RIO DE JANEIRO, 18th October, 2018 (WAM) — The UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation, UAEJJF, the official authority for the sport of jiu-jitsu in the United Arab Emirates, announced the third leg of the most prestigious jiu-jitsu world tour, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from 16th to 18th November at the Carioca Arena.
Last season’s Rio de Janeiro leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam was attended by more than 16,000 spectators over three days, while over 3000 players participated. Due to the very high demand among players, fans and media – once again the event will be held over three days.
Commenting about the jiu-jitsu world tour, Director of Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, Tareq Al Bahri, said, “Brazil is where every player wants to test their skills and improve their experience, as the players here are some of the best in the world. So it is really exciting, not just for us, but for the players, which is the most important thing. Brazil is the largest jiu-jitsu market in the world, and we are very pleased to be going back. We thank the city of Rio and the Brazil Jiu-Jitsu Federation for their support.”
The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam is open to all nationalities. Medalists will be listed in the jiu-jitsu world rankings, and cash prizes of more than $120,000 will be awarded to the top athletes in 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.
Medals will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division. Prize money 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.
Fresh off his gold medal wins at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and Abu Dhabi King of Mats in Los Angeles last month, Erberth Santos is aiming to reign again in Rio de Janeiro. “I’m in good form this season with no injuries during the training camp, so, as always, I say it is the gold I’m after. My performances was on-point in Los Angeles. My coach and training partners really worked hard on me and we, as a team, are confident that we will go for gold in Rio, especially as our motivation is high, as we are fighting at home in front of the home crowd, ” said Santos.