The World Jiu-Jitsu Children’s Cup went underway in a one-day tournament on Wednesday, April 10 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. GRACIEMAG.com reporters were on site to cover the day in pictures.
The venue for the minors was the same place that will hold the adult WPJJC which begins Thursday, April 11. The venue is also the location of the weigh-ins which are held three days, April 10-12.
The kids showed true passion on the mats today as for some, it was there first championship. Being away from the United States, this tournament gives many of the local young talents and even those who just want to get their feet wet in competition, a chance to feel the adrenaline rush of a Jiu-Jitsu match. In some cases, we found that the champions on the podium were able to hold up a number of their fingers to represent which number gold they have attained at this tournament. At most, it could be five considering this is the WPJJC fifth anniversary!
By and large, the Abu Dhabi location hosts many children who simply act as though they should. While losing can feel like an internal warfare, their emotions show every everything they are feeling. Regardless, though, the respect shown between opponents in the presence of such greatness in the stands like the Sheikh was an honor to witness.
You can see the results of the divisions below as you click on the images to see them larger: