Jiu-Jitsu World #13 - Historic Edition - 2018 Asian Games

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OLYMPIC PIONEERS Jiu-Jitsu debuts in the Asian Games with historic weekend of competition in Jakarta, Indonesia


JIU-JITSU TECHNICAL MEETING Officials fine tune before Jiu-Jitsu’s big moment in Jakarta


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JIU-JITSU JOINS THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT A look back into the route the sport took to get to the 2018 Asian Games





Jiu-Jitsu Triumphs at the Grandest Stage in Asia

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GLORY IN MALMO New world champions crowned in Sweden after displaying highest level of Jiu-Jitsu

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His Excellency Abdulmunam Al Hashemi

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Hard work for excellence

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Officials and teams members get together one day before the competition for a final round of instructions on the rules

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Get Ready for More Thrills

Mark you calendars and go compete in the upcoming Jiu-Jitsu events in the Olympic movement


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The President of the Ju-Jitsu Asian Union, His Excellency Abdulmunam Al Hashemi shares his views on the groundbreaking work that is being done by the JJAU to boost the sport in the entire continent. Jiu-Jitsu is experiencing an unprecedented growth all over the world. Much the work to make the sport present everywhere in the world is originating in Asia, more specifically in the UAE. The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and the Ju-Jitsu Asian Union are working relentlessly to prepare a comprehensive and persuasive file to be presented to the International Olympic Committee in order to obtain the IOC’s Board approval of adding Jiu-Jitsu to the Olympic agenda, as the sport has strong presence in more than 160 countries worldwide where players compete in local, intercontinental and international championships for male and female, youth and Paralympic players. All this hard work led Jiu-Jitsu to be present for the first time in the Asian Games, on August 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia. The sport was featured in the second largest multi-sport event in the world for its merits and for the relentless work of its officials and athletes. The three days in Indonesia were a landmark for the sport and will be forever in history. The Jiu-Jitsu community will continue to work everyday to make sure the 2018 Asian Games is the first of many events Jiu-Jitsu will be a part of. Our short-term objectives are preserving and building on the current success, contributing to the UAE’s vision towards building a strong generation, preparing and qualifying competitive champions to raise the UAE’s flag in international events and expanding the scope of the international championships organized in UAE. Our long-term objective is to be ranked 1st in the world in line with our leadership’s vision. We could never have achieved our objectives without the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Depute Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces. His Highness has always been a source of inspiration for us and we are lucky to have him on our side. For every single Jiu-Jitsu player in UAE, the ultimate honor has always been meeting His Highness after winning a local, intercontinental or international championship.

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Jiu-Jitsu finally made it to the big stage. On August 24-26, 2018, the sport debuted in the 18th Asian Games, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Hundreds of athletes from countries all over the continent took part in this historical moment. After years of hard work by officials and competitors, the big moment arrived and Jiu-Jitsu World Magazine was there to report on it. This issue is born as a historical document to be saved for posterity. It

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takes all of us back to those three days of celebration for the sport. You’ll be able to relive the thrills of each weight class that put the crowd on its feet at the Jakarta Assembly Hall. Champions were crowned after full days of tough matches. As a well deserved reward, they were able to stand on the podium, receive their medals and listen to their country’s anthems. As we celebrate the success of Jiu-Jitsu competitions at the 2018 Asian Games,

we look forward for the continuation of the Olympic movement for our sport. There are great things to come for Jiu-Jitsu both in Asia and elsewhere. Jiu-Jitsu World Magazine will be there to report on it as we take very seriously our mission of giving our sport the coverage it deserves.

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JJAU’s general Secretary Fahad Al Shamsi (second from the left) analyses the success of Jiu-Jitsu at the 2018 Asian Games and projects the future of the sport.


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Hard work for excellence After three historic days in Jakarta, the General Secretary of the Ju-Jitsu Asian Union (JJAU), Fahad Al Shamsi evaluates the sport’s debut in the Asian Games and projects the next steps for the continuous growth of Jiu-Jitsu in the future WORDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGES: ANE NUNES

JIU-JITSU WORLD: Jiu-Jitsu reached a historic milestone at the 2018 Asian Games. Can you tell us what were the major obstacles for the sport to be included in the games? FAHAD AL SHAMSI: The game was practiced individually meaning it wasn’t an official sport, as in a lot of countries there were no official federations. Educating people about the official rules and the standards of the sport (to the international standards for Olympic requirements). There were also geographical challenges, Asia is the biggest continent and the distances between a country to another were challenging However we were able to control things through dividing the work into zones. In a total of 46 countries we were able to reach 38 countries to join the JJAU as one of the official federations.

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How important was it that the integrated work between Jiu-Jitsu organizations ensured that Jiu-Jitsu’s debut in the Asian Games was a success? The flexibility of adaptation and the understanding between Jiu-Jitsu organizations played a big role in the Asian Games success. The strength of the game in Asia is divided between us and the other federations, and cooperation between us is the key element for our success. The morals, the values and the transparency of the sport was clear in the Asian games (the scoring was fair and only 12 countries ended up with medals in total of 38 countries). The importance of Jiu-Jitsu became just like any other important sport. After three days in Jakarta what evaluation can be made of Jiu-Jitsu’s debut in the Asian Games in terms of how the event was ran? It was a great experience and made a great impression, the OCA (Olympic Council of Asia), the federations and the players were satisfied. The Asian Games was one of the biggest official tournaments in the world for Jiu-Jitsu. We got a lot of


compliments and that added to us, everyone was happy and we were happy to take a step forward in the sport. The Jiu-Jitsu competitions in Jakarta featured athletes from several countries in Asia. Is the rate of growth for the sport satisfactory at this point in time? Yes, it is. In fact Jiu-Jitsu was the sport with the largest number of countries participants compared to other sports, and as we promised in the next edition of the Asian Games Jiu-Jitsu will have more than 40 countries participating. What the future holds for Jiu-Jitsu in the Olympic movement after its debut in the 2018 Asian Games? At UAEJJF, and JJAU we work for our continent. No doubt there are different countries who are not capable of delivering for different reasons either due to economic instability or other reasons, countries like Brazil with big number of Jiu-Jitsu practitioners is not following the directives of the JJIF, however we are more than happy to help them out and direct them in order to reach the Olympics and help raise the sport to the next level.

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TEAMS RULE MEETING Officials and teams members get together one day before the competition for a final round of instructions on the rules

Teams members and officials pose for a final photo at the end of the rules meeting in Jakarta


After years of preparation, the day of competition was almost there. One final step before the athletes entered the arena was the official teams rule meeting. Coaches and athletes gathered with event officials to review the rules of competition. On August 23, now at the Jakarta Convention Center, coaches of each nation taking part in the Jiu-Jitsu competition gathered with officials for a final technical meeting. They were informed of how the brackets were drawn and how the competition would run for the next three days.


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The table of officials was ready to instruct team members before the big competition

The rules were explained to the representatives of each team present at the competition

Full house for the rules meeting as team members got acquainted with the rules of the game

The event officials went over each detail of what was to be expected for the coming days

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Feel the Jakarta Vibe Jiu-Jitsu community rejoices during the sports debut at the 2018 Asian Games WORDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGES: INSTAGRAM

Athletes, officials and fans joined for three days in Jakarta, Indonesia, on the sports debut at the 2018 Asian Games. The historic moment was celebrated on social media with posts before, during and after the epic matches at the Jakarta Assembly Hall. Here are a few examples of posts that celebrated such an important occasion for Jiu-Jitsu. Enjoy!

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JIU-JITSU TECHNICAL MEETING Officials fine tune before Jiu-Jitsu’s big moment in Jakarta WORDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGES: ANE NUNES

Every big event needs to have a well prepared and dedicated group of people to help run the show. That was certainly the case with the Jiu-Jitsu competition at the 2018 Asian Games. The entire team had a final meeting to fine tune their tasks. On August 22, 2018 all of those working at the Jiu-Jitsu competitions got together at the Sultan Hotel for a final briefing on all the proceedings. The General Secretary of the Ju-Jitsu Asian Union, Mr. Fahad Ali AL Shamsi, opened the event with kind words of encouragement: “We would like to thank the Olympic Council of Asia for bringing Jiu-Jitsu to the Asian Games. Thank you for the Ju-Jitsu International Federation for making it possible”.


Organization was the key for a well ran event that took Jiu-Jitsu to a whole different level

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The international team of officials at the Sultan Hotel, in Jakarta

The officials getting acquainted with the details and directives for the most efficient workflow in Jakarta

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In a second moment, the officials were divided in group to receive orientation according to the tasks they were assigned

The director’s table featured officials of all entities involved in making Jiu-Jitsu in the Asian Games a reality

Head referee Alex Paz shared his knowledge with the officials in charge of running the matches in Jakarta


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Emirati Territory The United Arab Emirates controlled the actions in the this bracket. Hamad Nawad and Khalid Alblooshi made their way to the final with strong performances. Alblooshi started out in the eight finals with a toehold to finish Vietnam’s Hong Son Dao. Meanwhile, Nawad swept Kyrgyzstan’s Ariet Bekishov 2-0 to also reach the quarterfinals. The next challenge for Alblooshi came in the form of Doston Ruziev, from Uzbekistan, beat 4-0 in the quarterfinals. His fellow countryman Hamad beat Akmal Amirov by unanimous referees decision to reach the semifinals. The two Emirati reached the gold medal match in different fashion. Alblooshi

imposed his game on Kazakhstan’s Nurzhan Seiudali to build a 5-0 lead and secure his spot in final. Nawad had a lot more trouble against Mongolia’s Eerdenebaatar Ulziitogtokh. Ahead 2-0 on the board, Hamad saw his opponent nearly pass his guard. The referee considered a pass and awarded it 3 points. After the match ended, the UAE team made a formal protest and was able to overrule the score and secure Nawad in the final with a 2-0 lead. The final was fast paced and short lived. After pulling guard, Nawad was able to find a foot lock and finish Alblooshi to secure the gold medal. Podium

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Nurzhan Seiduali (KAZ)

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Nail Biter Kazakhstan’s Darkhan Nortayev did everything right to reach the top of the podium. The final match alone was a fierce battle against Omar Alfadhli, from the UAE. The six-minute match was fought inch by inch as both fighters did not want to give the other the space to score. Nortayev was able to

almost take Omar’s back in the very end to score the winning second advantage that set the score on a 2-1. Before that, Nortayev beat Said Almazrquei (UAE) 4-0 in the semifinals, outscored Kyrgzstan’s Abdyldabek Kekenov 2-0 in the quarterfinals and Philippine’s Carlos Pena 2-0 in the eight finals.


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Solid champion Kazakhstan’s Torokan Bagynbai could not hide his happiness after the final whistle blow went out in the final match against the UAE’s Talib Alkirbi. One takedown early in the match was enough to build a 2-0 lead that secured him the gold medal. Before that, Bagynbai beat Thailand’s Banpot Lertthaisong 4-2 in the semifinals, outscored Turkmenistan’s Jelilmuhammet Hojamyradov 4-2 in the quarterfinals, and outscored Kazakhstan’s Mansur Khabibulla on advantages in the eight finals. With such a steady campaign, no wonder the gold medal rested in his neck at the end of the day. Podium

Torokan Bagynbai (KAZ) Talib Alkirbi (UAE)

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Nartay Kazhekov (KAZ)

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Cardiac Test Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Israilov tested the hearts of his teammates and fans. He waited until the final 15s of the gold medal match to sweep Kyrgyzstan’s Nursultan Alymkulov and secure the 2-0 lead that granted him the gold medal. Before the sweep, Nursultan had the control of the match. Before the final, Israilov beat Erkhbayar Batkhuyag (MGL) 6-0 in the semifinals, outscored Aiazbek Mustakov (KGZ) 4-0 in the quarterfinals, beat Hazmeh Al Rasheed by referees decision in the eightfinals and debuted with a submission win over Iran’s Mohammad Davar. Podium

Ruslan Israilov (KAZ) Nursultan Alymkulov (KGZ)

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Mohamed Alqubaisi (UAE)

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Haidar Al Rasheed (JOR) Khalfan Balhol (UAE)

Abdurahmanhaji Murtazaliev (KGZ)

Murtazali Murtazaliev (KGZ)

Easy Gold The gold medal match would have been epic, but unfortunately Khalfan Balhol (UAE) could not compete due to an injured left foot. The title then rested with Jordan’s Haidar Al Rasheed. The Jordanian did great on his way to the top of the podium. In the semifinal, he beat Abdurahmanhaji Murtazaliev (KGZ) by advantages. Before that he beat Mergen Jorayev (TKM) 4-0 in the quarterfinals and Habib Ranjbar 10-0 in the eightfinals.

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Big Star The UAE won its second gold medal in Jiu-Jitsu with Faisal Alketbi. He fought four times to claim the gold medal. The final match was a close war against Jordan’s Zaid Sami. The result came only through referees decision after a 0-0 tie. The refs voted unanimously in favor of Faisal. Before that, Alketbi beat South Korea’s Myengse Hwang 2-0 on advantages in the semifinal, finished Muhamad Noor, from Indonesia, with a wrist lock in the quarterfinals and beat Bahrain’s Mohamed Ghareeb 3-0 with a guard pass in the eight finals Podium

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Rizat Makhashev (KAZ)

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Jessa Khan (CAM) Mahra Alhinaai (UAE)

Thi Minh (VIE)

Margarita Ochoa (PHI)

Mighty Khan Cambodia’s Jessa Khan was merciless throughout the competition in Jakarta. She sailed through the division with a strong performance. She debuted against Thailand’s Swanan Boonsorn, finished with an armbar inside the triangle. Then she repeated the weapon against Iran’s Nahid Pirhadi in the quarterfinals. The place in the gold medal match came with a narrow win over JK Napolis, from the Philipines,

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beat 1-0 on advantages. Khan’s opponent in the final would be Marha Alhinaai, from the UAE, who also had a great showing in Jakarta. She beat Bayarmaa Munkhgerel from Mongolia on advantages in the quarterfinals and then Vietnam’s Thi Minh 14-0 in the semifinal. The gold medal match was short lived as Jessa put her guard to catch Mahra in a triangle that eventually became an armlock that forced the tap.




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Merciless Sung South Korea’s Kira Sung was a sight to be seen in Jakarta. She fought each match with the maximum intensity. In the final, she beat Singapore’s Tian Lien 4-2 in a tough war. Before that, Sung passed the guard of Udval Tsogkhuu, of Mongolia, to win 5-0 in the semifinals; she outscored Jordan’s Yara Kakish 2-0 in the quarterfinals; beat Thailand’s Orapa Senathan 26-0 in the eight finals; and blew out Philipine’s Annie Ramirez 21-0 in the round of 16. Podium

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Yara Kakish (JOR)

Udval Tsogkhuu (MGL)



Asian Celebration The best Asian athletes gathered for three days of awesome matches in Jakarta. They represented their countries with proud and gave their best on the mats. Their efforts were enough to bring their countries to the pinnacle of accomplishment. Here is the final standings for the first ever Jiu-Jitsu competition at the Asian Games.


United Arab Emirates 2 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze

2nd Kazakhstan 2 Gold, 3 Bronze 3rd


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4TH Kyrgyzstan 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze Korea 5TH South 1 Gold, 1 Bronze

6TH Cambodia 1 Gold 7TH Singapore 1 Silver 8TH Philippines 2 Bronze 9TH Mongolia 1 Bronze






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JIU-JITSU JOINS THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT A look back into the route the sport took to get to the 2018 Asian Games


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The arrival of Jiu-Jitsu at the 2018 Asian Games, in Jakarta, Indonesia, was not something that happened in a day. For years, an army of officials worked tirelessly to organize the sport and bring it to all corners of the continent. On the mats, athletes of all ages and origins gave their best to show Jiu-Jitsu is stronger than ever and the level of competition is worthy of the biggest stages. With every competition, the sport grew stronger and more organized, showing better and better results. From the UAE to Japan, from Indonesia to Russia, more and more athletes joined the brackets of competitions. In the following pages, we will look back into the long journey that led the sport to its greatest moment, on August 2018, in Indonesia.

1st ASIAN JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP Ashgabat, Turkmenistan December 7-12, 2016

4th ASIAN BEACH GAMES Phuket, Thailand November 14-23, 2014

5th ASIAN BEACH GAMES Danang, Vietnam September 23 – October 3, 2016

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2nd ASIAN JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP Hanoi, Vietnam August 12-13, 2017

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2017 WORLD BEACH JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP Pattaya, Thailand July, 7-9, 2017

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2016 WORLD JIU-JITSU CHAMPIONSHIP Wroclaw, Poland November 16, 2016

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5th ASIAN INDOOR AND MARTIAL ARTS GAMES Ashgabat, Turkmenistan September 17-27, 2017

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I truly feel that if we adhere to the values and merits of Jiu Jitsu competition, the “Olympic Dream” must be achieved by any means necessary.


Jiu-Jitsu Triumphs at the Grandest Stage in Asia The competition at the Jakarta Convention Center was a pivotal moment in the storied history of Jiu-Jitsu, and we have yet to realize its full impact on the future of the sport. The Olympic Council of Asia’s (OCA) monumental Asian Games, hosted by the cities of Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia, witnessed its 1st ever Jiu-Jitsu competition, with a total of 196 athletes from 28 nations vying to guarantee their places in the record books. It was a figure that was impressive for a discipline making its debut at the Games. As I mentioned a few months ago in this column, The Asian Games (Asiad) are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and described as “the second largest multi-sport event” following the Olympic Games. As a result of unprecedented exposure, JiuJitsu is winning over new hearts and minds across the globe. The sport’s landfall in Asiad, after successful debuts at the Asian Beach Games and Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, ensures that it will continue to grow on a global scale. This landmark achievement, a regional and global effort, was spearheaded under the auspices of the UAE. The UAE has heavily invested in Jiu-Jitsu and provided competitors with a regional platform to showcase their talent and gain even more exposure. That was the case with 16-year-old Jessa Khan, a Cambodian athlete that managed to win a gold medal for a country that is not known to be a powerhouse in the sport, let alone this was only the 2nd medal ever for Cambodia in the Asian Games. When Abdulmonem Al Hashmi was elected as president of the JiuJitsu Asian Union (JJAU) five years ago, he made a pledge to take Jiu-Jitsu to the highest level like any other sport. He formulated a strategy, along with member federations in Asia, to infiltrate the entire Asian continent. Furthermore, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has been a fervent and ardent advocate of promoting the sport on the grandest levels. Largely in part to the unwavering support of the UAE leadership and Al Hashmi, Asia is poised to cultivate and utilize talented athletes by hosting Jiu-Jitsu events in various locales over the next several years.

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While media outlets continue to underscore the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris as the debut of Jiu-Jitsu at the global stage, it is plausible to believe that the UAE and its partners could spearhead the efforts to include the discipline in six years’ time. Despite facing overwhelming barriers of entry in Asia, Jiu-Jitsu has grown by leaps and bounds and could propel to new levels of popularity given continued support from the UAE. It took four years for the JJAU, under its new leadership, to include the sport into the biggest sporting event there is in Asia, so it’s really not far-fetched for the same group of ambitious executives to take it further into what ultimately is the biggest sporting spectacle on the planet. On a more personal note, the “old guard” has generated a great deal of buzz regarding the direction of the sport. Essentially, they could be at odds with Abu Dhabi’s role in expanding the sport’s clout. Many traditionalists feel that the Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF) promotes a different style of Jiu-Jitsu – a claim that was valid four years ago. Since Abu Dhabi assumed the presidency of the JJAU and influenced the JJIF at the most senior levels, the sport’s impact has tremendously intensified. The “Ne-Waza” competitions we see today at the international and continental levels are on par with similar contests held in various parts of the globe. The JJIF and JJAU’s spin on Jiu-Jitsu is a departure from traditional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, to say the least. Of course, this unorthodox approach has caused some issues for the competitors. The UAE Team, brought up with the Brazilian school of thought, ended up clashing with the European and Japanese stylistic approach. I relish a clash of styles in our sport, and in my humble opinion, this is part of the evolution of the sport. I also relish a sport that is steroidfree, as all athletes competing in JJIF international tournaments must comply with the WADA rules regarding anti-doping and a clean sport. In conclusion, I truly feel that if we adhere to the values and merits of Jiu Jitsu competition, the “Olympic Dream” must be achieved by any means necessary. The Jiu-Jitsu community, fans, and stakeholders must band together to achieve this milestone.


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The 2018 Seniors World Championship was another successful event in the sport’s calendar



New world champions crowned in Sweden after displaying highest level of Jiu-Jitsu WORLDS: IVAN TRINDADE | IMAGES: JJIF

The Ju-Jitsu International Federation held on November 23-25, in Malmo, Sweden, the 2018 Seniors World Championship. Over 600 of athletes gathered in the Southern Swedish seaside town to test their skills and compete for the ultimate glory. The event feature athletes from 56 different nations from all over the world. The Newaza division was the highlight of the program, with some of the big names that made history at the 2018 Asian Games coming back to claim one more title. After all was said and done, the medalists in the newaza competition were:

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1st – Valentin Blumental (France) 2nd – Zainukov Zainutdin (Russia) 3rd – Gairberg Ibragimov (Russia) 3rd – Haidar Abbas (France)


1st – Seong Jang (South Korea) 2nd – Shakeel Sammady (Canada) 3rd – Michael Sheehan (Canada) 3rd – Ali Monfaradi (Bahrain) 1st – Abdulbarbi Guseinov (Russia) 2nd – Nathan dos Santos (Canada) 3rd – Hee Jo Won (South Korea) 3rd – Maciej Kozak (Poland) 1st – Eldar Rafigaev (Moldova) 2nd – Bartosz Zawadzki (Poland) 3rd – Estefan Joseph (Canada) 3rd – Julian Stonjek (Germany)


1st – Wan Ki Chae (South Korea) 2nd – Dabush Vicky (Israel) 3rd – Jedrzej Loska (Poland) 3rd – Anthony de Oliveira (France)


1st - Omar Alfadhili (UAE) 2nd – Nurzhan Seiduali (Kazakhstan) 3rd – Juan Castillo (Colombia) 3rd – Wojciech Gryz (Poland)




The crowd cheered for their favorite athletes

1st – Camil Moldoveanu (Romania) 2nd – Eddine Houmine (Morocco) 3rd – Mikael Marffy (Sweden) 3rd – Sergei Boriskin (Russia)

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1st – Janine Mutton (Canada) 2nd – Maxine Thylin (Sweden) 3rd – Klaudia Mitko (Poland) 3rd – Maja Povsnar (Slovenia)


1st – Amal Anjahid (Belgium) 2nd – Karolina Chlobuszewska (Poland) 3rd – Galina Duvanova (Kazakhstan) 3rd – Meshi Rosenfeld (Israel)

1st – Stephanie Faure (France) 2nd – Ashten Sawitsky (Canada) 3rd – Yara Kashik (Jordan) 3rd – Zafeiria Panagiotarakou (Greece)


1st – Margarita Ochoa (Philippines) 2nd – Vicky Hoang (Canada) 3rd – Laetitia Boes (France) 3rd – Anna Augustyn-Mitkowska (Poland)



1st – Alison Tremblay (Canada) 2nd – Tereza Cordeiro de Souza (Hungary) 3rd – Laura Valentina Castillo (Colombia) 3rd – Eva Bisseni (France)

The crowd was treated to a show of traditional Japanese drums

Teams 1st – FRANCE: Total 14 6 Gold, 3 Silver, 5 Bronze 2nd – RUSSIA: Total 10 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze 3rd – BELGIUM: Total 6 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze

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Packed stands throughout the entire event

The celebration at the podium after tough matches

Belgium’s Amal Anjahid ruled over the 55kg division

From the UAE, Omar Alfadhili made it to the top of the 56kg division

All matches were fought to the very last second

Team USA also made their presence felt

Team Sweden rejoiced with the home crowd

Para-athletes were also part of the show in Sweden

Alfadhili celbrating with his teammates


Get Ready for MORE THRILLS Mark you calendars and go compete in the upcoming Jiu-Jitsu events in the Olympic movement Jiu-Jitsu competitors will be busy in the upcoming months. The calendar of competitions is full and 2019 will be filled with big challenges for our athletes. From San Diego to Abu Dhabi, from the UK to South Korea, there are options of tournaments for all ages and skill levels. Book your trip and let’s go compete!

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13th South Asian Games

March 9-10

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour

April 24-26

Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu World Championship

May 11

JJEU Under 14 and Under 16 Europa Cup

August 30 -

September 6

October 9-15 76

JJEU International Kodokan Open


United Kingdom



World Martial Art Martership Games

South Korea

World Beach Games


Jiu-Jitsu World


Number 13 - 2018



Jiu-Jitsu World

Number 13 - 2018


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