April brought the exciting opportunity for Mr. Haben to travel with Professor Marra to Abu Dhabi, UAE for the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships. The Americas Pro Jiu-Jitsu Team hosted 2 of the 5 USA Trials and the Central American Trials and traveled with their respective representatives to compete for the coveted World Championship.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu amongst other martial arts are very well represented in the UAE. This particular tournament is as big in the UAE as the Super Bowl is in the USA. With live National television coverage, on the front page of every newspaper, sectional write ups on the kids tournament in the Sports Section, you could very much say that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a national sport. You can see above that it is even on their buses!
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is THE Physical Education program for all of their public schools so every child from the time they begin school to the time that they graduate, train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
We are looking forward to the day that the United States of America recognizes the tremendous benefits of the gentle art and begins to allow it to make a positive impact in our schools.
Congratulations to Marra Senki Competition Team’s Pete O’Neal as he took the Bronze medal in his division. San Antonio was also represented in excellence by ‘Cocoa’ Ray of Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ who took the Bronze in his division.
A special ‘thank you’ to Professor Marra and the UAEJJ for bringing such an excellent and high level event to San Antonio.