Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Championships
The Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) and the ADCC World Submission Fighting Championship were created by UAE national Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the son of then U.A.E. leader Sheik Zayed. The first Championship was held in 1998, although due to the small amount of publicity, few high level grapplers participated. However, in the span of one year, the tournament became well known among the elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling practitioners. Soon it was limited to being held every other year and it became considered the pinnacle of the sport as it became necessary to qualify for one of the coveted 16 spots by winning a regional tournaments. ADCC is the closest tournament Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Submission Wrestling has to a real World Championship – where only the best may compete.
Women’s Divisions were included in ADCC for the first time in the 2005 tournament, however, they were limited to two weight classes and an absolute. The women had such a good showing that the promoter decided to increase the number of women’s divisions in the 2007 event. Unfortunately, though they chose to revert back to only two female divisions in the 2009 tournament due to a lack of depth in some of the weight classes in 2007. However, the sport has come so far in the last three years in terms of available high level female grapplers that it should be about time to try increasing the classes again, especially because the current weight divisions make it difficult for the high level smaller grapplers to show their skills. Here’s hoping they rethink the women’s division structure in 2011!
- 2009 ADCC Female Division Results
- 2007 ADCC Female Division Results
- 2005 ADCC Female Division Results
ADCC World Pro Jiu-Jitsu
The ADCC World Pro Jiu-Jitsu tournament series began in Fall 2008. A series of trials were set up around the world for BJJ competitors Purple to Black Belts to compete against each other for a coveted slot in the ADCC World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Tournament. The event is considered to be levels below the actual ADCC Worlds since few high-level BJJ practitioners took part in the event. In the ranking of gi level tournaments it would be considered perhaps roughly equivalent to winning the European IBJJF Championships (while a decent tournament – no where near the level of the Pan Ams or Worlds).