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Faisal Al Kitbe

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Faisal Al Kitbe is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Alex Paz and Maiky Reiter, being known as the first high level grappler to come from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Al Kitbe made a name for himself in the lower ranks of the sport, conquering a staggering 6 Abu Dhabi World Pro titles before breaking into the black belt division (2015). Faisal Al Kitbe is also the adoptive son of his Highness Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed, a member of the ruling Al Nahyan family who was the driving force behind the implementation of jiu jitsu in the UAE as well as for the creation of the ADCC tournament.

Faisal Al Kitbe

Full Name: Faisal Fahad Al Ketbi

Nickname: n/a

Lineage 1: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Murilo Bustamante/Ricardo Libório > Alex Paz > Faisal Al Ketbi

Lineage 2: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Murilo Bustamante/Luis DuarteFabiano Scherner > Maiky Reiter > Faisal Al Ketbi

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2017 / 2019)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Tokyo Grand Slam (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2009 / 2010 blue, 2012 purple, 2013 / 2014** brown)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2011 blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2013 brown)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Tokyo Grand Slam (2015)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2013 brown)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Kimura Lock

Weight Division: Peso Super-Pesado (100kg/221lbs) & Pesado (94kg/208lbs)

Team/Association: UAE Jiu Jitsu

Faisal Al Kitbe Biography

Faisal Al Kitbe was born on the May 10, 1987 in Abu Dhabi – UAE.

In the mid-1990s his Highness Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed started learning jiu-jitsu from Nelson Monteiro in California, US. When he returned to his home country, Sheikh Tahnoon was set to grow the martial art in the Emirates, starting by showing the Brazilian grappling style to those around him, this included his adoptive son – Faisal Al Kitbe.

Faisal Al Kitbe began his jiu-jitsu tuition at 11 years old, though only for 1 year. After this initial contact with grappling, Faisal became an avid freestyle wrestler, travelling the world with a small UAE wrestling team in search for the best training and the top tournaments to compete in.

Around 2009 Faisal Al Kitbe returned to jiu-jitsu, starting his service as a full-time athlete for the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Team. The Jiu-Jitsu program developed by Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed and later with the help of the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) provided Faisal and his UAE Team peers many top-level instructors, including Alex Paz and Maiky Reiter who awarded Al Kitbe his black belt on May 2014, shortly after Faisal’s double gold victory at the World Pro Championship.

Faisal’s success in the international grappling scene set the tone for the following generations of UAE grapplers, products of the jiu-jitsu program set by the Emirates, the largest government-funded set-up of this kind in the world.

Banner picture was taken by Callum Medcraft of Jiu Jitsu Style.

Faisal AlKitbe Grappling Record

29 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (59%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (7%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    2 (7%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
50
1
#86e620
Kimura
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (43%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (13%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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Armbar
33
2
#86e620
Triangle
17
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
17
1
#d1212a
Footlock
17
1
#fad11b
Submission
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Faisal AlKitbe Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7108Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7111Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
7852Gregor GracieGregor GracieLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO94KGF2015
7855Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x0Grand Slam TYOABSSF2015
7858Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYOABS3RD2015
8232Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLTriangleGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8234Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8629Gustavo AdolfoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KG4F2015
8681R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJABS4F2015
9178Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGF2016
9498Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ProABS8F2016
9599Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x0World Pro94KGSF2016
10753Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam TYO85KGF2016
11023Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 6x0Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2016
11382Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD85KG4F2017
11970C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
11973Bradley HillLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN85KG3RD2017
12570Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 6x0World Pro85KGF2017
14641Eldar RafigaevEldar RafigaevLFootlockJJIF World C.94KG4F2018
15957Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGF2018
18472Bradley HillLSubmissionGrand Slam AD85KG4F2019
18479Igor SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD85KG3RD2019
19684Rudson MateusRudson MateusLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGF2019
6303Hai Long ToWPts: 15x0Asian B. Games90KGR12014
6304Mohammed AliWAdvAsian B. Games90KG4F2014
6305Iraj AmrikhaniWPts: 4x0Asian B. Games90KGSF2014
6306Al KaabiWArmbarAsian B. Games90KGF2014
6910Julio MagalhãesWKimuraRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
7101Karol MigoWPointsWorld Pro95KGR12015
7105Eduardo InojosaWPointsWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7851Mike FowlerMike FowlerWAdvGrand Slam TYO94KGSF2015
8666Reis C.WPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJABSR22015
8674Iuri PinheiroWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJABS8F2015
9175Max WisniewskiWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2016
9481Thiago PessoaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22016
9595Isaac DulWN/AWorld Pro94KG4F2016
10751Akihiro KawakamiWPts: 2x0Grand Slam TYO85KGSF2016
11017Luis QuinteiroWPointsGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2016
11061Marcelo CortelassiWReferee DecisionG.S. Rio NoGi83KG4F2016
11065Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 0x0, AdvG.S. Rio NoGi83KGSF2016
11067Pedro AgrizziWPointsG.S. Rio NoGi83KGF2016
11355Vinicius AlmeidaWPointsAD Grand Slam NG83KGSF2017
11357Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPointsAD Grand Slam NG83KGF2017
11968Raimundo SousaWPts: 13x0Grand Slam LDN85KG4F2017
12557Thanet Al TaherWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG4F2017
12560Ross KeepingWPts: 9x0World Pro85KGSF2017
14638Britch AlmogWPts: 0x0, AdvJJIF World C.94KGR12018
14640Luka SkoricWPenJJIF World C.94KGR22018
15954Clifford EdwardsWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG4F2018
15956Bruno RealeWReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2018
19680Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro85KG4F2019
19682DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGSF2019

Faisal Al Ketbi vs Julio Magalhães

Faisal Al Ketbi vs Mansher Khera

Guard Passing Instructional by Lucas Lepri

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