Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

FS2 - Year 3 PYP Primary School, Year 7-13 Secondary School. Mixed

Very GoodEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme,IB PRIMARY YEARS 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

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi

Over 160 students from over 20 schools across Abu Dhabi competed at Aldar Academies West Yas Academy to be the champion fighter in their category, and help their school triumph as the winning team overall. The tournament enables children from as young as four years of age to compete in a professionally organised competition, making it the first of its kind in the UAE.

The Aldar Academies Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2017 doubled in size this year as the leading education provider added to its success in encouraging more young people to take up the sport. This aim directly supports the UAE leadership's goal to make Jiu-Jitsu one of the country's national sports.

"Congratulations to all of today's worthy young champions for making this year's Jiu-Jitsu Cup another thrilling success," commented Nilay Ozral, Aldar Academies CEO.

"As the tournament continues to grow in size, Aldar Academies is actively supporting the vision of the UAE leadership to make Jiu-Jitsu a national sport, while introducing more young people to its many physical and academic benefits. I would like to thank the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Palm Sports for their expertise again this year, as both organisations have been instrumental to the continued success of our tournament" she added.

Joining the student competitors at West Yas Academy were Zayed Saif AlMansoori and Yahya Al Hammadi, two multiple gold medal winners of the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship and World Jiu-Jitsu Grand Slam. The professional fighters devoted their time to inspire and encourage all students, while also showcasing their championship-winning skills through a demonstration fight.

"Today's tournament was a wonderful advert for the sport and the many different skills it teaches our students" commented Vincent MacLean, Head of Physical Education at Aldar Academies West Yas Academy.

"As well as developing them physically, Jiu-Jitsu teaches our young competitors self-discipline, mental focus and camaraderie, which are all hugely beneficial inside and outside the classroom" he added.

The Aldar Academies Jiu-Jitsu Cup 2017 welcomed students from Aldar Academies schools, ADNOC Schools, ADEK schools, and many others from across Abu Dhabi. The return of competitors from ADNOC Schools marks the first collaborative event since Aldar Academies signed an operational partnership agreement with ADNOC Schools to manage four of their campuses in Abu Dhabi and the Al Dhafra region from the start of the 2017/2018 academic year.

The tournament comprised of a preliminary fight for each student followed by the professional Jiu-Jitsu demonstration, before competitors from the UAE Junior National Team faced each other in five 'super fights'. The tournament concluded with a trophy awards ceremony to celebrate the best fighter in their category, as well as the winning school team overall.