“The History of Submission Fighting” is about the history and origins of grappling in its many forms from the ancient Olympics to what it is today. The roots of the grappling martial arts such as Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Sambo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are investigated. The film ends with the present day Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Championships considered to be the Olympics of Submission Fighting.
The ADCC World Submission Fighting Championships was the idea and creation of His Highness Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Tahnoon’s plan was perhaps harder to accomplish but even more rewarding as after the implementation of his plan, he had not only created one of the best grappling tournament in the World, but in that process he created a whole new fighting modality: Submission Fighting. The creation of the ADCC, now in its 11th edition to be held in 2015 has become the beacon of a new generation and a new sport.
The documentary, which is produced by MoZak Productions, also covers the creation of the event by His Highness Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the early days of ADCC, its competitors and its evolution into one of the greatest grappling event on Earth that in effect revolutionized grappling as we know it today.
UAE National Mohammed Al Hosani, Executive Producer of the project, says “Martial Arts has set me on paths I have not even imagined. I always found myself representing the arts in mediums I did not have previous experience in and this one is no different. My passion drives me to promote the things I love no matter where and how I do it. I am doing this movie for my country, for the person I look up to, for the martial arts/sports I am passionate about, and to help document one of the greatest stories to ever come out of the martial arts world. Hopefully, I succeed in raising awareness to an art that has changed the way of life of many of the youth in the UAE and the rest of the world.”
Action Sports Director Extraordinaire Bobby Razak shares Mohammed’s excitement towards this project and believes it will change the way people look at submission fighting and moviemaking in this specific genre. He says “I have always been a martial arts addict since I was a young boy in England and I started making movies about Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), but this will be the first time I delve more specifically into the submission aspect of MMA and I look forward to tell this amazing story to many people around the world. I am sure it will be the main source of history for anyone wanting to learn more about the art of Submission Fighting and the role of Abu Dhabi in the rise of the sport.”
Watch below the official trailer for the documentary released on Monday, October 20th, that will set the stage and expectations for its premier in the fall of 2015.