Participants in action during the second day of the Challenge Jiu-Jitsu festival at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain.
Gulf today, Staff reporter
The Challenge Jiu-Jitsu festival ended Sunday at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain with hundreds of families flocking to support their children and provide extra motivation to win a medal at the open two-day event. young people aged 4 to 15.
Organized by the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation, the second day of competition featured fights between juniors and teenagers. Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Academy took first place, with Sharjah Self-Defence Sports Club and Palms Sports Academy finishing second and third respectively.
In the country standings, the United Arab Emirates continued their impressive record at this event to take first place again, while Brazil came in second, ahead of Jordan.
Commenting on the success of the Challenge Jiu-Jitsu Festival, UAEJJF Board Member Youssef Abdullah Al Batran said, “This event continues to achieve its goals by attracting a large number of participants among the group of young , which has long been part of the Federation. plans to discover emerging talent and create champions capable of competing on the international stage.
“This year’s Challenge Jiu-Jitsu festival stood out for its high level of competition. UAE national team coaches can use these events to discover emerging local talent, which is one of the biggest benefits of this tournament.
Batran added that families are a key partner of the UAE JJF in implementing its plans to hone children’s talents and lead them to healthy lives while building a confident personality based on the noble values of jiu- jitsu such as patience, endurance, commitment. , and discipline.
Muhammad Musallam Al Muharrami, a student at Al Ain University attending his first jiu-jitsu event, said, “I’m here in the stands to enjoy a wonderful and enthusiastic atmosphere. As a resident of Al Ain, I support Al Ain players and wish them success on their journey.
“I saw many strong performances by young people on the mat today. I have never practiced jiu-jitsu before, but I am seriously considering joining the Al Ain club and starting my own journey. especially since it receives such support from our visionary leaders.
Sheikha Al Kaabi expressed her great happiness after her son Hamad won a gold medal on the final day of the championship.
“The sport of jiu-jitsu instills the spirit of competition, perseverance and determination in my son. This is evident in his performance not only on the mat, but also in his studies. The sport portrays true commitment and discipline in all aspects of Hamad’s life.
Aisha Mohamed, a player from Palms Sports Academy, expressed her joy at participating in the tournament and succeeding.
“The level of competition was very high given the presence of many competitors who were all fighting to win,” she said. “This type of championship helps prepare athletes for future championships as it improves their skills.”
The Challenge Jiu-Jitsu festival created a lively environment for families and children who enjoyed a range of activities and entertainment events at Al Ain University. In addition to Batran, the second day of the championship brought together Mohammed Salem Al Dhaheri, vice-president of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, Khalfan Rashid Al Nayli Al Shamsi, member of the Federal National Council, and a selection of UAEJJF officials. , club and academy representatives, and supporting partner organizations.