Top jiu-jitsu grapplers to battle in Abu Dhabi tomorrow

The AJP Tour UAE National Pro, organized by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Professional Jiu-Jitsu Association, kicks off tomorrow with hundreds of champions from various clubs and academies in five categories intended to test their skills and abilities against one another.

The two-day tournament at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi will start with the teen, youth and masters’ categories on the first day, while the second day will witness grappling in the amateur and professional categories. The competition is open to all nationalities.

“September is packed with a few significant tournaments that jiu-jitsu fans and practitioners are eagerly waiting for. The UAE National Pro is one of the most notable events that help players prepare flawlessly for the upcoming challenges,” said Youssef Abdullah Al-Batran, a board member of the UAEJJF.

“The tournament is a reflection of the joint efforts of the UAEJJF and AJP in developing world-class competitions that promote the sport, building a strong foundation for the champions to compete for national teams, and continue the accomplishments from previous years,” he said.

Tariq Al-Bahri, director of AJP, said: “The tournament is of great importance as it is included in the annual classification approved by the AJP and the first-place winner is awarded 1,000 ranking points for each category. Therefore, players from different countries have shown interest to participate and enhance their annual ranking.”

Emirati champion Khaled Mohammed Alshehhi, who is competing in the professional 62-kilogram category, said: “The UAE National Pro gives a great opportunity for physical preparation and to master the newest technical skills. This will provide us the chance to interact with players from multiple nations, gain experience, and better position ourselves for the upcoming tournaments.”

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