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BJJ in The Middle East -! Inaugural tournament kicks off on Saturday

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AMMAN ? Chokes, sweeps, armlocks and full mounts. When perfected, it is these techniques that set the truly momentous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter apart from the mediocre.And on Saturday, the best of the best will have their opportunity to shine in the first Jordan Cup for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Dunes Club.The tournament will bring together more than 150 participants from 25 nations across the region, Europe and North America, and is open to anyone with a white, blue or purple belt, who has grappling experience, according to Zaid Mirza, the president of the Jordanian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Association.The matches, which will follow the rules set by the international BJJ Federation, will be divided into the five standard weight categories: 66kg and under, 77kg and under, 88kg and under, 99kg and under, and 99kg and over; in addition to the absolute division, which is open to all weight category fighters.?Different belt categories will fight together,? Mirza told The Jordan Times. ?Fighters will compete based on their weight rather than their belt.??The essence of a BJJ fighter is to compete. It’s the best way to test your technique, helps to overcome fear, gain confidence and experience,? added Mirza.The fights will be refereed by two international, world champion black belts from Brazil: Carlos Santos and Adnan Yehya.A total of $10,000 worth of prize money, the most a regional tournament has granted, will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in each weight category; $700, $200 and $100 respectively. An additional $200 will be given to the best overall fighter, best overall team and for the fastest submission.All competitors will be awarded a medal and certificate for participating.Though the tournament is in its debut in the Kingdom, there already are plans for a second round of matches set for the end of this year, Mirza said.Read the whole article at the JORDAN TIMES.

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