The Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu ProTour UAE National Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2023 will take place from 7-9 July 2023, at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi. Organised by the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu Pro (AJP), the event will bring together hundreds of athletes from various clubs and academies across different divisions, including infants, kids, juniors, teens, youths, amateurs, professionals, and masters.

The three-day championship will showcase the exceptional skills and talents of jiu-jitsu athletes. The first day of the tournament will feature competitions in the infants, kids and junior categories. On the second day, the teen, youth and masters divisions will take centre stage, while the third and final day will witness matches among amateurs and professionals.

His Excellency Youssef Abdullah Al-Batran, Board Member of the UAEJJF, said: “The AJP Tour UAE National Jiu-Jitsu Championship holds a prominent position in the Federation’s agenda and is eagerly anticipated by both fans and athletes. The tournament aligns with the Federation’s plans and vision to identify promising talents in the youth categories, who are the foundation for the sport's future development.

“The championship provides an ideal platform that attracts some of the world's best athletes, particularly those holding purple, brown, and black belts. They are eager to showcase their skills, and it serves as excellent preparation for upcoming international events, including the highly anticipated 15th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship scheduled for November.”

His Excellency also recognised the influential role of families in motivating their sons and daughters to participate in sports, and encouraged them to take full advantage of the Federation’s plans, programmes and tournaments, which contribute to developing players’ talents and preparing them effectively for professional journey.

Rodrigo Valerio, Operations Director at AJP, said: “The AJP UAE National Jiu-Jitsu Championship is crucial for the players competing in the AJP Tour Rank as it awards 1,000 points to their profile, providing them with a significant opportunity to become the season’s best.

“The second-place holder will receive 800 points, while the third-place holder will be awarded 600 points. This offers a great incentive for more and more athletes to participate in as many events as possible.”

Bernardo Morais, a Brazilian competitor from the Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Club participating in the professional category, said: “The tournament arrives at a crucial phase of the sports season, enabling us to assess our preparations for competing in the most challenging competitions in the final quarter. The UAE National Championship will bring together a cohort of professional athletes, providing us with the opportunity to interact and gain valuable experience in developing our technical and physical prowess.”