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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

25 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    17 (68%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    4 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    2 (8%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (8%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

2 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
50
1
#86e620
Kimura
50
1
2
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (14%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
40
2
#86e620
Triangle
20
1
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
20
1
#d1212a
Submission
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Faisal AlKitbe Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7054Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7057Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
7794Gregor GracieGregor GracieLReferee DecisionGrand Slam Tokyo94KGF2015
7797Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x0Grand Slam TokyoABSSF2015
7800Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TokyoABS3RD2015
8173Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLTriangleGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8175Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8570Gustavo AdolfoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KG4F2015
8622R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJABS4F2015
9118Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backLondon Grand Slam94KGF2016
9438Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ProABS8F2016
9539Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x0World Pro94KGSF2016
10681Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam Tokyo85KGF2016
10950Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 6x0Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2016
11301Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD85KG4F2017
11880C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
11883Bradley HillLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN85KG3RD2017
12478Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 6x0World Pro85KGF2017
15742Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGF2018
18135Bradley HillLSubmissionGrand Slam AD85KG4F2019
18142Igor SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD85KG3RD2019
6252Hai Long ToWPts: 15x0Asian B. Games90KGR12014
6253Mohammed AliWAdvAsian B. Games90KG4F2014
6254Iraj AmrikhaniWPts: 4x0Asian B. Games90KGSF2014
6255Al KaabiWArmbarAsian B. Games90KGF2014
6856Julio MagalhãesWKimuraRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
7047Karol MigoWPointsWorld Pro95KGR12015
7051Eduardo InojosaWPointsWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7793Mike FowlerMike FowlerWAdvGrand Slam Tokyo94KGSF2015
8607Reis C.WPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJABSR22015
8615Iuri PinheiroWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJABS8F2015
9115Max WisniewskiWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
9421Thiago PessoaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22016
9535Isaac DulWN/AWorld Pro94KG4F2016
10679Akihiro KawakamiWPts: 2x0Grand Slam Tokyo85KGSF2016
10944Luis QuinteiroWPointsGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2016
10988Marcelo CortelassiWReferee DecisionG.S. Rio NoGi83KG4F2016
10992Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 0x0, AdvG.S. Rio NoGi83KGSF2016
10994Pedro AgrizziWPointsG.S. Rio NoGi83KGF2016
11274Vinicius AlmeidaWPointsAD Grand Slam NG83KGSF2017
11276Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPointsAD Grand Slam NG83KGF2017
11878Raimundo SousaWPts: 13x0Grand Slam LDN85KG4F2017
12465Thanet Al TaherWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG4F2017
12468Ross KeepingWPts: 9x0World Pro85KGSF2017
15739Clifford EdwardsWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG4F2018
15741Bruno RealeWReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2018

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