London – After four successful events that exceeded expectations in Tokyo [Japan], Los Angeles [USA], Rio de Janeiro [Brazil] and Abu Dhabi [UAE], the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation is looking to close the third season of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam JIu-Jitsu world tour in style, with it’s fifth and final leg to be hosted, at the Copper Box Arena in London, UK on 10th and 11th March 2018.
“To bring the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam brand to London once again for the final leg of the tour is really great, it is a special city. We have seen the sport of jiu-jitsu grow steadily over the past few years in London, for example we are expecting the highest number of British players compared to the past two seasons.
“We will be back for the fourth season in July 2018 to continue this incredible journey of the gentle art. I can’t thank enough all our sponsors and TV partners for truly making the Grand Slam a global brand and we are working very hard to achieve our goal of making this a sustainable sports tournament” Said H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, Chairman of the UAE Jiu-jitsu Federation, President of Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union & Senior Vice President of Jiu-Jitsu International Federation
Age Divisions include: Juvenile [16-17], Adult [18-29], Master 1 [30-35] and Master 2 [36+]. Belt categories include: ‘Adult to Master 2’: White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black. ‘Juvenile’: White and Blue [Yellow to Green should fight as Blue belts].
The weigh-ins for all the players competing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, London will take place on Friday 9th March [17:00pm to 19:00pm], Saturday 10th March [8:00am to 10:00am] at the Copper Box Arena.
“Competitions like the Grand Slam are encouraging jiu-jitsu players to take the sport more seriously, because it is providing them the highest platform to compete for glory. As an athlete you cannot ask for more really. I have participated in the past two Grand Slams in London, but it was my first time to compete at one of the legs outside of London. I look forward to have the Grand Slam back in London and compete in front of my home crowd. London is warming up to the sport of jiu-jitsu, the number of schools and academies teaching jiu-jitsu have increased in the past couple of years.” Said Samantha Cook, British black belt champion
Medals will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each division. Prize money awarded will range from $500 to $2,500 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 different 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 as well and there’s also a special award for the black belt adult division champions.