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A Royal Finale The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour closes the 2018/2019 season with a constellation of superstars competing for the ultimate glory in London

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Man on a Mission In a campaign filled with faith and determination, Paulo Miyao runs through the toughest of oppositions to confirm his position at the top of the Abu Dhabi King of Mats lightweight bracket

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Knights in shining gis

Competitors of all origins and ages march on London to claim their titles of Abu Dhabi Grand Slam champions

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Around the Globe

Greetings

His Excellency Abdulmunam Al Hashemi

Editorial Bring it On

Interview

A Leader’s Mindset

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Full Season of Online Glory

Know your way to the top Understanding the UAEJJF athletes ranking

A Grand Year of Jiu-Jitsu

From Tokyo to LA, from Rio to London, the 2018/2019 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour was everything it promised to be and much more

Rulers of the World

Abu Dhabi King of Mats travelled the world in the 2018/2019 season offering Jiu-Jitsu fans a new and thrilling form of Jiu-Jitsu competition

UAE News & Opinion

Who will be Crowned 2019 Champion?

Lifestyle Tips

All energy comes from the Core

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A Decade in 14 Days Relive the thrills of the historic 10th Edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, when the world gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate ten years of success

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Greetings

New Decade with new goals The

The Chairman of the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation, His Excellency Abdulmunam Al Hashemi shares his views on the groundbreaking work that is being done by the Federation to incentive the sport in the country and around the world. Following the vision and intelligent leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAEJJF is working tirelessly for a greater future for Jiu-Jitsu.

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2018 Abu Dhabi World Professional JiuJitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) marked the completion of the first decade of a story of hard work and success. As we reach the 2019 ADWPJJC, we get ready for a second decade with renewed goals. Greater goals of bringing Jiu-Jitsu to the people all over the world by providing events that carry a trademark of excellency and reliability. The 2019 ADWPJJC will be a stepping stone for more ambitious challenges that surely will be met with dedication and talent. The 2018/2019 season more than delivered in terms of results on and off the mat. Once again, events big and small hosted athletes of all ages, skill levels and origins to prove that Jiu-Jitsu is powerful tool to bring people together. We are now preparing for a bigger and better 2019/2020 season that will feature more events and continue to award athletes for their efforts and results. Once again, we welcome you to Abu Dhabi for another edition of the ADWPJJC. Please, feel at home to enjoy the world famous Emirati hospitality as you join the annual celebration as part of the global Jiu-Jitsu community. Jiu-Jitsu’s growth is unstoppable. The UAEJJF will continue to work relentlessly to make it possible for our sport to keep growing and changing the lives of people all over the world. As we near the end of another season, we can only praise the achievements and prepare for even bigger challenges. 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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year of work means a lot of things for our staff. It means 115.000 kilometers travelled. It means over 30.000 pictures taken on each event. It means spending three weeks of every other month to editing every new issue. It means hours and hours of interviews, fact checking, contacting athletes, local organizers and all kinds of people involved with Jiu-Jitsu nowadays. As we reach the end of another season of competition, we know all that work was more than worthwhile. Jiu-Jitsu World Magazine is an enterprise born with the mission

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of bringing our readers the highest quality content possible and we take that responsibility very seriously. The 2018/2019 season of the UEJJF international competition circuit was the largest so far. With events almost every weekend and spreading literally to the most distant spots in the planet, it demanded a immense effort to report on every one of the events that brought Jiu-Jitsu to people. Fortunately, we have a dynamic and competent team that works tirelessly to fulfill the demands in front of them. Photographers, reporters, editors, page designers, fact checkers, etc. All of them play an important role in getting each issue ready for our readers. Jiu-Jitsu World #17 will be available in its printed version for athletes and fans at the 2019 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. As the gentle art community once again

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comes together in the true global capital of the sport, our newest issue will be awaiting for each one of them with a thorough report on all of the season’s action. As we prepare for another full season of travel, mat side work, editing and etc, we know that our job is to give Jiu-Jitsu the exposure it deserves. The Jiu-Jitsu community can count on our team to keep on delivering in each issue. We love our readers, we love Jiu-Jitsu and we are hungry for more. See you out there! Stay on the mats!

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INTERVIEW

A Leader’s With tons of hard work and a smart approach to Jiu-Jitsu, João Gabriel Sousa climbed to the top of the adult male black belt division in the 2018/2019 season. In a exclusive interview, he thanks the people who helped him in his journey and sets bigger goals for an even brighter future on the mats Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

Jiu-Jitsu World: For those who don’t know you so well, can you tell us how you began training Jiu-Jitsu and when did you decided to make it your profession? João Gabriel Sousa: I started training in Fortaleza, at a social project called Jiu-Jitsu in good companion. It was led by Professors Jefferson Teixeira and Brayner, who were responsible for teaching me from the yellow belt all the way to the purple belt. After that I moved to the USA. I always liked sports as I was growing up and my mother was always big supporter of both my brother and I. When I first started training, I had no idea it could become my profession. The turning point was the moment I won my first Brazilian National championship as a blue belt. That’s when I first started believing that I could compete in the highest level. Now, as a black belt I will continue working to make history in the sport. Who were the most important people in your Jiu-Jitsu journey up to this point? What were the most valuable lessons they have taught you so far? A lot of people were very important in my Jiu-Jitsu journey so far. First, my mother, who even without good financial resources to pay for tournament registrations or plane tickets, she always supported me in a huge way. Whenever I was selling raffle tickets to raise money, she would go out and sell at least 50 tickets. My first Professors Jefferson Teixeira,

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Brayner and Cristovão Índio, who helped me financially with tournament registrations, clothing and even food. Master Zé Radiola has always supported me since the very beginning. I will never forget what they all have done for me. I will be forever grateful. My friend and fellow black belt Lucas Rocha, who I met one day and we became like brothers in a matter of months. He has helped me a lot in becoming a better person. He is truly a very smart person with all the right morals. At last but definitely not least, my great friend Diego Ramalho. It’s actually hard to quantify how much he has helped me. He shows me that it is always possible to achieve what you want. All you need to do is to believe in it. From all this people, I have learned that nothing in life comes easy. You need a lot of persistence and hard work. There will be a lot of highs and lows. You need patience to make the right decisions that in the end all is going to be fine. You reached the end of the 2018/2019 season as the leader in the adult male black belt division. What are your secrets to maintain such a high level of performance? No secrets, just hard work. I train a lot! A lot! Six days a week, at least two times a day. On top of that I try to plan my training schedule to be smart about it and make the most of my time on the mats and also my resting time and the time to study my opponents.

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Competitors who stand out like you do often become role models for younger athletes just starting their own Jiu-Jitsu journeys. What kind of advice would you give to a young white belt who aims to reach the heights you have achieved in the sport?

Listen to your Professors and do not complain. Be willing to pay the price, as it is a high price. To be on top is tiring, demanding and frustrating a lot of times, but it will give you a inexplicable feeling of joy and a taste of always wanting more. In the current season, you waged tough battles against Hiago George and João Miyao. To have such high level opponents changes anything in your training routine. Does it motivate you even more? I try to train my game and to evolve my techniques. I also try to study the game of the best opponents in my division. I want to know what they do best so I am able to avoid getting caught in their game. I want to have my options so I don’t get frustrated during the match. It’s very rare for me to be caught by surprise in any match. I study my matches and try to learn from the mistakes I made and also from the different sceneries that show up in each match.

Gabriel and Hiago waged memorable battles in the 2018/2019 season

The UAEJJF competition circuit has become a stronghold for athletes for awarding them with hefty money prizes. In your opinion, what is the importance for a professional athlete to have their efforts and results rewarded with monetary prizes? In my case, as with most athletes, I can say that the prizes help me to invest in a better training routine with resources to invest in recovery methods, better meals, etc. To have financial stability makes you less worried with things outside the mats and helps you focus on your training. Besides that, the UAEJJF gives a huge value to athletes as its tournaments are global stages for us to shine. It’s a great feeling to the welcomed and recognized wherever Jiu-Jitsu is present.

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Hard work during training leads to great performance on the tournaments

With teammate and friend Diego Ramalho, Gabriel travelled the world this season adding points in the UAEJJF ranking

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ACCESS FROM SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD

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Take a virtual trip back in time to follow our mat heroes as they shared their accomplishments in each event of the 2018/2019 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Instagram

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From Tokyo, on July 2018, to London, on March 2019, the 2018/2019 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour was the most successful so far. For nine months, the best competitors in the world travelled around the globe to compete in all five events of the tour. Before, during and after each leg of the ADGS Tour, they flooded social media with proud posts of their experiences and achievements. They shared the places they visited, the people they met, the matches they won or lost. The posts came in as many different languages as you can imagine, but all shared the same honor of being part of something so great. As we heat up for an even bigger season in 2019/2020 with not five, but six stops on the tour as we add Moscow to the itinerary, we hope to keep on finding our heroes online. Keep using the hashtags #adgs #abudhabigrandslam so we have the chance of featuring your post on our pages. See you on the mats!

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UAEJJF Athlete’s Ranking

Know your way to the top Understanding the UAEJJF athletes ranking Words: Rodrigo Valério, Ivan Trindade | Image: Ane Nunes

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The New UAEJJF 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 UAEJJF participation. In addition, a number of other technical principles and rules have been established to provide a basis for the development of the UAEJJF 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 UAEJJF 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 ranking 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 1st May 2019. The points for each individual tournament will expire as follows: • From May 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2020 the points will count 100%. • After May 1st, 2020 the points will be reduced to 50%. • After May 1st, 2020 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 UAEJJF calendar (the current calendar started on May 1, 2019 and ends on April 30, 2020). There are six kinds of events in terms of how many points you’ll get: ADWPJJC; Abu Dhabi Grand Slam; Continental Pro; National Pro; International Pro; Regional Tournament.

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

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Here are a few examples of how to count an athlete’s points.

How many rankings are there?

The UAEJJF 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. For what else is the ranking used for by the UAEJJF? 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 UAEJJF 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

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points for different type of wins, for example winning by advantage or by submissions. 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://www.uaejjf.org/rank/show/25

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A Royal Finale

The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour closes the 2018/2019 season with a constellation of superstars competing for the ultimate glory in London Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, Ivan Trindade

All good things must come to an end. Fortunately, the 2018/2019 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour finished with a bang as the best competitors in the world gathered in London for a whole weekend of Jiu-Jitsu at the highest level. Stablished champions, new faces, bitter rivalries and thrilling matches put Jiu-Jitsu fans on the edge both on the stands at the Copper Box Arena and all over the world as they watched on TV or online. In the following pages, we will relive the thrills of each weight class at play on March 9-10 with insane action images of our champions in action.

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Adult Male Black Belt

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Third Time is the Charm

Carlos Alberto de Oliveira is still on top. He fought only once to retain the title in the division. Japan’s Nobuhiro Sawada made it to the final with a 6-2 win over Frederico Guimarães. In the gold medal match, Bebeto was able to sweep twice and build a 4-0 lead to secure his third gold medal in the 2018/2019 ADGS season.

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Hard Fought Victory By far the weight class with the most fierce rivalry between the two finalists. João Gabriel Sousa made it to the final through the hard way. He first finished Cleber Fernandes with a choke from the back to meet up with João Miyao in the semifinals. A 1-0 lead on advantages after a 4-4 tie on points was the edge that took Sousa to the final. On the other side, Hiago George finished Pedro Clementino from the back and then outscored Fernando Soares 3-0. The gold medal match was fast paced and Sousa and Hiago went head to head until the very end. One penalty for Hiago gave Gabriel the title after a 4-4 tie on points.

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War Bracket Paulo Miyao had a tough campaign to retain his title in the weight class. He first finished Alex Jablonski with a choke from the back to reach the semifinals and outscore João Gonçalves 2-1 on advantages. Isaac Doederlein also had a rocky road to the gold medal match. He first caught Max Campos with a triangle and then finished Tiago Bravo with a foot lock. The gold medal match was thrilling and decided by tiny details. Miyao secured the title with a 4-2 lead in a match that could go either way.

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The most crowded weight class of the program had thrills for all. Sweden’s Max Lindblad had a brilliant run to reach the top of the podium. He first beat Tommi Pulkkanen 2-0 to move on to the semifinals after not needing to compete in the quarterfinals. Another 2-0 lead on Pedro Ramalho took Max to the final. On the other side, Guilherme Rocha fought three times to reach the final. He beat Fabricio Barbarotti 2-0, then outscored Martin Aedma 1-0 on advantages and finished David Zaken with a triangle. The gold medal match was very close and Max eventually was able to build a 4-2 lead to secure the gold medal.

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85 kg House of Hulk Lucas Barbosa is another reigning champion that kept his crown. In two matches, he first beat Maciej Kozak with an armbar to reach the final. His opponent would be Charles Santos, who beat Igor Sousa 1-0 on advantages. The gold medal match was decided early on with Barbosa managing a takedown and a guard pass to build a 5-0 lead over Charles.

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New King in Town Kaynan Duarte is back. He fought twice to win the title in the weight class. His first match was against Felipe Mussolino in the semifinals, won with a 4-0 lead. The opponent in the gold medal would be the defending champion Adam Wardzinski, who beat Matheus Godoy 9-2 in the other semifinal. The title was decided with a toehold as Kaynan was able to impose his game on Adam and take the gold medal home.

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110 kg Fast and Furious Ricardo Evangelista fought once to claim the title in the heaviest weight class. His opponent in the final was Helton Junior, who got there with a referee decision win over Rodrigo Ribeiro. The final was decided by a 3-1 lead on advantages in favor of Evangelista.

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Homecoming Queen

Mayssa Bastos is back on top. She won her fourth gold medal in the season in two matches. Mayssa first caught Serena Gabrielli with a choke from the back in the semifinals. The opponent for the gold medal would be Argentina’s Julia Pareja, who beat Luna Barea 2-0 on advantages. Mayssa needed less than two minutes to find a choke from the back and secure the title.

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55 kg Making Way

Ana Rodrigues is another new face on the top of the podium. In two matches, she first beat Gabriela Fetcher 1-0 on penalties. Rose El Sharouni made it to the final with a 6-0 lead on advantages over Laura Peretti. The gold medal match was short-lived as Ana found a choke from the back to win.

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Welsh Pride

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One can choose to go back towards safety or forward towards growth. Choose growth always Ffion Davies

For the pleasure of the UK crowd, Wales’ Ffion Davies had an outstanding performance to claim the gold medal. She first finished Suvi Koikkalainen with a rear naked choke to meet the defending champion Bianca Basílio in the semifinals. Ffion was able to build a 8-0 lead to make it to the final. On the other side, Larissa Paes finished Michele Oliveira and met up with Charlotte Von Baumgartten in the semifinal, which she won via referee decision. In the final, Ffion built a 11-4 lead to take the gold medal home.

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Thamara Silva

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Unbreakable

Four gold medals in five events in the season for Thamara Silva. In London, she first beat Martina Gramenius 14-2 and then finished Magdalena Loska with a toehold in the semifinal. Samantha Cook made it to the final also in two matches, finishing Jesmine Latrach with an omoplata and then catching Vedha Toscano with a toehold. Thamara found a toehold to finish Samantha in the final and celebrate one more title.

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I am living a dream, a dream that I worked really hard to make it true

Gabrieli Pessanha did it all. She is the only athlete to have won the title in her weight class in all five events of the 2018/2019 ADGS season. In London, she fought once to quickly beat Marta Szarecka with a choke from the back in the final.

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ABU DHABI KING OF MATS Lightweight

Man on a Mission In a campaign filled with faith and determination, Paulo Miyao runs through the toughest of oppositions to confirm his position at the top of the Abu Dhabi King of Mats lightweight bracket Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, Ivan Trindade

As soon as the referees raised their arms to point out the Abu Dhabi King of Mats Lightweight champion, on March 10, at the Copper Box Arena, Paulo Miyao burst into tears. The final against American Isaac Doederlein was nothing short of an all out war. The third time they had competed against each other on that weekend alone. All three matches were as close as they could be. Paulo had gone way past his limit. Even so, his disposition stayed intact: “Hallo pain, it’s me! How can I help you? Let me take care of you!, he wrote about his battles in London. The Brazilian had just fought six of the toughest battles in his glorious career to get to that point. In the end, all the effort and sacrifice was just too overwhelming for him. He had reached his breaking point and the tears were the sign that the effort was massive. Crowned, Miyao had only humbleness and desire to keep on fighting inside him: “Impermanence is common to all things on this Earth. It helps you to reduce your suffering and teaches you to be happy,” wrote Miyao on his social media channels. In the following pages, you will be able to relive the thrills of that day in England.

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Back on group A, João Gonçalves passed Japan’s Nobuhiro Sawada guard to score a 3-0 lead and take the win.

Round 1 closed on group B with Paulo Miyao outscoring Tiago Bravo 10-2 in a high paced match.

Hiago George and Gabriel Sousa met once again on group A and this time Hiago took the win via split referees decision following a 1-1 tie on advantages.

Group B opened round 2 with Bebeto Oliveira beating Samir Chantre 1-0 on advantages after a 2-2 tie on points.

João Gonçalves came back on group A to sweep Lee Ting and take the 2-0 win.

Group B closed the second round with a an all-out battle between Isaac Doederlein and Paulo Miyao, won by Miyao by a narrow 2-0 lead.

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Round 1

Then, on group B, American Isaac Doederlein also debuted with a bang to take the back and choke Bebeto Oliveira.

Round 2

Group A opened with Hiago George beating Australia’s Lee Ting 3-0 with a guard pass.

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Gabriel Sousa was back on the mats to outscore Nobuhiro Sawada 13-0 on group A.

Tiago Bravo met with Samir Chantre to take the win by a 2-0 lead on advantages.

João Gonçalves managed a split decision win over Hiago George on group A.

Paulo Miyao won his third match on group B with a 1-0 lead on advantages over Bebeto Oliveira.

Lee Ting opened group A with a unanimous referee decision win over Nobuhiro Sawada after a 0-0 tie on points.

Isaac Doederlein was back to group B with a 3-1 lead on advantages to beat Tiago Bravo.

Gabriel Sousa won one more on group A, this time a 1-0 lead on advantages over João Gonçalves.

Qualified to the semifinals, Paulo Miyao closed group B and his group stage campaign with a 3-0 win over Samir Chantre.

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Hiago George caught Nobuhiro Sawada with an armbar to open group A and made his way to the semifinals.

Tiago Bravo said goodbye to the competition with a beautiful armlock finish on Bebeto Oliveira on group B.

Gabriel Sousa secured his spot in the semifinals with a toehold finish on Lee Ting on group A.

Isaac Doederlein also made it to the semifinals with a 4-0 win over Samir Chantre to close group B and the group stage.

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Paulo Miyao vs. Hiago George

Teammates Hiago George and Paulo Miyao put their friendship to the side and battled for a spot in the final.

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Isaac Doederlein vs. Gabriel Sousa

Doederlein proved he meant business in the bracket when he caught Sousa with a wrist lock and secured his chance to fight for the title.

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After a 4-4 tie on points, a narrow 1-0 lead on advantages was enough to take Paulo to the gold medal match.

Isaac Doederlein and Gabriel Sousa fought hard for the second spot in the final.

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Gabriel Sousa vs. Hiago George

In the third encounter of the weekend, Gabriel Sousa and Hiago George battled it out for a spot on the podium.

Sousa kept one step ahead of George and finished the match with a 6-4 lead on points that granted him the third place.

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Paulo Miyao vs. Isaac Doederlein

Isaac Doederlein tried to beat Paulo Miyao three times during the weekend, but came short in all three.

Paulo and Isaac traded sweeps to score their points.

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In the gold medal match, the battle between Paulo and Isaac was as close as it can be.

The podium complete with the champion Paulo, runnerup Isaac and third place Gabriel.

After six minutes of action, a 4-4 tie on points stayed on the scoreboard.

To the heroes, the glory!

Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness

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Competitors of all origins and ages march on London to claim their titles of Abu Dhabi Grand Slam champions Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

If you only pay attention to the big stars in the adult black belt division, you are missing half of the fun, at least. In every Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour event, the masters division, the color belts and the parajiu-jitsu matches are a sight to see. High level technique and untamable drive to pursue victory are the trademarks of the warriors who walk on the mats on each event throughout the the season. In London, on March 9-10, was no exception. Since the first match early in the morning, the crowd on the stands and the viewers at home knew they were in for a real treat in terms of action in the arena. Upcoming talents like teammates Francisco Andrade and Thalison Soares in the brown belt 62kg division gave a firm statement that they make serious damage once they reach the black belt division. How about the UAE’s Khalifa Mohammed Al Nassrati, beating a bunch of Brazilians in the purple belt 62kg division? In the parajiu-jitsu division, as usual, there were plenty of inspiring moments as this truly gentle art heroes showcase their skills brilliantly despite the bad hand life has draw them. Athletes from all over the world came together in London to prove once more that the true disability is inside our heads and that you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it. In the teams competition, the local branches of international teams controlled the board to finish the event on top. In the following pages you will relive the thrills of those two days of March in England.

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Denilson Pimenta waged war against Samir Chantre to build a 2-0 lead and take home the gold medal in the master 1 black belt 69kg division

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Douglas da Silva made it to the top of the master 1 black belt 62kg division with a 7-0 win on points over Jorge dos Santos in the gold medal match

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No back was safe in the blue belt division

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American Ronald Mann was one of the brave para-athletes to showcase their talents in London

The UAE’s Khalifa Mohammed beat a bunch of Brazilians to claim his spot on the top of the podium in the adult purple belt 62kg division

Brown belts were not playing games in London. The search for a spot in the podium was serious business

Before all the effort on the mats, our heroes had to beat the scales at the ADGS London Weigh-in

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From Tokyo to LA, from Rio to London, the 2018/2019 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour was everything it promised to be and much more

A Grand Year

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The 2018/2019 season opened with a full-capacity event in Japan. Every year, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in Tokyo gets bigger and better. Athletes from all over Asia and also some huge international names signed up to compete at the Ota Gymnasium. If the summer in Tokyo is normally hot, the ADGS made it even hotter with action-packed matches throughout the day. It also featured an Abu Dhabi Legends battle with Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro beating Daisuke Shiraki by one penalty after a tough match. In the black belt division, both international stars and local talents rose to the occasion to claim their spots on the top of the podium. The crowd on the stands was pleased with high level matches all throughout the day. At the end of the competition, one thing was certain for all those who witnessed the growth of the ADGS Tokyo. It will be bigger and better in 2019.

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56kg – Nobuhiro Sawada (Japan) 62kg – Tomoyuki Hashimoto (Japan) 69kg – Lee Ting (Australia) 77kg – Diego Ramalho (Brazil) 85kg – DJ Jackson (USA) 94kg – Rudson Mateus (Brazil) 110kg – Guttemberg Pereira (Brazil)

49kg – Mayssa Bastos (Brazil) 55kg – Amal Anjahid (Belgium) 62kg – Larissa Paes (Brazil) 70kg – Samantha Cook (UK) 90kg – Gabrieli Pessanha (Brazil)

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Los Angeles September 22, 2018 Los Angeles Convention Center

In the city of stars, Jiu-Jitsu shined brightest. Los Angeles welcomed the gentle art celebrities on September 22 for an intense day of competition. Before the eyes of the leaders of some of the biggest Jiu-Jitsu teams in the world, athletes from all over the globe fought hard to reach the ultimate glory of becoming an Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour champion. Once again, the Parajiu-Jitsu inspired the crowd with their devotion to the art and will power to overcome life’s obstacles. The black belt division once again more than delivered the thrills the crowd was expecting with nail-biters like Gianni Grippo vs. Paulo Miyao, João Gabriel Sousa vs. Hiago George and Samantha Cook vs. Thamara Silva. Jiu-Jitsu aces from several different countries were able to beat tough competition to claim their gold medals. As the final match wrapped up, Los Angeles started the countdown for the 2019 ADGS, which will surely be even more thrilling.

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56kg – Jorge Nakamura (Japan) 62kg – João Gabriel Sousa (Brazil) 69kg – Gianni Grippo (USA) 77kg – Caio Caetano (Brazil) 85kg – Manuel Ribamar (Brazil) 94kg – Gustavo Batista (Brazil) 110kg – Erberth Santos (Brazil)

49kg – Mayssa Bastos (Brazil) 55kg – Nathalie Ribeiro (Brazil) 62kg – Gabrielle McComb (Brazil) 70kg – Thamara Silva (Brazil) 90kg – Gabrieli Pessanha (Brazil)

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Arena Carioca November 16 - 18, 2018

There’s no other way to put it! The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour Rio de Janeiro, on November 16-18, 2018 was the place to be in Brazil on those three days. Even President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro paid a visit to the Arena Carioca 1 on the final day of competitions to give his seal of approval to the event and signal that Jiu-Jitsu will be a priority in his administration’s sports policies. Mr. Bolsonaro (in office since January 1st, 2019) met with local organizers as well as with UAEJJF officials, posed for pictures with athletes and even handed out medals in one of the ceremonies at the official podium. On the mats, international Jiu-Jitsu stars once again showed why the sport is getting more popular by the day. The three days of competitions were filled with thrilling moments from the beginners white belts to the experienced black belts. Big names like Isaque Bahiense, Kaynan Duarte, Ana Talita Alencar and Bianca Basílio were some of the stars that treated the crowd to the highest level of technique and competition. The event also featured another battle in the Abu Dhabi Legends series, where Rafael Carino beat Alexandre Barauna by referees decision in the heavyweight division. In the end, the ADGS Rio ended with the promise of an even more portentous event next year. They have the President’s approval on that one!

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56kg – Carlos Alberto da Silva (Brazil) 62kg – Hiago George (Brazil) 69kg – Isaque Paiva (Brazil) 77kg – Hugo Marques (Brazil) 85kg – Isaque Bahiense (Brazil) 94kg – Kaynan Duarte (Brazil) 110kg – Erberth Santos (Brazil)

49kg – Mayssa Bastos (Brazil) 55kg – Ana Talita Alencar (Brazil) 62kg – Bianca Basílio (Brazil) 70kg – Thamara Silva (Brazil) 90kg – Gabrieli Pessanha (Brazil)


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Mubadala Arena January 10-12, 2019

It’s great to be home. Abu Dhabi, the capital of Jiu-Jitsu, welcomed back the Grand Slam Tour on January 10-12, 2019. Thousands of athletes of all ages and skill levels gathered for three days in the state of the art Mubadala Arena for an entire weekend of thrilling matches. Before the eyes of the world including several local and international authorities, some of the best athletes in the world put on luxury performances for the pleasure of the crowd on the stands and also those watching at home on TV or online. Abu Dhabi gets a different feel whenever the international Jiu-Jitsu community is in town. That was the case on January 2019. The capital experienced an unique sense of camaraderie and devotion for the sport. In the black belt division, huge clashes like Diego Ramalho vs. Levi Jones-Leary, Lucas Barbosa vs. Rudson Mateus and Ariadne Oliveira vs. Mayssa Bastos shook the foundations of the venue. As the action stopped, the feeling of wanting more lingered in the air. Luckily, Abu Dhabi will have to wait less than four months to experience the thrills again, as the 2019 ADWPJJC lands in the city this coming April.

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Adult Female

56kg – Carlos Alberto Silva (Brazil) 62kg – Hiago George (Brazil) 69kg – Paulo Miyao (Brazil) 77kg – Diego Ramalho (Brazil) 85kg – Lucas Barbosa (Brazil) 94kg – Adam Wardzinski (Poland) 110kg – Erberth Santos (Brazil)

55kg – Ariadne Oliveira (Brazil) 62kg – Bianca Basílio (Brazil) 70kg – Thamara Silva (Brazil) 90kg – Gabrieli Pessanha (Brazil)

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Rulers of the World Abu Dhabi King of Mats travelled the world in the 2018/2019 season offering Jiu-Jitsu fans a new and thrilling form of Jiu-Jitsu competition Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

After an epic first edition during the 2018 ADWPJJC, the Abu Dhabi King of Mats spread its wings and flew all over the world to crown new rulers in each of its three weigh classes. With an innovative system of competition, the ADKOM was no easy task for each competitor who entered the brackets. To become a ADKOM champion, the athlete needed to compete at least 5 times in the same day with only minutes of rest between matches. The six minutes of each match also meant there was no time for stalling. Every second counted and the thrills were non-stop in every single encounter. The first ADKOM event gathered ten of the best heavyweights in the world in Los Angeles, California, on September 23, 2018. The second installment was held in Abu Dhabi, on January 12, 2019, bringing together ten of the most accomplished middleweights in the planet. In both occasions the crowds on the stands and also the viewers all over the world were treated to insane moments of action on each match. The third ADKOM edition in the 2018/2019 season took place in London, England, on March 10, 2019, featuring the best lightweights in the world (you can relive the thrills of that event in a separate article in this same issue). In the pages to follow, you’ll take a trip back to those days of thrills in LA and Abu Dhabi. Long live the new kings!

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Heavyweight LA Convention Center Los Angeles, USA September 23, 2018

Erberth Santos was on fire in Los Angles. After winning the 110kg division one day before, he came back to the mats to fight for the crown in the ADKOM heavyweight bracket. The competition also included intense talent with the likes of Gabriel Arges, Tanner Rice, Ricardo Evangelista, Rudson Mateus, Alex Ceconi, Guttemberg Pereira, Jackson Sousa, Adam Wardzinski and Gerard Labinski. On Group A, Erberth had four all out wars to reach the semifinals. He first beat Poland Gerard Labinski 2-0 with a sweep, then finished Rudson Mateus with a toehold. The third challenge was against Jackson Sousa, beat by a narrow 1-0 lead on advantages. The final group stage for Erberth was against Alex Ceconi, finished with a wrist lock from the mount. In the semifinals, Erberth was lucky and did not have to fight due to an injury on Guttemberg Pereira, which allowed him to go straight to the final. In the gold medal match, Erberth once again found himself face to face with Jackson Sousa. The final was a nail biter and Erberth was able to convince the referees to win via unanimous decision following a 0-0 tie on points and advantages.

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Middleweight Mubadala Arena Abu Dhabi, UAE January 12, 2019

Gabriel Arges had a score to settle with the Abu Dhabi King of Mats. After bravely accepting to compete in the heavyweight bracket in Los Angeles and having to settle with three losses in four matches, he was back to compete in his actual weight class. In Abu Dhabi the story Gabriel wrote was much different. He rose to the occasion and won five out of six matches to claim the title in a bracket that also featured the talents of Isaque Bahiense, Espen Mathiesen, Manuel Ribamar, DJ Jackson, Lucas Barbosa, Caio Caetano, Diego Ramalho, Rudson Mateus and Roberto Satoshi. In the group stage, Arges debuted by choking Mathiesen from the back. In the second round, he lost to Lucas Barbosa after having his guard passed. He bounced back on round 3 with a referees decision win over Caio Caetano. After resting on round 4, Arges was back on the mat to beat Rudson Mateus 1-0 on advantages on round 5 and make it to the semifinals. The opponent for a spot in the gold medal match was Manuel Ribamar, beat with a 4-2 lead on a sweep battle. The final obstacle would be a very game Isaque Bahiense, who also wrecked the opposition on his way to the gold medal match. After a close beginning of the match, Arges found a takedown that led to a back mount and a 6-2 lead for the final win. The title had a owner and Gabriel was smiling once again.

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Around the Globe

Jiu-Jitsu takes over the World The 2018/2019 season took the sport’s development to a different level with groundbreaking expansion that turned the gentle art a true vehicle for connection between people from all six continents Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: UAEJJF

In 10 months, from May 2018 to March 2019, the 2018/2019 season delivered more than 50 international events in all three levels: National Pro, International Pro and Continental Pro. The events reached as far as possible, taking Jiu-Jitsu truly to all parts of the planet. Tens of thousands of athletes of all ages and skill levels, including para-athletes, were offered the highest level of competition setting to test their skills and join the international community

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of good that is Jiu-Jitsu. From May 5, 2018, in Zagreb Croatia, to March 2-3, 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa, the best athletes in the world had the stages they deserve to display their techniques and drive to win. As the new and improved season nears, Jiu-Jitsu competitors and fans all over the world are already saving the dates in their agendas to attend the JiuJitsu event near them, no matter if they live in Brazil, the USA, Spain, Mongolia or Angola. We are coming to a town near you! Get ready to roll!

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Aracaju International Pro Brazil

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Germany National Pro Maintal

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South Korea National Pro Seoul

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Greece National Pro Athens

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Russia National Pro Moscow

Italy National Pro Rome

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France National Pro Cassis

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Luanda International Pro Angola

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January 2019 USA National Pro Kissimmee

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February 2019 Slovenia National Pro Ljubljana

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February 2019 Netherleands National Pro Almere

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February 2019 Fortaleza International Pro Ottawa

March 2019 Austria National Pro Graz

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2018 ADWPJJC

Relive the thrills of the historic 10th Edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship, when the world gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate ten years of success

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Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, UAEJJF

Jiu-Jitsu entered a new phase of its development on April 2018. From the 16th to the 28th of that month, thousands of athletes of all ages and skill levels gathered in Abu Dhabi for a historic occasion. The 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship was the crowning of an entire decade of hard work and talent on and off the mats. With the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the event was nothing short of extraordinaire. The

2018 ADWPJJC was a dream come true for the entire Jiu-Jitsu community all over the world. It was also the starting point of a new period when even bigger goals will be pursued. From kids four years old and older to masters over 50 years old, including also Jiu-Jitsu superstars and the inspiring para-athletes, the 2018 ADWPJJC offered unimaginable thrills to the crowd on the stands of the Mubadala Arena and also millions of people watching online and on TV all over the planet. In the pages to follow, we will take a tour back in time for those magical days in April 2018. Lets relive the emotions.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan seated front row to show his support and his joy for the development of Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE and the world and the benefits it brings to people

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Sheikh Mohammed personally greeted the kids competing at the 2018 ADWPJJC to show his support for all athletes

The 2018 ADWPJJC was a celebration of how Jiu-Jitsu is able to change people’s lives since they are very young

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The ADWPJJC was the place to be in the UAE on April 2018

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The level of production was par with the greatness of the moment in Abu Dhabi

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The celebration ended with a glorious evening at the Emirates Palace Hotel for the Abu Dhabi Awards

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Who will be Crowned 2019 Champion? The 2018-2019 season could very well be the most exciting yet with the season titles still up for grabs in the Adult and Master 1 Black Belt Categories Another UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) season comes to an end. It’s the 4th season since the inception of the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Tour (ADWJJT) and its accompanied Rankings, an initiative that gave birth to seasonal competitions and rankings on par with other and more established sports such as the lucrative world of Formula One (F1). A season that consisted of 66 events all over the world, spanning every continent and encompassing all athletes vying for the top spot by the end of the season in April of each year. Now in its second decade, the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) continues its march towards another decade of excellence, innovation and professional competition. Let’s look at how thinks look so far when it comes to the rankings, starting with the Male Adult Black Belt Category. For the 1st time ever, we do have two teammates vying for the top spot at the end of April, ZR Team Association’s Joao Batista de Sousa (22 wins, 3 losses) and Diego Ramalho (24 wins, 4 losses), followed closely by local favorite and Commando Group standout, Ricardo Evangelista (14 wins, 1 loss) and Polish sensation Adam Wardzinski (21 wins, 3 losses) tied for 3rd place. That is a very interesting battle to end the season as all 4 athletes are competing in different weight classes, and nothing but a gold medal at the ADWPJJC should be their target if they want to cement their status as the best in the world. If I had to predict a winner, I would have to go with Joao Batista de Sousa, who had an incredible season feuding with Hiago George in 5 matches that ended in his favor (3-2) culminating in 5 total medals in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Tour (ADGS) circuit. Gaining the top prize would also make him the lightest competitor to win it after 3 years of dominance by the heavier athletes. His teammate stands the biggest chance out of the 3 vying for the spot, but there will surely be a tough challenge from Evangelista and last season’s World No. 2, Wardzinski, who is the most consistent athlete in the UAEJJF rankings the past 2 seasons. In the Female Adult Brown/Black Belt Category, the battle is between World No. 1 and undefeated Gabrieli Pessanha (18

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wins, no losses), the always consistent Mayssa Bastos (17 wins, 1 loss) and the UK’s Samantha Cook (20 wins, 5 losses). It would surprise everyone to see anyone but Pessanha taking the title this year, with an undefeated record and a staggering 5 gold medals in 5 ADGS events. She is the new star of the sport and this season could be her launching pad to a successful career in the sport as she has youth and experience on her side even though she is still a brown belt! On the other hand, it is hard to watch Mayssa miss out on the top spot for the second season in a row after coming so close both times, but then again, never say never. A win for her and a loss by Gabrieli could be the dramatic end the season needs as opposed to the previous season where the title picture for both Adult Males and Females was pretty much determined before the start of the ADWPJJC. I would also like to touch upon the Male Master 1 Black Belt Category where we could see another historical achievement via Igor Silva, last year’s World No. 1 in the Adult Black Belt Category. Silva and fellow teammate, Ricardo Evangelista, switched roles this season and we could see for the first time a former Adult champion come back to win the Master 1 category the next year. Can you imagine Silva winning Master 1 and Evangelista winning Adult? That would be something extraordinary for the UAEJJF Rankings and Commando Group. It seems like we will have to wait another season for someone to break the Brazilian dominance at the top of the rankings for the black belt categories. Samantha Cook and Adam Wardzinski are the only Non-Brazilian to, numerically, stand a chance to cause an upset for the top spot, but all stars would have to be aligned for them on the night. The next season will start a little over a month after the ADWPJJC, so there won’t be much time for a break for Jiu-Jitsu fans as the UAEJJF embarks on a new journey towards Moscow, the first leg of the ADGS in the 2019-2020 season. Another season that promises to go one step further in terms of their product’s superiority on the global stage. Stand Strong. The World is indeed, coming to Abu Dhabi!

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National Passion The 2018/2019 season in the UAE was a strong display of how the country embraced Jiu-Jitsu as a favorite activity for health and well being From May 2018 to March 2019, the Jiu-Jitsu community had several appointments all over the UAE for top notch events that were the perfect stage to showcase their talents. Athletes of all ages and skill levels, specially kids, took part in a year round celebration of the sport. In the following pages, you’ll be able to relieve the thrills and rejoice the achievements of our competitors. Zayed Sports Tournament

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President’s Jiu-Jitsu Cup - 1st Round

September 29, 2018

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Al Ain International Championship Under 18

October 12-13, 2018

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November 10, 2018

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Al Shaheed Jiu-Jitsu Championship Under 18

November 22-24, 2018

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Fujairah International Pro

January 18-19, 2019

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Challenge Jiu-Jitsu Championship - Under 18

February 22-23, 2019

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December 14-15, 2018

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In the centre of orthopaedic surgery, there are Physicians and Experts who are able to diagnose, treat and follow up the cases of orthopaedic, joints and ligaments and provide ideal care for pa�ents and a treatment in a relaxed and private environment.

‫ﻳﺘﻮﻓﺮ ﻓﻲ ﻣﺮﻛﺰ ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ اﻟﻌﻈﺎم اﻃﺒﺎء واﻟﺨﺒﺮاء اﻟﻘﺎدرﻳﻦ‬ ‫ﻋﻠﻰ ﺗﺸﺨﻴﺺ وﻋﻼج وﻣﺘﺎﺑﻌﺔ ﻣﺨﺘﻠﻒ ﻣﺸﺎﻛﻞ اﻟﻌﻈﺎم‬ ‫واﻟﻤﻔﺎﺻﻞ وارﺑﻄﺔ وﺗﻘﺪﻳﻢ رﻋﺎﻳﺔ ﻣﺜﺎﻟﻴﺔ ﻟﻠﻤﺮﺿﻰ وﻋﻼج‬ .‫ﺟﻮ ﻳﺘﺴﻢ ﺑﺎﻟﺮاﺣﺔ واﻟﺨﺼﻮﺻﻴﺔ‬ ٍ ‫ﻧﻤﻮذﺟﻲ ﻓﻲ‬

Services: • Surgical opera�ons due to accidents and injuries. • Infec�ons such as osteomyeli�s. • Sep�c arthri�s. •Reconstruc�on of joints for adults, car�lage. reconstruc�on and hip replacement surgery. • Hip and knee replacement surgery. • Sports Medicine Surgery. • Spinal surgery opera�ons. • Orthopaedic surgery.

‫ زﻳﺎد اﻟﺠﻴﺎن‬.‫د‬

‫ أﻳﻬﺎب ﻣﺮوان ﻋﺒﺎس‬.‫د‬

Dr. Ziad Aljean

Dr. Ehab Marwan Abbas

‫اﺳﺘﺸﺎري ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ ﻋﺎﻣﺔ‬ Consultant General surgeon

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Number 17 - 2019

‫اﺳﺘﺸﺎري ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ ﻋﻈﺎم‬

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

.‫ﻋﻤﻠﻴﺎت ﺟﺮاﺣﻴﺔ ﻧﺘﻴﺠﺔ اﻟﺤﻮادث وا•ﺻﺎﺑﺎت‬ ‫ا•ﻟﺘﻬﺎﺑﺎت ﻣﺜﻞ إﻟﺘﻬﺎﺑﺎت اﻟﻌﻈﻢ واﻟﻨﻘﻲ وإﻟﺘﻬﺎب‬ ... ‫اﻟﻤﻔﺎﺻﻞ اﻻﻧﺘﺎﻧﻲ إﻟﺦ‬ .‫إﻋﺎدة ﺗﺮﻣﻴﻢ اﻟﻤﻔﺎﺻﻞ ﻟﻠﺒﺎﻟﻐﻴﻦ وإﻋﺎدة ﺑﻨﺎء اﻟﻐﻀﺮوف‬ .‫ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ اﺳﺘﺒﺪال ﻣﻔﺼﻞ اﻟﻮرك واﻟﺮﻛﺒﺔ‬ .‫ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ اﻟﻄﺐ اﻟﺮﻳﺎﺿﻲ‬ .‫ﻋﻤﻠﻴﺎت ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ اﻟﻌﻤﻮد اﻟﻔﻘﺮي‬ .‫ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ ﺗﻘﻮﻳﻢ اﻟﻌﻈﺎم‬

‫ ﻣﺎﻟﻜﻮم دﻳﻨﻴﺲ‬.‫د‬

‫اﺳﺘﺸﺎري ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ ﻋﻈﺎم‬

Dr. Malcolm Dennis Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

‫ ﺑﺎﺳﻞ ﻣﺴﻌﻮد‬.‫د‬

‫أﻟﻤﺎﻧﻴﺎ‬/‫اﺳﺘﺸﺎري ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ ﻋﻈﺎم‬

Dr. Basil Masoud Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon/Germany

‫ ﻣﺎﻳﺮو أرﻛﺎﻧﻐﻴﻠﻮ‬.‫د‬

‫اﺳﺘﺸﺎري ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ ﺗﺠﻤﻴﻠﻴﺔ‬ ‫ﺣﺎﺻﻞ ﻋﻠﻰ اﻟﺒﻮرد اﻻﻳﻄﺎﻟﻲ‬

Dr. Mayro Arcangelo

Consultant plas�c surgeon Italian Board Plas�c Surgery

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‫ ﻓﺎﻳﻜﻮﻧﺘﺎ رام ﺗﺸﻴﻤﻮﻟﻜﻴﺮ‬.‫د‬ ‫اﺧﺼﺎﺋﻲ ﻋﻈﺎم‬

‫ ﻧﺎزﻳﻔﻚ ﺳﺎﻟﻴﺤﻮدزي‬.‫د‬ ‫اﺧﺼﺎﺋﻲ ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ ﻋﻈﺎم‬

‫ ﺳﻴﻒ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﺷﺤﺎدة‬.‫د‬ ‫اﺧﺼﺎﺋﻲ ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ ﻋﻈﺎم‬

Dr. Fayconta Ram Chemomler Orthopaedic Specialist

Dr. Naazjaw Salehodzi Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Saif Mohammed Shehada Orthopaedic Surgeon

‫ اﺑﺮاﻫﻴﻢ اﻟﻨﺎدر‬.‫د‬

‫ وﺳﺎم ﺳﻬﻴﻞ ﻧﺠﻢ‬.‫د‬

‫اﺧﺼﺎﺋﻲ ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ اﻟﻌﻈﺎم‬

‫اﺧﺘﺼﺎﺻﻲ ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ اﻟﻌﻈﺎم‬

Dr. Ibrahim Al Nader Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Wissam Suhail Najm Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Hossam Rahma

‫ ﺣﺴﺎم رﺣﻤﺔ‬.‫د‬

Consultant and Head of Orthopaedic Surgery Department Sports Medicine

‫اﺳﺘﺸﺎري ورﺋﻴﺲ‬ ‫ﻗﺴﻢ ﺟﺮاﺣﺔ اﻟﻌﻈﺎم‬ ‫واﻟﻄﺐ اﻟﺮﻳﺎﺿﻲ‬

Completed his training in Hungaria.

‫ﺗﻠﻘﻰ ﺗﺪرﻳﺒﻪ ﻓﻲ ﻫﻨﻘﺎرﻳﺎ‬

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LIFESTYLE TIPS

All energy comes from the Core The importance of training the muscles in your mid-section for power and stability Words: Sophia McDermott*

During my years as a trainer and focusing on functional movement for athletes it has been one of my pet peeves to see athletes lift weights like bodybuilders and and then throw on a few sits ups at the end of the workout. I keep asking myself, how did it come about that the abdominal muscles are treated separately from all the other muscle groups? Abs are just thrown in at the end like some consolation prize to the workout. Ironically, for all performance athletes such as Jiu-Jitsu athletes the muscles that should be the main focus of any strength training workout are actually the muscles of the core! With a strong core and glutes everything else follows. Mainstream fitness where the standard strength training program involves using all the machines and lifting dumbbells and barbells such as bicep curls and pec dec has its place but not necessarily for performance athletes. Jiu-Jitsu just like judo and wrestling require a great deal of proprioception whereby the nervous system is finely tuned to each and every slight variable. Being able to maneuver your body while constantly stabilizing is essential in this sport. And this stability comes from the core. The major muscles of the core include the Transversus Abdominis, Multifidus, internal and external Obliques, Rectus Abdominis, Erector Spinae and Pelvic floor muscles. These muscles essentially stabilize the spine and pelvis. The power for pushing or pulling comes from our core that is taking the bulk of the weight, keeping stiff like a tree trunk, while our legs do the pushing (ie in sled runs) or our arms do the pulling. Without them, we would not be able to perform any thing with any force at best and at worst we would just flop over like a rag doll. Here are some fabulous exercises that focus on the different aspects of the core, in particular the abdominals. These are performed on a medicine or physio ball to help increase stability and proprioception so that your body becomes more fine tuned to all the variables of Jiu-Jitsu movement. It is best to incorporate these exercises in a circuit format in your workouts rather than leaving them to do last. The core is one of the most important muscle groups for athletes because the core is where the power for pushing and pulling stems from. The core is also essential to stabilization and balance so all workouts consist of exercises that work the core. Enjoy these fun and challenge exercises in your workout routine and reap the rewards on the mat. 116

Medicine Ball Rollouts on Knees or Feet Rollouts on the feet are a more challenging version since the lever is longer and there is more stability required through the core to maintain that straight shape (but you can do it on your knees if it’s easier for you). Start on your feet with the ball on your forearms and your arms tucked into your chest. Keep a straight shape from your head to your feet and keep your transverse abs braced the entire time to make sure your spine is supported. Avoid a ‘banana back’ as you roll the ball out and avoid sticking your butt out as you roll the ball back in. If you are experiencing ‘banana back’ when rolling the ball out, start with small movements and only roll the ball out a little way, maintaining a straight shape through the core. Aim for 15 repetitions.

Medicine Ball Knees to Chest This is a very good exercise to work the shoulders and upper back stabilizers, as well as the transverse abs and hip flexors. Start by placing hands on the floor and prop your feet up on the ball. Keeping a straight shape with abs braced, roll the ball in so that your knees are in line with your chest. Make sure to crunch the ball in to engage your abs. Don’t just let your knees point to the floor. Make sure that your shoulders are in line with your wrists at all times and that your upper body remains static. Aim for 15 repetitions.

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Medicine Ball Russian Twists This exercise engages the obliques which are very important for any twisting motion. By keeping hips propped up, this exercise works the glutes and pelvis. Prop yourself on the ball where your upper back is supported on the ball. Squeeze your glutes so that your hips always stay up and in line with your chest. Keep your arms up in line with your chest. Maintaining stability through the lower body with the hips up, roll your upper body sideways on the ball. Then roll towards the other side so that you are on your side facing the other way, still with hips facing up. Aim for 10 repetitions each side.

Medicine Ball crunches with hips up This is a much more fun and challenging way to perform crunches. Just like the previous exercise they work the glutes and pelvic complex. It is essential to keep your hips up to keep your abs and glutes activated throughout the entire exercise. Just like the previous exercise, start off by propping yourself on the ball where your upper back is supported on the ball. Squeeze your glutes so that your hips always stay up and in line with your chest. Bring your arms in front of your chest and perform a small movement of raising shoulders off the ball, but do not let your hips drop. Aim to do 20 repetitions.

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Sophia McDermott (Drysdale) is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt and coach, personal trainer and mother of two. Sophia is certified with National Academy of Sports Medicine, NASM CPT (USA) and specializes in functional training for athletes as well as nutrition. She runs seminars and camps about BJJ, nutrition and healthy lifestyle. Sophia is the first Australian female BJJ black belt. World Champion, 2X no Gi World Champion, 4X Pan Am Champion. Sophia also competes in Figure shows and holds the distinction of being the Overall Unlimited Figure winner for 2015 for NPC.

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