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Faisal Al Kitbe

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:

  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Champion (2009/2010 blue, 2012 purple, 2013/2014** brown)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Runner-up (2011 blue, 2017 black)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2013 brown)
  • UAEJJF Tokyo Grand Slam Runner-up (2015)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship 3rd Place (2013 brown)
  • IBJJF Rio Fall International Open Championship 3rd Place (2015)

* 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 1990’s 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 taken by Callum Medcraft of Jiu Jitsu Style.

Faisal AlKitbe Grappling Record

23 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    16 (70%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (9%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
50
1
#86e620
Kimura
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
18 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    9 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
50
2
#86e620
Triangle
25
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Faisal AlKitbe Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6892Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
6895Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
7610Gregor GracieGregor GracieLReferee DecisionGrand Slam Tokyo94KGF2015
7613Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x0Grand Slam TokyoABSSF2015
7616Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TokyoABS3RD2015
7975Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLTriangleGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
7977Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8365Gustavo AdolfoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam - Rio94KG4F2015
8417R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x0Grand Slam - RioABS4F2015
8888Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backLondon Grand Slam94KGF2016
9203Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ProABS8F2016
9304Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x0World Pro94KGSF2016
10405Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam Tokyo85KGF2016
10670Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 6x0Grand Slam - Rio85KG4F2016
10974Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD85KG4F2017
11523C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
11526Bradley HillLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN85KG3RD2017
12103Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 6x0World Pro85KGF2017
6122Hai Long ToWPts: 15x0Asian B. Games90KGR12014
6123Mohammed AliWAdvAsian B. Games90KG4F2014
6124Iraj AmrikhaniWPts: 4x0Asian B. Games90KGSF2014
6125Al KaabiWArmbarAsian B. Games90KGF2014
6700Julio MagalhãesWKimuraRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
6885Karol MigoWPointsWorld Pro95KGR12015
6889Eduardo InojosaWPointsWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7609Mike FowlerMike FowlerWAdvGrand Slam Tokyo94KGSF2015
8402Reis C.WPts: 5x0Grand Slam - RioABSR22015
8410Iuri PinheiroWPts: 3x0Grand Slam - RioABS8F2015
8885Max WisniewskiWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
9186Thiago PessoaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22016
9300Isaac DulWN/AWorld Pro94KG4F2016
10403Akihiro KawakamiWPts: 2x0Grand Slam Tokyo85KGSF2016
10664Luis QuinteiroWPointsGrand Slam - Rio85KG8F2016
10708Marcelo CortelassiWReferee DecisionG.S. Rio NoGi83KG4F2016
10712Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 0x0, AdvG.S. Rio NoGi83KGSF2016
10714Pedro AgrizziWPointsG.S. Rio NoGi83KGF2016
10947Vinicius AlmeidaWPointsAD Grand Slam NG83KGSF2017
10949Marcos CostaWPointsAD Grand Slam NG83KGF2017
11521Raimundo SousaWPts: 13x0Grand Slam LDN85KG4F2017
12089Thanet Al TaherWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG4F2017
12093Ross KeepingWPts: 9x0World Pro85KGSF2017

Faisal Al Ketbi vs Julio Magalhães

Faisal Al Ketbi vs Mansher Khera

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