Bahrain’s national jiu jitsu team is all set for their next challenge as the Fifth edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, tips off in Ashgabat, in Turkmenistan later this month.
The team, being coached by Reza Monfaradi, is presently putting their final touches on the training programme ahead of the games.
Their most recent training session was witnessed by Bahrain chef de mission Fawaz Shamsan and Bahrain Olympic Committee projects director Lounes Madene, who were briefed on the team preparations by coach Monfaradi.
The nationals will engage with some of the continent’s best jiu jitsu fighters, in a game which allows competitors to combine striking, grappling and submissions under rules that emphasise safety.
The games, to take place from September 17 to 27, will be hosted by Ashgabat Olympic Complex, which is a unique facility which has no parallel in the Central Asian region.
There will be three events in jiu jitsu – Ne-Waza, Duo Show and Full Ju Jitsu, with 21 medal events to be won over three days at the Martial Arts Arena on the 16 and 18–19 September.
Men’s Ne-Waza weight categories include -56kg, -62kg, -69kg, -77kg, -85kg, -94kg, +94kg and Open Weight, while four contests will be featured in the Full Contact Ju Jitsu (-62kg, -69kg, -77kg, -85kg).
In the women’s events, Ne-Waza will include six weight categories, namely -49kg, -55kg, -62kg, -70kg, +70kg and Open Weight.??