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High expectations for UAE jiu-jitsu stars ahead of ‘most intensive’ new season

ABU DHABI: As the start of the new UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation season approaches, preparations for the country’s top athletes are well underway in the quest to maintain their recent international successes.

The Emirati athletes have undertaken intensive training programs supervised by technical staff from the national team, as well as local academies and clubs, national team coach Ramon Lemos said.

The upcoming season, which starts on February 12, promises to be another busy season for the UAE’s top fighters as they prepare to compete in major international tournaments, including July’s World Games in the United States. United, the Asian Games in September in China, Jiu-Jitsu in October. World Championship in the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the Professional World Championship in Abu Dhabi in November.

Lemos, the Brazilian coach of the UAE national team, welcomed the new schedule, which includes a mix of local and international tournaments.

He said: “We are starting the new season at a time when we will need a lot of physical training, technical sessions and mental and psychological work to refine and grow our champions.

“National team technical staff and state-level club and academy coaches are eager to follow the latest international training practices that are developing daily. performance that can improve their flexibility, speed, balance and concentration in the heat of battle.

He also thanked the UAEJJF for its planning and efforts in designing tournaments which have truly contributed to improving the general level of the competitions, as well as broadening the participant base, which, he underlined, would help players and clubs to improve their ranking. The national team’s success in achieving impressive results over the past few years, along with the emergence of several young talents, compels them to exert more effort and work diligently to maintain this level, Lemos added.

Mahdi Al-Awlaki, who represents the national team and the Baniyas club, said preparations for the upcoming season are already in full swing.

“The players haven’t stopped training throughout the offseason. We understand the importance of staying fully prepared and in good physical shape, especially given the busy schedules of local and international events. The fans also have high hopes for us players, so there’s a responsibility there too.

“The players train daily under the supervision of the technical staff of the team and the club. We recognize the extent of the trust placed in us. In addition, of course, we have our own goals, which have always been to improve our level of performance and learn new skills that can help us repeat past achievements, get on the podiums and achieve goals. even bigger for the team, clubs and academies we represent,” added Al-Awlaki.

Theyab Al-Nuaimi, the national team’s rising star and gold medalist at the recent Asian Championship, noted the competitiveness of this year’s schedule. He will focus, he said, on some local competitions and the team’s external involvement.

But his heart was set on winning gold at the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship and the Asian Games, as well as helping to cement the UAE’s position as the world leader in jiu-jitsu. .

“We are very excited for the start of the first competition of the season next week and we have prepared well in advance.

“I expect the competitions to be the most intense this year, especially since the federation events are prestigious and will attract many new fans and practitioners, which will have a positive impact on the development of jiu- jitsu in the UAE,” Al-Nuaimi said. added.

Meanwhile, Palms Academy team 777 fighter Shamma Al-Kalbani was proud that the new season offered equal prospects for growth and advancement.

She said, “We would like to express our gratitude to the UAEJJF for providing an ideal atmosphere for girls in the UAE to achieve their goals in this sport.

“We look forward to excelling locally as a base to represent the national team and reach the podiums at international events,” she added.

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