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ABU DHABI: Capping off an evening of competition between world jiu-jitsu legends, Brazil’s Meyran Alves claimed the ‘King of the Mats’ crown as his country topped the Masters Division of the World Tour Grand Slam Finals in ‘Abu Dhabi.
Colombia and the United Arab Emirates placed second and third respectively.
On day two of the three-day event, top competitors from around the world battled it out for medals and points in front of a large crowd at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City.
In the Clubs category, Commando Group of the UAE tops the rankings, overtaking Palms Sports in second and AFNT in third.
“The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour once again consolidates the important role of the capital of the United Arab Emirates in the development of jiu-jitsu in the world”, declared Abdel Moneim Al-Hashemi, president of the Federation. of Jiu-Jitsu of the United Arab Emirates, president of Jiu-Jitsu. Jitsu Asian Union and Senior Vice President of the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
“Such competitions help provide the perfect platform for Emirati players and help them reach their full potential,” he said.
Antonio Santana, from the Roger Gracie Academy in Brazil, added: “I am delighted to have won gold in the Masters category. I am happy to have been able to come here and participate in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. It is one of the most important tournaments as it brings together several world class athletes. Winning this medal adds to my experience and motivates me to work harder and participate in future events.
Eloisa Crespo Perez of Spain, who won gold, said: “I’m very happy with the results and all my hard work has paid off. This is my second time in Abu Dhabi and my next goal is to compete in the Abu Dhabi Professional Jiu-Jitsu World Championship.
Emirati Saud Nasser Al-Harthy of AFNT Academy, who won silver in the Masters division, added: “I wanted the gold medal in today’s contests and I didn’t. approach. I will continue to train to win gold in future competitions.
The 11th King of Mats tournament saw the participation of six of the world’s best players, including Alves (Brazil), Isaac Doederlein (USA), Omar Al-Fadhli (UAE), Rodinei Junior (Brazil), Lucas Pinheiro (Brazil) , and Alexsandro Sodré (Brazil).
“‘King of Mats’ tournaments have grown in popularity and prestige in the world of jiu-jitsu, especially with the growing demand for the participation of the best players in the world. This is an unmissable opportunity for them to beat against the biggest in the world,” said Tareq Al-Bahri, general manager of the AJP.
Alves, who beat Doederlein to secure the title, said: “I’m very happy with the title. It’s so overwhelming. I prepared in a special way to participate in this tournament and watched several videos of my fellow participants and focused on their weaknesses and strengths.
“I would like to thank everyone who supported me throughout the training as well as the organizing committee for this wonderful experience.”