The 14th Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship will be held at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City. For those of you who don’t know, the Abu Dabi World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship (not to be confused with the ADCC) is one of the world’s most prestigious Jiu Jitsu tournaments. It offers hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes for all ranks and will have over 5,000 competitors.
History of the Abu Dhabi Pro Jiu Jitsu Tournament
The UAE Jiu Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) was founded with the support and guidance of his highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in 2012.
Many are calling the Abu Dabi the home for all things Jiu Jitsu related, as more and more of the most competitive Jiu Jitsu tournaments are hosted in Abu Dhabi. The UAEJJF is also the official Jiu Jitsu authority in the UAE, according to their website.
Since its founding, the Abu Dhabi Pro World Jiu Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC) has been climbing in the number of people participating and the massive amount of prize money they offer. This year they have over 5,000 competitors and are giving away over 500 thousand dollars in cash prizes.
What makes the ADWPJJC stand out aside from other Jiu Jitsu tournaments, is that they don’t only offer prizes to the black belt division, but to every division. First place in the men’s white belt division wins five hundred US dollars. While the men’s black belt division wins a whopping 10 thousand dollars.
What’s the Difference between the ADWPJJC and the ADCC?
ADCC stands for “Abu Dhabi Combat Club.” ADWPJJC stands for “Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship”. They are separate events, and actually both have different rule sets. ADCC rules penalize pulling guard, while the ADWPJJC rules do not. Also, if a match is tied on points when the timer runs out, the ADWPJJC declares the last person who scored winner.
The UAEJJF Rule Set
The UAEJJF has its own rule set specifically for the ADWPJJC. You can view them here.
What is great about the 14th Pro Jiu Jitsu tournament is that they have a division for professionals. They also have a Jiu Jitsu festival for youths and amateurs.
The UAEJJF has different time limits based on the division. Professionals get 5 minutes, while most of the kid’s division have 3 to 4 minutes. The master’s division (which is ages 30 and up) gets 5 minutes. The tournament is set up, so a competitor can win by submission or by points.
The UAEJJF has strict rules on hygiene, and uniform requirements for the competitions. At high-level Jiu Jitsu competitions, many tournaments will measure your sleeves to make sure they are long enough. This prevents people from wearing Gi’s that are too small and hard to grip.
How to Win
The UAEJJF lists the referee as “the highest authority in every match”. It is also stated that a referee’s ruling at the end of the match is incontestable. If athletes are tied on points, and no one won by submission, then the last player to score is announced the winner. The UAEJJF also encourages good sportsmanship and can penalize an athlete for poor sportsmanship.
It is stated in their rule book that “Disciplinary Penalties” can be punished by disqualification at the moment of infraction.
Who has Competed in ADWPJJC in the Past?
The Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship has been visited by big Jiu Jitsu stardom in the past. With names like Gianni Grippo, Mikey Musemeci, Felipe Pena and Leandro Lo all claiming 1st prizes in different weight categories.
The Championship is open to all people and all nationalities as well. Most of the winners have been Brazilian in the past, however, there have been American and Norwegian champions as well.
When is the Tournament?
The event will be from the 11th to the 19th of November 2022.
How Can I Watch the 14th Abu Dhabi World Championship?
You can watch the 14th Championship on YouTube (@uaejjf) for free or Flo Grappling (@ajptv) with subscription.
Who Is Competing in the Championship This Year?
Jiu Jitsu Legacy will be coming out with an article shortly about all the big-name competitors this year!
How Many People Are Competing in the 14th Abu Dhabi World Championship?
This year there will be over 5000 athletes competing, making it much larger than the previous editions.
The 14th Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship is set to be the biggest ever. Jiu Jitsu has certainly skyrocketed in popularity in the last few years, and Abu Dhabi absolutely has its name, and is behind all the biggest Jiu Jitsu events. With some of the most lucrative cash prizes in the sport, it will undoubtedly draw some of the biggest names in the world.
Everyone should absolutely tune into what might be the biggest Jiu Jitsu event this year.
Jack is a BJJ purple belt who holds a bachelors degree in English Literature. He enjoys traveling, reading, and the Bow and Arrow choke. One day he hopes to teach English overseas and become a published author.