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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Crown Prince: All Dubai Police recruits to learn the art of jiu-jitsu

Sheikh Hamdan orders police academy to train officers in martial art

Wadima Al Yafei from Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club and Mona Al Balooshi from Al Wahda Club compete in the Jiu-Jitsu President’s Cup in Dubai. The sport has become hugely popular in the UAE, particularly among young Emiratis. Pawan Singh / The National
Wadima Al Yafei from Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club and Mona Al Balooshi from Al Wahda Club compete in the Jiu-Jitsu President’s Cup in Dubai. The sport has become hugely popular in the UAE, particularly among young Emiratis. Pawan Singh / The National

Dubai Police officer recruits are to learn the art of jiu-jitsu to improve fitness and make them well equipped to handle themselves.

The move was ordered by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, on Wednesday.

Jiu-jitsu has become one of the UAE's national sports, with amateur and professional teams finding success at home and abroad.

Dubai Police Chief General Abdullah Al Marri said the academy would work to produce a programme that would benefit fitness and sporting values.

The academy is currently working on a programme that includes swimming, karate and taekwondo, he said.