Jiu-Jitsu at diplomacy’s service

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Jiu-Jitsu night in Lebanon. In the photo: Al Abadi, Daniel Hilal, Rima Saade (from Brazilian embassy cultural sector), consular minister Roberto Gabriel Medeiros and purple belt.

On October 21, the Brazilian embassy in Lebanon promoted Brazilian night in the historic and touristic city of Byblos. The event featured capoeira, samba, and of course, Jiu-Jitsu demonstration.

The art was presented by purple belts Ali Al Abadi and Ghalia Smith.

Contact between the embassy and Jiu-Jitsu was made by Tareq Smith, Ghalia’s husband and an Aikido black belt. Tareq feels it is important that Jiu-Jitsu be represented, as it is an expression of the lifestyle of the Brazilian people.

“Brazil and Lebanon have a very close relationship, since the largest Lebanese colony is in Brazil. The Lebanese adore Brazil, so I feel it is extremely important that the embassy allow us to get to know the gentle art,” says Tareq.

Ghalia demonstrates armbar

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  1. milad elkhoury at 4:10 pm

    Concur that cultural exchange, be it academic, sport, tourism or what have you, tremendously helps bring people closer together regardless of creed, color or whatever else, let along if it’s between Brazil & Lebanon. Great idea. Move on onto others.

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