Developed in Japan more than 250 years ago, the martial art known as jiu-jitsu is being promoted in the United Arab Emirates as a way to train youth in self-reliance.
“The strategy of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Committee (UAEJJC) is consistent with the prudent vision of His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and with Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 to build a strong generation able to defend itself,” according to an Emirates News Agency-WAM news release.
The jiu-jitsu schools program has been growing since 2008, and most recently at the Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi. More than 21,000 boys and girls have participated.
This extracurricular combat sport focuses on fighting tactics, but also promotes positive character traits.
“For individuals who practice it, jiu-jitsu is considered an inspiring sport, as it is rich in values and morals,” Abu Dhabi Education Council Director General Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili told Maktoob Yahoo! News. “We have closely observed jiu-jitsu’s ability to consolidate important values in the hearts of students, such as justice, morality, humility, honor, self-confidence and respect, which are the core values to build a generation of students who have a strong character, confident of its potential.”
Sources: Emirates News Agency-WAM, Maktoob Yahoo! News