After a very successful first year, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour returns for the 2016-2017 season with the first of five legs in Los Angeles, California, on September 3-4. Organized by the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF), the Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour will also make stops in Tokyo (Oct. 23), Rio de Janeiro (Nov. 12-13), Abu Dhabi (Jan. 13-14) and London (March 18).
In Los Angeles, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour will gather some of the best competitors in the sport at the LA Convention Center. The list of names already confirmed to compete includes black belts Erberth Santos, João Miyao, Michael Musumeci, Mahamed Aly, Igor Silva, Jose Junior, Kim Terra, Brian Mahecha, Ricardo Evangelista, Tarsis Humphreys, among others.
The event will award a total of US$ 104,800 in prizes for medalists from blue belt to black belt; juvenile, adult and master; men and women. The adult black belt division alone will award US$ 30,000 in prizes. This year, the Grand Slam LA will feature no-gi divisions for the first time. Results at the Grand Slam LA will count points on the UAEJJF world rankings.
The registration period to compete in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Los Angeles closes on August 30. All athletes need to be current members of the UAEJJF to be able to register. In an effort to bring Jiu-Jitsu to a broader audience, the UAEJJF confirmed that the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Los Angeles will be broadcasted to more than 80 countries all over the world. You will also be able to watch a live stream over the internet at FloGrappling.com (subscription required).
About the UAEJJF
With the support and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation was established in November 2012 as the official authority for Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE.
The Federation plays a leading role in supporting Jiu-Jitsu and contributing to building a strong generation of UAE athletes to excel at the local and international levels. The Federation’s role is to implement policies that develop the sport in collaboration with various government entities, educational institutions and other partners in order to advance the sport locally, regionally and globally.