The Jiu-Jitsu Festival was dedicated to the Armed Forces of the UAE, as well as the country's police, some fighters made use of the stage at Mubadala Arena to prepare for the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship later in the week.
Among them were Zayed Al Kaabi and Nasser Omar Al Breiki, both members of the UAE national team. Al Kaabi pointed out that it was a good opportunity for those serving the country to showcase their skills on a bigger platform.
“Being in the Armed Forces myself, I know how much these chaps enjoy to be in the spotlight,” he said.
Meanwhile, Al Breiki took less than a minute to beat Omar Ali Al Mazrouie with a triangle choke in the final of the 77kg blue belt category. But he conceded the level of competition on the way to the gold medal round was challenging.
Day 2 drew more than 1,100 competitors to fight for the 48 gold medals on offer.