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Abu Dahbi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling World Championships

By Cliff Montgomery,
On May 10th, 2005, a fresh new group calling itself the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) released a news update regarding its '6th Submission Wrestling World Championships' scheduled at The PYRAMID, Long Beach State Campus, Long Beach, California, on May 28th and 29th, 2005.

The update shows both the glories and the growing pains of a group inspired by USA's Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) championships:

"The major news is that Superfight Champion Ricardo Arona is stepping down from the superfight to concentrate on PRIDE," states ADCC spokesperson Miguel Iturrate. "With this in mind, we offered the superfight to Arona's runner up from the 2001 Absolute, and he accepted. That fighter is Jean Jacques Machado, and he will be in the SUPERFIGHT against American Dean Lister.

"MMA has also cost us two other champions, as Mario Sperry and Royler Gracie will also be pursuing MMA opportunities. We are confident that the 2005 World Championships will field the top talent in the world today, and new faces will definitely add intrigue to the event. We wish Arona, Sperry and Royler only the best.

"New names that have been confirmed include Alberto Crane in the under 66 KG class, UFC TV show winner Diego 'Nightmare' Sanchez, Former UFC and wrestling star Vladimir Matyushenko, ADCC standouts from 2003 Fabrizio Werdum, Otto Olson and David Terrell and the USA's Erica Montoya among the ladies competitors."

Sounds good. So just what is the Abu Dhabi Combat Club, and what makes it unique?

About Abu Dhabi Combat Club

The team was the idea of a United Arab Emigrates national who, while studying in the USA, became a fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Prof. Nelson Monterio Jr. in his San Diego Academy, and upon finishing his studies in the USA, convinced Prof. Monterio to move to Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Combat Club was born.

While members principally study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, they cross-train in Boxing, Kickboxing, Judo, Wrestling and other arts beneficial to so-called 'No Rules' Fighting.

ADCC currently has many team members who compete in Grappling tournaments and professional fights around the world - George Delchev, Lubomir Guedjev, Peter Ivanov, Khalil Ibrahim, Yousef Al Alami, Hassem Mousa.

The Goal:

The goals of ADCC "are to generally promote a healthy lifestyle by educating members in nutrition and to train people in all aspects of self-defense, which in turn builds self-confidence."

ADCC's President:

The President of Abu Dhabi Combat Club is H.E. Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Vice President of ADCC is H.E. Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Team Ranks:

Current belt rankings for the team:

[Member Name -- Jiu-Jitsu Rank]

- H.E. Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed -- Black belt
- Peter Ivanov -- Brown belt
- Guy Neivens -- Purple belt
- H.E. Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed -- Blue belt
- Riyad Bamatraf -- Blue belt
- Hareb Neyadi -- Blue belt
- Dr. Jebber Bittar -- Blue belt
- Abdul Gaha Quaissieh -- Blue belt
- Lubomir Guedjev -- Blue belt


The instructors at ADCC are:

[Instructor -- Name Class]

- Hassem Mousa -- Judo
- Sergei -- Judo
- Yousef Al Alami -- Judo
- Khalil Ibrahim -- Kickboxing
- Iina Delcheva -- Kickboxing
- George Delchev -- Kickboxing
- Peter Ivanov -- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


In addition ADCC has approximately 50 full time students and 16 children aged 7 - 12 who show a lot of promise.

Apart from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, club members are encouraged to compete in other sporting events, such as Triathlons.

ADCC Techniques:

The reason ADCC has 'no rules fighters' who compete internationally is to test the club's techniques, its effectiveness in a 'real fight' situation, and to learn techniques from other fighters and opponents in the process. ADCC believes you learn whether you win or lose, because you also learn from your mistakes.

Most martial arts schools only practice one style; their students are therefore limited. ADCC however practices a variety of Martial Art techniques, and likes to learn from other styles in order to pass on these effective techniques to students throughout the club.

So okay, maybe this new ADCC is pretty cool. But how do you know if it's right for you?

ADCC Championship Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

The Championship is tournament style -- i.e., only the winner proceeds to the next round.

Gee, Kimono & Wrestling Shoes are optional.

The mat area is 9 x 9 meters, no cage or fence. If the fighters go out of this area, the referee will restart the fight in the center of the mat, in the same position as when they left the mat; this follows the rule found in Greco-Roman wrestling. If the fighters were standing, they will start again facing each other.

1) Legal Techniques:

Any kind of choke (except for using the hand to close the wind pipe)

Any armbar, shoulder lock, or wrist lock

Any Leg Lock or Ankle Lock

2) Illegal Techniques:

"Full Nelson" and "Crucifix"

No striking of any kind

No eye gouging or fish hooking

No grabbing the ears

No hair pulling

No finger or toe holds

No thumbing

No scratching and pinching

No kicking

No biting

No touching groin area

No hands, knees or elbows on face

No slippery substances allowed on body or clothing

No use of T-Shirt, and no holding the shorts allowed

3) Securing Points:

Mount position = 2 points

Back mount with hooks = 3 points

Passing the guard = 3 points

Knee on stomach = 2 points

Clean Sweeps = 4 points

Sweeps = 4 Points

Clean Take down (Ends passed the guard)= 4 points

Take down (Ends Guard or Half Guard)= 2 points

Each position must be established for 3 seconds or more in order for points to be awarded.

When changing positions, 'multiple positions points' will be awarded only for the position that has been established for 3 seconds or more.

Reversals are considered Sweeps as well.


When a fighter voluntarily jumps in the guard or goes from a standing position to a non-standing position by any means, and remains down for 3 seconds or more, he will be punished by a minus point.

When a fighter disengages from contact and starts backing up and avoids to engage again he will be punished by minus point.

A passive fighter will be warned twice and then will be punished by minus point.

The referee will warn the passive player by the words 'Warning: Passivity'.

If a fighter breaks the rules twice he will be disqualified by the referee.

Winning an ADCC match

The winner will be decided according to:

Whether or not one competitor submits by tapping the opponent's leg or arm, or by verbal means;

If referee feels one competitor is unable to defend himself or feels his life is in danger, the referee will declare the winner;

Wins occur by:

Referee Decision

Weight Classes

143 lbs. and Under
144 lbs. to 167 lbs.
168 lbs. to 191 lbs.
192 lbs. to 216 lbs.
217 lbs. and over

Time Limits Qualifying Rounds = 10 Minutes
Finals = 20 Minutes
5 Minutes overtime occurs if there is a draw with no advantage.

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