Baniyas Jiu-Jitsu Club asserts its dominance in both Adults and Under-16 divisions, while Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club excels in the Under-14 category, and Al Wahda leads in the Under-18 division. Over $100K in prizes were distributed to the champions.
Over two thrilling days, intense competition unfolded among participants at the Mother of the Nation Jiu-Jitsu Cup in Abu Dhabi. Hosted at the Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City over the weekend, the event witnessed elite female athletes showcasing their skills across various divisions, including Adult, Under-18, Under-16, and the newly introduced Under-14, representing diverse UAE clubs and academies. In the Under-14 category, Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club, Sharjah Self-Defense Sports Club, and Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club emerged as the top three academies, while in the Under-16 division, Baniyas Jiu-Jitsu Club secured the top position, followed by Al Wahda Club Jiu-Jitsu Academy and Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club.
In the Under-18 division, Al Wahda Club Jiu-Jitsu Academy secured the top position, while Baniyas Jiu-Jitsu Club and Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club were recognized for their commendable performances, securing second and third places, respectively. In the Adults category, Baniyas Jiu-Jitsu Club claimed the first-place position, with Al Wahda Club Jiu-Jitsu Academy and Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club securing the second and third places.
The winners across multiple categories were acknowledged and collectively received prizes exceeding Dh400,000 (about $108,913.92 USD).
H.E. Mohamed Salem Al Dhaheri, Vice Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, commended the exemplary performances of the athletes, praising their exceptional skills and dedication. He emphasized the role of Emirati women as leaders in various fields, showcasing creativity and excellence. Al Dhaheri highlighted the Mother of the Nation Jiu-Jitsu Cup as a pivotal platform that allows Emirati girls to showcase their skills, contributing to the UAE’s legacy of sporting eminence.
“The tournament highlighted the remarkable technical prowess and unwavering determination of Emirati girls on the mat. It signifies a promising future for Jiu-Jitsu, producing champions who will contribute to elevating Emirati sports to unprecedented levels,” he added.
Ghala Alhammadi from Palms Sports – Team 777 clinched gold in U16 44kg. She said, “Winning the gold medal amidst tough competitions added a different flavor to the victory. I extend my heartfelt thanks to my coaches, club staff, and the supportive audience, whose presence greatly motivated me to give my best.”
Aisha Alhammadi from Sharjah Self-Defence Sports Club secured gold in U14 63kg. “The continuous training, and unwavering support from the Federation, club, family, and friends made this achievement possible. It wasn’t easy, but my determination to win prevailed,” she added.
Dana Ali Albreiki of Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club won gold in U18 -40kg. “Jiu-Jitsu taught me the importance of determination and preparation, enabling me to achieve this gold medal. This victory isn’t just mine; it uplifts the achievements of the Al Jazira Club and inspires confidence in my female colleagues,” she said.
Additionally, Maitha Shraim of Baniyas Jiu-Jitsu Club secured a gold medal in the adult 48kg category. “This victory fuels my confidence for future competitions. I am committed to training harder and refining my techniques for greater accomplishments,” she added.
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