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It’s one of the most popular sports in the UAE and this week sees the return of its flagship tournament: the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC).  Now in its 12th year, the competition takes place from Tuesday to Friday (April 6 to 9), with the world’s best going up against local talent. There are also competitions for junior fighters under the age of 18. In total, some 2,000 athletes are expected to compete...

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The UAE’s national jiu-jitsu team’s physiotherapist, Hiten Maisuria, knows all about getting athletes ready for competition, injury-free. Maisuria, 32, who previously worked with the English soccer team, Queens Park Rangers, as an academy physiotherapist, took on his role with the UAE jiu-jitsu team’s technical staff in May. “Yes, we are excited to get back on the mats and the mood within the community is one of excitement and encouragement,” he says. “However, it is important...