Abu Dhabi, UAE, 17th August, 2017: The UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation® (UAEJJF), the official authority for the sport of jiu-jitsu in the United Arab Emirates, announces the second leg of the most prestigious jiu-jitsu world tour, to be held in Los Angeles on 23rd and 24th September at the LA Convention Center.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® is open to all nationalities, the medalists will be listed in the jiu-jitsu world rankings and cash prizes of more than $1250,000 will be awarded to the top athletes of each division. The top three academies will also receive cash prizes and top ranked competitors will receive prizes at the end of the season according to the UAEJJF World Ranking.
“Season 3 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® started well in Tokyo, the numbers are rising each time from one event to another. The Grand Slam has become the most anticipated and most prestigious tournament in the Jiu-Jitsu sport’s calendar every year.” Said H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, President of Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union & Senior Vice President of Jiu-Jitsu International Federation.
“I would like to thank our sponsors and partners; Mubadala Investment Company, Abu Dhabi Sports TV, Abu Dhabi Tourism and Palm Sports. I would also like to thank our TV partners who have truly taken the tournament to a global level – Abu Dhabi Sports, Dubai Sports, Sharjah Sports, Combate, SporTV, FloGrappling, FOX Sports, Fight Network, Astro, Starhub, ABS-CBN Sports, Orange TV, SCTV, Singtel, LeSports, SFR Sports, Super Sport, Azam TV, Fight Sports” Said H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi.
For the first time in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® history, a new category of ‘Legends’ was introduced, where legends of the gentle art will be matched together for ‘super fights’. The legends for the LA event will be announced soon.
Medals will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each division. Prize money awarded will range from $500 to $2,500 in several categories, including juvenile, adult and masters, from blue, purple, brown and black categories for both men and women.
The first-place winner in the respective weight categories of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam will receive 200 points. The second-place winner will receive 160 points and the third-place winner will receive 120 points.
Top confirmed competitors to take part in Los Angeles on 23rd and 24th September will include black belt champions Alexander Trans, Adam Wardzinski, Alex Alducin, Rodnei Junior, Ana Carolina Schimidt, Erberth Santos, Ricardo Evangelista, Tiago, Faisal Alketbi and more.
“I am excited and cannot wait for the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam to kick off in Los Angeles. This tournament has become the best one out there, the quality and the level of the competition is of the highest level and that is what the Jiu-Jitsu players lacked in the past. I am training hard, got some good hours on the mats and I can’t wait to be back in LA.” Said Adam Wardzinski