Muscat – Jujitsuka Ahmed bin Khamis al Farsi, 36, from Sur claimed the first place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2023-2024 held from January 13 to 14 in Tokyo, Japan.
Speaking exclusively with Muscat Daily from Tokyo, Farsi said, “The tournament is held annually and attracts the best players from around the world.”
This edition of the tournament saw around 2,000 participants from around the world, including Brazil, China, Russia, South Korea, US, Italy, France and Spain. Farsi won the first place in the brown belt amateur 77kg weight category.
“Reaching the finals required immense concentration and determination,” Farsi informed, adding that he prepared for the tournament by training daily for five hours.
Describing the sport, Farsi said jiu-jitsu is gaining popular in the GCC. Its philosophy is based on two pillars. The first is the use of mental strength and the second, unarmed combat to improve fitness levels, flexibility, self-discipline, focus and composure.
“I am one of the oldest persons to practice this sport in Oman. I am currently with Al Wahda Jiu-Jitsu Club in UAE and I supervise the training of the UAE national team players in the sport.”
Thanking everyone who supported him during his training, Farsi said he is hopeful of continuing to participate in international events and raising the Omani flag in different countries.
He urged Omani youth to take up jiu-jitsu, to believe in their abilities to achieve their goals and never give up on any challenge.