Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2014 hailed as best yet
Held under the Patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, at First Gulf Bank (FGB) Arena, the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2014 proved a categorical success with packed grandstands, podiums and some of the finest examples of on-mat competition seen anywhere in the world.
Celebrating its sixth edition under the theme ‘One World One Fight’, the Championship provided the region and the world with an extraordinary show of talent, skill and physical excellence. With more competitors, more categories and, at AED1.61 million, a larger prize fund than ever before, the tournament was a gathering of the finest Jiu-Jitsu fighters on the planet going all out to claim what has undoubtedly become one of the most important titles in the sport.
The tournament also marked an important milestone for UAE Jiu-Jitsu, with Emirati fighters responding to the proud occasion by winning 26 medals in total, eight gold, nine silver and nine bronze across a number classes; a best ever achievement against such a competitive field that has now pointed the way to future national glories on the international stage. Topping the results were local star Faisal Al Ketbi, winning the open Brown Belt title.
Central to the ongoing success of the competition has been the outstanding support of IPIC as the championship’s Official Sponsor. "I would like to thank His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for his support of the World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship that has made Abu Dhabi the global capital of Jiu Jitsu,” said His Excellency Khadem Abdula Al Qubaisi, Managing Director of IPIC, the Official Sponsor of the UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation. "It has been a great honour for IPIC to have been involved in this prestigious championship that has set new heights for this venerable sport. IPIC remains committed to supporting Jiu Jitsu and empowering young Emiratis to compete at the local and international level, to make this country proud."
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