Maxim Grachev, Rafael Haubert, Vibhudatta Roud and Ahmad Almoosa, Operations Director of Falconcity of Wonders.
Dubai, UAE: Falconcity of wonders sponsored a team of six Jiu-Jitsu contestants to participate in this year’s European Jiu Jitsu IBJJF Open Championship 2014, taking place from the 23rd – 26th January 2014 in the Complexo Municipal Esportivo do, Lisbon Portugal. Hailing from Dubai’s very own premier martial arts and fitness academy – Team Noguiera Dubai, all six team members are ranking champions in the UAE and Middle East. Their entry into the competition was deemed a grand success, with two of the athletes winning 2nd and 3rdplace, bringing great pride to the UAE, and to Falconcity of Wonders, whose insignia was embossed on the team uniforms.
The 2ndplace went to Shamil Karsiev in the feather division, who performed an overall of 5 fights, forfeiting first place by 1 advantage, while the 3rdplace went to Maxim Grachev in the light division, performing a total of 6 fights in the competition, both of whom represent Team Noguiera Dubai.
Ahmad Almoosa, Operations Director of Falconcity of Wonders said:
“Although the results are satisfactory, it will be the ongoing imperative of the club and us as sponsors in the next year’s competition to not settle for anything less than the gold. With the lessons learned this year and a constant vigil on the road ahead, it is our challenge to rise above this year’s performance and expend efforts to train harder. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has always instilled in us a sense of victory and achievement, and to never settle for anything less than first place. We are certain that our continued dedication and harmonized efforts will help achieve the high expectations required of the club and of the athletes, and especially of Falconcity as their partner in this endeavor”.
Team Noguiera Dubai went on to compete in the Abu Dhabi Jiu Jitsu Open Cup that took place from 7th– 8thFebruary 2014, the event being televised live on Abu Dhabi Sport TV. Taking 1stplace (Gold Medal) was Maxim Grachev in the Adult Blue Belt category (76 kg), whose medal was awarded by Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Alqassemi, while Vibhudatta Roud secured 3rdplace in the Adult Purple Belt category (76kg).
Rafael Haubert, Head Coach of the Emirates Jiu Jitsu Center - Team Nogueira Dubai said:
“This year’s event was a definite eye-opener to the Jiu Jitsu talent that resides here in the UAE. We are extremely pleased at the promise this holds for us as a leading martial arts and fitness academy, and our spirited partnership with Falconcity will enable us to make leaps and bounds in our efforts to inspire a fitter and healthier nation.”
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the popular martial whose real origins remain somewhat of a mystery for the most part, has its roots steeped in Brazilian and Japanese history. It is said to have originated in 1882, and is a morph of its parent styles of Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Particularly renowned for its intense grappling and submission techniques, it is also immensely popular for aspects of physical fitness, but more so as a way of life.
Jiu-Jitsu was first introduced to the UAE in the late 1990s by Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed, who is affectionately referred to by athletes as the “Godfather of UAE Jiu-Jitsu”. The sport has since gained tremendous popularity in the UAE, with many training centers cropping up all over the Nation in recent times, particularly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Since 2008, various schools have inculcated the School Jiu-Jitsu (SJJ) Programme as part of its curriculum, as an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The programme is primarily aimed at instilling self-defense values in children aged 9 to 12, and to possibly mold future champions taking part in international tournaments.
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