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Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2019: Hamad Nawad aims to 'be the next Faisal Al Ketbi'

They might be 13 years separated, yet it won't be an embellishment to propose Hamad Nawad and Faisal Al Ketbi are connected by a mutual feeling of fate. 

Nawad was making child strides in the game when Al Ketbi turned into the first Emirati to win a gold award in the blue belt division for grown-ups at the Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in 2009. After nine years, Nawad turned into the second Emirati to accomplish the accomplishment. 

They ended up national partners, gladly waving the UAE banner at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta where they prevailed upon gold awards consecutive days. But this time, it was Nawad who given the motivation to Al Ketbi. 

Obviously, the 18-year-old stays in wonderment of his group commander. 

"I generally admired Faisal as a good example, despite everything he is," Nawad 



"Faisal is my older sibling. He's helped me build up my jiu-jitsu since I was incorporated into the world class squad in 2013." 

That they are presently preparing accomplices indicates how much regard Al Ketbi has for Nawad's capacities as a contender. The last mentioned, however, yielded not being totally OK with this course of action, in any event at first. 

"At first, I could hardly imagine how I was preparing close by Faisal, and later as one of the preparation accomplices," Nawad said. "To start with, it was bit uneasy for me to battle him – out of regard – [but] Faisal made it simple for me to adjust. 

"At the point when he's battling with me, he couldn't care less on the off chance that I am a child, and treats me like some other adversary. That is the thing that he needs me to do." 


Luckily for Nawad, Al Ketbi has been only a wellspring of support for the youth. "Clearly he needs to improve me. He improved my abilities in the takedowns, and he continues imparting all his experience to me," he said. 

Nawad is clearly profiting by having gone out on a limb in his youngster jiu-jitsu profession. For example, he battled in the grown-up division of a year ago's Abu Dhabi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – otherwise called World Pro – so as to have the capacity to contend at the Asian Games. This in spite of being given the alternative of exceeding expectations in the World Youths. 

Battling with men, instead of young men his age, has unquestionably helped raise his diversion. 

Nawad will come back to undeniable challenge out of the blue since Jakarta to guard his blue belt 56-kilogram weight title at the current year's World Pro from April 20 to 26. He is raring to follow going on vacation to experience medical procedure on his broken nose – something he set aside for a long time. 

"I continued delaying the medical procedure since I would not like to pass up the Asian Games," he said. "I likewise took a break to focus on my investigations as a last year understudy in secondary school." 

Daring person that he might be, there is plainly a practical side to Nawad, as well, in that he has figured out how to adjust scholastics with jiu-jitsu. He has even figured out how to take out two targets with one shot – as they say – by taking up battle preparing to plan for the World Pro just as military school in his offer to join the UAE Armed Forces. 


In the course of recent weeks, he prepared for eight hours consistently, and has held the last week for mental planning. Obviously, he is sure. 

"Despite the fact that I haven't done battle preparing for over a half year, I have kept up my wellness," he said. "I'm prepared for the challenge. If not I wouldn't contend. 

"The weight is dependably there on each contender and there are no unmistakable top choices in this classification," he included. 


Nawad demanded the remainder of the world is making up for lost time with the Brazilian contenders, who remain the ones to beat at the World Pro – especially from the blue belt class upwards. 

"It's difficult to contrast us and Brazilians on the grounds that the game is more well known there than anyplace on the planet," Nawad brought up. "Having said that, I don't think they have the help we have. 

"Our alliance [the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation] have given us the best and they additionally take care of our welfare as competitors. Obviously, when you have this sort of help from the organization, you can simply focus on the game." 

This is extraordinary for Nawad, for the time being he can progress in the direction of his long haul objective, which, in his very own words, is "to be the following Faisal Al Ketbi".