The UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation announced the fourth leg of the most prestigious Jiu-Jitsu World Jour in the world: Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour 2017-18, to be hosted, at the Mubadala Arena [previously IPIC Arena] in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 12th and 13th January 2018. After three successful record breaking events in Tokyo [Japan], Los Angeles [USA], and Rio de Janeiro [Brazil], the Grand Slam promises an extravagant two-day carnival of the gentle art in the Capital cityby some of the world’s best players, before it heads to its fifth and final leg in London [UK] on 10th and 11th March, 2018.
Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation commented “With the vision and leadership of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, he inspires and motivates us to develop human values through this beautiful sport of Jiu-Jitsu, not just the sporting value.Our aim and mission is to transform the UAE into a world leader when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu, we as a nation always strive for perfection, and that is what we work towards to achieve.
“This is the fourth leg of the Grand Slam, and very important for this region, as more athletes from the Middle East can participate, so we are looking forward to bring the best jiu-jitsu players to Abu Dhabi and put on an excellent show for the fans. Our strategic plans for 2018-2019 are already in process; we more than doubled our TV partners this season compared to last season and aim to even take it to the next level as a whole next season. We are a young tournament, only in our third season but we are one of most valuable sports leagues in the Middle East. Our aim is to make the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® a sustainable international sports product, our partnerships with key sponsors and partners will contribute to the objectives in the upcoming years” Said H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation, President of Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union & Senior Vice President of Jiu-Jitsu International Federation
“The Rio Grand Slam was really incredible last month. It was amazing to come back and perform here, I have seen this tournament grow from the start, it has really become the most prestigious jiu-jitsu world tour in the world. It’s a pleasure and honor to compete in Abu Dhabi, I am looking forward to putting on a show for the fans.” said Ricardo Evangelista, Brazilian black belt champion
Age Divisions include: Juvenile [16-17], Adult [18-29], Master 1 [30-35] and Master 2 [36+]. Belt categories include: ‘Adult to Master 2’: White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black. ‘Juvenile’: White and Blue [Yellow to Green should fight as Blue belts].
The weigh-ins for all the players competing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam®, AbuDhabi will take place on Thursday 11thJanuary [17:00pm to 20:00pm], Friday 12thJanuary [8:00am to 10:00am] and Saturday 13thJanuary [8:00am to 10:00am] at the Mubadala Arena, Zayed Sports City.
Medals will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each division. Prize money awarded will range from $1000 to $3,750 in several categories, including Black Adult and Master; in the blue, purple, brown and black categories for both men and women.
The first-place winner in the different weight categories will receive 200 points, the second-place winner will receive 160 points and the third-place winner will receive 120 points. Fourth-place will receive 100 points, Fifth to Eighth place will receive 80 points.
A trophy will be awarded to the best club as well and there’s also a special award for the black belt adult division champions.
ABU DHABI GRAND SLAM JIU-JITSU WORLD TOUR | ABU DHABI
Date: 12thand 13thJanuary 2018
Venue: Mubadala Arena, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
Cash Prize: Over $190,000
Registration Deadline: Monday, 8th January 2018