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ABU DHABI: The AJP Tour Asia Continental Pro Championship kicked off on Saturday at the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City, with the United Arab Emirates winning the most medals.

The tournament is organized by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro.

Saturday’s competitions, which saw grapplers compete in the teen, youth and masters divisions, ended with Commando Group taking first place, Palms Sports – Team 777 in second and Al-Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club in third place. In terms of country rankings, Colombia and Brazil respectively took second and third place behind the United Arab Emirates.

Abdel Moneim Al-Hashemi, President of the UAEJJF, President of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union and Senior Vice President of the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation, congratulated the winners during a ceremony held after the action .

UAEJJF Board Member Youssef Al-Batran said: “The remarkable success of the championship reflects the joint efforts of UAEJJF and AJP which attracted hundreds of jiu-jitsu professionals from more than 50 countries in the capital of the UAE and produces an excellent competitive atmosphere.

“Events like these reinforce Abu Dhabi’s status as the world capital of jiu-jitsu,” he added.

The athletes of the Brazilian academies in particular achieved exceptional performances on Saturday. Among them was JSBJJ Brazilian Academy black belt holder Jorge Pereira, who competed in the 77-kilogram masters category and won gold.

He said, “We hold the AJP Championships in high regard because they help us advance our careers and raise our rankings. I constantly participated in AJP tournaments all over the world.

“I came to Abu Dhabi from Brazil not only to compete for medals, but also to prepare for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.”

In turn, Ayaz Suleymanov, a black belt from Renzo Gracie Azerbaijan, who won gold in the masters 94kg category, said, “I signed up for this event as part of our rigorous training for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu. Championship. Today’s competitions were a remarkable experience. The Asia Continental Pro in Abu Dhabi gave us a memorable learning experience that will help us advance our skills.

The girls from the United Arab Emirates stood out in the tournament’s elite field of competitors from around the region and around the world. Mariam Al-Ali, a blue belt from Palms Sports – Team 777, managed to win the young women’s 48 kg category.

She said: “Today’s competitions have given us a great opportunity to develop and hone our skills as we compete against some of the best international players from different international clubs and academies. This contributed significantly to the development of our technical and physical skills.

AJP General Manager Tareq Al-Bahri said: “The AJP Tour Asia Continental Pro is crucial for the professional careers of many players due to the volume of points it earns and the impact it it has on their annual ranking. Additionally, the competition offers a chance to be ready for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

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