The 13th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship just finished in the Jiu Jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi. This was the second ADWPJJC held in 2021, because the federation decided to move the 2020 edition to April because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Youth Divisions Results And Summary (November 14, 2021)
The Abu Dhabi Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship 2021 started with the youth division, featuring athletes from Kid 1 (4 years old) all the way to Juveniles (17 years old), both for boys and girls, and every youth belt from white to purple (from 2020 Juveniles are allowed to be promoted to purple belt).
In regard to country-by-country ranking, the United Arab Emirates dominated the podium once again with a total of 39 gold, 64 silver, and 80 bronze medals. We witnessed very high levels from the upcoming Jiu Jitsu generation.
Masters Divisions Results And Summary (November 15-16, 2021)
This time the masters division was scheduled for two days. The first day included the color belts (blue and purple) and the qualifier for brown and black belt Masters 1 division.
The second day saw the Masters brown and black belt main bracket to the final.
One of the most anticipated matches of the day was the semi-final between Claudio Calasans and Sergio Rios. Rios had recently taken double gold at every major tournament in the black belt Masters 1 division for 2021 and was awarded second in the top 3 IBJJF black belt Master 1 for 2021. Calasans managed to win the match by points 5-2, and afterwards went on to secure his 6th black belt World Pro title – and his first title in the Masters division.
Professionals Adult Divisions Results And Summary (November 17-19, 2021)
Adult blue belts
The blue belt division demonstrated great technical skill. With every event you can observe the level of the blue belts getting higher. Among the competitors, Brazil took most of the medals, winning 7 out of 12 titles.
Adult purple belts
In the adult purple belt division Brazil shined once again, winning or medaling in every single weight class and securing gold in 8 out 12 titles. It is easy to predict that some of these competitors will have a bright future in the Jiu Jitsu competition scene.
Adult brown belts
The adult male brown belt division was, without a doubt, dominated by Brazil, losing only one gold medal in the 62kg division (won by Omar Al Fadhali from UAE).
The female brown belt divisions in the Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship are combined with the black belt divisions.
Adult black belts
Among the black belts there were several upsets, some of them made by the newbies on board. We have witnessed a big invasion from Fight Sports Club; with young Manaus prospects led by Melqui Galvao (father of Micael Galvao) winning 4 titles (3 of them in the male division).
This year Pablo Lavaseli decided to go down to the 69kg division and won by beating the previous champion of the division Izrael Almeida from GFT. This achievement makes Pablo the first Argentinian black belt to win ADWPJJC two times (in the previous edition he won the male black belt 77kg division).
The star of the event was unquestionably Mica Galvao who is the youngest black belt in Jiu Jitsu history, 17 years old. He just ran through the 77kg division in his Abu Dhabi World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championship debut, submitting 6 of his 7 opponents. Among them are Australia super star Levi Jones and past ADWPJJC champion Espian Mathiesen.
In his black belt debut at the ADWPJJC Eric Munius was able to catch the crown by outscoring the best black belt from Europe and previous champion Adam Warzdinski in the 94kg division.
In the female brown and black belt division Bia Mesquieta won her 7th ADWPJJC title, submitting all her opponents in the main bracket.
In the 13th edition of the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship we witnessed the incredible skill of the new generation of black belts.They are able to compete with the experienced athletes and they proved it by winning half of their divisions.
To wrap up, the level of the color belts shows that they have the talent to elevate the sport even further and become the next black belt superstars.
I am black belt under Bruno Bastos and I am very passionate about Jiu Jitsu. I do the sport for 13 years. Now I am an owner and head coach at one of the biggest Jiu Jitsu academies in Bulgaria and still an active competitor.