The UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation® (UAEJJF), the official authority for the sport of jiu-jitsu in the United Arab Emirates, will offer cash prizes of over $125,000 in each of the four host cities [and over $200,000 at the Abu Dhabi leg of the tour] at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® Jiu-Jitsu World Tour Season 3 [2017-18]: Los Angeles [USA], Tokyo [Japan], Rio de Janeiro [Brazil], Abu Dhabi [UAE] and London [UK].
Registrations are now open [to all nationalities] – https://events.uaejjf.org/event/8
Age Divisions include: Juvenile [16-17], Adult [18-29], Master [30-35] and for the first time, a Legends super fight category. Belt categories include: ‘Adult to Master’: White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black. ‘Juvenile’: White and Blue [Yellow to Green should fight as Blue belts].
Medals will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each division. Prize money awarded will range from $500 to $4,000 in several categories, including Black Adult and Master, in the blue, purple, brown and black categories for both men and women.
The first-place winner in the respective weight categories will receive 200 points, the second-place winner will receive 160 points and the third-place winner will receive 120 points. Fourth-place will receive 100 points, Fifth to Eighth place will receive 80 points.
A trophy will be awarded to the best club and there will also be a special award for the black belt adult division champions.
Jiu-Jitsu black belt world champion, Xande Ribeiro believes the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam® has contributed to becoming the lifeline that so many athletes in jiu-jitsu need. Thousands of jiu-jitsu athletes take part at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam®, not just because of the financial rewards, but the structure and high-class quality of the event.
“I am looking forward to the new season of the Grand Slam, it is a special tournament and growing into a ‘global-must-watch’ event for the combat sports community. I would like to say – the financial aspect of the Grand Slam is key, but the respect that every jiu-jitsu athlete deserves, they get at the Grand Slam,” said Xande Ribeiro
“I believe people don’t compete at the Grand Slam for the money, I mean it is a factor and it helps for many athletes, as there are costs involved like training, nutrition, travel but it is for the pride of an amazing event. That’s what we get from the Grand Slam, I feel like a superstar when I compete at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam” said Ribeiro.
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]