Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma ProgrammeAbu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi – UAE: 23rd May 2016

For the second year running, Aldar Academies, one of the UAE’s leading private education providers, hosted the second edition of ‘Aldar Academies Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2016’; an exciting national interschool yearly tournament for younger age groups, which doubled in size this year to include more than 80 players from 11 Abu Dhabi schools. The event was held at Aldar Academies’ Al Bateen Secondary School on Monday, 23rd May 2016, in partnership with the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Palm Sports.

Coinciding with the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships; a prominent global sports event held in the UAE’s capital earlier this month, Aldar Academies created this unique event which allows male and female students as young as four years old to compete in a professionally organised competition.

Aldar Academies’ hosting of the event is also in support for the bid by the UAE leadership to make Jiu-Jitsu one of the national sports of the UAE.

Nilay Ozral, Chief Executive Officer at Aldar Academies stated, “We are very proud to be hosting the Aldar Academies Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2016’ for the second consecutive year. We do this in support of the UAE leadership’s bid to make Jiu-Jitsu one of the national sports and as part of our role to encourage it among the academic youth segment, through this interschool tournament.”

“At Aldar Academies, we have a deep belief in the profound impact that sports can have in instilling the core life values of determination, sportsmanship, discipline, respect and responsibility while contributing to health and well-being through fun and engaging extra-curricular activities and we are proud to have hosted another phenomenal event. Since adding the sport to our portfolio of extra-circular activities, we have seen a dramatic uptake by our students and we are confident that this year’s event will boost interest even further.”

Ozral went on to say that this year’s Tournament is a testament to the great success we had during our inaugural event in 2015 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Palm sports. The success of our student Cup and its notable expansion to include additional schools, would not be possible without the support of the Federation who have been instrumental in terms of their expertise and logistical support, and Palm Sport’s role in teaching our students this exciting sport.”

Aldar Academies Jiu-Jitsu Cup was comprised of 33 preliminary fights with over 80 players from Aldar Academies, ADNEC and ADNOC Schools, aged between 4 to 15 years old, many of whom have students who contested in national and international sporting events such as the Emirates Cup and Abu Dhabi Cup.

There was a total of 5 super fights with the UAE Junior National Team players from 14 to 17 years old, in addition to a thrilling demonstration fight by Emirati Master; Yahya Alhammadi - Member of UAE National Team and 4 times Gold Medalist at the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship and World Jiu-Jitsu Grand Slam 2016.

Participating schools included Al Bateen Secondary School, Al Mushrif Primary School, Al Muna Primary School, Al Yasmina School, Al Ittihad School, Al Samalia School, Al Mutanabi, Al Hosn, Al Falahyia School, Al Rwad School, and ADNOC School.

Originating in Asia more than 250 years ago as a form of self-defence, Jiu-Jitsu focuses on both the physical and interpersonal development of an athlete and is one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world through its focus on advanced techniques, self-discipline and mental health.