Dubai: Last year was a game-changer for jiu-jitsu in the UAE, with more local talent competing and winning in local and international events on mats. UAE athletes have won 71 medals at two international championships in the second half of 2021, with glory to come at the 5th Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship and World Jiu-Jitsu Championship.
The record year was amplified by the rise of the UAE women’s team, which won 9 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in November.
After a hugely successful 2021, UAE Women’s National Jiu-Jitsu Team Coach Polyana Lago is looking for her players to use their success as a stepping stone to even more glory in 2022.
“We are entering the new season with great ambitions after an impressive season and great achievements last year,” said the 41-year-old, who only started working with the women’s team at the start of the season. summer 2021.
“We actually had two really great weeks; we were confined to a hotel and were able to train together; it was a good experience for all of us. We had a fantastic season last year; our champions achieved an exceptional performance, notably at the world championships where they won a total of 25 medals. Some of the girls have done very well,” she added.
Lago believes the new Mother of the Nation Jiu-Jitsu League format helped the UAE Women’s National Team achieve this historic feat. “This (the change in the structure of matches) contributed significantly to the outstanding results of the league last year, while making it more professional. We were able to identify other talents in the national team as a result of event,” she explained.
She has high hopes for the 2022 season, with her athletes competing in a host of major events including the Mother of the Nation Cup, the Jiu-Jitsu President’s Cup and the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship. from Abu Dhabi, and revealed that she was working on key elements. areas of development with its players.