The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Jiu-Jitsu World tour will be held across four continents - Tokyo | Los Angeles | Rio de Janeiro | Abu Dhabi | London
Season 3 will feature a ‘Legends’ category and a cash prize for the top three academies in each host city for the first time
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 17th May, 2017: The UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation® (UAEJJF), the official authority for the sport of jiu-jitsu in the United Arab Emirates, announces the return of the most prestigious jiu-jitsu world tour: Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Season 3 [2017-18]. The Grand Slam will be held in across four continents, [five host cities]: Tokyo [Japan], Los Angeles [USA], Rio de Janeiro [Brazil], Abu Dhabi [UAE] and London [UK].
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® is open to all nationalities, the medalists will be listed in the jiu-jitsu world rankings and combined cash prizes of more than $800,000 will be awarded to the top athletes of each division. The top three academies will also receive cash prizes in each host city and top ranked competitors will receive prizes at the end of the season according to the UAEJJF World Ranking.
“We are very pleased to announce the season 3 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. It has been an incredible journey so far in a very short space of time. Last season the grand slam was broadcasted to 400m homes in 85 countries through our 14 TV network partners around the world, and I say this proudly, making the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, the most valuable jiu-jitsu TV show globally.” 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.
“With the invaluable support and inspiration that our leadership, especially His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces provides to the sport of jiu-jitsu is unprecedented. We are really proud of the work we have done so far in developing the sport not just in the UAE and regionally, but globally.” Said H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi.
For the first time in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® history, a new category of ‘Legends’ will be introduced, where legends of the gentle art will be matched together for ‘super fights’.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Jiu-Jitsu World Tour will be broadcasted live & exclusive on Abu Dhabi Sports TV in the MENA region. The international TV partners will be confirmed soon. The UAEJJF would like to thank our partners: IPIC, Abu Dhabi Media and Palm Sports for their continued support in making this a successful journey.
“It is very interesting to see that the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam has introduced a legends category. I competed at that category in Abu Dhabi at the World Pro and it was an incredible experience. It is really something to see how the UAE is helping to develop the gentle art. I look forward to participating at the grand slam this year.” Said Kenny Florian, former UFC fighter, analyst on Fox Sports
“Thank you to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his generosity towards the sport, it really is amazing to see how jiu-tisu has grown in the past few years around the world. The Grand Slam is getting bigger and bigger, I see some of the cities have doubled the competition days.” Said UAE’s Black belt, Faisal Al Kitbe
Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Calendar 2017-18
15th July, 2017 - Tokyo, Japan [Messe Convention Center]
23rd & 24th September, 2017 - Los Angeles, USA [LA Convention Center]
10th, 11th & 12th November, 2017 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil [Carioca Arena]
12th & 13th January, 2018 - Abu Dhabi, UAE [IPIC Arena]
10th & 11th March, 2018 - London, UK [Copper Box Arena]
Registrations are now open, for more information, visit: www.uaejjf.org