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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

#214eb8
Armbar
33
2
#86e620
Footlock
17
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
17
1
#d1212a
Triangle
17
1
#fad11b
Choke from back
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Faisal AlKitbe Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7111Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0World Pro95KGSF2015
7114Luiz PanzaLuiz PanzaLPointsWorld Pro95KG3RD2015
7855Gregor GracieGregor GracieLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYO94KGF2015
7858Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalLPts: 2x0Grand Slam TYOABSSF2015
7861Lucio RodriguesLucio RodriguesLReferee DecisionGrand Slam TYOABS3RD2015
8235Evandro NunesEvandro NunesLTriangleGrand Slam LA94KGSF2015
8237Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA94KG3RD2015
8632Gustavo AdolfoLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam RJ94KG4F2015
8684R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLPts: 4x0Grand Slam RJABS4F2015
9180Erberth SantosErberth SantosLChoke from backGrand Slam LDN94KGF2016
9501Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld ProABS8F2016
9602Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 4x0World Pro94KGSF2016
10756Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0Grand Slam TYO85KGF2016
11026Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 6x0Grand Slam RJ85KG4F2016
11389Matheus SpirandeliMatheus SpirandeliLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam AD85KG4F2017
11980C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLArmbarGrand Slam LDN85KGSF2017
11983Bradley HillLPts: 2x0Grand Slam LDN85KG3RD2017
12582Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLPts: 6x0World Pro85KGF2017
14676Eldar RafigaevEldar RafigaevLFootlockJJIF Worlds94KG4F2018
15991Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 2x0World Pro85KGF2018
18513Bradley HillLSubmissionGrand Slam AD85KG4F2019
18520Igor SousaLReferee DecisionGrand Slam AD85KG3RD2019
19737Rudson MateusRudson MateusLReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGF2019
6306Hai Long ToWPts: 15x0Asian B. Games90KGR12014
6307Mohammed AliWAdvAsian B. Games90KG4F2014
6308Iraj AmrikhaniWPts: 4x0Asian B. Games90KGSF2014
6309Al KaabiWArmbarAsian B. Games90KGF2014
6913Julio MagalhãesWKimuraRio Fall OpenO100KG4F2015
7104Karol MigoWPointsWorld Pro95KGR12015
7108Eduardo InojosaWPointsWorld Pro95KG4F2015
7854Mike FowlerMike FowlerWAdvGrand Slam TYO94KGSF2015
8669Reis C.WPts: 5x0Grand Slam RJABSR22015
8677Iuri PinheiroWPts: 3x0Grand Slam RJABS8F2015
9177Max WisniewskiWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LDN94KGSF2016
9484Thiago PessoaWPts: 2x0World ProABSR22016
9598Isaac DulWN/AWorld Pro94KG4F2016
10754Akihiro KawakamiWPts: 2x0Grand Slam TYO85KGSF2016
11020Luis QuinteiroWPointsGrand Slam RJ85KG8F2016
11064Marcelo CortelassiWReferee DecisionG.S. Rio NoGi83KG4F2016
11068Rodrigo ConceicaoRodrigo ConceicaoWPts: 0x0, AdvG.S. Rio NoGi83KGSF2016
11070Pedro AgrizziWPointsG.S. Rio NoGi83KGF2016
11362Vinicius AlmeidaWPointsAD Grand Slam NG83KGSF2017
11364Marcos CostaMarcos CostaWPointsAD Grand Slam NG83KGF2017
11978Raimundo SousaWPts: 13x0Grand Slam LDN85KG4F2017
12569Thanet Al TaherWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG4F2017
12572Ross KeepingWPts: 9x0World Pro85KGSF2017
14673Britch AlmogWPts: 0x0, AdvJJIF Worlds94KGR12018
14675Luka SkoricWPenJJIF Worlds94KGR22018
15988Clifford EdwardsWPts: 2x0World Pro85KG4F2018
15990Bruno RealeWReferee DecisionWorld Pro85KGSF2018
19733Devhonte JohnsonDevhonte JohnsonWPts: 0x0, PenWorld Pro85KG4F2019
19735DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro85KGSF2019

Faisal Al Ketbi vs Julio Magalhães

Faisal Al Ketbi vs Mansher Khera

Submission Back Attacks Instructional by John Danaher

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