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Copper Box Arena to host final leg of Jiu-Jitsu World Tour

PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 February 2019

The London leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour will take place at the Copper Box Arena on March 9-10 (pic: Ramon Francisco)

The London leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour will take place at the Copper Box Arena on March 9-10 (pic: Ramon Francisco)

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Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour coming to Stratford next month

Stratford’s Copper Box Arena will play host to the final leg of this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour from March 9-10.

After events in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Abu Dhabi, the World Tour aims to end in style at a venue that hosted some of the events at the 2012 Olympics.

“To bring the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam brand to London once again for the final leg of the tour is really great,” said H.E. Abdulmunam Al Hashemi, chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation.

“London is a special city which is showing improved signs of development in the sport of jiu-jitsu.”

Home hopes at the London leg of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour rest primarily with Samantha Cook, who won gold in the 70kg division in Tokyo..

The London leg offers Cook one final chance to overhaul the current leader in her division, Brazil’s Thamara Silva, to finish the season atop the podium.

“I genuinely believe I had Silva beat in our last match, so now it’s time to do the job,” said Cook.

“I feel very confident, which is crazy after losing the last few finals. I have her measure now.

“I played smart in the last match and almost did it - now it’s time to win.

“I’m in my 30s and I train part time in the evenings. I am a two-time Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Champion competing against girls much younger than me who train full time.

“Competitions like the Grand Slam are providing a platform that our sport needs.”

Registrations are now open for the London leg of the Abu Dhabi Grandl Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour and can be accessed by visiting events.uaejjf.org/en/event/122.

All nationalities are welcome to register and the medallists in each division will earn points in the UAEJJF World Rankings and combined total cash prizes of $120,000.

Top-ranked competitors will receive huge prizes at the end of the season according to their UAEJJF World Ranking.

For more information about the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tour, visit uaejjf.com.

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