Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport that focuses
on grappling, especially ground fighting.
There are varying accounts as to its origins but most believe it was developed in Japan more than 250 years ago during the feudal wars. Originally designed for warfare, later being modified for peaceful times.
One of its greatest advocates Esai Maeda (known as the god father of Jiu-Jitsu) went to live in Para state, Belem City in Brazil in the 1900s, where he taught the martial art to a local man, Carlos Gracie, and his four sons. They, in turn, adjusted some of the techniques and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was born.
Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE
H.H. Shaikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has had a keen interest in martial arts since childhood. When he was a five year old boy he learned the karate martial arts. Then he tried taekwondo, wrestling, judo and other martial arts sports.
While he was studying in the USA he came to know about Jiu-Jitsu. He initially joined a club and started practicing. He found himself in this sport and started his journey. Because of his dedication and his developed expertise to Jiu-Jitsu, H.H. Shaikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan became well known internationally. He is also the founder of ADCC international tournament. A certified black belt Gracie JJ holder he is the first fighter to introduce the no- gi submission. With the support of H.H. Shaikh Mohammad, he started the Jiu-Jitsu club in Abu Dhabi and after its success in the emirate he then introduced the sport to the rest of the Middle East.
The UAE is becoming the leading venue for training and competing Jiu-Jitsu athletes
Vision: “To make the United Arab Emirates the premier venue for Jiu-Jitsu in the world”
Mission: “To raise awareness of the sport of Jiu-Jitsu in the United Arab Emirates and create a community of Jiu-Jitsu athletes that train and compete in the UAE and around the world”