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Top of the class

Black belt champions star in thrilling matches while competing for the ultimate glory in Abu Dhabi

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Talent for all

From the white belts to the masters black belts, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam offered the crowd the highest level of Jiu-Jitsu

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A Glorious Year

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Warriors at the Capital

King of Mats

Black Belt champions return to Abu Dhabi at the 10th anniversary of the ADWPJJC to compete for the ultimate glory and US$ 200,000 in prizes

The only way to Abu Dhabi

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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.

JIU-JITSU WORLD: The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation has been working hard to develop the sport both in the UAE and abroad. What are the Federation’s main achievements so far? Chairman Abdulmunam Al Hashemi: I The Federation’s main achievements can be summarized as follows: 1) Raising awareness and promoting the culture of Jiu-Jitsu as the number of players in the UAE exceeded 70,000 in the last five years. 2) Preparing and qualifying champions on international levels. In this regard, the UAE is currently ranked 1st in male competitions in Asia, with remarkable achievements in various international championships. 3) Organizing world class championships such as Abu Dhabi Grand Slam World Tour and International and continental qualifiers for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. 4) Gaining the trust of international organizations to make Abu Dhabi home to the headquarters of the International Federation and the Asian Union. 5) Successfully qualifying Emirati professionals to assume positions at international organizations and perform their tasks with optimal professionalism and efficiency. Jiu-Jitsu has been witnessing growing participation in Olympic-related events. Are we going to see Jiu-Jitsu as a part of the Olympics? How far are we from reaching this milestone? The UAEJJF is working closely and relentlessly with the JJAU and the Ju-Jitsu International Federation 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. As the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship nears, what is your evaluation of the Championship’s development in the last decade? The Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championship has seen remarkable development in the last decade. Despite the strong start and great support, the number of Championship’s participants did not exceed 400 players. But with relentless work and dedication, the number of participants reached 7000, and the Championship developed from a 2-day event into a 14-day event. In the beginning, 10 local black belts participated in the Championship, but this number has increased to 600.

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Furthermore, the number of followers and viewer base has increased from 50,000 to more than one billion across TV channels and social media platforms, and the value of prizes is now in millions. The Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship has cemented its prestigious position in the international Jiu-Jitsu agenda, achieving remarkable development from one edition to another, and the categories now include adult males and females, youth and para-athlete categories. In addition to Jiu-Jitsu competitions, the Championship has become a platform for recreational activities, social awareness and cultural initiatives and sports, technical and educational workshops. The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation always has ambitious plans for the future. Can you share with us the Federation’s short-term and long-term plans and objectives? 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 longterm objective is to be ranked 1st in the world in line with our leadership’s vision. Abu Dhabi has become the capital of Jiu-Jitsu. How important has been the support extended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed throughout the last decade? 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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March 2017, the first issue of Jiu-Jitsu World came out during the Abu Dhabi Grand Jiu-Jitsu World Tour London. One year later, we return to the UK to present to our readers issue #7. It’s been an incredibly memorable 12 months. Our news team piled on travel miles to cover Jiu-Jitsu all over the world. We’ve been to Abu Dhabi, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Ashgabat, Bogotá, just to name a few places. We featured people from every different culture to prove that there’s talent everywhere. We reach the seventh issue of JJW knowing that we did our best to offer you the best product possible and to give the heroes of our sport the spotlight they more than deserve. Our most recent stop was in the UAE. Once again, Abu Dhabi welcomed the best competitors in the world for the fourth leg of the 2017/2018 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. For two days, the Mubadala Arena was the center of the Jiu-Jitsu universe. We bring you in luxurious pages the complete coverage of all the action, from white belt to black belts. As you read through our pages, you will feel like you are right there at the stands. The issue also invites you to a wonderful trip around the planet to witness the non-stop growth of the professional Jiu-Jitsu movement. Events keep popping up at the farthest places of the world and we have the images to tell their stories of success. Looking into the future, the issue you have in your hands will be a good guide for those traveling to London for the final leg of the 2017/2018 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. On March 1011, at the Copper Box Arena, the Jiu-Jitsu community will once again come together to display their skills and their passion for the sport. Of course, our team will be there to bring you all the thrills. Before that, we offer you a guide to stay in shape during the entire season and do not compromise your results at any point. The Lifestyle Tips will unveil the secrets for a season-long performance at the highest level. Out of the mats, we bring you the best day trips to enjoy your stay in London and the UK. From prehistoric landmarks to the Beatles with a stop at the Queen’s weekend hideaway, you have a lot to see before and after you compete. There is much more for you in our 100 pages. Our seventh issue is also a promise that there’s much more to come. Our story is only starting to be told and we want you to come along and tell this story with us. Have a great read, stay on the mats and we will see you next month.

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Samantha Cook is not your regular Jiu-Jitsu story. She did not start training as a child or a teenager. The gentle art only entered her life at the late age of 21 years old. Soon after, she was already competing and being successful on the mats. In the next pages, Cook talks about her Jiu-Jitsu journey, the importance of role models for the development of more female talent on the mats and also shares her tips for a better performance. JIU-JITSU WORLD: What can you tell us about how you started training Jiu-Jitsu? Samantha Cook: I started training Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 21 after changing my path. I previously competed nationally in British Showjumping and I felt that this time in my life had come to an end. A friend of mine who practiced MMA introduced to me the world of Jiu-Jitsu. I found myself being successful in competition at the beginning and continued to pursue a full time athletic career in 2014 when I moved to London. I recently returned to work full time in 2017 but still continue to compete internationally at the highest level.

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Who were the biggest influences in your career on the mats until becoming a black belt? My biggest influences were and still continue to be black belts Michelle Nicolini and Janni Larsen. Michelle for her positive attitude and smiling nature and Janni for teaching me her best game. I spent a fair amount of time in Copenhagen training with Janni who had just become European, World and Abu Dhabi World Pro Champion all in one year. If you had to pick three aspects of your life on the mats that were important for your success, what would they be? Understanding your body type and what styles of Jiu-Jitsu work well for you. Not every style of Jiu-Jitsu works for every body type, study those who’s games are similar to yours. For me I like a dynamic open guard game and a dominant top game, I like to see the gaps and be ready to capitalize on them. Understanding why something works well in Jiu-Jitsu. Don’t just learn the moves, understand why that move can be successful- I believe this helps you to adapt the positions accordingly from a deeper understanding and expose more options. A decent training partner, someone as enthusiastic as you to drill techniques with until it’s ingrained in your subconscious. Understanding and repetition is the key. The participation of women in the Jiu-Jitsu competition circuit has been growing with

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The black belt is very active on developing the women’s Jiu-Jitsu movement

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every season. Do you think female black belts play a role on inspiring young girls to train? Absolutely! I don’t think female athletes become black belts to become role models- it’s a bi-product of success. This creates the best kind of role model as it demonstrates that with perseverance and consistency, anything is possible. I am from the small but mighty United Kingdom, I am 30 years old and I train part time in the evenings now.... I am an Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Champion competing against girls much younger than me who train full time, if that doesn’t inspire women and girls to train and compete Im not sure what will. You had an awesome performance at the Grand Slam Abu Dhabi. What tips can you give athletes that are just starting on how to prepare right and perform well on a tournament. The best tips are from my personal experience, no one gets it right first time, the more you compete the more your body

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and mind get used to performing under pressure. Believe in yourself, you trained hard for this, your body reacts without you thinking about it- trust it will start to do what it needs to with time. Figure out a warm up that prepares you to fight, some people do a little stretch and they are good to go, for me personally I practically have my first round spar as my warm upthat way I know my mind and body are ready to react fast! You have been active in the UAEJJF circuit. How important it is for Jiu-Jitsu to have a professional environment that awards athletes for their dedication and results? This is such a huge step for our sport! Finally Jiu-Jitsu is receiving the recognition it deserves. This not only rewards the best athletes in their divisions but encourages many more people to take up Jiu-Jitsu and compete. Overall this creates a positive environment for Jiu-Jitsu to flourish.

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Warriors at the Capital Competitors from all over the world share their pride of being part of a Jiu-Jitsu celebration in Abu Dhabi Words: Ivan Trindade| Images: Instagram

The hashtags #adgs #abudhabigrandslam #abudhabi and #uae were trending on January 1213 as thousands of athletes packed the Mubadala Arena for two days of fierce competitions. In this social media era, experiences, results and special moments were immediately shared online to spread the joy and also to receive a well deserved praise. There were couples competing and winning together, there were people enjoying themselves in the city after competing, there were teams celebrating their collective effort; there were all kinds of people having a great time both on and off the mats. Here are a few examples of how Jiu-Jitsu bring people together all the time. Our next stop will be in London. Don’t forget to use the hashtags and join the celebration.

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The elite of the elite in the Jiu-Jitsu universe will be in Abu Dhabi on April 24, at the opening day of the 10th anniversary edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. The UAEJJF will be launching a groundbreaking event. Past and present ADWPJJC champions will be grouped in three weight classes to compete for the title of King of Mats. The prizes up for grabs will add up to US$ 200,000 divided between the three divisions. The King of Mats is born with the purpose of highlighting the great fighters that showcased their talents at the ADWPJJC since its first edition in 2009. The event will host its first edition in Abu Dhabi, but the event is intended to travel around the world, bringing some of the best competitors in the world to some of the most important cities of the planet.

6 facts about the King of Mats

1 – There are three weight classes

Lightweight – Up to 69kg Middleweight – Over 69kg up to 85kg

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The three weight classes will be sharing an unprecedented US$ 200,000 in cash.

Heavyweight – Over 85kg up to 110kg

5 – Huge names are already confirmed 4 – The competition format is straightforward

Each weight class will feature no less than 6 athletes and no more than 10 athletes. Competitors will be divided in two groups within each division and compete in an all against all system. The best two of each group will qualify for the semifinals. The 1st of group 1 will face the 2nd best of group 2 and the best of group 2 will face the 2nd best of group 1 to define the finalists.

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The lightweight division will feature no others than Marcio André, João Miyao, Hiago George, Augusto Tanquinho, Michael Musumeci, Gianni Grippo, Leonardo Saggioro. In the middleweight division, names include André Galvão, Lucas Lepri, Claudio Calasans, Gabriel Arges, Roberto Satoshi, Gilbert Burns, Tarsis Humphreys. Finally, the heavyweight division also features some massive names including Marcus Buchecha, Felipe Pena, Leandro Lo, Xande Ribeiro, Erberth Santos, Alex Trans, Adam Wardzinski.

3 – Only ADWPJJC black belt champions are eligible to compete

The passport to contend for a King of Mat crown is to have won at least one division at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship since 2009. There are 35 different champions in history, so in case the UAEJJF needs to fill spots in any of the three divisions, Abu Dhabi Grand Slam black belt champions and athletes leading the continental rankings are also eligible to compete.

6 – The event will travel the world in 2018

The UAEJJF wants to take the King of Mats to some of the most important cities in the world. The idea is to offer the highest level of Jiu-Jitsu to audiences all over the planet. The King of Mats will be landing in places like Brazil, USA, Europe and Asia. The exact dates and locations will be announced soon.

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The 2017/2018 season brings a few novelties regarding the annual athletes ranking. For the present season, the UAEJJF will award 200 travel packages for the top competitors in each continent. Therefore, more than ever the ranking is the pathway to the 2018 Abu Dhabi World Professional JiuJitsu Championship as well as the big money prizes for the best athletes at the end of the season. The UAEJJF is also adding prizes for the best adult male black belts in each of the six continents, a way to make more and more athletes compete in regional events. Competitors have huge incentives to take part in as many events as they can. The next pages will explain how the ranking works. Have a good read, put on your gi and go out there to add points right away.

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, 2017 and ends on April 30, 2018). There are six kinds of events in terms of how many points you’ll get: 1 - ADWPJJC – 6 stars; 2 - Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – 5 stars; 3 - Continental Pro – 4 stars; 4 - National Pro – 3 stars; 5 - International Pro – 2 stars; 6 - Regional Tournament – 1 star. Here are the number of points athletes will earn on each event depending on their performance.

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 the following categories: Adult Division

- Best International Male Black Belt of the year - Best Continental Male Black Belt of The year: Asia, Europe, South America, North America, Africa, Oceania - Best International Female Brown/Black belt of the Year - Best International Rookie of the year (Brown Belt) Master Division

- Best International Male Black belt of the Year (Master 1) Academies

- Best International Academy of the year

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Who gets the travel packages to compete at the 2018 ADWPJJC? The Federation will award 200 travel packages for the top athletes of over 60 countries in each continent. Only two athletes per country inside each continent will get travel packages. The cut off date to add points for this season is March 12. Here are the packages to be awarded to each continent in each age/belt division. What are the prizes for ranking leaders? After all the effort, it is natural that ranking leaders at the end of the season receive proper rewards. The male adult black belt division alone will award US$70,000, while the female brown/black belt division will award US$18,000. That’s the same amount reserved for the male adult brown belt ranking leaders and the master 1 male black belt division. The tables here show the main prizes. Do only athletes in the UAEJJF ranking can compete in the 2018 ADWPJJC? No. The 2018 ADWPJJC is open to all athletes who are UAEJJF members. What else do I need to know about the UAEJJF ranking? If a fighter made the weight for their division and is alone in their bracket they will be moved to a heavier division or higher belt. Points will be credited when there’s a no-show after the bracket is published and an athlete have no matches. Divisions with two players will run normally and fighters won’t be moved to heavier/higher division. Whenever belt divisions are merged, the points will be credited according to the fighter current belt. Ranking points will not be transferred from one belt rank to the next one. Raking points will not be transferred from one age division to another. If a fighter changes nationality during a season or qualification period they will lose all points in the UAEJJF World Rank.

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Black belt champions star in thrilling matches while competing for the ultimate glory in Abu Dhabi Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes, Ivan Trindade

Year after year, with every event, Abu Dhabi becomes more welcoming to Jiu-Jitsu athletes. The fourth leg of the 2017/2018 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour, on January 12-13, was another important step in this process of making the gentle art a full blown success all over the globe. Thousands of competitors from dozens of countries gathered in the UAE to compete for their share of over US$195,000 in prizes. As usual, the black belt division drew crowds to the Mubadala Arena who were eager to watch some of the highest level of skills displayed on the mats. Both the male and female divisions did not disappoint and the nine mats became the stage for thrilling matches all the way to the finals. In the next pages, you will relive the thrills of each weight division and find out how each champion was crowned.

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56 kg Third time’s a charm José Carlos Lima owns his weight class this season. He even keeps the keys. In four events so far, he won three. In Abu Dhabi he fought twice to reach the gold medal. On day 1, he beat João Carlos Kuraoka 3-2. His opponent would be Massaki Todoroko, who beat Jorge Nakamura 2-0 in the other semifinal. The gold medal rested on Lima’s chest after a sweep battle that saw the Brazilian end up with a 8-6 lead when time ran out.

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Familiar sight For the third event in a row, JoĂŁo Miyao and Hiago George made to the final match of their weight class. On day 1, both finished Jarrah Alhazza in the round robin bracket. In the gold medal match. JoĂŁo wasted no time to find a toehold and get the tap and win his second gold medal of the season.

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Golden comeback The crowd was anxious to see Paulo Miyao compete in Abu Dhabi. He fought once to reach the final, finishing Daniel Vieira with a choke from the back. His opponent in the final would be Tiago Bravo, who finished Abdullah Nabas and then beat Victor Otoniel 2-0 in the semifinal. Paulo Miyao managed a sweep and a guard pass to build a 5-0 lead over Tiago Bravo and mark his return to competitions with a gold medal.

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77 kg Pleasant Surprise In the most crowded division, Australian Lachlan Gilles and Brazilian Flavio Vianna fought for gold in the final. Gilles made it there with a 4-0 win over Raphael Mello and a 3-0 win on advantages over Julio Junior. Vianna reached the gold medal match with a WO win over Mohammed Al Qubaisi and a narrow 1-0 lead on advantages over Burak Sarman. On day 2, Flåvio Vianna trusted on his top game to maintain Australia’s Lachlan Giles under control and build a 3-0 lead on advantages and claim the gold medal.

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85 kg Dethroning the champion Isaque Bahiense was set to defend his title won in Rio. The opponent would be Charles Negromonte. Isaque fought twice to reach another final. He finished Nino Moreira and then beat Igor Sousa 2-0 in the semifinal. Negromonte finished Luis Venturino and then beat Marcos Costa 3-0. The gold medal match was a very close one and Charles Negromonte was able to stand his ground. The win and the title came by referees decision following a 0-0 tie on points and advantages.

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94 kg No place for favorites Helton Junior worked in silence to reach the top of the division. First he beat Lucas Figueiredo by referee decision and then outscored Paulo Pinto 2-0 in the semifinal. Adam Wardzinki finished both his opponents on day 1 to reach the final. First he caught Andre Reis with a choke and then he took Basel Fanous’ back to get the tap. In the final, lots of respect from both athletes. Helton Junior played safe on top to avoid Adam Wardzinski’s powerful guard game and win the title via referees decision after a 1-1 tie on advantages.

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110 kg Fighting for number 1 Igor Silva had two goals in Abu Dhabi. He wanted to claim the title he just missed in Rio and also consolidate his place as the No 1 black belt in the UAEJJF ranking. He accomplished both. Silva fought once to finish Pablo AragĂŁo with a triangle choke and meet Mauricio Lima in the final. Lima finished Luis Henrique Nepomuceno on his way to the gold medal match. A 2-1 lead on advantages following and 2-2 tie on points was enough for Igor Silva to beat Mauricio Lima in the final.

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The proprietor Mayssa Caldas was not happy on how things turned out in Rio. After making weight, she could not fight for lack of opponents. In Abu Dhabi, she had one adversary in Flavia Quintarelli. In a best of three system, Mayssa won her third gold medal in four events this season with two chokes from the back in the two matches against Flavia. As it seems, no one can take away Mayssa’s crown in the division.

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55 kg Three times Amanda Amanda Nogueira wanted to keep her dynasty alive in the division. She made it to the final with a referee decision win over Amal Amjahid while Ariadne oliveira finished Ariane Guarnier with a loop choke. Amanda Nogueira and Ariadne Oliveira fought until the very last second of the gold medal match. Nogueira scored one advantage first with a near guard pass while Oliveira tied the count with a near sweep in the end. The final decision came to the referees, who decided that Amanda deserved the gold medal.

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Charlotte Von Baumgarten proved to the crowd that Germany is the breeding ground to some serious grapplers. She beat Larissa Paes 5-0 to meet Nadia Melo in the final. For the gold medal, Charlotte put all her pressure on Nadia to reach the back and go for the bow and arrow choke. The tap did not come, but a 6-0 lead on advantages was enough to secure the gold medal for the talented German black belt.

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90 kg The finisher From the United Kingdom, Samantha Cook fought twice in Abu Dhabi and finished both her opponents. First she put pressure on Jessica de Andrade to win by submission and meet Thamara Silva in the final. Thamara also finished Barbara Burgarelle in the other semifinal. For the gold medal, Samantha Cook was just too much for Thamara in the gold medal match. The Englishwoman went for the back take and sealed her victory with a beautiful bow and arrow choke.

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Local power The UAE Jiu-Jitsu clubs dominated the overall teams competitions during the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour in Abu Dhabi. Local athletes displayed a lot of technique to add points to their teams. In the end, the results were: 1st – Al Wahda Club Jiu-Jitsu Academy, 8180pts; 2nd – Commando Group, 6680pts; 3rd – Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club, 5520pts. Scan here for the full results.

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From the white belts to the masters black belts, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam offered the crowd the highest level of Jiu-Jitsu Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

There were lots of thrills outside the adult black belt division at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour, on January 12-13, at the Mubadala Arena. The master black belt division, for instance, treated the crowd with thrilling matches all the way to the finals. In the color belts, talents from the farthest places on earth came together to compete for the top spot. With every event, The Grand Slam Tour offers athletes and the crowd an even better experience, taking Jiu-Jitsu to a whole new level. Relive the thrills experienced in Abu Dhabi in the next pages and get ready to compete in London.

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In the master 1 division, Wellington Lima beat Antonio Marcos by referee decision after a 1-1 tie on advantages to take the gold medal in the 62kg division

In the masters 1, 94kg division, Mauricio Antunes beat Adriano Lima by referee decision after a 0-0 tie on points.

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In the masters 1, 77kg division, Cesar Miyahira beat Magno Machado 2-0 for the title.

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In the master 1, 69kg division, Pablo Silva beat Josimar Junior 2-0 to claim the gold medal.

In the masters 1, 110kg division, Ricardo Evangelista caught Nei Junior with an armlock for the title.

In the masters 1, 85kg division, Claudio Caloquinha beat Samuel Araujo 2-0 to take the gold medal home.

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Battle of nations was a constant on the mats at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam

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Igor Silva Words: Ane Nunes | Images: Ivan Trindade, Personal Archives

“Whenever I compete, I adjust my game to get the submission. It’s hard, but it’s Jiu-Jitsu’s main goal.”

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IGOR SILVA BY NUMBERS MEDALS

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UAEJJF WORLD RANK 2017-2018 In the World: #1 In South America: #1 In Brazil: #1

25 Wins 12 by submission 6 by points 3 by referee decision 4 by walkover 6 Losses 2 by points 3 by disqualification 1 by walkover

Igor Silva, 33 years old, is one of the most active athletes on the 2017-2018 UAEJJF season. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the black belt under Muzio de Angelis started training JiuJitsu to learn a martial art and improve his physical condition.

himself on the mat competing in various tournaments. In 2006, he received from the hand of his Professor De Angelis the black belt on the podium of a competition after winning the gold medal in his division.

He’s the current #1 of the UAEJJF adult male black belt ranking with 1600 points conquered with a strong and active game which makes him one of the most prominent names in the current worldwide competition scenario.

Currently he competes under Command Group, in Abu Dhabi, and if you want to know his strategy to compete against any experienced athlete just pay attention to this tip: “I’m not curious about fights against any athlete who I had watched fighting before. However, if one day I know that I’ll be in a match against someone like this I’ll try to train with this person before (laughs).”

At the super-heavyweight division (under 110kg/ 224lbs), Igor Silva faces opponents who force him to be prepared for everything on the mat. “There is not a specific type of competitor who I prefer to fight. I try not to think about a single athlete once Jiu-Jitsu makes us face several opponents in a competition.” Since Igor started Jiu-Jitsu as a teenager, his talent was observed and encouraged by his Master and he tested

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Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda – Carlos Gracie – Helio Gracie – Rolls Gracie – Romero Cavalcanti – Roberto Traven – Muzio de Angelis – Igor Silva

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IGOR BY IGOR…

Lifestyle for me is… to be able to work with what you love. I chose Jiu-Jitsu as a hobby and now it’s my profession. I prefer to follow a diet… without restrictions but I don’t have problems when I need to loose weight for a specific competition. I learned from my Master… Muzio de Angelis since I was a kid to never be afraid of any opponent. A talent few people know about me is… that I used to play very good Football (soccer). It’s been so long since I last played that I think I may have forgotten (laughs).”

When I’m not rolling… I like to spend my time with my family.

A title that I want to conquer is… All of those still missing, but I’m glad for all that I have now.

From the medals I have conquered… The

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Rio de Janeiro in 2016 showed me that my No-Gi performance was ion point for someone who had trained only in the gi. This cheered me up for the rest of the season.

Outside the mat my great partner is… My wife and son.

In 10 years I want to be… Fighting!

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Mayssa Bastos Words: Ane Nunes | Images: Ivan Trindade, Personal Archives

“I fit my game to all competition circumstances�

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MAYSSA BASTOS BY THE NUMBERS

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In the World: #3 In South America: #3 In Brazil: #3

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MAYSSA BY MAYSSA… Lifestyle for me is… Jiu-Jitsu. I prefer a diet… that’s easy to follow. I learned from my Masters and Professors… how to work hard and how to be a good person.

When I’m not rolling… I’m relaxing. A title that I want to conquer is…

all of those I go to dispute. Mayssa Caldas Pereira Bastos, 20 years old, is a young brown belt under Master Julio Cesar Pereira (GF Team). She is starting to stand out in competitions in the UAEJJF, dominating the 49kg division. Despite being a brown belt, Mayssa fear nothing and has been able to defeat black belt opponents in several occasions. Mayssa’s success on the mats, including a win at the 2017 ADWPJJC and also on several Abu Dhabi Grand Slam events, is showing on the UAEJJF ranking. She’s the current #2 in the Female Adult Brown/Black category with 1120 points. She has all the tools to reach the end of the season on the top. Jiu-Jitsu is a family matter for Mayssa. She started training following her old brother: “I began training because my old brother was already training. My father also followed him and suggested me to try it. I gave it a try and never stopped.”

From the medals I have conquered… the World Professional

Jiu-Jitsu Championship on 2017 among the black belt athletes. It was exciting and shows me that with hard work we can go wherever we want.

In 10 years I want to be…

accomplished in both professional and personal fields in my life.

On the mats, Mayssa’s game has two main characteristics – coolness and the pursue of the submission. She loves to take her opponents backs and finish with bow and arrow chokes. It doesn’t matter what opponent she faces, Mayssa always goes after the finish. Lineage Mitsuyo Maeda – Luiz França – Oswaldo Fadda – Monir Salomão – Julio Cesar Pereira – Mayssa Bastos

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Brazil National Pro Jiu-Jtsu is a Brazilian passion. Every event in the country is a success and on January 27-28, the community gathered at the Complexo Esportivo e Cultural Maurice Santos, in Guarapari, Espirito Santo. Hundreds of athletes competed for the top position in their divisions. In the highlight of the weekend, champions were: Female Adult Brown/Black Belt – 70kg – Luiza Buzele; 90kg – Fernanda Mazzelli. Adult Male Black Belt – 62kg – Jorge Nakamura; 69kg – Rodrigo Dias; 77kg – Caio Cipriano; 85kg – Pedro Agrizzi; 94kg – Helton Junior; 110kg – Igor Silva. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – GF Team 8160pts; 2nd – Gracie Barra 5480pts; 3rd – Nova União 4280pts. Scan here for the full results.

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Mexico Mexico National Pro February 3 was a special day for the Jiu-Jitsu community in North America. Hundreds of competitors gathered at the Deportivo Plan Sexenal, in Mexico City, for a full day of matches. Athletes of all ages from the white belt to the black belt gave their best on the mats to reach the top of the podium. The black belt division was the highlight of the program. The champions were: Female Adult Brown/Black – 62kg – Itzel Aguilar. Adult Male Black belt – 77kg – John Combs; 94kg – Matthew Leighton; 110kg – Ashur Darmo. Master 1 Male Black Belt – 77kg – Pablo Silva; 94kg – Cassio Lisboa. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Renzo Gracie Mexico 2310pts; 2nd – Brasa Cancun 1410pts; 3rd – Escola Mente e Corpo 1070pts. Scan here for the full results.

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USA USA National Pro The Jiu-Jitsu community in America gave another show of force on January 27. Hundreds of athletes flocked to the Kissimmee Civic Center, in Orlando, Florida. The crowd on the stands was treated to great matches throughout the day. The highlight of the program, as usual, was the black belt division. Here are the champions after all divisions played out: Male Adult: 62kg - Sidemar Honorio; 77kg - Ricky Semiglia; 85kg - Jonathan Satava; 94kg – Matthew Leighton; 110kg – Dany Gerard. Female Brown/Black – 62kg – Vanessa Arango; 70kg – Cassia Paixão; 90kg – Nathiely de Jesus. In the teams competitions, results were: 1st – Atos JJ – André Galvão 2450pts; 2nd – Gracie Barra North Orlando 1690pts; 3rd – American Top Team 1670pts. Scan here for the full results.

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CANADA Canada National Pro Jiu-Jitsu is stronger than ever in Canada. On February 24, hundreds of athletes gathered at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Nagara Falls, for a full day of matches. Competitors for all over the country and also from abroad came to battle for the number one spot in each division. In the black belt division, champions were: Male Adult Black Belt – 69kg – Adam Benayoun; 77kg – Igor Mocaiber; 85kg – Jonathan Satava; 94kg – Helton Junior; 110kg – Matthew Leighton; Open Light – Igor Mocaiber; Open Heavy - Helton Junior. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Jiu-Jitsu For Life Team 4400pts; 2nd – Body of Four BJJ/MMA 1430pts; 3rd – Alliance 1410pts. Scan here for the full results.

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Spain Spain National Pro Europe is one of the more fertile breeding grounds for Jiu-Jitsu talents in the world. On December 16, hundreds of competitors gathered at the Palacio de Deportes José Maria Martin Carpena, in beautiful Malaga, Spain. The athletes gave their best to reach the top of their divisions and add valuable points in the UAEJJF ranking. In the end of the day of Gi and No-Gi matches, the champions in the black belt division were: Male Adult - 69kg – Tom Halpin; 77kg – Krzysztof Flak; 85kg – Santeri Lilius; 94kg – DJ Jackson; 110kg – Igor Silva; Light Open Class - Krzysztof Flak; Heavy Open Class – Igor Silva. Female Brown/Black: 90kg / Open – Larissa Paes. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Lilius Barnatt Martial Arts 1120pts; 2nd – Adamas BJJ 890pts; 3rd – Focus JJ 850pts. Scan here for the full results.

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British British National Pro One month prior to the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam London, the Jiu-Jitsu crowd in England gathered to test their skills at the University of East London. On February 10, some of the competitors in the country and also from Europe fought their hearts out to take the gold medal home. In the black belt division, results were: Female Adult Brown/Black – 55kg – Mayssa Bastos; 70kg – Thamara Silva; 90kg – Samantha Cook; Open – Larissa Paes. Male Adult Black Belt – 69kg – Hiago George; 85kg – Charles Negromonte; 110kg – Adam Wardzinski; Open (Light) – Jose Lima; Open (Heavy) – Adam Wardzinski. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Roger Gracie Academy 3190pts; 2nd – Checkmat International 3100pts; Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club 990pts. Scan here for the full results.

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Netherlands Netherlands National Pro On February 18, the European community got together at the Topsportcentrum Almere, in the outskirts of Amsterdam for a full day of matches. Hundreds of athletes hit the mats to win their divisions and add valuable points in t5he UAEJJF ranking. The champions in the black belt division were: Adult Female Brown/Black – 62kg – Fran Vanderstukken; 70kg – Thamara Silva; 90kg – Marta Szarecka; Open – Thamara Silva. Male Adult Black Belt – 69kg – Hiago George; 77kg – Krzysztof Suchorabski; 85kg – Charles Negromonte; 94kg – Adam Wardzinski; 110kg – Eldar Rafigaev; Open Light – Tom Halpin; Open Heavy – Charles Negromonte. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Checkmat International 1640pts; 2nd – Ataque Duplo/Icon Hannover; 3rd – PSLBP Cicero Costha 1140pts. Scan here for the full results.

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Angola Angola National Pro Jiu-Jitsu is stronger than ever in Africa. On December 16-17, the community got together at the Pavilhão Multiusos de Luanda. Hundreds of athletes competed for a place under the spotlight as well as valuable points in the UAEJJF ranking. The crowd rooted for their favorite competitors all throughout the day. In the end, the results in the black belt division were: Female Brown/Black – 94kg – Rida Haisan; Heavy Open - Rida Haisan. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Z1 Academy 3410pts; 2nd – Matilha BJJ Angola 3300pts ; 3rd – Gracie Barra Angola 2590pts. Scan here for the full results.

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South Africa South Africa National Pro It was a full weekend of great matches at the Italian Club Bedfordview, in Johanesburg, on February 3-4. The event highlighted once more the strength of JiuJitsu in the country and the continent. Hundreds of competitors fought hard to reach the top position. In the black belt division, champions were: Male Adult Black Belt – 94kg – Ruben Lemos; Open Light – Fady Saad; Open heavy – Walter dos Santos. Master 1 Black belt – 77kg – Ricardo Ximenes; 94kg – Mauricio Antunes; Open Heavy – Mauricio Antunes. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Gracie Barra Illovo 2650pts; 2nd – Gracie Barra Angola 1520pts; 3rd – Renzo Gracie Cape Town 800pts. Scan here for the full results.

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Thailand Thailand National Pro On February 17-18, the Rangsit University, in Bangkok, became the center of the JiuJitsu universe in Asia. Hundreds of athletes competed to reach the top of the podium and add valuable points in the UAEJJF ranking. The event was a show of force for the sport in the continent. In the black belt division, champions were: Adult Male Black Belt – 77kg – Ralph Neves; 110kg - Igor Silva. Master 1 Male Black Belt – 94kg – Marcelo Brito. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Nova União Bangkok 6590pts; 2nd – Raw BJJ 2500pts; 3rd – Executive Martial Arts Center 2050pts. Scan here for the full results.

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Mongolia Mongolia National Pro The country is a hotbed for Jiu-Jitsu in central Asia. On January 6-7, once again the numerous gentle art community gathered at the Central Sports Palace, in the capital city of UlaanBaatar. Hundreds of athletes poured their hearts out on an epic display of skills on the mats. The sport is stronger than ever in Mongolia after a full weekend of matches. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Garuda 3220pts; 2nd – Hiro BJJ Academy Yokohama 1450pts; 3rd – Ikh Shavi Dojo 1280pts. Scan here for the full results.

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Australia Australia National Pro The land down under is showing great progress with every new event held there. On January 28, hundreds of athletes gathered at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre for a full day of Jiu-jitsu. The matches were thrilling all the way. In the black belt division, champions were: Adult Male – 77kg – Ralph Neves; 85kg – Lachlan Giles; 110kg – Ben Hodgkinson; Open Heavy - Lachlan Giles. Female Brown/Black - 90kg – Alessandra Moss. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Absolute MMA Australia 2850pts; 2nd – Dominance Will-Machado 1160pts; 3rd – Cia Paulista 870pts. Scan here for the full results.

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Europe Continental Europe Continental Pro The Dynamo Palace of Sports, in Moscow hosted on February 3-4 the first ever Europe Continental Pro. The event open to all nationalities gathered hundreds of athletes in a true show of force for the sport in the old continent. The new series of events was immediately accepted by the community. In the black belt division, the champions were: Female Brown/Black Belt - 55kg – Mayssa Bastos; 70kg – Larissa Paes. Male Adult Black Belt – 77kg – Youngam Noh; 110kg – Igor Silva. Master 1 Black Belt – 77kg – Thiago Marques; 94kg – Rafael Silva. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Ludis Alliance Russia 22898pts; 2nd – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Russia 11114pts; 3rd – ZR Team 9066pts. Scan here for the full results.

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North America Continental North America Continental Pro New York is one of the world’s main hubs when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu. The city and the region is home to some of the biggest talents in all ages and skill levels. On February 18, the UAEJJF’s Continental Pro series reached North America with a bang. The mats set up at the Queens College were the stage for some serious matches. In the black belt division, champions were: Female Brown/Black – 55kg – Mayssa Caldas; 70kg – Jessica Swanson; 90kg – Nathiely de Jesus. Male Black Belt – 62kg – João Miyao; 69kg – Paulo Miyao; 77kg – Gianni Grippo; 85kg – Matheus Diniz; 94kg – Helton Junior; 110kg – Matthew Leighton. In the team competition, results were: 1st – Alliance 3280pts; 2nd – Unity Jiu-Jitsu 2410pts; 3rd – GF Team 1500pts. Scan here for the full results.

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Asia Continental Asia Continental Pro Mongolia welcomed athletes from all over Asia on January 27-28. The two days of competitions at the Central Sports Palace, in Ulaanbaatar, were yet another proof of the sport’s strength in the region. The crowd saluted the best competitors in the region as they battled for the gold medal in each division. In the black belt division, champions were: Adult Male – 85kg – Youngam Noh; 110kg – Matheus Felipe da Silva Xavier. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Garuda 6150pts; 2nd – Shine Badrakh Devjee 3794pts; 3rd – Bornuur Devjee 2680pts. Scan here for the full results.

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Outside London

Royalty, history and Fun Six places you can visit just outside London before and after the Grand Slam Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

The United Kingdom has plenty of attractions offer just outside London. If you are going to compete at the final leg of the 2017/2018 season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour, on March 10-11, in the country’s capital, make sure to take a day or two to visit some beautiful spots. We are here to help you with six places you cannot miss. Before or after hitting the mats at the Copper Box Arena, hit the roads and soak yourself in British history. Here we go!

Oxford One of the most important universities in mankind’s history sit roughly one hour away from the capital. Oxford, the second oldest university in the world, with teaching activities taking place as far back as 1096, is a true monument to knowledge and still thriving with academic life. It’s 38 colleges have hosted some of the most important thinkers in history, including Physicist Stephen Hawking, Play writer Oscar Wilde and Philosopher John Locke. Walk through the historic buildings and try to attend one of the masses that feature student choirs.

Liverpool It’s all about the Fab Four. The city that gave the world the most famous rock band in history is teaming with places to visit if you are a Beatles fan (who isn’t?). Pay a visit to the Cavern Club, stroll down Penny Lane, walk quietly at Strawberry Fields and visit John’s, Paul’s and George’s childhood homes and breath history at the Casbah Coffee Club (the Band’s first rehearsal spot). If you still have sometime after all that, pay a visit to Anfield Stadium for a tour into one of the most victorious football clubs in the world. Liverpool is a four-hour train ride from London, so you might want to book a hotel for the night.

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Bath & Stonehenge Dive into the country’s rich history with a stop in this two places. Bath is the town in England that best preserved the influence of the Roman presence in the 6th century. The city got its name for the public baths built by the romans. A world heritage site since 1987, Bath is well worth at least half a day of your attention. Another historic site in the region is Stonehenge. The circle of tall stones dating as far back as 3000BC to 2000BC, according to archaeologists. The meaning and purpose of the structure has been debated for a centuries. The most accepted theory is that it was used as ceremonial and burial grounds for ancient cultures settled in the region. Day tours to Bath and Stonehenge leave daily from London.

Windsor Castle Feeling a bit Royal? This is the place for you. The weekend home of Queen Elizabeth II is stunning by all measures. The the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world is open to visitors all year round. Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has since been the home of 39 monarchs. Today, The Queen spends most of her private weekends at the Castle. Allow 2 ½ to 3 hours to take the tour. Windsor Castle is only an hour outside London.

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Brighton The seaside town is one of Britain’s best seaside gems. From its colorful pier, which is home to amusement park rides and candy shops, to the stunning Brighton Pavilion, which features sumptuous interior décor, the city wows the senses. For shoppers, The Lanes are narrow streets packed with everything you need for retail therapy. When you’ve finished exploring, head to the beach for some recreation and relaxation.

Cambridge A little younger than Oxford, Cambridge University was founded in 1209, making it the fourth oldest university in the world. Organized in 31 colleges in six schools, it has also hosted a stellar roster of former students and Professors. Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Charles Darwin and Sir Francis Bacon are just three of the most notable names. The school has won over 90 Nobel Prizes. Cambridge is also a quick train ride away from London.

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2018 ADWPJJC Press Launch The UAEJJF unveiled on February 7 the plans for the 10th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. The event will once again span over a period of two weeks, on April 16-29, once again in the Mubadala Arena, at the Zayed Sports City, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The 2018 ADWPJJC will be part of the Year of Zayed, celebrating 100 years of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s birth. HE Abdulmunem Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and President of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union and Senior Vice President of Jiu-Jitsu International Federation said: “Today, we are celebrating 10 years of success and creativity, and the graduation of generations of champions on and off the mat. The Championship’s 10th anniversary coincides with the Year of Zayed, which is a precious opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the noble values and principles instilled by the late founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It is also an opportunity to express our gratitude and commitment to build strong future generations.”

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The event will feature divisions for all ages and skill levels, from kids to masters, including the second edition of an event exclusive to para-athletes. The overall prize amount will reach the incredible amount of AED 4 million in prizes, which mean over 1 million dollars. In the most important divisions, the prizes will be: Adult male Black Belt - First, Second and Third prize winners will be awarded USD 15,000, 8,000 and 5,000 respectively. Adult Female Black / Brown Belt - First place winner will receive a prize of USD 10,000. Second place winner will receive USD 5,000 and third place winner will receive USD 3,000. The biggest novelty for this year’s event will be the addition of the King of the Mat. On the last day of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Championship, winners of the last nine editions along with this year’s winner will face each other to compete for the title. More details will be announced soon. The registration period is open to athletes of all nationalities.

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Fujairah International Pro The Jiu-Jitsu community in the UAE gathered on January 26-27 at the East Coast town for two days of thrilling matches. Hundreds of competitors represented their clubs on their way to the top of the podium. In the black belt division, champions were: Adult Female Brown/ Black – 62kg – Nadia Melo; 70kg – Larissa Paes; 90kg – Priscilla Cerqueira. Male Black Belt – 69kg – Diego Marinho; 77kg – André Cantanhede; 85kg – Igor Sousa; 94kg – Filipe Bobrick; 110kg – Mauricio Lima. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Commando Group 2770pts; 2nd – Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club 1845pts; 3rd – Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club 1590pts. Scan here for the full results.

President’s Cup - 4th Round The best Jiu-Jitsu clubs in the UAE put their athletes to compete in the fourth round of the President’s Cup on February 3. The event was held at the Bainunah Educational complex, in Abu Dhabi. The athletes showcased all their talents on the mats to take their clubs to the top of the ranking. In the end, the teams competition results were: 1st – Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club 627pts; 2nd – Al Wahda Club JiuJitsu Academy 620pts; 3rd – Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club 422pts. Scan here for the complete results.

Ras Alkhaimah International Pro The weekend of February 16-17 was a special one for the Jiu-Jitsu community in the UAE. Hundreds of athletes battled for the top position on their divisions in search of the gold medals. Professors and students of schools all over the country hit the mats at the Ras Alkhaimah sports center for a full weekend of thrills. Here are the champions in the black belt division: Adult Female Brown/Black - 62kg – Nadia Melo; 70kg – Larissa Paes; 90kg – Priscila Cerqueira; Male Black Belt - 69kg – Diego Marinho; 77kg – Marcos Costa; 85kg – Igor Souza; 94kg – Matheus Romero. In the teams competition, results were: 1st – Commando Group 2815pts; 2nd – Al Wahada Jiu-Jitsu Academy 1740pts; 3rd – Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club 1575pts. Scan here for the full results.

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London Calling

As the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam returns to the UK, let’s remember the thrills of last year’s edition Words: Ivan Trindade | Images: Ane Nunes

The city of London welcomed the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in 2016 and 2017. Both events gathered hundreds of athletes in the country’s capital for top notch action. As the Jiu-Jitsu community prepares to join once again for the third edition of Abu Dhabi Grand

Slam London, it’s a great opportunity to take a good look on the thrills that took place last year. The event treated the crowd on the stands and viewers all over the world for some thrilling matches. Here’s some of the best images of that weekend in London.

The UAE Ambassador to the United Kingdom, H. E. Sulaiman Al Mazroui (center), was present to salute the crowd and athletes in London

The gold medals became the object of desire for all athletes in London

Faisal Al Kitbe proved once again there’s a lot of talent in the UAE

The 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam London was the setting for the launch of issue #1 of Jiu-Jitsu World

Athletes from all over the world left their messages on a wall before and after competing

Vanessa English represented the home team with competence for the satisfaction of the crowd

Xande Ribeiro was one of the biggest stars on the mats Ana Carol Vieira also did great in London

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Nathiely de Jesus showcased all her talent in the UK

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Jiu-Jitsu World #7 - Capital Beat  

On March 2017, the first issue of Jiu-Jitsu World came out during the Abu Dhabi Grand Jiu-Jitsu World Tour London. One year later, we return...

Jiu-Jitsu World #7 - Capital Beat  

On March 2017, the first issue of Jiu-Jitsu World came out during the Abu Dhabi Grand Jiu-Jitsu World Tour London. One year later, we return...