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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
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (21%)
  • 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
7040Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7043Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
7777Gregor GracieGregor GracieLReferee DecisionGrand Slam Tokyo94KGF2015
7780Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x0Grand Slam TokyoABSSF2015
7783Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TokyoABS3RD2015
8154Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLTriangleGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8156Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8551Gustavo AdolfoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KG4F2015
8603R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJABS4F2015
9088Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backLondon Grand Slam94KGF2016
9405Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ProABS8F2016
9506Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x0World Pro94KGSF2016
10631Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam Tokyo85KGF2016
10900Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 6x0Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2016
11230Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD85KG4F2017
11794C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
11797Bradley HillLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN85KG3RD2017
12385Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 6x0World Pro85KGF2017
15567Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGF2018
6244Hai Long ToWPts: 15x0Asian B. Games90KGR12014
6245Mohammed AliWAdvAsian B. Games90KG4F2014
6246Iraj AmrikhaniWPts: 4x0Asian B. Games90KGSF2014
6247Al KaabiWArmbarAsian B. Games90KGF2014
6842Julio MagalhãesWKimuraRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
7033Karol MigoWPointsWorld Pro95KGR12015
7037Eduardo InojosaWPointsWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7776Mike FowlerMike FowlerWAdvGrand Slam Tokyo94KGSF2015
8588Reis C.WPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJABSR22015
8596Iuri PinheiroWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJABS8F2015
9085Max WisniewskiWPts: 0x0, AdvLondon Grand Slam94KGSF2016
9388Thiago PessoaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22016
9502Isaac DulWN/AWorld Pro94KG4F2016
10629Akihiro KawakamiWPts: 2x0Grand Slam Tokyo85KGSF2016
10894Luis QuinteiroWPointsGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2016
10938Marcelo CortelassiWReferee DecisionG.S. Rio NoGi83KG4F2016
10942Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 0x0, AdvG.S. Rio NoGi83KGSF2016
10944Pedro AgrizziWPointsG.S. Rio NoGi83KGF2016
11203Vinicius AlmeidaWPointsAD Grand Slam NG83KGSF2017
11205Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPointsAD Grand Slam NG83KGF2017
11792Raimundo SousaWPts: 13x0Grand Slam LDN85KG4F2017
12372Thanet Al TaherWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG4F2017
12375Ross KeepingWPts: 9x0World Pro85KGSF2017
15564Clifford EdwardsWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG4F2018
15566Bruno RealeWReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2018

Faisal Al Ketbi vs Julio Magalhães

Faisal Al Ketbi vs Mansher Khera

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