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Jiu-Jitsu supremos prepare for the final showdown of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in London

UAE team well represented at the event

9 Mar 2016 | 11:36 am

Some of the world’s fiercest and most skilled jiu-jitsu fighters are set to cross paths in the final leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, scheduled to take place on March 19, in London, at the Excel, UK’s largest adaptable auditorium.

This prestigious tournament will be telecast live to millions of sports fans across the UAE and world via Abu Dhabi TV among other media channels.

The UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), the official authority for jiu-jitsu in the United Arab Emirates, kicked-off the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam tournament last year on August 29, at the Sumida City Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Different legs of the tour were held in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro, garnering international recognition and popularity. This landmark tournament has consolidated the status of UAEJJF as one of the leading bodies promoting sport internationally, as well Abu Dhabi’s status as the ‘world capital’ for jiu-jitsu.

The growing status of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam is in line with UAEJJF’s vision of becoming the foremost icon of jiu-jitsu in the world and its aim to promote the sport in the Gulf region and overseas.

The event in London is open to all nationalities under categories based on age, weight and level of skill. Fans can expect to see some of the world’s top players including black belt open weight champion Erberth De Mesquita, Ricardo Evangelista, Jackson Dos Santos, Faisal Al Ketbi, Tayane De Araújo, Lucio Dos Santos “Lagarto”, Maximiliano Carvalho, Alan Nascimento ‘’Finfou”, Victor Estima and Eduardo Rios “Teta”.

The UAE national includes Saif Salem Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Mohamed Naser Mohamed Saif Al Qubaisi, Yahya Mansoor Jawad AlHammadi, Ibrahim Abdalla Saeed Mohamed AlNaqbi, Hamdan Ahmed Saleh Abdulla Alblooshi, Naser Omar Ahmed Saeed Al Breiki, Ahmed Guloum Ali Mohamed Al Maazmi, Zayed Obaid Rashed Humaid AlKaabi, Mohamed Faraj Mohamed AlHameli, Zayed Saif Ali Mashlash AlMansoori, Mohamed Darwish Salmin AlNuaimi, Ibrahim Abdulla Al Hosani, Ahmed Ibrahim Murad Abdulla, Khalfan Humaid Khalfan Humaid Balhol and Faisal Fahad Ahmed Sultan Al Ketbi.”

Medals will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. places in each division. Prize money awarded will range from $500 to $2,000 in several categories, including open weight, Black Adult and Master, in the blue, purple, brown and black categories for both men and women.