the 85kg division gold medal

Thailand’s Kacie Tan represented Southeast Asia with brilliance by winning the purple belt 49kg division

From Morocco, Reda Hamzaoui is the proof prove that Jiu-Jitsu is only getting stronger in Africa. He won the 85kg division gold medal

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Results Nations Podium UAE Brazil

Teams Podium

26768pts

Al Wahda Jiu-Jitsu Club Academy 10780pts

19440pts

Russia

Commando Group

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AFNT

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Master 1 Oikaraimen 56kg Marko Finland

MASTER BLACK BELT

Santana 62kg Antonio Brazil Marques 69kg Thiago Brazil

Master 2 Lima 62kg Ivanildo Brazil

Luis Pinheiro 69kg Andre Brazil

Oliveira 77kg Vitor Brazil

Tan 77kg Vinc Singapore

do Nascimento 85kg Alan Sweden

Deziro 85kg Pablo Brazil

Cabral 94kg Yan Portugal

120kg Igor Silva Brazil

Pinto 94kg Paulo Brazil Peinado 120kg Antonio Brazil

BLUE BELT PURPLE BELT

ADULT DIVISION

MAle Alfadhli 62kg Omar UAE de Oliveira 69kg Italo Brazil

BROWN BELT MAle Roiter Lima 56kg Brazil Meyram Alves 62kg Brazil Luiz Paulo Medeiros 69kg Brazil Andy Murasaki 77kg Brazil

Reda Hamzaoui 85kg Morocco Erich dos Santos 94kg Brazil Aleksandr Sak 120kg Russia

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MAle Alnuaimi 56kg Theyab UAE Lara 62kg Christian Brazil Ali Alsuwaidi 69kg Mohamed UAE

Galvão 77kg Micael Brazil

de Oliveira 77kg Uanderson Brazil

Ben-Lamkadem 85kg Faris UK

Farias 85kg Cadmel Brazil

Maglicic 94kg Nicholas Australia

Alkubaisi 94kg Abdullha UAE

Atabaev 120kg Beslan Russia

feMAle Tan 49kg Kacie Thailand

Alsaedy 120kg Osama Egypt

feMAle Alshkeili 49kg Hamda UAE

Alhinnai 55kg Maha UAE

Al Matrooshi 55kg Bashyer UAE

Berger 62kg Laurie Switzerland

Silva 62kg Pollyana Brazil

Ripepi 70kg Gabriella Italy

Chulack 70kg Katherine UK

Obaid 95kg Isthar UK

Brancato 95kg Stefania Italy

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ABU DHABI QUEEN OF MATS

Gabrieli Pessanha

A lot of people doubted me. They said I was too young, only 19. Well, now I am the Queen

Gabi, the Ruler Teenager Gabrieli Pessanha beat the odds to overcome the toughest of oppositions and become the first ever ADQOM heavyweight champion

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At only 19 years old, Gabrieli Pessanha set out to conquer the world. From the humble community of Cidade de Deus (City of God), in Rio de Janeiro, Gabi made her way to the top of the podium in almost all AJP Tour events she took part in the past seasons. The high point of her career so far came in Abu Dhabi, on January 17, as she entered the heavyweight bracket of the Abu Dhabi Queen of Mats with 5 other very skilled and tough opponents: Nathiely de Jesus, Thamara Silva, Kendall Reusing, Samantha Cook and Martina Gramenius. Here’s how the bracket played out.

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GROUP A In the opening match, Gabrieli Pessanha started her journey to the top of the podium with a comeback in a tough match against Thamara Silva. Trailing 0-4 after two minutes, Gabi found a guard pass and a mount to turn the score to 6-4 and also finish with a rear naked choke near the end. On Round 2, Gabi was back on the mat to take Martina Gramenius’ back and win her second match with a 4-0 lead. The result meant that Gabi was already in the semifinals as group champion. On Round 3, Thamara Silva sped up her pace to pass Martina Gramenius’ guard and reach the full mount. With a 9-1 lead, Thamara secured the win and her spot in the semifinals.

GROUP b Opening the group, Kendall Reusing used her pressure game from the top to build a 3-1 lead on Samantha Cook and celebrate the win. Round 2 saw the debut of Nathiely de Jesus, who used her well-known guard game to finish Kendall with a kimura lock. Group B wrapped up with Nathi back in action against Britain’s Samantha Cook. A choke from the back was the final note for Nathi, who made it to the semifinals as group champion. Kendall secured the second spot because of her Round 1 win over Cook.

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SEMIFINALS Nathiely de Jesus vs. Thamara Silva Nathi needed less than one minute to finish the match. With a lightning fast back take, she rolled her way to a choke from the back to beat Thamara and write her name in the title match.

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SEMIFINALS Gabrieli Pessanha vs. Kendall Reusing Well-known rivals in the 95kg division of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour, the Brazilian and the American met up once again in Abu Dhabi. Usually a tough and strategic match, this time Gabi managed an early back take to start building the 11-0 lead that secured her spot in the final.

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THIRD PLACE MATCH Thamara Silva vs. Kendall Reusing The fight for a spot in the podium was intense. Thamara Silva gave no rest for Kendall and used her guard game to unbalance Reusing and build a 4-2 lead with two sweeps. In the end, Thamara celebrated the win and her presence on the podium.

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FINAL Gabrieli Pessanha vs. Nathiely de Jesus

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Every time they meet is a thrilling occasion. Gabi and Nathi are at the top of their game and have been ruling over the heaviest division of women’s Jiu-Jitsu for a while now. In Abu Dhabi, it was no different. The two rivals were very cautious during the eight minutes and allowed almost no opportunity for the other to score. One sweep by Gabi secured her the 2-1 lead that she carried all the way to the end of the match. After the final second went by, Gabi was able to celebrate the biggest title in her still young career. “There was still a lot of people who doubted me. Said I was too young, only 19. Well, now I am the Queen. I want to thank God and all my family, friends and teammates for all the help,” said the newly crowned heavyweight monarch.

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AJP WORLD TOUR Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: AJP

Fortaleza

Brazil / January 11-12, 2020

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Hundreds of athletes came together in the beautiful city of Fortaleza, Brazil, on January 1112. The Abu Dhabi International Pro proved once again that JiuJitsu is a passion in the country. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Checkmat 2551pts; 2nd – Ubuntu Jiu-Jitsu 2500pts; 3rd – ZR Team 2158.

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Ulaanbaatar

Mongolia / January 11-12, 2020 Abu Dhabi National Pro

Mongolia is one of the biggest Jiu-Jitsu hotbeds in the world. The weekend of January 11-12 was another occasion when the community in the region got together to test their skills. The matches were thrilling from beginning to end. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Shine Badrakh Jiu-Jitsu 3530pts; 2nd – Ikh Shavi Dojo 3260pts; 3rd – Arkhangai Aimag 1760pts.

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Brezice

Slovenia / January 11-12, 2020

Abu Dhabi national Pro

Academies from all over Europe came together in Brezice on January 11 for a full day of matches at the Abu Dhabi National Pro – Slovenia. Athletes of all ages gave their best on the mats for the pleasure of the crowd on the stands. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Gracie Barra Ljubljana 2690pts; 2nd – Mladost Bd 1340pts; 3rd – Alpha Jiu-Jitsu Academy 1100pts.

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Guarapari

Brazil / January 26, 2020 Abu Dhabi International Pro

Summer is the favorite season of the year for Brazilians. In the beach city of Guarapari, Jiu-Jitsu added to the good vibes with the Abu Dhabi International Pro, on January 26. Hundreds of competitors met up to test their skills and claim their moments of glory. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Striker JJ 2590pts; 2nd – GF Team 1925pts; 3rd – Gracie Barra 1640pts.

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Aarau

Switzerland / February 1, 2020

Abu Dhabi national Pro

When you think of Switzerland, you think of watches and chocolate. Well, on February 1, Jiu-Jitsu was the main topic in the country as the Abu Dhabi National Pro landed in Aarau. Hundreds of athletes took the gentle art to the crowds in a full day of thrills. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Carlson Gracie Zurich 1890pts; 2nd – Athletic Fight Team – Fight Sports 1800pts; 3rd – PSLPB Cicero Costha 1670pts.

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Kyiv

Ukraine / February 1, 2020 Abu Dhabi International Pro

Winter in Ukraine is bitterly cold, but Jiu-Jitsu came to Kyiv on February 1 to heat up the town with the Abu Dhabi International Pro. The best competitors of all ages and skill levels battled it out in search of the ultimate glory. The result was a thrilling event from beginning to end. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – ZR Team 3740pts; 2nd – Checkmat International 3600pts; Southside MMA Academy 1620pts.

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Melbourne

Australia / February 2, 2020

Abu Dhabi national Pro

One thing about Australia is that you’re never bored there. The country offers a lot of options for those who love an active lifestyle. On February 2, the Abu Dhabi National Pro added Jiu-Jitsu to the menu in Melbourne. Hundreds of athletes got together to compete in both Gi and NoGi divisions. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Australian Elite Team 1685pts; 2nd – Absolute MMA Australia 1620pts; 3rd – Dominance Will-Machado 1150pts.

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Nottingham

United Kingdom / February 8, 2020 Abu Dhabi national Pro

The city that Robin Hood made world famous welcomed a different set of rebels on February 8. The Abu Dhabi National Pro – UK landed in Nottingham for a full day of matches. The thrills were nonstop as some of the best competitors in the world got together to test their skills one month prior to the ADGS London. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Gracie Barra Nottingham 2210pts; 2nd – Gracie Barra Birmgham 800pts; 3rd – Checkmat International 740pts.

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Graz

Austria / February 8, 2020

Abu Dhabi national Pro

Jiu-Jitsu is experiencing non-stop growth in Europe. The Abu Dhabi National Pro landed in Austria on February 8. The city of Graz welcomed hundreds of athletes for a full day of thrills. The event featured both Gi and NoGi divisions for the pleasure of the crowd. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Roger Gracie Austria 4240pts; 2nd – Gracie Barra Ljubljana 2540pts; 3rd – Alpha JJ Academy 2320pts.

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Curitiba

Brazil / February 9, 2020 Abu Dhabi National Pro

Every event in Brazil is an invitation for greatness. The Abu Dhabi National Pro, on February 9, in Curitiba, was no different. Some of the sport’s superstars joined hundreds of competitors to awe the crowd with top notch performances. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Gracie Barra 6530pts; 2nd – Checkmat International 5030pts; 3rd - Sapo Grappling Team 1760pts.

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Paris

France / February 15, 2020

Abu Dhabi national Pro

As if we needed another great reason to go to Paris, the Abu Dhabi National Pro – France landed in the city of lights on February 15 for both Gi and NoGi divisions. Jiu-Jitsu is becoming more and more popular in the country as well as the neighboring regions. That’s why hundreds of competitors came together to compete. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – PSLPB Cicero Costha 2560pts; GF Team 1310pts; 3rd – Moka Team 443 880pts.

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Bogotá

Colombia / January 23, 2020 Abu Dhabi International Pro

Colombia is one of Jiu-Jitsu’s most fertile grounds in South America. The Abu Dhabi International Pro – Bogotá was a huge success on February 23. Hundreds of athletes competed for the glory of winning an AJP Tour gold medal and write their names in Colombian Jiu-Jitsu history. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Team FCJJ Colombia 4300pts; 2nd – Affinity Studios Colombia 570pts; 3rd – Mas De La Riva 410pts.

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CHAMPION’S CLASS

Larissa Paes’ Tomoe Nage Learn the ropes of a classic judo throw that proved very effective in a match-ending moment at the ADGS Abu Dhabi

Standing, Larissa makes the initial grip on Hope’s collar

Almost sitting down and keeping the grips, Larissa places her left foot on Hope’s lower abdomen

Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Larissa Paes risked it all in the golden score overtime at the brown/black belt 62kg division final of the AGDS Abu Dhabi. After a 1-1 tie in regulation, Larissa wasted no time against Australia’s Hope Douglass and worked her grips to apply a classic judo technique, the overhead throw called Tomoe Nage. The takedown was worth two points and the gold medal for Larissa. Here is a breakdown of the technique. Read carefully, practice and add it to your game.

To give direction to the throw and keep Hope under control, Larissa places her right foot on the opponent’s left tight

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The second grip is made with Larissa’s left hand on Hope’s right sleeve

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With both grips, Larissa starts to lower her level for the throw

Now with her back entirely on the mat, Larissa starts to take Hope off the ma

The throw movement continues and Hope is now entirely off the mat

The throw is complete and Larissa is on top now.

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LIFESTYLE TIPS

The Healthy Jiu-Jitsu Traveller Manual How to keep good habits wile on the road during the competition season Images: Ane Nunes, Morguefile

A Jiu-Jitsu life is a life on the road. Traveling is as much a part of an athlete’s routine as training, competing and dieting. This kind of lifestyle can be hard on the body and mind, specially when we make wrong choices. In the next two pages, you will find quick tips on how to stay in line and be sure you are ready to perform when the time to compete comes.

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Plan Ahead Planning meals can help to prevent overeating by ensuring meal choices aren’t driven by immediate hunger. If planning ahead is not possible, keeping healthy snacks on hand will help to tide travelers over until the next meal.

2 Be Smart about Snacks Eating healthy snacks doesn’t have to be limited to travel time. People can also pack snacks that they can eat in the office between meals, which will prevent them from getting unhealthy options from vending machines.

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Avoid Empty Calories People traveling should limit calories from alcohol and juices, and avoid sodas as well. Drink plenty of water instead. Seltzer (sparkling water) is another good option for hydration.

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Get a Fridge

Although people may not have access to a kitchen when they’re on a trip, they may be able to improvise their way into healthier eating. For example, people who buy food at a nearby grocery store can cook a small meal with chicken or shrimp and vegetables in the hotel room’s microwave, or make hard boiled eggs with a coffee pot.

It’s important for people to start the day off right with breakfast, which helps to keep the metabolism running and staves off cravings later. But breakfast does not have to be an elaborate affair—even a quick bowl of cereal with fruit is enough to get the energy needed to get going.

Asking for a refrigerator allows you to keep healthier options at hand. Hit a local grocery store for breakfast, fruit and snack items.

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Use the Hotel Gym Don’t knock hotel gyms because you can get a great workout done in them. Even your regular motel will most likely have a treadmill and some dumbbells. A super easy circuit is to do the following movements for one minute each: run, squat, push press and deadlift. Use weights that are challenging, but doable for the minute. Repeat the circuit two to three times.

Wake up Early While on a trip, you can have a demanding schedule, so it’s best to get in a workout first thing in the morning. Waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier can give them enough time to complete an exercise routine before the day starts.

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NEW AJP TOUR

The new and improved AJP Tour Here is what is changing in the competition format for the 2020/2021 season

WHAT CHANGES?

Words: Ivan Trindade | Image: Ane Nune

The Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP) has announced important changes to the competition format for the upcoming 2020/2021 season. The updates aim at making the season even more thrilling for fans and for athletes. The new format will guarantee a more competitive environment in each and every event of the tour, from local tournaments to all seven editions of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tours. The first big change is the limitation of ADGS events to purple belt, brown belt and black belt divisions only, both in the adult and Master 1 age groups. The entry system in ADGS Tour events has also been updated. Athletes will have to qualify through points acquired in local events in the National Pro, International Pro and Continental Pro series. Another big change is the creation of rankings by weight classes instead of a single ranking for each belt color. At the end of the 2020/2021 season, the best athlete in each weight class will receive an award. 90

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6 Events: Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Abu Dhabi, London Limited to Purple Belts, Brown Belts, Black Belts (Adult & Master 1)

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Qualification System

Awards by Weight Class

• Athletes need to acquire points through

• End of the season award will be handed

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AJP New Rules

Changes to make matches more thrilling

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AJP announces series of updates to the rules of the game in the tour Words: Ivan Trindade | Image: Ane Nunes

The Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro Tour (AJP) announced the adoption of a new scoring system on all its events starting January 2020. The changes will also be valid for the 2020 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, scheduled April 11-18, 2020. The new scoring system replaces advantages and penalties with points. Athletes will be awarded 1 (one) point whenever they reach a position previously considered worth an advantage. In case of penalties, every time an athlete is penalized by the referee, their opponent will be awarded 1 (one) point. The occasions in which advantages and penalties are signaled remain unaltered according to the AJP Rules Book. The AJP also announced changes in match durations and match result decisions. All matches, including finals will be 5 (five) minutes long. In case of a tie after the normal fight time, the athlete who scored last will be declared the winner. Matches that end in a 0-0 tie or matches in which athletes only scored points due to penalties to the opponent, there will be an extra minute with golden point (athlete who scores first wins). In case of a tie after the extra

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minute, the match will be decided via referee decision. On brown belt and black belt divisions (Adult and Master 1), the AJP will allow coaches to request one review of score or movement per match using the Falcon Eye video system. If the review changes the original call by the referee, the coach will keep the right to call for another review during the match. If the review does not change the original call by the referee, the coach will not have another chance to call for a review during the match. All changes apply to blue belt, purple belt, brown belt and black belt divisions. The new style of scoring was first tested in the 2019/2020 season of the AJP Tour, on November 2, at the Abu Dhabi King of Mats super matches in Rio de Janeiro. At that time, fans, athletes and officials gave an overwhelmingly positive feedback to the new scoring system, which allowed much more movement in the scoreboard and made matches much more active and thrilling. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Abu Dhabi, on January 16-18, 2020, was the first event to adopt the new scoring system to all divisions.

SHORTER AND MORE THRILLING MATCHES

FLACON EYE AVAILABLE

• All matches are 5 minutes long (including finals)

right to challenge for review of referee call during match (brown belt and black belt)

athlete who scores last wins

• Successful challenges

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A new queen was crowned in Abu Dhabi on January 2020. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour reached the United Arab Emirates for the fifth year in a...

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A new queen was crowned in Abu Dhabi on January 2020. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour reached the United Arab Emirates for the fifth year in a...

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