EMIRATES BJJ TEAM FIGHTERS TO JAPAN AND VEGAS: 1-TALIB EKITBI 2-AHMAD GHLOUM 3-AHMED FAISAL 4-SALEH NABIL 5-ALI AL MENHALI 6-HASAN MOUTAR 7-RASHID AL KITBI 8-SAEED ALDHUHOURI 9-FAHAD AL NEAIMI 10-MOHAMAD AL MENHALI 11-MOHAMAD NASSER AL QUBAISI 12-DHAHI MOHAMAD ALTHUMIRI 13-HAMAD ALDHUHOURI 14-TAREQ AL KITBI 15-FAISAL AL KITBI
A hardy bunch of Emirati jiu-jitsu fighters are aiming to build on the success of the recent World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup in the national capital by being the first UAE national team to participate in an overseas competition.
The tour party for two competitions in Tokyo and Las Vegas is made up of 14 Emirati fighters while the instructors are headed by the three-time world champion Carlos Santos, Olavo Abreu and Suyam Queiroz.
The team will travel to Japan for the Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Cup in Tokyo on June 28.
They then head to New York for a week’s training with the renowned Renzo Gracie – a practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu – before the Grapplers Quest UFC 100 championship in Mandala Bay, Las Vegas on July 10-11.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Emirati fighters,” said Santos, the man behind the setting up of a base for Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Abu Dhabi.
“Taking part in such established competitions will provide the national team the experience of facing some of the best fighters around the world. It is part of their preparation for next year’s second world professional championships in Abu Dhabi.
“One of our objectives is also to showcase the Emirati fighters and promote Abu Dhabi as the world capital of the professional jiu-jitsu. Abu Dhabi will host the next two world professional championships after the success of the inaugural event last month.”
The team include those who participated in the inaugural world professional championship in Abu Dhabi in early May.
Among them are Tareq al Ketbi and Faisal al Ketbi, the gold medallists in the second tier competition of the world professional championship. Santos feels the entire squad have the potential to win at the highest levels.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport emphasising ground-fighting techniques and submissive holds.
“Brazilian jiu-jitsu or [simply] jiu-jitsu has been practised for a long time in the Middle East but the lack of competitions had stunted the growth,” said Santos. “When I first started coaching alone, the response was overwhelming, and the promise of competitions encouraged those already in training to get more active.
“The Abu Dhabi Cup became an instant hit. The numbers began to swell in no time for the second year’s competition and continue to grow. I had to bring in more instructors to handle the demand. I started alone and now have 25 instructors to assist me, including those who are coaching in the schools.
“Abu Dhabi will be the venue for the world professional championships for the next three years. The inaugural event at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Stadium was a massive success and the next two staging of the event is going to be definitely bigger and better.”
The Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Team Head Coach Carlos Santos, together with the coaches Olavo Abreu and Suyan Queiroz and 15 emirati fighters will go to Japan on June 24th, 2009. They will be representing the UAE at the Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2009. The event is organized by JJFJ and will be held in the Hamamatsu Arena on June 28th.
After this event half of the team will be heading to New York for one week training with Renzo Gracie.
The coaches and the team will then meet again in Las Vegas on July 6th. There they will represent the UAE in the Grapplers Quest UFC 100, on July 10th and 11th, in Mandala Bay, Las vegas.
For the 1st time in Japan and USA, the Emirates Team will keep up the main objectives: Promoting the Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE and promoting Abu Dhabi as the World Capital of the Professional Jiu-Jitsu.
Carlos Santos FIJJA - PRESIDENT HEAD COACH - EMIRATES TEAM
What is Jiu-Jitsu? Jiu-Jitsu means "The Soft Art". It was the ancient martial art of the Japanese samurais many centuries ago. With the change of times, the samurais were no longer needed and left aside while their Jiu-Jitsu was forgotten. Master Jigoro Kano reshaped the art, emphasizing takedowns and immobilizations and turning it into the now popular sport of judo. Luckily in the early 1900s one Jiu-Jitsu master called Maeda Koma was sent to Brazil to lead a Japanese immigrant mission. After being helped by Brazilian diplomat Gastao Gracie, Koma decided to show his gratitude by teaching the art of Jiu-Jitsu to his sons. That’s when the legacy of the Gracie Family and the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu started. Carlos learned directly from the Japanese master and in 1925 opened the first Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro. Helio, the youngest and smallest of the Gracie brothers, adapted the old Japanese techniques to his small body and developed new ones as well. He created a highly effective style of ground fighting based on leverage instead of power.
Grappling Tournament UFC will host its first ever grappling tournament in conjunction with the Grappler’s Quest organization at UFC Fan Expo, July 10-11. This tournament is expected to be the largest submission, grappling, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in history!
The tournament is limited to 1,500 competitors and will award thousands of dollars in prizes across a variety of divisions and weight brackets, giving you the chance to compete in front of thousands of spectators during the biggest weekend in UFC history!
Choose from the following options for Competitor Registration:
1 Division - $89 and includes a FREE Weekend Pass to the UFC Fan Expo ($50 value)
2 Divisions - $139 and includes a FREE Weekend Pass to the UFC Fan Expo ($50 value)
3 Divisions - $169 and includes a FREE Weekend Pass to the UFC Fan Expo ($50 value)
Submission Grappling Skill Levels and Divisions Breakdown for UFC Fan Expo
Friday, July 10: No-Gi & Superfights Saturday, July 11: All children, teens, and BJJ
TRIBUTES FOR TORBEN AND CREW Those guys have all the right in the world to be proud of their effort. I think the fleet is in awe of how they sailed their boat: they are simply better than all of us. The tributes to Ericsson 4 have been pouring from rival skippers and sailors after Torben Grael's formidable team claimed the Volvo Ocean Race with an in-port race and leg to spare.
Torben Grael's crew established a 13-point lead over PUMA with just 12 to play for after last night's third place finish in leg nine.
It was their 18th top three spot from 22 scoring opportunities, but the brilliance of their results is best seen in the details. They have won five of nine legs - including three of the last four - and three of seven scoring gates. Both rate as the best in the fleet, while inshore, despite trailing Telefonica Blue, they have won twice in six tries.
Here the teams chasing them have their say on the 10th winner of this event.
9.00am 21st June 2009 The British Open is expected to be the largest domestic brazilian jiu jitsu tournament of the year! The absence of the annual prestigious Gracie Invitational due to SENI being cancelled has given the grappling community the opportunity to bring the tournament back to the Midlands! Competitors from all over Europe and the best talent from the UK are expected. This Single Day Event will be held at Cocksmoors Wood Leisure Centre in Birmingham, UK.
Spectators Entrance Fees: Adults or Children Over 14 years old: £3.00 Children under 14 : £2.00 1 child enters Free with each paying adult. http://www.bjjbritishopen.com/
RICKSON GRACIE CUP WILL HAVE GROUP OF ATHLETES FROM ABU DHABI
This year's Rickson Gracie Cup, we will have the participation of people from many places around the world, and now including Abu Dhabi, U. A.E. 20 people will be arriving in Japan, representing Abu Dhabi. The president of IPJJF and head coach of the Emirates Jiu-Jitsu, Carlos Santos will be accompanying the group to the event. This group trip is being sponsored by the Crown Prince of the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who also sponsored the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup, held in May this year.
GM #147: Jiu-Jitsu for the joy of the Royal Family Run for your GMA member academy and read about all the best that happened in Abu Dhabi at the World Pro Cup
Jiu-Jitsu for the joy of the royal family
40 years ago, Abu Dhabi was nothing more than a fishing village. Four decades on, the capital of the United Arab Emirates could be called the new jewel of Arabia. Oil money brought with it development that meshed perfectly with Middle Eastern tradition. The harmony prevalent in the UAE is also the result of a royal family illuminated and attentive to what best the world has to offer without forsaking traditional customs.
Among these benefices is Jiu-Jitsu, introduced to the country in 1997. In 2009, we reach the pinnacle. During the first two days of May, the first World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Cup took place in Abu Dhabi. “It’s a dream come true,” in the words of the event’s organizer, Carlao Santos, a black belt who seven years ago went to teach the royal family and now leads an unprecedented endeavor to spread Jiu-Jitsu to the masses, with class taught to over three thousand children in schools, for example.
GRACIEMAG disembarked in Abu Dhabi along with a cast of notable aces of world Jiu-Jitsu. There were Marcelo Garcia, Rafael Lovato Jr., Fabio Gurgel, Alexandre de Souza, Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”, Braulio Estima, Rafael and Guilherme Mendes and many others. After the disputes were all done, though, it was Tarsis Humphreys who shone the most, with gold in the absolute black belt category, in his category and 14 thousand dollars in his pocket. But the WPJJC was much more than just that. It was held at a first-rate venue where tennis stars Federer and Nadal once performed; present was Sheikh Mohammed, prince of Abu Dhabi, in the pulpit of honor and lots of emotions from the Middle Eastern champions. All that you will find in over 15 illustrated pages with a battery of images of the bouts as well as beautiful Abu Dhabi and its unique mix of Middle Eastern tradition and ultra-modernity.
Meanwhile, in the United States two events shook up the Jiu-Jitsu calendar. In Manhattan and Los Angeles, the NY Open and the American Cup proved there’s no greater program than to grab a gi and hit a competition. It doesn’t matter what belt or age the practitioner. In the Big Apple, Lucas Lepri and Gregor Gracie took the spotlight. In California, the number of unknowns at the party proves just how Jiu-Jitsu is gaining ground at all four corners of the globe with every day.
During a stop-through in Rio de Janeiro, modern Jiu-Jitsu’s birthplace, we found Hillary Williams, a purple belt from Little Rock, Arkansas, who like any good American stuck an idea in her head and saw it out till the end. During a three-week tropical adventure in Brazil, the valiant gringa toured through nearly every gym in the city. She learned a lot, had her share of setbacks, questioned what she thought she knew, but also had a heck of a good time. When she left, she realized she is living proof of Jiu-Jitsu’s strength in the lives of those who embrace it. At home, she put it all on paper and sent it in to GRACIEMAG. Read it and get inspired.
In the monthly column, Martin Rooney talks of the dead weight we carry around with us. The physical conditioning coach to some of Jiu-Jitsu and MMA’s biggest stars shows how there’s a good deal more stuff holding your development back than you’d imagine. And he points out how get rid of it.
In the section dedicated to the GRACIE MAGAZINE ASSOCIATION members, check out the report from a student who through Jiu-Jitsu overcame great hardship and even helped his master face down his own challenges. Learn a sweep from Braulio Estima. Find out about Abu Dhabi’s tiny warriors. Hear about an associate who was caught off guard by Renzo Gracie. And check out our associates shining at the NY Open.
And there’s even Xande Ribeiro winning in MMA in the Intro and GRACIEMAG recalling in Anthology the early days of Jiu-Jitsu in the Emirates through the trajectory of Sheikh Tahnoon’s adoptive sons, who turned champions at the World Cup JJ Pro. Enjoy your reading till next month’s issue with complete coverage of the Worlds 2009.
Alliance dominates the Worlds GMA team got its 2nd teams title in a row
Gurgel carries Cobrinha in one of Alliance's many celebrations at the Worlds / Ivan Trindade Fabio Gurgel is already back in Sao Paulo after a long journey to win the 2009 World Championship, in Long Beach. “I just stepped in at home, thank God,” said the black belt leader of Alliance to GRACIEMAG.com.
Alliance conquered its second team title in a row beating its own scoring record (last year it tallied 117 and in 2009 121), Cobrinha was crowned four-time featherweight champion, Langhi captured his first, Bruno Malfacine “put an end to the featherweight curse,” Marcelo Garcia did well in his return to gi competition closing out with Sergio Moraes… The results couldn’t have been much better.
In the opinion of Gurgel, however, they could have. In the following interview GRACIEMAG.com readers will see how the general didn’t hide his sadness for Lucas Lepri’s loss to Gilbert Durinho and Tarsis Humphrey’s defeat at the hands of Romulo Barral.
GRACIEMAG.com: What’s your assessment of Alliance’s performance this Worlds?
Fabio Gurgel: Hard to say. We had a close to perfect championship. I think not everyone’s going to win all the time and we didn’t expect that. But I think we went in with a strong team with a great chance of winning again. We trained a lot for it. We’ve been training and doing physical conditioning work since last Worlds, because making it is one thing, maintaining it is another. I had to build the athletes’ consciousness, make everyone train a lot and keep up a good competition rhythm. To answer your question, I think our disappointment had to do with Lucan Lepri, who was a firm favorite to win, and ended up losing a match we didn’t expect him to. But everyone else lived up to expectations. It was a nearly perfect championship.
GM: How does the team feel having conquered its second?
FG: Marvelous. It’s recognition of the arduous work everyone’s been doing, the team’s dedication, the organization, folks believing more and more in the work we’re doing, everyone participating. I think Alliance is a model of good organization. Of course there’s no formula. Truth is we have a formula that works for us but might not for other teams. We broke our own record, managed to keep in ahead with a good lead in points.
GM: Last year Alliance scored 117 points and second place scored 66. This year you went up to 121 and Gracie Barra scored 88. What are your thoughts on those results?
FG: I think Alliance and Gracie Barra are the most organized academies doing the most global work, that’s why they end up standing out more than the others. Since the beginning we’ve known it would be a tight dispute.
GM: What is responsible for the increase in points?
FG: 117 to 121 is real close. But we did our job just like last year, the difference being that in 2008 we went in with the motivation of conquering the title we hadn’t won in 10 years, and this year we came in as favorites. Alliance is the only team to make it to the winners’ stand in all the main championships. I like to joke that we’re used to playing away from home, because we don’t have championships where we have our main gyms. There aren’t any in Sao Paulo, nor in Atlanta. So we travel to Rio to compete at the Brazilian Nationals, we travel to Europe, the USA. We’re always traveling, but we manage to get on the winners’ stand at all of them.
GM: Is any athlete particularly happy about their performance?
FG: It’s hard to speak for the athlete, but I think they all did well. But two people didn’t yet have the title and deserved to, and they were Michael Langhi and Bruno Malfacine. I think Michael, to tell you the truth, is now Jiu-Jitsu’s athlete of the year. He fought in everything in gi competition this year and won all the main titles. Another is Tarsis Humphreys, who had a match with Romulo Barral that I feel he won, from the zero to zero score there’s no way you can call Barral the champion, so it was a bit hard to swallow that silver medal. But as I said: you can’t win them all. To illustrate how things are. Vella beat Braulio in the same position Tarsis was in with Barral and the judges gave the match to Vella in one and Barral in the other. But those things happen when you have a zero-zero score, we can’t complain.
GM: You recently told GRACIEMAG.com you would like to see Marcelo Garcia training in the gi instead of MMA. What do you make of his return?
FG: Marcelo has always been a reference within Alliance. He’s been with the team since the split-up; he carried the “boat” on his own till now. He joined the team already at top level, already strong and everyone had the joy of seeing him fight. I always took the stance that he should not have left, but that was his personal decision. And now he’s back and really motivated, happy to return to competition. We want him to feel at home. I think he had a marvelous championship and Sergio Moraes did too. We have a great middleweight duo that’s going to make a lot of noise for some time.
GM: What are the next steps for the team? FG: We're going to take off the gi for a while, as we have ADCC coming up in three months, so we'll put some emphasis on the ADCC and then the Brazilian Team championship and keep up the work. Our plan is to get better and better, stronger and stronger and more organized. http://www.graciemag.com/news/173/ARTICLE/14613/2009-06-12.html
The Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Team is organizing the 1st Jiu-Jitsu and Self Defense Summer Program. It is indicated for all Emirati boys over 17 years old. Registration: From June 14th until June 18th, from 9am to 6pm.
Requirements: Passaport copy and 1 passaport sized photo.
Location: UAE Judo, Wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu Federation in Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
The Jiu-Jitsu and Self Defense Summer Camp starts on June 21st, 2009.
Morning classes: from 9am to 12pm
Afternoon classes: from 5pm to 8pm
Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Summer Camp is the Best self defense and fitness program for everybody. It is ideal also for people who never did any kind of exercise ever before. This program will help you to improve your fitness condition and will give you all the basic fight techiniques.
AJJSP- ABU DHABI JIU-JITSU SUMMER PROGRAM is organized by Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Team, under the supervision of Carlos Santos – Head Coach of The National Jiu-Jitsu Team. This program is approved bu FIJJA - FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL OF JIU-JITSU ASSOCIATION.
There is a chance for the best student, to continue training with the EMIRATES JIU-JITSU TEAM and participate of some International Jiu-Jitsu events, representing THE UAE.
If you want to test your Jiu-Jitsu fight techniques, the first chance will be on the UAE Ramadam Games, in the Armed Forces Officers Club, on September 10th and 11th.
Train hard – Win easy! CARLOS SANTOS HEAD COACH FIJJA-FEDERATION INTERNATIONAL OF JIU-JITSU ASSOCIATION
يبدأ اليوم باتحاد المصارعة والجودو والجيو جيتسو بمنطقة المشرف بنادي أبو ظبي الرياضي التسجيل للمشاركة في المعسكر التدريبي الصيفي لرياضة الجيو جيتسو البرازيلية لتعلم فنون العاب الدفاع عن النفس للطلاب لمختلف الفئات السنية لفوق 17 سنة وذلك تحت شعار الرياضة للجميع ويستمر التسجيل حتى يوم 18 الجاري إيذانا ببدء الدورة اعتبارا من يوم 21 يونيو(حزيران ) الحالي بصالة الاتحاد الرئيسية بإشراف المدرب البرازيلي العالمي كارلوس سانتوس مدرب منتخب الإمارات للجيو جيتسو البرازيلية وعلى الراغبين تسليم صوره من جوازات سفرهم وصور شمسية لسكرتارية اتحاد المصارعة والجودو والجيو جيتسو أثناء ساعات الدوام الرسمي وسوف تتاح الفرصة للاعبين البارزين خلال فترة الدورة الصيفية للمشاركة في البطولة الرمضانية الرياضية المفتوحة التي ينظمها نادي ضباط القوات المسلحة في أبو ظبي وذلك في يومي 10و11 سبتمبر (أيلول )القادم . كلام صوره
Kid Peligro Jiu-Jitsu News . . . Roger Gracie is superior -
Alliance takes the team title Submitted by:Kid Peligro
Roger Gracie was simply superior as he conquered the weight and Absolute titles once again and with all submission victories. The incerdible performance capped a flawless event in which Roger submitted all his opponents. Roger reached his 7th consecutive absolute title final and captured his second Absolute title by submitting Romulo Barral with a choke from the mount (his choice submission for this event) . Romulo Barral won the Medium heavy over Tarsys Humphries by judges decision. Roger won the Suoer-heavy submitting Ricardo Demente with a . . . choke from the mount. Bruno Malfacine defeated Caio Terra by 2 x 0, while in the Super-feather Guilherme Mendes beat Samuel Braga by advantage. Braga was disqualified by the refereeing committee for striking his opponent at the end of the match.
In the feather it was once again the dominant Rubens "Cobrinha" with a tough victory over arch-rival Bruno Frazzato by judges decision. In the light Michel Langhi defeated Gilbert "Durinho" by 9 x 2 while in the medium Marcelo Garcia and Sergio Moraes did a "paper, rock & scissor" to reach a decision with Marcelo wining the title and Sergio the medal. Braulio Estima won the heavy over Aleandre de Souza by 2 x 0 while Gabriel Vella defeated Rodrigo Cavaca by advantages.
The ladies saw Leticia Ribeiro win over Michelle Nicolini by advantages, Bianca Barreto submitted Shyoda Sayaka with a quick arm-lock, Luana Alzuguir defeated Kyra Gracie by points, Hanette Quadros won over Monica Vanessa by points while Penny Thomas submitted Valerie Worthington. In the Heavy Lana Staphanac submitted Luka Diaz. In the absolute Lana Staphanac won over Kyra Gracie by points.
Alliance team dominated the team title winning a lot of gold in the Black Belt division followed by Gracie Barra and Check Mat. Gracie Humaita took the team gold in the ladies followed by Gracie Barra and Renzo Gracie Team.
Brazilian JIU-JITSU is a martial art and combat sport that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique. The Gracie family, the founders of Brazilian JIU-JITSU , modified judo and traditional Japanese jiu-jitsu to create the art. It contains stand-up maneuvers, but it is most famous for its devastating ground-fighting techniques. Gaining superior positioning so one can apply the styles numerous chokes, holds, locks and joint manipulations on an opponent is the key in Brazlian jiu-jitsu. Brazilian jiu-jitsu roots began in the early 1900s. Esai Maeda, the chief of a Japanese immigration colony who was assigned to Brazil, befriended Gastao Gracie. Maeda, a former jiu-jitsu champion in Japan, taught the art to Gracies son, Carlos. In 1925, Carlos and his four brothers opened the first jiu-jitsuschool in Brazil. Carlos younger brother, Helio, adjusted the techniques to suit his small frame, and thereby created Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In the early 80s, Helios son, Rorion, planted the seeds of BJJ in the United States, where the art has become immensely popular.