Many in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world were wondering how the recent Asian Jiu Jitsu Super Cup played out in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. Courtesy of O Globo, Rio de Janeiro’s biggest newspaper, this video brings us close to the action, which registered approximately 150 competitors from 30 countries. Carlos Santos, black belt under Carlson Gracie and the organizer of the event, was able to arrange for $40,000 in prizes to be available for competitors across belt levels.
Keep an eye out for Gracie Barra’s Otavio de Souza in the world’s largest indoor artificial snow park, built so the residents of the United Arab Emirates can experience snow boarding and skiing in a desert country!
Overcoming the predictable differences between the Brazilian and Arab cultures, Carlao Santos has been very successful in introducing jiu-jitsu to the Emirates. Today twenty BJJ black belts reside in the UAE, teaching jiu-jitsu in the schools and to members of the military and police.
Details of the first-ever Professional Jiu-Jitsu World Cup, which will be run by Carlos Santos in the UAE in April 2009, should be forthcoming soon!