The first stop of the 2019/2020 AJP Tour is scheduled June 15-16, in Moscow. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and the Abu Dhabi King of Mats will bring to Russia some of the best Jiu-Jitsu competitors in the world. On June 15, the fifth installment of the Abu Dhabi King of Mats will feature ten of the most talented heavyweight black belts today. The 10-men roster includes recent ADWPJJC champions as well as Abu Dhabi Grand Slam champions. They are: Rudson Mateus (Brazil); Kaynan Duarte (Brazil); João Gabriel Rocha (Brazil); Guttemberg Pereira (Brazil); Gustavo Batista (Brazil); Jackson Sousa (Brazil); Gerard Labinski (Poland), Igor Silva (Brazil); Adam Wardzinski (Poland); Donghwa Choi (South Korea).
Launched during the 2018 ADWPJJC, the Abu Dhabi King of Mats introduced a new and very exciting format of competition. Athletes are divided in two groups of five where competitors fight each other inside their groups in four rounds of two matches. At the end of the group stage, the two athletes with the best campaigns in each group advance to the semifinals to fight for a spot in the final. The event closes with the third place match and final. All matches are six minutes long, which guarantees non-stop action and a high rate of submissions.
The Abu Dhabi King of Mats enters the 2019/2020 season after four very successful installments in the past season. The heavyweight division will go into play again after its last edition, on September 2018, in Los Angeles, USA, which ended with Erberth Santos taking the title.
The 2019/2020 season of the AJP Tour is in full swing with events all over the world on almost every weekend. The Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Moscow is the first major event, scheduled June 15-16, at Arena Triumph. The registration period ends on June 11. Go to ajptour.com for more info.