Athletes from the UAE have shown that they pull no punches when it comes to martial arts by ranking first place in a recent international jiu-jitsu competition held in Abu Dhabi.
The annual World Youth Jiu-Jitsu Championship is a key international competition that’s open to male and female fighters up to 21 years of age.
With over 700 competitors from 40 countries hitting the mat over the course of the two day event, the UAE’s latest triumph saw the team collect 32 medals.
For the first time, this year’s event also welcomed athletes of determination to compete.
Parathlete and jiu-jitsu fighter Hamad Al Balushi brought the UAE’s gold medal count up to ten after his bout.
Commenting on his success, Al Balushi said: “I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed for his continuous support to sports and athletes, especially people of determination.”
He added: “I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in my first ever world championship and am proud to bring the UAE its tenth gold medal during the championship.”
Having established itself globally as the destination for various international sports, Abu Dhabi is now the official world jiu-jitsu capital.
The recent announcement of a partnership between the Department of Education and Knowledge and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council to promote community sports involvement in schools strengthens this reputation and demonstrates the UAE’s continued efforts in engaging youngsters in active lifestyles.