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Omani wins gold in world jiu-jitsu championship

22 Nov 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – Abdullah bin Khamis al Farsi, 29, from the wilayat of Sur in South Sharqiyah, has won gold in the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship held from November 17 to 19.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth has congratulated Farsi for the win.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Farsi said, “The World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship is held annually and attracts the best players.”

The 2021 edition saw participation of 2,000 players from 65 countries, including the USA, Italy, France, Spain, Kuwait, Russia and Korea.

“I won the first place in the 62kg featherweight category. Winning was not easy; the competition was tough,” Farsi said. He faced the additional burden of securing financial support as the sport is expensive.

“Reaching the finals required immense concentration and determination,” Farsi informed, adding that he prepared for the championship by training daily for four hours.
He is keen to continue representing the sultanate at international meets and raising the Omani flag in different countries.

“I thank everyone who supported me in my training in the past few days in these difficult times. And I hope to get financial support to continue participating in international events.”

Farsi is also eager to establish an official committee to support the sport in the sultanate. “Oman is the only country that doesn’t have a committee or federation for the sport. Private companies that help us financially will benefit because we will promote them in countries where we go to compete.”

Following the championship, Oman was ranked first in Asia and third in the world by the International Jiu-Jitsu Federation in Abu Dhabi.

Describing the sport, Farsi said jiu-jitsu has become popular in the martial arts community. Its philosophy is based on two pillars. The first is the use of mental strength to gain an advantage over opponents. This helps resist strikes. The second pillar is the use of unarmed combat to improve fitness levels, flexibility, self-discipline, focus and composure. This discipline and focus also helps in setting and achieving targets.

“Jiu-jitsu shares some common roots with other martial arts. India is believed to be the birthplace of the sport. Buddhist monks developed and refined its features. They focused on balance and strength to limit the use of weapons that were used at the time,” Farsi informed.

“It then found its way to China and Japan where it attracted a lot of attention, participation and popularity. Japanese jiu-jitsu techniques are known as ‘The Gentle Way’ and are based on the core values of justice, serenity, honour, self-confidence and respect.”

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