Saudi siblings flying flag for Kingdom in Jiu-Jitu Championship

  • Thursday 18, April 2019 02:00 PM
  • Saudi siblings flying flag for Kingdom in Jiu-Jitu Championship
Sharjah 24 – WAM: Five Saudi brothers, aged between 3 and 15, will be taking part in the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2019, the 11th edition of the most important event on the jiu-jitsu global calendar, which runs from 20th-26th April.
Led by their father, Mamdouh Al-Radadi, widely regarded as the ‘don’ of jiu-jitsu in the Kingdom, the Al-Radadi brothers, Sultan, Abdel Aziz, Ahmed, Naif and Emad, will be flying the flag for the sport in their country while hopefully making their mark on the sport’s most prestigious championship. The siblings have already won gold medals in previous competitions.

Having been introduced to the sport by their father, who picked up jiu-jitsu at a private club in Jeddah, they will be competing in the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Festival through to the Youth Championship on the mats in Abu Dhabi "Jiu-Jitsu will change the course of children's lives and will enable them to cope with the challenges they will face in their future. As life is full of challenges, jiu-jitsu helps kids gain self-confidence, discipline, respect, tolerance and hard work," Mamdouh Al-Radadi said.

"I encourage parents to enroll their children in a jiu-jitsu class to recognise the beauty of this sport. Coaches also have a responsibility in boosting the awareness of jiu-jitsu among children and encourage them to practice it. "

The Al-Radadis will be joined by athletes from other countries also beginning to emerge on to the international jiu-jitsu scene, including Jordan, Russia, Kazakhstan and Angola.

Mohammed Hussein Al Marzooqi, Director of Marketing and Finance, UAEJJF, said, "The participation of the five siblings among other Saudi athletes at the ADWPJJC 2019 is a clear indication of the growth of the sport in this region and around the world while highlighting the importance of this championship.

The championship is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.